Sholem Aleichem’s 100th Yortsayt Events

The legendary Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem died in the Bronx on May 13, 1916. An estimated 100,000 mourners attended his funeral procession in New York City, the city’s largest funeral procession to date. The next day, Sholem Aleichem’s ethical will was printed in the New York Times, issuing this final request: “Select one of my stories, one of the really joyous ones, and read it aloud … and let my name be mentioned … with laughter rather than not be mentioned at all.”

We invite you mark the centennial of the author’s passing this year. There are plenty of ways to get involved. Attend one of the live events listed below, or explore our online Call To Action! where you can see what Sholem Aleichem’s fans have been up to, and participate in fun reading activities.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing through 2016! Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific and The King and I bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time—and now you can be there when the sun rises on this new production, starring Tony nominees Danny…

May 1 – December 31
Broadway Theatre, 1681 BROADWAY
New York, NY 10019 United States

On view now at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. One of the founding fathers of modern Yiddish literature, Sholem Aleichem (Sholem Rabinovitsh) was also one of its outstanding and most beloved humorists. With its significant archival holdings, YIVO’s collections contain a great deal of material relating to Sholem Aleichem, including rare manuscripts, letters, photographs, and posters, among other items, many of which are used in our exhibition in honor of Sholem Aleichem’s 100th yortsayt.

May 1 – December 31
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

The Kadimah is presenting three shows on October 29 & 30 at Elwood College’s Phoenix Theatre starring renowned New York Yiddish actor and director Shane Baker. The shows features vignettes from various celebrated Sholem Aleichem stories, songs and monologues with a narration created by Arnold Zable and performed by the ‘ghost’ of Sholem Aleichem. The shows will be in both Yiddish and English, with English surtitles for the parts in Yiddish.

Saturday, October 29, 8pm
Sunday, October 30, 2pm and 7pm
Phoenix Theatre, Elwood College, 101 Glen Huntly Road
Elwood VIC 3184, Australia

Past Events

For photos and videos from previous 100th yortsayt celebrations, visit our Community page.