Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: A Stint on a Yiddish Soap Opera

Paul Berg remembers his burgeoning career as a child actor on a Yiddish soap opera and doing stand-up comedy in the Catskills – and why his parents put an end to it.

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Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Leonard Nimoy’s Stint Working With Yiddish Theatre Director and Actor Maurice Schwartz

We are mourning the loss of Leonard “Leyb” Nimoy, z”l. Here he discusses his role in a Yiddish theater production with the great Maurice Schwartz, long before the Vulcan role on Star Trek that made Nimoy world famous.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: The First Purim After the Holocaust

Zol zayn purim! (Let it be Purim!) Leo Weitzman remembers how the yontef (holiday) was celebrated in a displaced persons’ camp for the first time after the Holocaust.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “With That Gift Comes Responsibility”: Reflections on the Importance of Yiddish

Aron Gonshor, drawing on his experience as an actor in the Montreal-based Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, reflects on the Yiddish legacy and its transmission to the next generation and speaks about the importance of furthering the legacy in any way that one can.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: The Yiddish Burlesque Theater in Toronto

Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, recounts her brief foray into Yiddish theater, when she performed with the Toronto Peretz shule in a burlesque production.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Asch: A Yiddish Writer Ahead of His Time”

Lekoved (in honor of) Yiddish writer Sholem Asch’s 57th yortsayt (July 10, 1957), his great-grandson David Mazower reflects on Asch’s modern and somtimes controversial work.

Leonard Nimoy’s Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story

Greetings from the gegnt,

Yes, we interviewed Leonard (Leyb) Nimoy. And, yes, he speaks Yiddish. Learn more about the man behind Star Trek’s Spock, from his Jewish roots in Boston’s heymish West End neighborhood to his stint working with the world-renowned Yiddish theatre director Maurice Schwartz. Explore our produced shorts, selected from the two-hour interview that follows Leyb’s early years all the way to the present.

Watch more Nimoy shorts:

Watch the full two-hour interview.

Archival photographs courtesy of the West End Museum, the Jules Aarons EstateGallery Kayafas and Leonard Nimoy’s personal collection.

-From the individual desks of Christa and Amanda.