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"That Brought Down the House": A Yiddish Theater Goof

Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, remembers a story where a Yiddish theater actor, usually cast as a Hasid, made a humorous mistake during a different role.

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

I Saw All of Them; I Wouldn't Miss Them:" Yiddish Theatre and Film

Selma Gordon, a retired school aide, talks about going to Yiddish theatre and film productions as a child.

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

Yiddish Theater in Israel when Yiddish was Suppressed

Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, describes working in Yiddish theaters in Israel during the time when Yiddish was suppressed by the government.

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

"When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie, That's a Tsures": Connecting to Judaism at the Yiddish Theatre

Barbara Buloff, daughter of Yiddish actors Joseph Buloff & Luba Kadison, and granddaughter of Leib Kadison, cofounder of the Vilna Troupe, discusses the way her family's involvement in Yiddish theatre shaped her Jewish identity from a young age. She ...

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

Boris Aronson’s Funny Stories about Maurice Schwartz and Distance from Yiddish Theater

Marc Aronson, son of Yiddish theater set designers Boris and Lisa Aronson, shares some funny stories that his father used to tell about working with Maurice Schwartz.

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

Memories of the Yiddish Theater at Kadimah on Lygon Street in Carlton, Melbourne

Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former actor in the Melbourne amateur Yiddish theater, describes what the building of the Kadimah looked like when it was located at Lygon Street, Carlton. He also describes what the backstage was like while preparing for a...

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

Memories of the Second Avenue Yiddish Theater

Arje Shaw, z"l, native Yiddish speaker and Broadway playwright, remember going to Yiddish shows in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the exciting spectacle of the 2nd Avenue theaters themselves.

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

Yiddish Theater in Israel

Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland describes the decline of Yiddish theater in Israel.

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

Memories of A Great Yiddish Theater in Bialystok

Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—describes the Yiddish theater community in Bialystok before the Holocaust.

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

Advice To The Yiddish Theater Curious

Caraid O'Brien—writer, performer, and director, including of Yiddish works—gives advice to those curious about Yiddish theater and culture, including encouragement to learn the Yiddish language.

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

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

Ida Kaminska and Yiddish Theater in Post-War Warsaw

Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—describes the State Jewish Theater in Post-war Warsaw, directed by the great Ida Kaminska.

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

Riga's Beloved Yiddish Theater

Yakob Basner, Yiddish teacher and Holocaust survivor, recalls the thriving Yiddish theater scene in Riga before the war, and how he used to go to show with his neighbor who worked as a stagehand.

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

Yiddish Theater in Montreal

Malca Sussman Hubner recalls going to the Yiddish theater in Montreal as a child.

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

Tilting at Windmills: Keeping Faith in Yiddish Theater

Allen Lewis Rickman, Yiddish actor, describes how he sees the future of Yiddish theater by comparing it to the adventures of Don Quixote.

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

On the Centenary of the Yiddish Theater

Eugene Orenstein

Eugene Orenstein

May 15, 1976

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library

"Off-Broadway," A Phrase Courtesy of the Yiddish Theater

Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, shares some anecdotes about Yiddish theater in New York City.

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

From the repertoire of the Yiddish Art Theatre

Shane Baker

Shane Baker

April 10, 2005

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library