Vulfpeck Takes A ‘Schvitz’ On Soulful New ‘Sauna’ Single

Vulfpeck has a new album on the way titled Schvitz set for a 2023 release with pre-orders and a crowdfunding campaign currently underway via Qrates. The funk outfit previewed the record with the single “Sauna.”. The 10-track Schvitz follows Vulfpeck’s 2020 LP, The Joy Of Music, The Job Of...
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I discovered a long lost relative who survived the Holocaust in Soviet gulags

Jews who survived under Stalin rather than Hitler are largely absent from mainstream film and literature. I stared at the Facebook message Asya Vaisman Schulman, a Yiddish scholar, had sent me. It was a biographical sketch of a Yiddish author by the name of Duvid Zakalik — the same name as me.
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Broadway: Mariah Carey Likes It Hot, “Fiddler” a Gem in Yiddish is Back and Better Than Ever, Have Gumbo Downtown with The White Blacks

MARIAH CAREY has added her name to the new musical version of “Some Like it Hot” as a producer. This may give the show a box office boost, and that’s the idea, you know, when this sort of thing happens. “Some Like it Hot” opens December 11th on Broadway, it’s based on the famous comedy with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.
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Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Triumphs Returning to Off-Broadway

The highly-acclaimed National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish has returned to Off-Broadway with a limited engagement at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) and will run through January 1, 2023. The stage is set very simply with long parchment scrolls hanging from the rafters, the center one with the word Torah prominently displayed in Hebrew. The main props used throughout the show are chairs and tables used in a variety of ways. A grand set of Anatekva is not needed in this staging of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish; the magnificent acting, dancing, and music more than carries the show.

Theater League of Clifton Announces 2023 Dinner Theater

Through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc., The Theater League of Clifton will present the comedy, “Meshuggah-Nuns!” at Mario's Restaurant in Clifton. A dinner theater show you won't want to miss!. The play involves the Little Sisters of Hoboken joining forces with a...
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For 40 years, this UConn group has been reading and dissecting Yiddish text

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate. For 40 years now, a group of academics at UConn have gathered to read and dissect texts in their original Yiddish. Yiddish, spoken by Jews of Eastern European origin is, as Avinoam Patt explained, is something of a composite...

‘He Doesn’t Have a Yiddishe Kup’

Facing a harsh trial, R. Yisrael Yitzchok Lubinsky nervously presented his case before the Rebbe Maharash. The Rebbe assured him that the self-indulgent judge didn’t have a Yiddishe kup…. R. Yisrael Yitzchok Lubinsky was a Chassid of the Tzemach Tzedek, Rebbe Maharash and Rebbe Rashab, and a talmid of...

Claire Ehrlich – The Lost World of Yiddish Anarchists

On Sunday, January 20, YIVO will host Yiddish Anarchism: New Scholarship on a Forgotten Tradition, a day-long conference. Claire Ehrlich sat down with scholars Kenyon Zimmer, Anna Elena Torres, and Tony Michels to discuss, among other topics, anarchism’s relationship to Jewish culture, religious practice, and Zionism; its erasure within Jewish scholarship; and why it’s so often dismissed as a political tendency. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

This Yiddish song expressing thanks for the harvest is perfect for Thanksgiving

“The Song Of Bread” praises a way of life in which people can eat foods that were produced in their own fields. This is an adaptation of the introduction to a recent Yiddish Brief, the free newsletter sent out by our Yiddish editor. Sign up here to get the Yiddish Brief delivered to your inbox.

Blood Relatives Review: A Supernatural Comedy With Teeth

It’s hard to pass up a new vampire movie — especially one that looks a little more grounded than some of the supernatural action films we’ve been given lately. Sure, it’s a comedy, and the main character is a Yiddish blood-sucker who still looks like he was only truly cool in the 50s and 60s, but I’m digging the road trip idea. Blood Relatives is another one of those films that almost went under my radar, but the trailer convinced me to review it. This one was advertised correctly, but it still didn’t give me exactly what I was expecting.