Jacob P. Adler





Jacob Pavlovitch Adler (1855-1926) was one of America's foremost Yiddish actors.

Born in Odessa, now located within the borders of the Ukraine, Adler was first a Russian actor and starred in the Yiddish theatre in Odessa, then in London, and finally in New York City.

At his funeral, a eulogy was given by Jewish Daily Forward editor Abraham Cahan who stated:

"Jacob Adler projected an influence toward a development of that art and literature without which no nation can progress. He made familiar to countless thousands the classics of all nations, he fired the ambition of many writers who have become famous and spurred others to renewed effort. His life was an inspiration to all the youth of our profession, irrespective of the land from which they came."


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Text  adapted from Wikipedia and the New York Times.
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