Joel Berkowitz

LITERARY THRONE: Even contemporaries saw playwright Jacob Gordin as a larger-than-life figure.

Jacob Gordin, Man and Myth

In the body of lore surrounding the Yiddish stage, a historical narrative jam-packed with legends, Yiddish theater impresario Jacob Gordin looms large. The man towered over most of his contemporaries, many of whom wrote admiringly of his trim, imposing physique; thick, dark, curly hair; majestic beard, and piercing brown eyes. A walking stick helped complete the picture.