Kadimah Group of Hadassah (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Gilbert and Sullivan in Yiddish Musicals Collection
Scope and Content Note
Includes playbills, photographs, letters of the Kadimah Group’s performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musicals in Yiddish. Also includes five 78 r.p.m. vinyl records recording the songs in the plays and one prop, a parasol.
- Majority of material found within 1950 - 1952
- Kadimah Group of Hadassah (Organization)
The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.
Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
Historical Note<extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Nine actors in costume, undated" href="http://digital.cjh.org/webclient/DeliveryManager?pid=3856717" show="embed" title="Nine actors in costume, undated"/>
The Kadimah Group of Hadassah was a constituent group of the Central Chapter of Hadassah in the Brooklyn Region. One of their fundraising methods was to perform Gilbert & Sullivan plays in Yiddish. Kadimah produced three consecutive years of H.M.S. Pinafore, performed in Yiddish as “Der Shirtz.” These plays raised over $40,000.1 In 1952, the play being performed was “Die Yom Bonditten,” the Yiddish version of Pirates of Penzance.
- 1"Hadassah Group to Give Second British Comedy,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 13 Apr. 1952, http://www.newspapers.com/image/55322447/ (accessed 3 Mar. 2015).
Language of Materials
Photographs, mementos, and album recordings of the Kadimah Group of Hadassah, Central Chapter, Brooklyn Region, documenting their performances in Yiddish of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musicals, Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore.
Organized into one folder, plus one museum object and five audio visual items. Arranged by type of material.
Located in AJHS New York, NY
Mrs. Eddi Zamft.
A parasol used in the production has moved to the Museum Collection (MUSEUM). Album recordings have been separated into the Audio Visual Collection (AVC).
- Guide to the Records of the Kadimah Group of Hadassah (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Gilbert and Sullivan in Yiddish Musicals Collection 1948-1955 I-570
- Processed by Louise Masarof
- © 2012
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.