Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Julius (Yoel) Adler


Born in (23 September, per his gravestone in the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance plot at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in New York-- ed.) 1906 in Bilgoraj, Poland, to Orthodox parents, merchants.  He was made an orphan by his father at age six. His mother immigrated to America, leaving her children with the grandparents, and A. became the overseer of all the children. In the end, in 1920, he managed to bring his mother and her children to America. A short time after his arrival in America, A. became a member in a dramatic union, and several years later -- a professional Yiddish actor in a troupe in Philadelphia. In the later years, he acted with Julius Nathanson, Leon Blank, Boris Thomashefsky, Aaron Lebedeff, Samuel Goldenburg, Jenny Goldstein, et al.

In 1935, acting with Herman Yablokoff in the McKinley Square Theatre, where Henrietta Jacobson also acted, he married her, and in 1938 became taken into the Yiddish Actors Union.

In 1938 -- guest-starred with is wife in Europe (Belgium, France, Lithuania). Returning to America, he was engaged in Chicago, where they acted for two years, then four years in the Hopkinson Theatre, and participated in a revue film.

After acting in the Second Avenue Theatre with Molly Picon and Jacob Kalich, he guest-starred for eight weeks in 1948 in London, England, then again in the Second Avenue Theatre in New York. In 1949 -- again was called on for a guest role in London.


In 1950 -- became the director of the "National" Theatre, where he directed and acted in Yiddish vaudeville for four years' time. In 1956 -- director together with his brother-in-law Irving Jacobson, and then as the theatre became "torn down", in 1959, he was with Irving Jacobson, director of the Anderson Theatre (New York, Fourth Street, formerly the "Public" Theatre).

His son, Brucie (Baruch Yosel, born on 27 November 1944, third generation of Yiddish actors), acts in youthful roles in the Yiddish theatre.

Sh. E. from Mordecai Yachson.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2379.

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