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Yiddish Theater

Celia Adler

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Actress and theater director, Celia Adler (1889-1979).

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Actress and theater director, Celia Adler (1889-1979).

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Dora Wasserman created a place for Yiddish theater in Canada by founding a theater and adapting great works of Yiddish literature for the stage.

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Bertha Kalich.
Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society.

Bertha Kalich.

Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society.

Bertha Kalich

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yiddish Theater." (Viewed on May 29, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/yiddish-theater>.

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