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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How Do You Say ‘Tradition’ in Yiddish? by Joseph Berger

The first American production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in the language of the shtetl means training actors to hit the inflections, not just the notes.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Barbara Gelb, Author, Playwright and Journalist, Dies at 91 by Joseph Berger

Mrs. Gelb wrote several books, the best known being a weighty biography of Eugene O’Neill on which she collaborated with her husband.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fyvush Finkel, Pillar of Yiddish Theater, Dies at 93 by Joseph Berger

Mr. Finkel won an Emmy for his portrayal of a cantankerous lawyer on the 1990s show “Picket Fences.”

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

‘New York’s Yiddish Theater’ Explores a Fractious Heritage of Melodrama and Musicals by Joseph Berger

This show at the Museum of the City of New York traces a road from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side to Hollywood.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Researchers Start Job of Sorting Out Yiddish Writer's Papers by JOSEPH BERGER

They will be moved from his apartment in the Bronx to the YIVO headquarters on West 16th Street.

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Betty Garrett, Antsy Cabby in ‘On the Town,’ Is Dead at 91 by JOSEPH BERGER

In a career covering more than six decades, Ms. Garrett also played Archie Bunker’s liberal foil and a sardonic landlady in “Laverne & Shirley.”

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Trial Partnership for 2 Jewish Cultural Institutions in New York by Joseph Berger

The Museum of Jewish Heritage, trying to attract more visitors, and the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, seeking a permanent home, could undergo a full-blown merger by 2017, officials sa…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

After Delay, Yiddish Writer's Papers Will Be Made Available to Public by Joseph Berger

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the National Library of Israel will jointly administer the literary estate of Chaim Grade, who died in 1982.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Concert of Jewish Music Set for Barclays Center by Joseph Berger

The violinist Itzhak Perlman and Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, the cantor from the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan, have scheduled a show for Feb. 28.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Chasing a Name Lost to Time - NYTimes.com by JOSEPH BERGER

Benjamin P. Feldman, a retired real estate investor with the time and the money to chase his enthusiasms, was rummaging through a bin at a flea market in Chelsea last winter when he came acr…

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Chasing a Name Lost to Time by JOSEPH BERGER

The man whose name was on the purse turned out to be the grandfather of the late playwright Herb Gardner, whose works, including “A Thousand Clowns,” often revolved around the kind of ec…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shifra Lerer, Actress in Yiddish Theater, Dies at 95 by Joseph Berger

Ms. Lerer was discovered at age 5 in Argentina by the great Yiddish actor Boris Thomashefsky and went on to have a 90-year career in Yiddish theater.

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