Yiddish Trash: An Interview with Saul Noam Zaritt

Jessica Kirzane

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“An altogether unusual love and understanding”: The Shomer Sisters and the Gender Politics of Shund Theatre

Sonia Gollance

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.


Kol Nidre and the Making of the Jewish Theatre Audience

Ruthie Abeliovich

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.


'Di Yidn Kumen!': Israeli and Multicultural Identities in Israeli Yiddish Light Entertainment Shows

Roni Cohen and Olga Levitan

While Hebrew cultural discourse tended to treat Yiddish theatre as a kind of “outside” culture, light entertainment shows in Yiddish reveal close engagement with the central icons and themes of Israeli society.


Murder, Lust, and Laughter, or, Shund Theatre: A Special Issue of In geveb

Joel Berkowitz, Sonia Gollance and Nick Underwood

As the opening of the special issue on shund theater, this introduction situates the four articles and two translations in the history of the study of shund.

Texts & Translation

The History of "Shund" Literature in Yiddish

Khone Shmeruk

Translation by Tsiona Lida

Edited by Saul Noam Zaritt

A translation of Khone Shmeruk's foundational article for the study of shund in Yiddish literature.

Special Issue

Murder, Lust, and Laughter, or, Shund Theater

This special issue of In geveb, edited by Joel Berkowitz, Sonia Gollance, and Nick Underwood, examines shund and its connection to the popular Yiddish theater.

Texts & Translation



Katie Brown

Translation by Vivi Lachs

Vivi Lachs translates Katie Brown's Bankrot, a family drama set in London's East End. 


Prayer and Crime: Cantor Elias Zaludkovsky’s Concert Performance Season in 1924 Poland

Jeremiah Lockwood

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.

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The Goldenberg Variations: The International “Star System” and the Yiddish Theater of Buenos Aires in 1930

Zachary M. Baker

From the 1920s until the 1950s, Yiddish Buenos Aires hosted a thriving theatrical landscape. Critics complained that the public's adoration of "stars" propelled a preponderance of shund at the expense of “better” (literary) plays.