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Yiddish Theater
The City Museum holds a major collection related to theatrical productions performed or originated on New York's Yiddish stage. Highlights include works translated into Yiddish and performances of works originally written in Yiddish but translated into English. The collection also includes information on performances around the United States, in Europe, and in South America.
[Sylvia Regan Ellstein, Seymour Rexite and Abraham Ellstein.]

[Sylvia Regan Ellstein, Seymour Rexite and Abraham Ellstein.]


[Abe Ellstein conducting a rehearsal.]

[Abe Ellstein conducting a rehearsal.]


[Reproduction of poster for Thomashefsky's Arch Street Theatre.]

[Reproduction of poster for Thomashefsky's Arch Street Theatre.]


[Zvee Scooler in "The Brothers Ashkenazi".]

[Zvee Scooler in "The Brothers Ashkenazi".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Di brider Ashkenazi".

[Yitzkhok Rotblum, Jacob Jergreen and Wolfe Barzell in "Day and Night".]

[Yitzkhok Rotblum, Jacob Jergreen and Wolfe Barzell in "Day and Night".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Tog un nakht". Photograph by Kessner's Studio.

[Anna Teitelbaum in "The Brothers Ashkenazi".]

[Anna Teitelbaum in "The Brothers Ashkenazi".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Di brider Ashkenazi".

[Anna Teitelbaum.]

[Anna Teitelbaum.]


[Anna Teitelbaum in "The Father".]

[Anna Teitelbaum in "The Father".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der foter".

[Anna Teitelbaum in "The Father".]

[Anna Teitelbaum in "The Father".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der foter".

[Paul Muni with his wife, Bella Finkle, and dog.]

[Paul Muni with his wife, Bella Finkle, and dog.]


[Betty Simonoff in "Song of Israel".]

[Betty Simonoff in "Song of Israel".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is likely "Lid fun Yisroel".

[Betty Simonoff performing at a radio station.]

[Betty Simonoff performing at a radio station.]


[Betty Simonoff and Harry Hershfield.]

[Betty Simonoff and Harry Hershfield.]


[Betty Simonoff starring in "Jewish Operettas", directed by Sholom Secunda, on WLTH.]

[Betty Simonoff starring in "Jewish Operettas", directed by Sholom Secunda, on WLTH.]


[Maurice Schwartz with the Yiddish Art Theatre troupe.]

[Maurice Schwartz with the Yiddish Art Theatre troupe.]

Morris Myer, Mrs. Schwartz, and Rachel Myer are also among those in the group.

[Maurice Schwartz with the Yiddish Art Theatre troupe.]

[Maurice Schwartz with the Yiddish Art Theatre troupe.]

Mrs. Schwartz, Morris Myer, Mrs. Myer, Elsie Ruth Stein Myer, Saul Myer, Dr. Adele Avery, and Hyam Myer,...

[Maurice Schwartz with the Yiddish Art Theatre troupe.]

[Maurice Schwartz with the Yiddish Art Theatre troupe.]

Hyam Myer, Morris Myer and Mrs. Schwartz are also among those in the group.

[Belle Didjah with unidentified writers in Czernowitz.]

[Belle Didjah with unidentified writers in Czernowitz.]


["Day and Night" theater still.]

["Day and Night" theater still.]

Photograph by Kessner's Studio. Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Tog un nakht".

["Day and Night" theater still.]

["Day and Night" theater still.]

Photograph by Kessner's Studio. Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Tog un nakht".

[Set design by Boris Aronson for "The Final Balance".]

[Set design by Boris Aronson for "The Final Balance".]

"The Final Balance" was an English-language production written by David Pinski. Photograph by Kessner's...

[Maurice, Frances, Alex, Betty and Clara Simonoff.]

[Maurice, Frances, Alex, Betty and Clara Simonoff.]


[Betty Simonoff as a child.]

[Betty Simonoff as a child.]


[Strassberg and Isaac Lichtenstein.]

[Strassberg and Isaac Lichtenstein.]

Strassberg's first name is possibly Morris or Moyshe. Photograph by Bernard Weisberger, Brooklyn, N.Y....

[Itzik Manger surrounded by friends.]

[Itzik Manger surrounded by friends.]


[Two men in front of theater poster for "The Jolly Cantor".]

[Two men in front of theater poster for "The Jolly Cantor".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Der freylekher khazn".

[Mario Gang with German theater company.]

[Mario Gang with German theater company.]


["Men in White" theater still.]

["Men in White" theater still.]


[Production still from Darmstadt, Germany.]

[Production still from Darmstadt, Germany.]


[Mario Gang in a performance in Darmstadt, Germany.]

[Mario Gang in a performance in Darmstadt, Germany.]


[Mario Gang walking with an unidentified woman.]

[Mario Gang walking with an unidentified woman.]


Kantor [Jacob Ben-Ami.]

Kantor [Jacob Ben-Ami.]


["Johnny Belinda" theater still.]

["Johnny Belinda" theater still.]

Photograph by Metz Photo Studio.

"The Girl From Tel-Aviv!" ["Dos meydl fun Tel-Aviv!".]

"The Girl From Tel-Aviv!" ["Dos meydl fun Tel-Aviv!".]

In honor of Israel's Independence Day, Massada proudly presents yiddish musical theatre at A. Lincoln...

["Tsipke" theater still.]

["Tsipke" theater still.]

Tsipke is a female name. Annie Thomashefsky and Max Wilner are also in the scene.

["Tsipke" theater still.]

["Tsipke" theater still.]

Tsipke is a female name.

[Cast of "Bronx Express".]

[Cast of "Bronx Express".]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Bronks ekspres". Sheftel Zak, Harry Freifeld, Abraham...

[Sylvia Hoffman Regan Ellstein.]

[Sylvia Hoffman Regan Ellstein.]

Photograph by Joseph Capitaine, N.Y.

["Bronx Express" theater still.]

["Bronx Express" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Bronks ekspres".

["Bronx Express" theater still.]

["Bronx Express" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Bronks ekspres".

[Victor Pecker, John Bleifer and David Vardi in "The Final Balance".]

[Victor Pecker, John Bleifer and David Vardi in "The Final Balance".]

"The Final Balance" was an English-language production written by David Pinski. Set design by Boris Aronson....

["The Chalk Circle" theater still.]

["The Chalk Circle" theater still.]

Standardized transliteration of the English title is "Dos kreyd-tsirkl".

[Betty Simonoff as a small child.]

[Betty Simonoff as a small child.]


[Lucy Levine.]

[Lucy Levine.]

Photo by Chester Photo Studios, Bronx, N.Y.

Lucy Levine of Molly Picon's Company Taking Her Daily Workout on "The Seat of Health"

Lucy Levine of Molly Picon's Company Taking Her Daily Workout on "The Seat of Health"


[Sarah Adler's Novelty Theatre.]

[Sarah Adler's Novelty Theatre.]


[Anna Teitelbaum.]

[Anna Teitelbaum.]

Photo by D. H. Simon N.Y.C.

[Anna Teitelbaum in a Rumshinsky musical.]

[Anna Teitelbaum in a Rumshinsky musical.]


[Lucy Levine.]

[Lucy Levine.]

Photographer attributed.

[Lucy Levine and Aaron Lebedeff.]

[Lucy Levine and Aaron Lebedeff.]


[Lucy Levine and Gertrude Bullman in an unidentified production.]

[Lucy Levine and Gertrude Bullman in an unidentified production.]


[Lucy Levine and actor, possibly Aaron Lebedeff, in an unidentified production.]

[Lucy Levine and actor, possibly Aaron Lebedeff, in an unidentified production.]


[Lucy Levine, Gertrude Bullman and Leon Gold in an unidentified production.]

[Lucy Levine, Gertrude Bullman and Leon Gold in an unidentified production.]


[Lucy Levine as a bride.]

[Lucy Levine as a bride.]


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