National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Welcome to Spotlight — a new monthly newsletter set to keep you up to date with all things Folksbiene. We’re so excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back… Digitally AND in-person. 

What will that look like? We’ll be reaching out to you at the beginning of every month to let you know what’s cooking at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. That will include things like our exciting upcoming in-person mainstage productions, digital Folksbiene! LIVE streaming events, podcasts, and so much more.

Autumn Songs

We’re premiering Autumn Songs with Theresa Tova and friends, a new Yiddish music concert featuring powerhouse vocalist Theresa Tova alongside collaborators Fern Lindzon and David Woodhead

Autumn Songs offers up stunning performances of some of Tova’s favorite songs — including Yiddish classics and new translations of popular songs, all presented with English supertitles.

“As an actress, I’ve spent most of my life pretending to be something I’m not,” Tova said. “I’m a second-generation daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors. In order to survive, my mother had to hide who she was — but as a Yiddish diva, I can sing loudly and tell the world.” 

Theresa Tova is a Canadian actress, singer and playwright most noted for her play Still the Night, which won several Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 1997 and was a shortlisted finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English-language drama at the 1999 Governor General’s Awards.

The daughter of Polish Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, Tova was born in Paris, France and raised in Calgary, Alberta.

Still the Night, a musical play which combined Jewish music, including vaudeville and klezmer, with the story of two young girls surviving the Holocaust in the forests of Poland.

David Woodhead’s name appears on some 350 recording projects, and he’s worked with many influential artists including Perth County Conspiracy, Stan Rogers, Oliver Schroer, Gil Scott-Heron, and David Sanborn. His live gigs have included working with Malagasy guitarist Donné Roberts, classical-folk fusioneers Ensemble Polaris, and veteran jazzers Manteca, as well as touring internationally with master songwriter James Keelaghan.

JUNO Award nominee Fern Lindzon is a multi-faceted pianist, vocalist, and arranger. Fern possesses a technique WholeNote Magazine called “breathtakingly beautiful,” respected jazz critic Mark Miller wrote “is secure in her sense of herself, her art, and her craft,” New Canadian Music described as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished vocalists, pianists, and songwriters on the T.O. jazz scene,” and Montreal critic Irwin Block lauded as “a rare and fascinating talent.”

Available to stream on-demand here

Mark your calendars



Nov 7

Autumn Songs with Theresa Tova and friends


NYTF Radio

Now Playing!

A conversation with stand-up comic Modi Rosenfeld

Yiddish Language Lessons

15-Minute Yiddish 


11/9: What’s in a (Yiddish) name?
11/16: Bad Things
11/23: Good Things
11/30: Khanike Special Tsvey

Yiddish Women Playwright Series

NYTF Radio

Nov 22

The Life and Times of Kadye Molodowsky

A Special Chanukah Event

Concert & Cooking

Nov 28-Dec 6

ESN – Songs from the kitchen

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Meet the Comedian Harmonists — Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman’s Harmony Inspiration Spanning years and continents, Harmony: A New Musical tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young men, Jewish and gentile,

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Tune in to ESN

What do you get when you mix award-winning musicians, delicious food, and a good helping of can-do Chanukah spirit? It’s a recipe for success! So: prepare your hearts (and stomachs) for ESN, a streaming event

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