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Glika Bilavsky

Glika Bilavsky’s activities ran the gamut of secular Yiddish culture, from her political activism to her theatrical career. The niece of the Zionist leader and writer Nahum Sokolow, Bilavsky was deeply enmeshed in both the arts and politics even before marrying Morris Bilavsky, a fellow Yiddish actor and member of the illegal Jewish workers’ union known as the Bund. She fled Poland with her fiancé in 1907 and settled in Copenhagen, where the pair married and created a Yiddish theater troupe. While living in Denmark, Bilavsky studied drama and performed in both plays and movies, travelling to Sweden and Norway to perform in Yiddish plays. In 1921, the couple moved to New York, where Bilavsky occasionally performed in Yiddish theater, but spent much of her time volunteering for Hadassah, United Jewish Appeal, and the women’s auxiliary of Mizrahi.

Topics: Film, Volunteers, Zionism

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Date of Birth
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Glechine
Poland

Date of Death
Occupations
Actress, Volunteer, Activist

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Glika Bilavsky." (Viewed on September 23, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/people/bilavsky-glika>.

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