The Shmooze

NYC Slashes Funding for Folksbiene Yiddish Theater

By Michael Kaminer

Under a rather unfortunate headline alluding to chopped pork, the New York Daily News this weekend reported that the “venerable” Folksbiene Yiddish Theater will lose a $5,000 earmark from New York City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Queens).

The 96-year-old Folksbiene — “the last Yiddish company to still play to huge audiences in Manhattan’s lower East Side,” according to the News — tops a list of 52 groups “that have had their City Council-sponsored pork-barrel items suddenly yanked back.”

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