by Joan Roth

Yiddish Divas Take the Stage

Mina Bern, in her 90s, has acted in 11 films, including Crossing DelanceyI’m Not Rappaport, and Avalon among others, and brought Yiddish Theater to Broadway. Awarded a Workman’s Circle Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988 and an Obie for outstanding achievement in 1999, she’s a mainstay of American Yiddish theater who has performed for almost 70 years all over the world. Sometimes referred to as “the first lady of the Yiddish stage,” she speaks five languages, but says she’s proud that Yiddish is her “best,” (Photo, 2006)

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