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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 ▸

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    A digital library of Yiddish books soon will be available on the Internet. Users will be able to purchase some 12,000 books in the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, which has been created by the National Yiddish Book Center. More ▸

  • Npr Series About Yiddish Radio Prompts Rash of Anti-semitic E-mail

    A radio series about the history of Yiddish radio has touched off a flurry of anti- Semitic e-mails. National Public Radio, which is airing the 10-part “Yiddish Radio Project,” has received more than 75 e-mails criticizing the series, many of them anti-Semitic, according to Jeffrey Dvorkin, NPR’s ombudsman. While the anti-Semitic messages are a minority… More ▸

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    An upcoming conference will focus on the state of young Jewish writers in North America. “Jewish Fiction: The New Voices” will take place at the National Yiddish Book Center in western Massachusetts from Friday through Sunday. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture First Family of Yiddish Actors Subject of New Documentary

    Walking into Lillian Lux’s Lower East Side home is like entering a museum of Yiddish theater. The apartment holds a photo of Lux and her husband — the late Yiddish actor Pesach’ke Burstein — from an appearance in Argentina in the late 1930s. There also is a picture of Lux, Burstein and their actor-son, Mike,… More ▸