married actor Leon
Zuckerberg and appeared in 1927 with him and the
actors Morris and Rosa Brown, Morris and Genya
Gelber, and Aaron Aleksandrov in a tour across South
and Central America (Chile, Peru, Cuba and Mexico),
where she performed in soubrette and prima donna
roles. In 1928 she acted in several cities in Texas,
United States, and in 1929 she was engaged by Moshe
Schorr in Baltimore, where she performed in Anshel
Schorr's "Dos yidishe meydl." Celia acted with Clara
Young, Leon Blank, then performed in Detroit on Grushko's Yiddish radio and also participated in a
concert in the local Yiddish theatre. She traveled
back with her husband to Mexico, where she acted
with the powers there and with the guest-stars
Joseph Shoengold, Frances Adler, Jacob and Charlotte
Goldstein, Jacob Zanger and Sylvia Fishman, Janet
Paskewitz and Maurice Krohner, Clara Young, Betty
Frank and Benjamin Blank. After the death of her
husband (1935), she acted with Abe Lax, Jacob
Berlin, Zygmunt Turkow and Esther Perlman, and the
newcomer performers Bessie, Leon and Malka
Rabinowitz, and afterwards by themselves led a
theatre, bringing in the guest-stars Ethel and Abe
Dorf, Abraham Teitelbaum, Isidore Meltzer, later
going over to the newly created building for Yiddish
theatre with local actors and with the guest-stars
Ludwig Satz (acting as their partner in the comedy
and operetta), Rose Wallerstein and Oscar Ostroff,
Yetta Zwerling and Seymour Rechtzeit.
ending her acting in the theatre, she threw herself
into society work, helping to found the reading
circle and she often writes in the local press about
the problems of Jewish culture. She also often is
the person in charge of the receptions for the
In 1947 Celia married
Zalmen Zylbercweig and went over to New York, where
she performed on the Yiddish radio and directed
under the name of Celia Silver a woman's page in "Amerikaner,"
where she also published a range of character
portrayals of Bina Abramowitz, Miriam Kressyn,
Esther Hirshbein, Paulina Kobrin, Malka Lee, Shifra
Weiss, Emma Sheiver, Shoshana Damari, Feigele Panitz,
Bessie Thomashefsky, Rose Shomer Bachelis and
Since August 1948 Celia had
directed under the name Celia Silver, together with
her husband, the daily Yiddish radio in Los Angeles,
in which she has from time to time a special
women's program, interviews, and she performs in
song, in recitations of Yiddish poetry, and in
dramatizations, especially from Fannie Edelman's
book "Der shpigel fun lebn (The Mirror of Life)."
Celia performed in the
yearly concerts that were arranged for the radio,
in various one-acters; she had acted in Peretz
Hirshbein's "A farvorfen vinkl (A Faraway Corner)"
(Director: Elihu Tenenholz), Alkan's "Doktor ratevet"
(Director: Moshe Strassberg), and on 18 April 1953
in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre the chief role of "Minke
di dinstmoyd" in Kobrin's "Dem doktors veyber"
(Director: Elihu Tenenholz), for the five-year
jubilee of their radio program, and on 25 January
1958 in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre the title role of
Gordin's "Mirele Efros" (Director: Zalmen
Zylbercweig), for their ten-year jubilee on the
In 1958 Celia visited
Europe and the land of Israel and there made
recordings, speaking in Yiddish with the city
director, among them President Ben-Zvi, his wife
Rachel Yanait, Dr. Juris, Zrubbl and M. Tsanin, who
later were heard on her radio programs. She came
back and returned to perform with reports on a whole
range of Israeli activities.
Celia's daughter, Shirele
has performed with her in children roles and used to
perform in concerts as a pianist.
Finf yorker yubl
fun zilbertsveyg's teglekhe yidishe radio-sheh",
Los Angeles, 1953.
Bakaltshuk-felin, "Chelm Yizkor Book",
Johannesburg, 1954, p. 231.
yubl fun zilbertsveyg's teglekhe yidishe radio-sheh",
Los Angeles, 1958.