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  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • News Brief

    A foundation headed by Steven Spielberg donated $500,000 to help create a Web site that will document the history of New York’s Yiddish theater. The money from the Righteous Persons Foundation will help set up Second Avenue Online, which will feature oral histories, manuscripts and musical scores. It will also house an interactive exhibit on… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The sole remaining Yiddish theater company in the United States found a temporary home. The New York-based Folksbiene Theater, which is now in its 83rd year, had lost its theater space when the Central Synagogue burned down in August. More ▸

  • News Brief

    The oldest continuously running Yiddish theater in New York lost its theater space as a result of the fire last month at Manhattan’s Central Synagogue. The loss of its space in the synagogue is threatening the 83rd season of the Folksbiene Theater, which was scheduled to begin at the end of October. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Atlanta Theater to Feature Controversial Yiddish Play

    The Jewish Theatre of the South’s upcoming production features a Jewish brothel owner, a loving lesbian relationship and domestic violence. Since when is this Jewish theater? Since 1907, when European audiences attended the first performances of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama “God of Vengeance.” The play proved so potent when it was translated into English and… More ▸

  • Kafka, Prophet of 20th Century, Finds Home with ‘seinfeld’ Fans

    It’s an absurdity that Franz Kafka himself would appreciate. Some 1,500 people recently crowded into New York’s Town Hall for an evening devoted to a new translation of an unfinished novel that its author, now dead, had asked not be published. As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Remnick put it as he opened the event, which… More ▸