Abraham Goldfaden (1840 - 1908)

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Birthplace: Starokostiantyniv, Khmel'nyts'ka oblast, Ukraine
Death: Died in New York, New York, NY, USA
Occupation: poet, playwright, stage director and actor in the languages Yiddish and Hebrew
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Abraham Goldfaden Yiddish: אברהם גאָלדפֿאַדען; (born Avrum Goldnfoden; the Romanian spelling Avram Goldfaden is common; 24 July 1840 in Starokostiantyniv - 9 January 1908 in New York) was an Russian-born Jewish poet, playwright, stage director and actor in the languages Yiddish and Hebrew, author of some 40 plays. Goldfaden is considered the father of the Jewish modern theatre.

In 1876 he founded in Romania what is generally credited as the world's first professional Yiddish-language theater troupe. He was also responsible for the first Hebrew-language play performed in the United States. The Avram Goldfaden Festival of Iaşi, Romania, is named and held in his honour.

Jacob Sternberg called him "the Prince Charming who woke up the lethargic Romanian Jewish culture". Israil Bercovici wrote that in his works "...we find points in common with what we now call 'total theater'. In many of his plays he alternates prose and verse, pantomime and dance, moments of acrobatics and some of jonglerie, and even of spiritualism..."

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1840
July 24, 1840
Starokostiantyniv, Khmel'nyts'ka oblast, Ukraine
1908
January 9, 1908
Age 67
New York, New York, NY, USA
January, 1908
Age 67
Brooklyn, NY, USA
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