The Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is the longest-consecutively producing Yiddish theatre company in the world (109 years and counting) and the longest-consecutively producing performing arts institution in the US.
The company presents plays, concerts, literary events, and workshops in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying all performances. NYTF’s events reach over 100,000 individuals, growing annually, and its educational outreach initiatives bring the performing arts to over an additional 18,000 individuals. NYTF strives to bring diverse communities through multicultural programming and partnership with various organizations and schools.
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY
Monday, June 19, 2023
A celebratory evening recognizing the inaugural class of students, educators and supporters of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Education Initiative aimed at combating anti-Semitism through the performing arts. On the eve of NYTF’s 109th Season, join us as we work together to educate and connect young people through stories that speak to our common humanity.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SummerStage – Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
New York Sings Yiddish!
Join us for an unforgettable celebration of Yiddish music!
The Klezmatics and Yiddish music stars lead a massive sing-along at SummerStage in Central Park.
We are thrilled that Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s brilliant musical HARMONY will make the move from our sold out, award winning run at Edmond J.Safra Hall, our home at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, to Broadway this fall. The story of the Comedian Harmonists is an important one to tell and we salute Barry, Bruce, Director/Choreographer Warren Carlyle and the entire HARMONY company for joining forces with us to premiere this powerful show with NYTF.
Broadway Previews Begin October 18, 2023
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Nov. 14 – Dec. 10, 2023
Amid Falling Walls
Tsvishn Falndike Vent
A new musical showcasing the Jewish spirit’s perseverance during the Holocaust through Yiddish song.
Featuring material written and performed in ghettos, cabarets, partisan encampments in the forests, concentration camps and clandestine theaters.
Dec. 2023 – Jan. 2024
Kids & Yiddish
A wildly entertaining and family-friendly show! A past NY Times critic’s pick, Kids & Yiddish introduces children to the Yiddish language through Billboard chart-topping songs and pop culture in the style of Sesame Street meets Saturday Night Live. 90% in English, 10% in Yiddish and 100% fun!
Coming in 2024
Directed and Adapted by David Schechter
From his original play “ Hannah Senesh (a play with music and song) ”
A multi-media experience.
Hannah’s story and indomitable spirit, along with the moving diary and poetry that she left behind, is adapted into an immersive three-part theatrical and educational experience for kids and young adults
Deadline | June 1, 2023
Playbill | May 10, 2023
NY Jewish Week | April 28, 2023
New York Times | April 28, 2023 | Michael Paulson
Jewish Standard | Curt Schleier | March 16, 2023
Jewish Telegraph Agency – Julia Gergely
Playbill | May 12, 2022
Playbill | Andres Gans | Feb 22, 2022
Jewish News Syndicate | Feb 24, 2022
Broadway World | Stephi Wild | Feb 22, 2022
Opera Wire | Chris Ruel | Feb 10, 2022
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene & New York City Opera 2022 Review – ‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis’
Playbill | Margaret Hall | Feb 8, 2022
BroadwayWorld | Chloe Rabinowitz | Feb 1, 2022
New York Theater | Jonathan Mandell | Feb 1, 2022
BroadwayWorld | Richard Sasanow | Jan 29, 2022
DC Metro Theater Arts | Deb Miller | Jan 28, 2022
The New York Times | Zachary Woolfe | Jan 31, 2022
Broadway World | Jan 25, 2022
Broadway.com | Lindsey Sullivan | Jan 25, 2022
Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Andrew Slow-Carroll | Jan 25, 2022
the New York Times | Elisabeth Vincentelli | Jan 21, 2022
Broadway World | Richard Sasanow | Jan 18, 2022
Opera Wire | Francisco Salazar | Jan 11, 2022
Broadway World | Chloe Rabinowitz | Jan 10, 2022
Forward | PJ Grisar | Jan 6, 2022
Broadway Buzz | Lindsey Sullivan | Oct 6, 2021
Broadway World | Stephl Wild | Oct 4, 2021
OperaWire | David Salazar | Sept 28, 2021
BroadwayWorld | Chloe Rabinowitz | Aug 22, 2021
BroadwayWorld | Chloe Rabinowitz | Aug 23, 2021
BroadwayWorld | Stephi Wild| Aug 23, 2021
Variety | Chris Willman | Aug 23, 2021
Theatremania | David Gordon | Aug 23, 2021
New York Theatre Guide |Aug 23, 2021
New York Times | Elisabeth Vincenteilli | July 21, 2021
TheatreLife(d0t)com | Paulanne Simmons | July 15, 2021
Broadway World | Chloe Rabinowitz | July 7, 2021
Digital Yiddish Theatre Project | Sonia Gollance | June 17, 2021
Forward | Forverts Staff | June 17, 2021
DC Metro Theatre Arts | Deb Miller | April 16, 2021
Times of Israel | Jodan Hoffman | April 19, 2021
The Jerusalem Post | Hannah Brown | Jan 18, 2021
LA Times | Matt Cooper | Jan 14, 2021
Forward | Joanne Palmer | Nov 24, 2020
Playbill | Ryan McPhee | Aug 13, 2020
Queens Daily Eagle | July 14, 2020
New York Times | April 22, 2020
PLAYBILL March 17, 2020