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The Broder Singers and Early Yiddish Theater

Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel—actor, singer songwriter, and librarian—talks about her research on the Broder Singers and early Yiddish theater.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"His Voice was Louder than the Actors": My Uncle was a Prompter in the Detroit Yiddish Theater

Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, tells stories about his uncle - a prompter in the Detroit Yiddish theater.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

My First Yiddish Theater Appearance At Age 3

Helena (Chayele) Jacobs [Storch], Yiddish actress, remembers her first performance in the Yiddish theater, when she was three years old, and how her father ruined her moment.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

An Early Career in Yiddish Theater: Rick Grossman Reflects

Rick Grossman, actor and part of a Yiddish theater family, describes the beginnings of his career in Yiddish theater at six years old. He remembers how his parents brought him into the theater because he could sing and dance and had a big voice, and ...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

The Yiddish Theater: Stuck in Your Head, Then and Now

Mildred Berman, New York native and active volunteer worker, remembers the Yiddish theater as "the best thing about growing up!" She remembers the songs she and her family sang along to, and tells about performing a song in Yiddish in her Yiddish cla...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Advice for Future Yiddish Theater

Yelena Shmulenson – NY-based Yiddish actress from the Former Soviet Union – offers her advice in regards to Yiddish theater. Her advice includes how to improve one's Yiddish for performing and how one can promote and create new Yiddish theater.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

On Performing with a Giant of Yiddish Theater: Rick Grossman Reflects

Rick Grossman, actor and part of a Yiddish theater family, talks about working with Molly Picon as a teenager and seeing hundreds of her performances. He explains how she touched his life as an individual and not just as an actress.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

My Grandparents Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman: Pioneers of Yiddish Theater

Rick Grossman, actor and part of a Yiddish theater family, describes his grandparents, Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman, as pioneers of Yiddish Theater because they moved on from the "Meccas" of theater, New York and Philadelphia, to find Jewish audienc...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

יידיש טעאטער אין פוילן

טורקאװ-גרודבערג, יצחק

Yidish ṭeaṭer in Poyln

Turkow-Grudberg, Isaac, 1906-1970

Ṿarshe : Yidish-bukh, 1951

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Abie's Irish Rose And Maurice Schwartz: Remembering How Yiddish Theatre Dealt With Issues of Modern Jewish LIfe

Milly Guberman Kravetz, Boston native and social worker, recalls the plays she saw as a child at the Yiddish Theater, and speaks to the differences between Yiddish and English theater.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

A New Generation of Yiddish Theater in Israel

Anabella, Yiddish actress, explains how fifty years ago, it was said that Israeli Yiddish theater was only full of older actors. Anabella now sees new generations of young Israelis entering the Yiddish theater scene all the time.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

How My Grandparents, Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman, Came to Love the Yiddish Theater

Rick Grossman, actor and part of a Yiddish theater family, talks about how his grandparents, Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman, came to find Yiddish theater. He explains how his grandmother's influence gave his grandfather a love of playwriting.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

The Yiddish Burlesque Theater in Toronto

Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, recounts her brief foray into Yiddish theater, when she performed with the Toronto Peretz shule in a burlesque production.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Yiddish Theater is a Mirror to the Jewish Soul

Moishe Rosenfeld - founder of GoldenLand Concerts & Connections, a New York City-based booking agency for Jewish performing arts - reflects on the legacy of Yiddish theater and how theater connects contemporary audiences with Yiddish speakers of the ...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Words of Advice from a Veteran Performer for Actors Coming into Yiddish Theater

Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, offers her words of advice for actors interested in and working in Yiddish theater.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"We Had to Forge Our Link Ourselves": A New Generation of Yiddish Theatre

Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, speaks about the mixed blessing of working in the Yiddish theater without having been trained by its native participants: on the one hand, his actors lack the native...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

האנטבוך פון יידישן טעאטער : א שטודיר-בוך

זילבערצווייג, זלמן

Hanṭbukh fun Yidishn ṭeaṭer a shṭudir-bukh

Zylbercweig, Zalmen, 1894-1972

Meḳsiḳe Siṭi : Zalmen Zilbertsṿayg Yoyvl-ḳomiṭeṭ baym Yiṿo in Los Andzsheles, 1970

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Harold Bloom Recalls Yiddish Plays and Musicals at the Second Avenue Theatre

Harold Bloom, z"l, literary critic, fondly recalls his three older sisters taking him from their home in the East Bronx down to the Lower East Side to attend Yiddish theater.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

לעקסיקאן פון יידישן טעאטער

באַנד: 1

זילבערצווייג, זלמן

Leḳsiḳon fun Yidishn ṭeaṭer

Volume: 1

Zylbercweig, Zalmen, 1894-1972
Mestel, Jacob, 1884-1958

Nyu Yorḳ : Elisheva, 1931

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

לעקסיקאן פון יידישן טעאטער

באַנד: 2

זילבערצווייג, זלמן

Leḳsiḳon fun Yidishn ṭeaṭer

Volume: 2

Zylbercweig, Zalmen, 1894-1972
Mestel, Jacob, 1884-1958

Nyu Yorḳ : Elisheva, 1931

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library