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New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway

by Edna Nahshon, Editor,
The Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2016

Yiddish theater may have been born in 1876 in a wine garden in Iasi, Romania, when Abraham Goldfaden provided a simple storyline to two itinerant folk singers. Goldfaden soon formed his own theatrical company, which performed his plays, adapted from Jewish and European sources, accompanied by cantorial tunes, marches, waltzes and classical compositions.


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