Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Sarah Kindman

Born on 2 July 1901 in Dzhurkov, Eastern Galicia. Her father was a briner. She finished elementary school and learned German and Yiddish privately.

She arrived in America in the year 1913. She worked in a shop with blouses, while at the same time becoming a member in a dramatic union, where she played in their productions.

On 13 April 1921 K. debuted as a professional actress, portraying "Lucy" in the play, "Di vilde," by Z. Libin, in Max Gabel's theatre in New York.

She took a course in diction and acting with Jacob Mestel, and K. acted from 1922-1926 with Sara Adler across the province and participated in 1927 in Max Reinhardt's New York guest performances.

From 1928-1929 she acted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; In 1931-32 in Baltimore and Philadelphia (Director S. Dickstein); 1932-33 in the Lyric Theatre, Brooklyn (Director F. Kanapof); from 1934 until 1939 in the "Federal Theatre Project" (in Hirshbein's "The Idle Inn" in English; the main role of "Mary Greenhill" in the Yiddish production of Upton Sinclair's "It Can't Happen Here," and David Pinski's "The Tailor Becomes a Shopkeeper.")

In 1940 K. played in the National Theatre in New York (under the direction of Jacob Ben-Ami and Jacob Mestel), in 1945 in the Folks Theatre, and since then she has performed with recitations and monologues during various undertakings.


In 1929 K. put out a book of songs entitled, "Meydishe gezangen" (publisher Yaṭshḳoṿsḳis, Warsaw). She also translated into Yiddish "A briv fun an umbakanter" by Stefan Zweig (published in the "New Yorker Vokhnblat," 1934), and "Tsvey Ssrbishe Zzgas" (published in the "Badn" Journal, 1936), and she wrote sketches for radio.

In 1957 in New York she published her book of songs, "Fananderbli" [63 pp.].

K. is the wife of Jacob Mestel (who passed away on 6 August 1958.)

Sh. E.

  • Uriel Maik -- A yunge idishe aktrise mit a sukh farshprekhungen, "Tog," N. Y., 25 April 1921.

  • Jacob Kirschenbaum -- In der velt fun teater, "Amerikaner," N. Y., 19 March 1926.

  • M. Melamed -- Literarishe notitsn, "Yidishe velt," Philadelphia, 21 April 1929.

  • P. Viernik -- Unzer filshprakhige literatur, "Morgn zhurnal," N. Y., 9 June 1929a

  • B. Heker -- Sarah kindman, di dopelte dikhterin, "Passaic County Yiddish Record," 4 November 1932.

  • Dr. L. Zhtnitsky -- A froy zingt oys ir troyer, "Prese," Buenos Aires, 15 July 1936.

  • Jacob Mestel -- "Unzer teater," N. Y., 1943, pp. 167.

  • Boaz Young -- "Mayn lebn in teater," N. Y., 1950, pp. 387.

  • Kalman Marmor -- "Yakov gordin," N. Y., 1953, pp. 70, 135 and 211.

  • Sarah Barkan -- Sarah kindman's bukh lider "fananderbli," "Morgn frayhayt," N. Y., 1 September 1957.

  • Martin Birnbaum -- Srah kindman's lider-zamlung "fananderbli," "Zamlungen," N. Y., 13, 1957, pp. 120-121.

  • Esther Katz -- Vegn sarah kindman's bukh lider "fananderbli," "Zamlungen," N. Y., 14, 1958, pp. 122-23.

  • Mina Borda-Rivkin -- "Lider un iberblikn," Buenos Aires, 1958, pp. 86-87.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2137.

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