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Guided Tour : Jewish Rialto

The first Yiddish theater production in America was staged at Turn Hall on E. 4th Street in 1882, though it was already popular in Europe. With the exodus of Jews to America in the late 19th- and early 20th- c., Yiddish theater flourished on the Bowery amongst saloons, vaudeville acts and music halls. After World War I, Yiddish theaters moved from the growing blight of the Bowery to 2nd Avenue. This tour explores ten sites on what was called the “Jewish Rialto” until the 1940s.
– Joyce Mendelsohn

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