Posts Tagged ‘Yiddish’

drama masks that are sad and happy.

“From Baghdad to Brooklyn”

Carol Dworkin special to the Jewish News Film and stage actress, singer, yoga instructor, dancer, storyteller, Hebrew speaker, a rabbi’s wife and mother. Yes, you could describe Michelle Azar as a woman of many talents and dimensions. “From Baghdad to Brooklyn,” written and performed by Azar, was a sell-out success on Broadway in September 2017.…

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Still from 1923 productions of Di goldene kale.

The Toast Of Jewish Broadway

Musicologist Dr. Michael Ochs brings the joy of Yiddish operetta to Ann Arbor. Julie Smith Yolles Special to the Jewish News When Michael Ochs was 2 years old, his family left Germany, where he was born, right before the beginning of WWII. They left everything behind and started their lives all over again in New…

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Antologye: Finf Hundert Yor Idishe Poeziye, edited by Morris Bassin (New York: Literarisher Farlag, 1917); Jewish Museum, London; The Murdered Jewess, Sarah Alexander. The Life, Trial, and Conviction of Rubenstein, the Polish Jew (Barclay Publishing Company, Philadelphia, 1876).

Yiddish Events Coming To Ann Arbor

This fall, the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan will welcome three guest lecturers for a series of events centered around Yiddish. Allison Schachter, Vivi Lachs and Eddy Portnoy will be giving separate lectures on topics including Yiddish poetry, music and underground culture. All the lectures will take place in Room…

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Bais HaMikdash. The holiday Tisha B'Av written in vintage letterpress type. yiddish limerick

Yiddish Limerick: Tisha b’Av

Mir Hobn farlorn undzer Bais HaMikdash, even di tzvay So mir vel gedaykn un fastn un Lamentations we will say. On the floor mir vel zitzn Mir dertzayln nisht vitzn Dos is Tisha b’Av, so sad is the day.   Mir hobn farlorn: we have lost Undzer Bais HaMikdash: our Temple Di tzvay: the two…

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Fiddler on the Roof (in English) made a return to Broadway in 2016. PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS

Return To Tradition

A pair of Metro Detroit natives are among the cast of a Joel Grey-directed version of Fiddler on the Roof — all in Yiddish. Michael Yashinsky and Daniel Kahn each grew up in Farmington Hills thinking about the possibilities of stage careers, but they didn’t get to know each other until 2016, when they were…

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seven-layer cake

Essay: The Little White Box

Shelley Yorke Rose The acrid smell of boiled tongue greeted us as my mother flung open the door to my grandparents’ apartment on Outer Drive in Detroit. “Dad, are you making tongue again?” she asked, annoyed. No answer. Then my grandmother, all five feet of her, peeked out of the kitchen, apron wrapped tightly around…

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Ann Arbor 11th-Grader Wins Bronfman Fellowship

Ellie Makar-Limanov of Ann Arbor, a Huron High School student, is one of 26 students nationwide to be chosen for a Bronfman Fellowship. The group of 11th-graders will participate in a transformative five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a rigorous year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts.…

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Tara Strong

Hero In Disguise

Reisa Shanaman Special to the Jewish News Tara Strong is a mom, wife, activist — and the voice behind hundreds of our favorite TV and movie characters. I always say ‘I win IMDb [Internet Movie Database],” Tara Strong tells us over the phone from her Los Angeles home. “I literally work every single day.” Her…

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The introduction of giving tzedakah (charity): Each family member who cuts the hair gives the child money to put into his tzedakah box.

Ami’s Upsherin

Beverly Kent Goldenberg Special to the Jewish news 3-year-old marks birthday with Jewish tradition. Although they are not religious, Etai and Caroline Goldenberg love Jewish traditions, customs and celebrations. This Lag b’Omer, they marked their son, Ami’s (Amichai Barak Goldenberg) third birthday with an upsherin. Ami’s upsherin took place at an Israeli-style Lag b’Omer celebration…

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Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Embracing Our Chutzpah

Congregation Shaarey Zedek welcomes Rabbi Ed Feinstein. What’s your story? I’m not asking in the uncouth way, as if we ran into one another at an airport or hotel bar and wanted to make small talk. I’m asking in the way that goes deeper and begs for honesty and vulnerability, the way that allows for…

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