Essays and peer-reviewed scholarship in Yiddish Studies, an interdisciplinary field that engages all aspects of Yiddish cultural production, especially in its relationship to other cultures and languages.
“An altogether unusual love and understanding”: The Shomer Sisters and the Gender Politics of Shund Theatre
Examining Rose Shomer Bachelis and Miriam Shomer Zunser in the context of their famous shund-writing family, this article argues that their operetta “Der liebes tants” — a love triangle with an Apache dance motif — should be read against the grain to emphasize the importance of sisterhood.
Apr 21, 2023
'Di Yidn Kumen!': Israeli and Multicultural Identities in Israeli Yiddish Light Entertainment Shows
Kol Nidre and the Making of the Jewish Theatre Audience
Focusing on Abraham M. Sharkansky’s 1896 play Kol nidre, oder di geheyme yidn in madrid (Kol Nidre, or the Secret Jews of Madrid), this article examines how, on both sides of the Atlantic, the Kol Nidre prayer performed in the Yiddish theatre reflected profound modern and migratory cultural transgressions, between categories such as high and low, religion and entertainment, the holy and the theatrical.
Apr 21, 2023
Murder, Lust, and Laughter, or, Shund Theatre: A Special Issue of In geveb
Prayer and Crime: Cantor Elias Zaludkovsky’s Concert Performance Season in 1924 Poland
In his concert career Zaludkovsky walked a fine line between performing the sacred identity of cantor and falling into the forms of cultural crime that he himself had identified as corrupting tradition through excessive commercialization and mediatization of sacred music.
May 23, 2022
The Goldenberg Variations: The International “Star System” and the Yiddish Theater of Buenos Aires in 1930