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Yiddish Theater Takes on Capitalism

By Rokhl Kafrissen

Yiddish Theater Takes on Capitalism
Since 2005, the New Worlds Theatre Project has been presenting classic Yiddish drama in English translation. This season they’re presenting a new English translation of H. Leivick’s 1921 play “Shmates,” here called “Welcome to America,” a naturalistic drama about the corrosive effects of American capitalism on a traditional Jewish immigrant family.Read More


Why Yiddish Matters

By Rokhl Kafrissen

On May 15, Speakers’ Lab and the Forward will present a moderated town hall-style event called “Now What? The Future of New Jewish Culture” at the 14th Street Y in downtown New York City. In preparation for the event, each panelist was asked to respond to a question related to his or her work. The Forward will publish one panelist’s response every Tuesday leading up to the event, and a second panelist’s response will be published on Speakers’ Lab’s website that same day. Read More


Welcome to the Dybbuk Revival

By Rokhl Kafrissen

Welcome to the Dybbuk Revival
Yiddish revival? That’s so 2011. This year is all about the Dybbuk revival. That is, insofar as a disembodied spirit can be revived, and monetized.Read More


Psoy Korolenko's 21st Century Humor

By Rokhl Kafrissen

Psoy Korolenko's 21st Century Humor
Shaman-journalist is still a microniche compared to singer-songwriter. That may explain why Psoy Korolenko is something of an enigma to English-speaking audiences.Read More


With 'Jews on Vinyl' You Can Have Your Kitsch and Eat It, Too

By Rokhl Kafrissen

With 'Jews on Vinyl' You Can Have Your Kitsch and Eat It, Too
“Jews on Vinyl,” an unusual museum exhibit focused on the recent Jewish past, has arrived at the Yeshiva University Museum after touring the West Coast for two years. The exhibit is a project of the Reboot Stereophonic non-profit record label, and is based on the 2008 book “And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost,” a glossy collection of over 500 vintage record covers collected over 15 years by guest curators (and Stereophonic Reboot founders) Josh Kun and Roger Bennett.Read More






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