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  • Philip Roth Tops List of Winners in 51st National Jewish Book Awards

    The following are the winners of the 51st annual National Jewish Book Awards. The awards will be presented by the Jewish Book Council in New York on March 29. FICTION “The Human Stain,” by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin) NON-FICTION “Jew Vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry,” Samuel G. Freedman (Simon &… More ▸

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    A new Yiddish theater company opened performances of its first play in New York last week. The Yiddish Public Theater’s production of Peretz Hirschbein’s “Grine Felder,” or “Green Fields,” focuses on a love affair between a city yeshiva boy and a country girl. Performances are slated to run for 12 weeks. More ▸

  • Actor Walter Matthau Dead at 79, Turned Grouchiness into a Career

    Actor Walter Matthau, who got his start in New York’s Yiddish theater, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., following a heart attack. Matthau, who turned grumpiness into an art form, was 79. During a stage, movie and television career spanning 50 years, Matthau is perhaps best remembered for his role as the slob Oscar Madison… More ▸

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    Actor Walter Matthau, who got his start doing bit parts in New York’s Yiddish theater, died at 79. Matthau, who was known for playing wisecracking, slovenly characters, was born into poverty to immigrant parents on New York’s Lower East Side. He won an Academy Award in 1966 for his role in “The Fortune Cookie.” More ▸

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    The first volume of an anthology of American Yiddish literature in Yiddish was recently published. “Yiddish Literature in America, 1870-2000” includes a wide variety of works, including novels, poetry, short stories and essays. More ▸

  • A Librarian of Jewish Life, Dina Abramowicz, Dies at 90

    Dina Abramowicz, a survivor of the Vilna Ghetto and a longtime librarian at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, died Monday at the age of 90. A small, slim woman, with a tall intellect, Abramowicz was a “bookworm” supremely dedicated to intellectual pursuits, said David Rogow, a longtime friend. “Scholars from all around the world… More ▸

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    Two top institutions of Yiddish culture entered into a partnership to reprint Yiddish children’s classics. Under the agreement signed between the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the National Yiddish Book Center, the books will be digitized from microfiche and also made available in reprint editions. More ▸

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    The editor of what was believed to be the world’s last daily Yiddish newspaper before it closed in 1996 died at the age of 88. Jacques Cypel, who was the editor in chief of the Parisbased Our Word, was born in the Ukraine and moved to France in 1938. More ▸

  • New European Jewish Magazine Aims to Unite Religious and Secular

    A new Jewish magazine launched here is designed to bring together European Jewish voices under one umbrella. The magazine is named Golem, after the mythical man-like creature created with kabbalistic invocations by the famous 17th-century Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague. Britta Juergs, a Golem editor, said the publication’s goals are to “strengthen communication between Jews… More ▸