• Balageneyden Cabert - Homage to the avant-garde Yiddish-Polish literary cabarets of pre-war Poland Read More

  • February 2015 we celebrated Love - Libe Brent - Love Burns, with a night of comedy, drama, song and film Read More

  • The "Kadimah" is the home to significant Artworks of a commemorative and expressionistic nature Read More

  • We have many special events in our hall such as the Book Launch of “Yisroel Shtern-Collected Poems, Warsaw 1919–1939” Read More

  • 2015 saw the relaunch of the In One Voice concert. Local dance groups, bands and choirs featuring Israeli, Hebrew and Yiddish-inspired music, also entertained crowds throughout the day. Read More

  • In August 2015 we commemorated I.L Peretz's 100 yorzeit with Danielle Charak, Isaac Apel, Galit Klas, Jack Unikowski, Jake Dessauer, performing Peretz’s work. We met new talent Elana Forbes and enjoyed the singing of the wonderful Karen Feldman. Read More

  • The "Kadimah" National Library holds the largest collection of Yiddish books, periodicals, reference, audio and video materials in Australia. Read More

Latest News

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100th Yortsayt of Sholem Aleichem

2016 marks the 100th Yortsayt of Sholem Aleichem. In honour of this most beloved of Yiddish writers, originator of the tales that inspired Fiddler on the Roof, the Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library together with a host of other organisations are celebrating his life and work.
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Sholem Aleichem: Not Dead Yet! A Tribute To The 100th Yortsayt Of Our Beloved Yiddish Writer

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.

Sholem Aleichem was as big a celebrity as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain in his day. When he died in 1916 at the age of 57, his funeral procession through the streets of New York was the biggest ever seen, attracting crowds variously estimated as being between 100,000-250,000.

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.

Co-directeed by Shane Baker and Galit Klas, the show features a local cast including Alex Dafner, Leon Garfinkel, Elisa Gray, Michelle Gray, Freydi Mrocki, Helen Mizrachi, Henry Nusbaum, Josh Reuben, Doodie Ringelblum, Hillel Ringelblum and Tamara Vasilevitsky.

Tickets: $35-$42. https://www.trybooking.com/MXFX
8pm Saturday 29 October, 2pm & 7pm Sunday 30 October – Phoenix Theatre, Elwood College, 101 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood


Upcoming Events

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  • concert
    Shane Baker stars in Concert for Sholem Aleichem

    Saturday October 29, 8.00PM

    Sunday October 30, 2.00 & 7.00PM

  • Regular Activities

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    The Kadimah National Library holds the largest collection of Yiddish books, periodicals, reference, audio and video materials in Australia

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    The Kadimah holds anthologies of Yiddish poetry and publishes poetry on the web with translations in several languages

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    Listen and enjoy our weekly Kadimah Yiddish Radio Show on J-Air Radio and on the Internet

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    The Leo Fink Hall at the Kadimah is home to many functions and events

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