In 1951, Joseph Buloff—one of the Yiddish theater’s leading actors—starred in a Yiddish version of Arthur Miller’s classic play, which he himself had translated. This version has recently returned to the stage, courtesy of the New Yiddish Rep. Terry Teachout writes:
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At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace
At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.