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Spielberg funds NYU’s Yiddish theater trove

Money comes from 'Schindler's List' profits

Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation has donated $50,000 to NYU to support the creation of a digital archive documenting Yiddish theater in New York City.

Righteous Persons was established by Spielberg with profits from his film “Schindler’s List.”

“One important goal of the Righteous Persons Foundation is to use the arts and media to engage a broad audience in exploring the many components of Jewish life,” said Margery Tabankin, exec director of the foundation.

A new project, Second Avenue Online, is being developed under the auspices of NYU’s Center for Advanced Technology in Digital Multimedia. According to NYU prexy L. Jay Olivia, the project promises to become an example of how technologies pioneered at the NYU Center for Advanced Technology “can be utilized to enhance the cultural and intellectual life of our times.”

Second Avenue Online was initially funded by the estate of Ann Ronell, who was one of Hollywood’s first successful female composers and lyricists. Ronell wrote such songs as “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” “Willow Weep for Me” and the scores for the films “One Touch of Venus,” “Main Street to Broadway,” “Love Happy” and “Linda.”