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Statue of Sholem Aleichem unveiled at Tel Aviv University

The sculpture is a replica of one that stands in the historical Jewish quarter of Moscow

A bronze statue of the Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem was recently unveiled at Tel Aviv University.

Sholem Aleichem, one of the most popular classical writers of modern Yiddish literature, is best known for his collection of stories, Tevye the Dairyman, which were the basis for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof.

The sculpture, created by Russian-Jewish sculptor Yuri Chernov, is a replica of one that stands in the historical Jewish quarter of Moscow, near the former building of the GOSET Theater. A number of plays based on Sholem Aleichem’s works were staged there, under the direction of Solomon Mikhoels, until the theater’s closure in 1948.

The concept of the project was conceived by  Dr. Mark Zilberquit and supported by the Blavatnik Foundation.



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