Who was Isaac Bashevis Singer?

Our next production, Hanukkah, is an afternoon filled with music, short stories and traditional jam doughnuts. Our 3 short stories, read by Rebecca Garron, were written by the prolific Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. But who was he? Here are 10 facts about him:

1. You will probably know him mostly as the author of Yentl, the Yashiva Boy. The short story was made into a film in 1983. It was directed by and starred Barbra Streisand.

2. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. He also won two US National Book Awards.

3. He was born Isaac Zynger in Poland in 1902 and died in Florida in 1991.

4. He wrote all his books and short stories in Yiddish.

5. Singer published 18 novels, 14 children’s books, essays, articles and 7 memoirs.

6. He was a vegetarian.

7. New York’s W 86th Street is named after him.

8. He moved to New York City from Poland in 1935.

9. His words were translated into 58 languages, but he was saddened that nearly all of his readers read his words in translation, due to the decline in popularity of Yiddish.

10. Zlateh the Goat, one of his most popular short stories will be a part of our afternoon on 22nd December 2019.

For tickets go to http://www.eventim.de

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