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Rick Grossman Remembers His Early Performances in Yiddish Theater

Rick Grossman, actor and part of a Yiddish theater family, talks about his performance in Wish Me Luck and the legacy that performance has had on his family. He also remembers his close relationships with various famous Yiddish performers and compose...

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

They Made Fun of Life: Memories of the Yiddish Theater

Eleanor Rothfeld, born in Lvov and raised in the United States, remembers how much she enjoyed visiting the Yiddish theater as a young woman.

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

Songs from My Uncle, A Yiddish Theater Prompter

Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, sings an old song he remembers, that his uncle taught him, and describes another that was sung on the street.

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

Leonard Nimoy Remembers His First Foray Into Yiddish Theater in Los Angeles

Leonard Nimoy, Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series, shares his memories of performing in a Yiddish production at a theater in Los Angeles early on in his career.

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

The Golden Age Of The David Herman Theatre

Joe (Yossl) Tigl – son of Yiddish actor Shia Tigl – describes the golden age of Yiddish theater. He describes all of the various ways his father was involved in the theater and how heady that period of time was. Through his father and the theater, he...

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

אונדזער טעאטער

מעסטעל, יעקב, 1884-1958

Undzer ṭeaṭer

Mestel, Jacob, 1884-1958

Nyu Yorḳ : Yḳuf, 1943

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

מיין לעבן אין טעאטער

בועז יאנג

Mayn lebn in ṭeaṭer

Young, Bernard, b. 1870

Nyu-Yorḳ : Iḳuf, 1950

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

ליטערארישע ביהנע : א זאמלונג פון אריגינעלע אידישע טהעאטער-שטיק

Liṭerarishe bihne a zamlung fun originele Idishe ṭheaṭer-shṭiḳ

Nyu Yorḳ : Liṭerarisher ferlag, [19--?]

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Tom Oppenheim

Tom Oppenheim - great-grandson of Yiddish theatre actors Jacob and Sara Adler, Artistic Director and President of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 8, 2016 at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York...

2016-03-08

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

The Vilna Troupe and Transnational Yiddish Art Theatre

Debra Caplan, Ph.D. candidate in Yiddish, briefly explains her dissertation which focuses on the Vilna Troupe and their role in creating a Yiddish art theater movement.

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

Zalmen Mlotek

Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbine, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 28th, 2019, at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, in New York City.

2019-01-28

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Diane Cypkin

Diane Cypkin, a performer and professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University, was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on August 8, 2013, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Diane describes her parents' lives in Lit...

2013-08-08

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Aron Gonshor

Aron Gonshor, actor in the Montreal Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre and surgeon, was interviewed by Sara Israel on December 15, 2011 at the Montreal Jewish Public Library in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Aron's parents were Holocaust survivors who lost mo...

2011-12-15

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

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

Memories of Jenny Goldstein and the Yiddish Theater

Bernice Mayer, native Yiddish speaker who grew up in the Bronx and worked with Meir Kahane in the Jewish Defense League, describes going to the Yiddish Theatre with her parents and seeing Jenny Goldstein.

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

ליטעראטור און טעאטער

מעסטל, יעקב, 1884-1958

Liṭeraṭur un ṭeaṭer

Mestel, Jacob, 1884-1958

Nyu Yorḳ : Iḳuf farlag, 1962

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

יידיש טעאטער : קווארטאל-בוך

Yidish ṭeaṭer ḳṿarṭal-bukh

Ṿarshe ; Ṿilne : B. Ḳletsḳin, 1927

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Being Dora's Daughter: Bryna Wasserman Reflects

Bryna Wasserman, executive director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and daughter of Yiddish actress Dora Wasserman, talks about her mother's career and what it was like growing up immersed in theater.

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

די געשיכטע פון אידישען טהעאטער : צוויי טויזענט יאהר טהעאטער ביי אידען

באַנד: 1

גארין, ב

Di geshikhṭe fun Idishen ṭheaṭer tsṿey ṭoyzenṭ yohr ṭheaṭer bay Iden)

Volume: 1

Gorin, B, 1868-1925

Nyu Yorḳ : M.N. Mayzel, Idisher farlag far liṭeraṭur un ṿisenshafṭ, 1923

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

די געשיכטע פון אידישען טהעאטער : צוויי טויזענט יאהר טהעאטער ביי אידען

באַנד: 2

גארין, ב

Di geshikhṭe fun Idishen ṭheaṭer tsṿey ṭoyzenṭ yohr ṭheaṭer bay Iden)

Volume: 2

Gorin, B, 1868-1925

Nyu Yorḳ : M.N. Mayzel, Idisher farlag far liṭeraṭur un ṿisenshafṭ, 1923

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library