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    An exhibit of illustrations created for children’s books written by I.B. Singer will soon go on display. The exhibit of illustrations by Irene Lieblich at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., is part of celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize-winning author. More ▸

  • Across the Former Soviet Union Stalin Has Long Been Dead, but His Jewish Region Lives on

    The odd story of Stalin’s Russian homeland for the Jews has taken another strange twist. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the two-story Moorish-style synagogue in Birobidzhan last Friday was the highlight of a weeklong celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Jewish Autonomous Region, an area in Russia’s Far East that Stalin declared a secular Jewish… More ▸

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    There’s a new bilingual book of Yiddish poetry by a young American woman. “Sudden Rain / Plutsemdiker Regn,” by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, includes musings on the computer age and a response to the Sept. 11 attacks. More ▸

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    A historic Yiddish theater troupe in New York City found a new home. The architect Daniel Libeskind will help remodel the downtown building that will house the theater, The New York Times reported. The theater is the last of the Yiddish troupes that once flourished in the city. More ▸

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    Some 700 books from prewar Eastern European Jewry have been reprinted thanks to the National Yiddish Book Center. The books depict daily Jewish life before the Holocaust through maps, illustrations, photos and Yiddish and Hebrew text. More ▸

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    Dora Wasserman, the founder of Canada’s only Yiddish theater, died on Monday in Montreal at 84. Two of Wasserman’s finest Yiddish adaptations include Ted Allan’s “Lies My Father Told Me,” and Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay’s “Les Belles Soeurs,” staged as Di Shvegerin. More ▸

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    A novel set in New Jersey, focusing on a Vienna native and his granddaughter’s friend, won the inaugural Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. The $5,000 prize for Dara Horn’s “In the Image” will be presented at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations’ biennial next month in Minneapolis. Horn, 26, is a doctoral student in… More ▸

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    The National Yiddish Book Center is opening an exhibit of Rosh Hashanah cards. The exhibit, which will run at the center’s home at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. from Sept. 7 through Nov. 2, will feature the works of master papercut artist Yehudit Shadur. Selections from the center’s own Kramer collection of Rosh Hashanah cards… More ▸