Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Khanina Pasternak
 

P. was born on 12 December 1874 in Pomorzhany (Pomoren), eastern Galicia, to pious parents, [eyer]-merchants.

He learned in a cheder, Beit HaMedrash, privately with a tutor, and age the age of twenty became an independent [eyer]-merchant.

In 1899 he immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Here he became engaged with sellers in the fur trade.

He bought a former school on University and Ellis Street. He stood there on the theatre stage that he called at first "Pasternak Hall", later "People's Theatre", giving thus the possibility to organize in Toronto the first stable Yiddish theatre, with Shenkman, Abramov, Seymon, et al, for which he could pay rent. Later, P. bought a church on Turrell and Egnes and built on it a large theatre known as the "Lyric Theatre" in whicha Yiddish troupe performed with Jacob Silbert as his partner.

Also P. had, with the help of a society of which he was the president, built the "Standard Theatre", which for a long time was the home of Yiddish theatre in Toronto.

On 9 October 1939 P. passed away in Toronto.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 1645.
 

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