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Members of the Jewish Drama Club

Tbilisi, 1932


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Photo provided by ©Ilo Paykin

First row from the right: Khaya (Katya)  Eyngorin/Paykin ,

Second row from bottom, second on the left:  Esfir (Fira) Solomonovna Sverdlina (1908-1968, Tbilisi)

Second row from the top, first on the right: Isaak Paykin (1901 – 1956, Tbilisi)


It would be fair mentioning  that Tbilisi has never been the main center of Jewish life in Georgia.  Nevertheless, according to the 1897 census, 3,668 Jews lived in Tbilisi.  Most of them were Ashkenazim: having arrived from Europe, they brought to Tbilisi their  language – Yiddish.  At some point, the need for events in Yiddish became so urgent that a whole Jewish theater appeared in the Folk’s House of the Zubalashvili brothers (built in 1909). 

The official openning   of the Jewish club of musical and melodramatic art took place on March 16, 1910.

The opening of this club was preceded by the creation of the Society of Jewish Music and Literature in Tbilisi – the same activists organized a drama club at the Zubalashvili Folk’s House. The first performance was "Jewish Pan". At the end of March, viewers were already invited to watch  the drama in 4 acts "Broken Hearts" in Yiddish. Among the actors - Kogan, Eisenberg, Skidelsky, Schaefer and others. Judging by the posters, Mr. Shvartsman was the “permanent prompter”, and Mr. Ioffe was the scriptwriter. Today, many actors of the Jewish drama club rest in peace at the Navtlugi Cemetery in Tbilisi. 

It is interesting that the amateur troupe, which gave performances in Yiddish in Tbilisi, did not disintegrate with the coming to power of the communists - they continued their theatrical activities at various venues until the end of the 1930s. However, then they still broke up. By that time, however, most of the Jewish cultural projects in the city had been closed indicating a beginning of a period when the authorities started fighting for the eradication of Jewish religious and national-cultural traditions in Tbilisi.

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Photo from the personal archive of ©Dmitriy Khatskilevich

Brothers Eingorins from right to left: Misha (1905 – 1971, Tbilisi), Yakov (1892-1968, Tbilisi), Shmuel (Mulya),  Yefim (1908 – 1976, Tbilisi)


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