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March 4, 1910: Yiddish playwright Moshe Horowitz died

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Moshe Ish HaLevy was born on 27 February in Stanislawow, Eastern Galicia to an orthodox family who were followers of the Gaon Hshl”kh. He studied with Rabbi Meshulam Horowitz and later…

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STM, what we think, what we want, by Theodore Bikel

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STM, what we think, what we want as expressed by Theodore Bikel in an interview with Miri Koral, founding director of The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language (CIYCL).…

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A Celebration of the Life and Work of Sholem Asch

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An international celebration of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch’s life and work, including theater, films, music, photographs, sketches, satire, art, and family stories. Now in its 3rd year, Asch Wednesday 2021…

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January 15, 1987: Note Lurie, Yiddish novelist, died

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He was born in the old Jewish colony of Roskoshnaia, Zaporozhye (Zaporizhia) district, Ukraine.  During a pogrom in 1919, the majority of the residents in the colony were massacred, and…

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Boris Sandler, Treplekh aroyf tsu a nes: a sibe far a mesibe

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On Sunday 12 July 2020, the Congress for Jewish Culture together with the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, and Yung Yidish of Tel Aviv honored the Yiddish writer…

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The ventriloquist who teaches Yiddish

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Jonathan Geffner and his puppet partners have enchanted audiences of all ages and sizes throughout the USA and beyond. They have appeared on the nationally seen television programs: Late Night…

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May 13,1916: The great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem died

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Solomon Naumovich (Sholom Nohumovich) Rabinovich (Russian: Соломо́н Нау́мович (Шо́лом Но́хумович) Рабино́вич) was born in 1859 in Pereiaslav and grew up in the nearby shtetl (small town with a large Jewish…

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April 30, 1985: Mickey Katz, artist and musician whose Yiddish parody “Home on the Range” became a sensation, dies

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“Novelty” musician Mickey Katz, who specialized in Jewish parodies of American classics (such as “Haym afn Range” and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Katzkills”), died at 75 in Los Angeles on this…

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April 23, 1900: Joseph Green, renowned Yiddish theater actor, is born

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On April 23, 1900, Joseph Green was born in Poland, who emigrated to the United States in 1924 and became a renowned actor in the Yiddish theater. In 1915, during…

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February 21 1982: Gershom Scholem dies

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Gershom Scholem (December 5, 1897 – February 21, 1982), was a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian. He is widely regarded as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah.…

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