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Broadway Bigs Get Boosts

By Masha Leon

“It would have been lovelier if Jerry were standing here,” host Marian Seldes said — referring to originally designated emcee Jerry Orbach — at the January 24 Theater Hall of Fame “Lifetime in the Theater 2004 Induction Awards” ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre.Lynn Meadows, artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club, describedRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 18, 2005

Yosef Bovshover was one of the “proletarian poets” whose works were well known in the late 1890s. He was the least famous of a group of four poets who dedicated their works to championing the cause of working people. The other three were Morris Winchevsky, Morris Rosenfeld and David Edelstadt. On the occasion of Bovshover’sRead More


Who Is Maxine? What Is She?

By Marjorie Ingall

Comparisons are odious. As the touchy-feely therapist who led my new mom’s group used to say, “Compare and despair!” (I find it fun to repeat this in the flat, nerdy Midwestern accent used by the school principal on “South Park,” despite the fact that the therapist was from Queens.) Yet how can the mother of two girls not compareRead More


Matchmaker, Matchmaker... Hoping To Stave Off the Valentine’s Day Blues, the Hapless Jewish Writer Seeks Professional Help

By Max Gross

Valentine’s Day can summon terrible sadness in Hapless Jews. Last Valentine’s Day, the Hapless Jewish Writer spent the day despairing over his ex.The Hapless Jewish Writer’s girlfriend ended their relationship at an Indian restaurant December 7 — a date that will live in infamy.“IRead More


Tapping Into Her Inner J.A.P.

By Malina Sarah Saval

Talk about embracing the problems. The latest thing to come to Los Angeles is “Coke-free J.A.P.,” a one-woman show in which 31-year-old writer and actress Fielding (née Elizabeth) Edlow brings to life a potty-mouthed, newly sober, cocaine-craving self-described Jewish American princess. The character, Sage Saperstein, is a 22-year-oldRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 11, 2005

Once more the inimitable Stanley Siegelman returns to Der Vinkl with a rare news item and his Yinglish versions in Yiddish mixed with English and in English mixed with Yiddish. In England, he reports, an 18-year-old girl has openly advertised the sale of her virginity for several hundred British pounds. Hundreds of men have respondedRead More


Fierstein Fires Up ‘Fiddler’

By Masha Leon

Crooner Julius La Rosa (!), film star Danny Kaye and comic Alan King were among those considered in 1964 for the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” notes Carol Ilson in her 1989 biography, “Harold Prince — From ‘Pajama Game’ to ‘Phantom of the Opera’” (UMI Research Press). In the end, Prince’s choice, Zero Mostel, becameRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 4, 2005

On the 115th yahrzeit of poet Mikhl Gordon, the Forverts’s Pearls of Yiddish Poetry featured this famous Maskl. At the time of his life, this movement in which Gordon played a prominent role was the ideological challenger of the Hasidim, who were the fervent advocates of the “good old-time religion” thatRead More


Students Pow-wow in Republic of Palau

By Rukhl Schaechter

Last Thursday afternoon, Continental Flight #0014 landed at Newark Airport, and among the passengers streaming out of the plane was a group of 10 teenage boys returning from winter break in the North Pacific. However, this was no ordinary vacation. The teenagers were Orthodox students from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (YeshivaRead More


VIP Crush at King Event

By Masha Leon

Dais-designated New York Post columnist Cindy Adams — on line with power attorney Barry Slotnick for the VIP reception at the January 17 Congress of Racial Equality Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream 2005” dinner — was miffed because her red plastic VIP admission bracelet was delayed and the promised-to-be-there recipientRead More


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