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My Favorite Yiddish Theater Roles

Paula Boltman, former actress in the Melbourne Yiddish theater, describes some of her favorite roles while she performed in the Yiddish theater.

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

קוליסן און הינטערקוליסן : זכרונות, באגעגענישן, געשטאלטן אין יידישן טעאטר אין סאוויעט-רוסלאנד

בראדא, מאיר

Ḳulisn un hinṭerḳulisn zikhroynes̀, bagegenishn, geshṭalṭn in yidishn ṭeaṭer in Soṿyeṭ-Rusland

Braudo, Meʼir

Tel-Aviv : ha-Menorah, 1974

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

אליהו טענענהאלץ'ס יובל-בוך : לככוד פופציק יאר זיין צוטראג צום אידישן טעאטער

Elyohu Ṭenenholts's yoyvl-bukh lekoved fuftsiḳ yor fun zayn tsuṭrog tsum Idishn ṭeaṭer

Tenenholtz, Alexander, b. 1887
Zylbercweig, Zalmen, 1894-1972
Lang, Harry, 1888-
Babitz, Abraham

Los Andzsheles, Ḳalif. : Aroysgegebn fun E. Ṭenenholts yoyvl-ḳomiṭeṭ, 1955

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Dora Wasserman and the Moscow Yiddish Theater

Bryna Wasserman, executive director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and daughter of Yiddish actress Dora Wasserman, tells the story of her mother's audition for the Moscow State Yiddish Theater.

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

Hope for the Future of Yiddish Theater

Bryna Wasserman, executive director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and daughter of Yiddish actress Dora Wasserman, reflects on the challenges of Yiddish theater and the way forward.

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

A Sentimental Attachment to Yiddish Theater

Dan Opatoshu, screenwriter and grandson of Yiddish writer Yosef Opatoshu, reflects on his father’s career as an actor and his own personal connection to Yiddish theater, including childhood visits to famous Yiddish actress Molly Picon’s house.

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

Yiddish Theater Has Never Been One Single Thing

Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, explains that "Yiddish theater" has never been a monolithic, singular entity as some would allege, but rather is characterized by a multiplicity of shows, styles, an...

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

The Future of Yiddish Theater: A Need for Something New

Yelena Shmulenson, NY-based Yiddish actress from the Former Soviet Union, details why she has difficulty being hopeful about the future of Yiddish theater, and outlines what she believes must be done in order to keep it alive.

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

Description of Yiddish Theater and Actors in Philadelphia

Selwyn Freed, son of Yiddish theater actors Celia Adler and Lazar Freed, describes the Yiddish theatre in Philadelphia and talks about the actors, who often communicated with the audience.

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

How Yiddish theater Has Come Full Circle

Rick Grossman talks about the revivals of older Yiddish culture being done by the National Yiddish Theater, Folksbeine. He talks about the renewed interest by the newer generation to learn about the history of Yiddish.

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

Melbourne Yiddish Youth Theatre

Doodie Ringelblum, medical doctor and Yiddish activist based in Melbourne, explains the establishment and development of the Melbourne Yiddish Youth Theatre, of which he was an active member.

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

Yiddish Theater is a Mirror to the Jewish Soul

Moishe Rosenfeld - Founder of Golden Land 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

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

"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 Father Broke Into The Wrong Car After A Night At The Yiddish Theater

Rhoda Weiner, Yiddish speaker and active volunteer worker, tells the story of her father breaking into a car that he thought was his after taking the family to the Yiddish theater, and her mother having to run away while pregnant.

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

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

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

"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