Women on the Yiddish Stage

The recent book Women on the Yiddish Stage, edited by Alyssa Quint and Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel, covers the history of women’s integration into public Yiddish theatrical performances, starting from the 1870s. Gradually, actresses had become leading stage figures who revolutionized modern Jewish culture. Historically, women were barred from public performances in traditional Jewish communities, while Yiddish-speaking men performed for centuries as singers and entertainers. Women on the Yiddish Stage presents a diverse array of scholarly essays that challenge the existing historical accounts of modern Yiddish theater. The book highlights many pioneering personalities and maps sources in this area of Yiddish and Jewish history.