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  • The Yiddish roots of Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 7, 2016 | 10:53 am

    When I ask Yiddishist Edna Nahshon what images of Jews appeared on the stages of Yiddish theater, she says, simply, “Everything.” 

    You have scientists, you have crooks, you have whores — the entire gamut of Jewish life.” 

    Minus the whores, that pretty much described the scene...

  • Theater à la Second Avenue

    February 27, 2013 | 7:08 am

    With the revival of his musical about a Jewish cabaret comedian, writer-director Pavel Cerny feels he is giving the current generation of Los Angeles audiences a taste, in English, of the kind of Yiddish theater that flourished a century ago on Second Avenue in New York. 


  • Henry Jaglom discusses ‘Just 45 Minutes from Broadway’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Q:  What was the impetus for the story?

    A:  I’ve always been fascinated by theater people, and by the fact of my being Jewish, and those two things together led me to explore something that I’d never had any personal experience with, which is the Yiddish theater.

    Not only do I...

  • Henry Jaglom’s ‘45 Minutes from Broadway’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 2012 | 11:01 pm

    Henry Jaglom’s 18th film, “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” revolves around an eccentric family of actors with roots going back to the Yiddish theater, spotlighting one spring in their ramshackle country house outside New York City.  There’s the patriarch, George “Grisha”...

  • Tilson Thomas’ Yiddishe bubbe and zayde are back on stage

    December 10, 2008 | 10:42 pm

    North Hollywood in the 1950s was dotted with orange groves and squat, modern apartment buildings.

    But for Michael Tilson Thomas -- now music director of the San Francisco Symphony -- the North Hollywood apartment of his grandmother Bessie was a window onto a vanished world: the world...

  • Yiddish theater documentary opens, thanks to WWW

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The trailer
    For independent filmmakers Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus, making "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" was the easy part; booking the documentary into a commercial venue where people could see it was the real struggle.

    After two years of rebuffs, the director and producer of...

  • Music: A Yiddish celebration with Buenos Aires style

    By Roberto Loiederman

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1950s, a few years after Yiddish culture in Europe had been decimated, there was a bustling metropolis in the Western Hemisphere that still had a thriving Yiddish culture.

    This city had a number of schools in which classes were taught in Yiddish; there was an active...

  • Films: The little Yiddish theater that could

    By Tom Tugend

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Friends and relatives of Dan Katzir were astonished when the Israeli filmmaker came up with a heart-grabbing documentary on New York's fading Yiddish theater.

    For one, Katzir hardly knew a word of Yiddish.

    For another, among Katzir's extended family, which included Israel's...
  • Yiddish theater—live on stage!

    By Dave Kopplin

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles audiences have an opportunity to see selections from one of the groundbreaking works of Yiddish theater, "The Megillah of Itzak Manger," Saturday at the Skirball Cultural Center as part of the "Art of Yiddish" program. Singer and performer Mike Burstyn -- known...