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
 

Tealig
(Theatre Lovers Society)

 

Through the initiative of David Abrams, on 28 December 1930, there was called together in New York (America) a conference of theatre amateurs, and there there was founded the "Tealig" society.

In the pamphlet "A Letter to Cultural People", which was about the goals and tasks of the society, it was said: "The Theatre Lovers Society stands for the task of building a great organization of the people who could train themselves into a powerful union to fight through words and script against various open and masked shund (literary trash)- liferantn that are distributed to our youth, and the best elements to seek a theatre friend far away from the Jewish Quarter. The Theatre Lovers Society stands for the task of leading a great educational work through a symposium, public discussions, debates, theatrical- literary evenings, model productions and collective theatre visits, with the purpose of elevating and celebrating outwardly the taste of the masses for a better theatre, as well as to give a possibility for all combatants for a better theatre arts, surviving in an atmosphere of Hebrew works, sympathetic and agreeable for their aspirations."

The chief management of the society consists of David Abrams (President), Dr. Yehoshua Hirsh Fridman (Vice-President), Chaim Iser Goldstein (Executive Secretary), Benjamin Greenberg (Cashier), and Louis Hurvits (Financial Secretary).

Later the makeup of the management changed to: Hirsh Bialin -- Executive Secretary, and the trustees were: Shmuel Shliselberg,

 

Rukhl Kanof, Chana Bald and Cilly Greenberg.

The activity of the society was expressed in arranging from time to time literary-dramatic evenings, a ship (motor yacht -- ed.) excursion, and lectures from David Pinski, A. Glantz-Leyeles, Alexander Granach, Mordechai Dantsis, Hersh Bialin and Samuel Goldenburg.

On 20 March 1933 "Tealig" joined as a theatrical section with the Yiddish Cultural Society.

  • B. Y. Goldstein -- Tsi veyst id, az -- "Fraye arbayter shtime", N. Y., 3 July 1931.

  • Dr. Y. Yefremov -- A hakadima, "Fraye arbayter shtime", N. Y., 17 July 1931.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 884.
 

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