Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Inspired by last night’s incredible performance of The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater at the New York Philharmonic, here’s a round-up of books that explore the Yiddish theater (plus, one by Bessie Thomashefsky herself):
Stardust Lost: The Triumph, Tragedy, and Mishugas of the Yiddish Theater in America, Stefan Kanfer (2006, Knopf)
The Moscow Yiddish Theatre, Benjamin Harshav; Barbara Harshav (2007, Yale University Press)
Messiahs of 1933: How American Yiddish Theatre Survived Adversity through Satire, Joel Schechter (2008, Temple University Press)
Shakespeare on the American Yiddish Stage , Joel Berkowitz (2002, University of Iowa Press)
Mayn lebens geshikhe : di layden un freyden fun a Idisher sar arise (or view here), Bessie Thomashefsky (1916, University of Michigan Library)
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.