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Sara Adler

In her powerful performances of plays ranging from Shakespeare’s tragedies to A Doll’s House, Sara Adler helped elevate the possibilities of Yiddish theater. Adler first performed on stage at the age of eight and trained in voice at the Odessa Conservatory before choosing a career in Yiddish theater. Adler toured widely throughout Russia before bans on Yiddish theater brought her troupe to Britain and then America. It was there she met her second husband, Jacob P. Adler, who resisted the trends towards melodrama and vaudeville in Yiddish theater in favor of challenging audiences with more complex material, developing many of the roles that Sara Adler brought to life on stage. Despite a tumultuous marriage that almost led to Sara Adler striking out on her own to create a rival company, the two collaborated for decades to elevate Yiddish theater for New York audiences with both translations of some of the great modern and classic plays as well as new works written in Yiddish. Admired for her strong presence on the stage, Adler continued to give highly praised performances into her eighties.

Sara Adler
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Sara Adler, photo courtesy of Steven Lasky, Museum of Family History.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Odessa, Odesa
Date of Death
April 28, 1953

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sara Adler." (Viewed on February 18, 2019) <>.


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