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The Uniqueness of Yiddish Theatre

Diane Cypkin, professor at Pace University and performer, remembers how during her production of a Yiddish play the audience began singing the lyrics to the the Jewish folk melody that accompanied a scene change.

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

"It Was As Simple As Breathing the Air": The Yiddish Community in Montreal

Aron Gonshor - actor in the Montreal Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre and surgeon - describes the flourishing Jewish community of Montreal which he grew up in.

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

גערעכטיגקייט

באַנד: Vol. 2

Gerechtigkeit (Justice)

Volume: Vol. 2

September 17, 1920

Part of Gerechtigkeit (Justice) - ILGWU Newspaper

On My Step-Father, Yiddish writer Dovid Aidelman

Edna Nahshon, expert of Jewish theatre and step daughter of Yiddish writer Dovid Aidelman, speaks about her step father and being touched by his writing.

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

"An Old Guy From Kentucky": An American Yiddish Song

Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, sings an upbeat, humorous song about an old man from Kentucky.

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

גערעכטיגקייט

באַנד: Vol. 3

Gerechtigkeit (Justice)

Volume: Vol. 3

October 28, 1921

Part of Gerechtigkeit (Justice) - ILGWU Newspaper

הבימה

בן-ארי, ר

Habimah

Ben-Ari, R
Mukdoni, A, 1877-1958

Shiḳago : L. M. Shṭeyn, 1937

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

גערעכטיגקייט

באַנד: Vol. 1

Gerechtigkeit (Justice)

Volume: Vol. 1

September 26, 1919

Part of Gerechtigkeit (Justice) - ILGWU Newspaper

Melanie Lewis

Melanie Lewis—great-niece of Yiddish actor and founder of the NYC Yiddish Art Theatre Maurice Schwartz—was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 7th, 2019, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

2019-01-07

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

"I'm really sick of the conversation about whether Yiddish is living or dying": Post-Vernacularity

Avia Moore - a freelance theater artist based in Montreal - talks about the post-vernacular staus of Yiddish and what it means in the context of how we relate to the language and culture.

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

Zalmen Mlotek

Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 24th, 2019 in New York City. This interview is a musical addendum of an earlier interview.

2019-09-24

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Yiddish Songs about Non-Jews

Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, sings a cheeky song his father taught him that children in Russia would sing about non-Jews.

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

Selwyn (Zelig) Freed

Selwyn (Zelig) Freed, son of Yiddish theater actors Celia Adler and Lazar Freed, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 24, 2016, in Larchmont, NY.

2016-05-24

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Shirley Zaft Benyas

Shirley Zaft Benyas, singer and Yiddish theater actress, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 29, 2016 in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

2016-06-29

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Dora Wasserman's Last Years and Passing the Reigns

Bryna Wasserman, executive director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and daughter of Yiddish actress Dora Wasserman, reflects on the end of her mother's career and her lasting impact on the city of Montreal.

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

גערעכטיגקייט

באַנד: Vol. 2

Gerechtigkeit (Justice)

Volume: Vol. 2

November 05, 1920

Part of Gerechtigkeit (Justice) - ILGWU Newspaper

One Eye on the Past, One Eye on the Future: Reaction to the MCNY's Yiddish Theater Exhibit

Minna Barrett, psychology professor and granddaughter of Yiddish actor David Baratz, talks about the importance of remembering Yiddish culture and how it enriches the history of the United States.

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

"You'll Be an Engineer of Hearts": How Jakub Rotbaum Convinced Me to Become an Actress Instead of an Engineer

Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, describes how a conversation with Jakub Rotbaum—a famous Yiddish theater director, actor and painter—convinced her to go into theater instead of pursuing a career as an engineer.

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

Michael (Mendl) Szmerling

Michael (Mendl) Szmerling, former Yiddish theater actor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

2017-02-21

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Bernie Agranoff

Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 29, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2016-06-29

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project