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    A series of programs on Yiddish radio won a Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media. The Yiddish Radio Project aired on U.S. public radio in the spring of 2002. In addition, a film on the failure of the Oslo peace accords also won a Peabody. More ▸

  • Prague Shul Damaged by Flood Among Recipients of Grant Money

    A flood-damaged medieval synagogue in Prague. A shul in Shanghai used by World War II Jewish refugees. The oldest synagogue in Rio de Janeiro. These sites were among this year’s recipients of restoration grants from the World Monument Fund. The fund’s Jewish Heritage Grant Program has announced 14 grants for this year, totaling nearly $236,000…. More ▸

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    Seymour Rexite, a longtime Yiddish theater performer, died Monday in New York at 91. Rexite, a child sensation as a singer in Poland, began appearing in theaters on New York’s Second Avenue soon after he came to the United States in 1920. He and his wife, actress Miriam Kressyn, had their own radio shows on… More ▸

  • Half a Century Later, Events Honor Jewish Writers Executed by Stalin

    Fifty years after their execution on trumped-up treason charges, 13 Soviet Jews, including several prominent writers, are being honored on two continents. “The Night of the Murdered Poets,” as the events of Aug. 12, 1952, are known, was part of a wave of postwar anti- Semitic repression orchestrated by Stalin. Events this week in Moscow… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Argentine Center for Needy Backs Up Words with Action

    From the street, the thin, large house with high ceilings and wooden doors has none of the telltale signs of a Jewish building in Argentina. There are no security fences, no police guards, no “parking is prohibited” signs — all of which became common after bombings rocked Jewish sites here in 1992 and 1994. In… More ▸

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    Zypora Spaisman, one of the mainstays of post-World War II Yiddish theater, died May 18 at 86. Spaisman, who supported herself by working as a recreation director at senior centers, earned several awards for her acting with the Folksbiene Theater. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture with Digital Library, Yiddish Books Suddenly Become Accessible to All

    Until recently, it seemed you could find Yiddish books only in obscure libraries or the attic of someone’s grandparents. But this week, Yiddish became one of the most accessible literatures on earth. On Monday, the National Yiddish Book Center launched the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, an online bookstore that makes more than 12,000 out-of-print… More ▸