Actress Shifra Lerer dies at 95

Performed in Yiddish theater

Actress Shifra Lerer, who performed in the Yiddish theater, died in New York City on Saturday of a stroke. She was 95.

Born in Argentina, Lerer was discovered at the age of 5 by legendary Yiddish actor and producer Boris Thomashefsky. She was buried on Monday in a section of Mount Hebron Cemetery in Queens reserved for those who worked in Yiddish theater in New York, according to the New York Times. Her plot is a few rows from Thomashefsky’s.

Shane Baker of the New Yiddish Repertory Theater said the actress played with every great Yiddish star until the age of 90.

Lerer appeared in productions of New York’s Folksbiene Theater. She won two Goldies — awards given for Yiddish theater work — for best actress in 1986 and was awarded the Zhitlovsky Prize in 1989 for her artistic contribution to the Yiddish theater.

The actress appeared in the critically acclaimed 1950 film adaptation of the Yiddish play “God, Man and Devil” as part of an all-star cast of Yiddish theater performers.

Much later in life, Lerer appeared in the 2005 docu “American Yiddish Theater.” She also had roles in the features “Avalon” (1990), “A Stranger Among Us” (1992),

“Breathing Room” (1996) and Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry” (1997).