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  • Arts & Culture Painter Who Survived Holocaust Has Homecoming Exhibit in Vilnius

    Lithuania is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust by helping to fund an exhibit of paintings by Samuel Bak, a Lithuanian-born Holocaust survivor. The show, housed in both the State Art Museum and the Gaon Jewish State Museum, features more than 100 of Bak’s works from 1942-2001. Bak, 68, now lives in Boston. Boston’s… More ▸

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    Eight authors merited multiple selections on a list of the top 100 works of modern Jewish literature. The Yiddish writers S.Y. Abramovitch, S. An-ski, Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer are among the eight on the list, which was selected by a group of scholars under the auspices of the National Yiddish Book Center in… More ▸

  • Warsaw Jews Mark Miracle with Exhibit on Surviving Shul

    This Chanukah, Warsaw’s Jews are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the only synagogue in Warsaw that survived the Holocaust — a synagogue that is today a symbol of efforts to revive Jewish life in the Polish city. The Nozyk Synagogue “is still a living synagogue today, utilized not only for daily and holiday prayers, but… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

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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 ▸