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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-01

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Siberia in 1949, and since that
time the location of his collection
remained unknown despite his
efforts to trace it from his return
from exile in 1955 to his death in
1961. Other Jewish musical re-
searchers also invested consid-
erable efforts trying to discover
what had happened to the col-
lection, without success.
After Professor Adler found
that the collection was being held
in storage at the Vernadsky Li-
brary, he began negotiations with

officials in Kiev regarding the
preservation, restoration and cat-
aloguing of the material.
The agreement was negotiat-
ed with the assistance of staff
members from the Israeli Em-
bassy and the American Jewish
Joint Distribution Committee in
Kiev. Also backing the project are
the Phonogram-Archive of the
Academy of Sciences of Vienna
and the Yuval France Associa-

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t was one of those
unexpected en-
counters that of-
ten make travel so
intriguing — en-
counters that seem to
happen more often in
Israel than else-
I has spent an af-
ternoon exploring
Old Jaffa, the scenic
and historic area
close to Tel Aviv, and
afterwards, I stopped
to relax at an outdoor
cafe on Kedium
It was a simple,
unpretentious place
— not the place
where I expected to
meet a talented actor
from Los Angeles, an
actor who had just
finished shooting an
Israeli film and
whose new career in
Israel was a re-
minder of the poten- Steve Greenst ein in a square in Old Jaffa.
tial for adventure
of the fabric of the country," he
which the Jewish
explained as we sat in the quiet
homeland holds.
Our conversation began casu- square in Old Jaffa.
"Everybody said to me, 'Why
ally. "Where are you from in the
States?" asked the dark-haired are you leaving L.A.? What's in
man with the dog, after he heard Israel?' " related Mr. Greenstein,
me speak English to the cafe who had come to Israel as a child
but had not been back for 20
At first, I thought he was Is- years.
"It was always in the back of
raeli, but it turned out that Steve
Greenstein was a native New my mind to return," he said. But
Yorker who until recently had the desire to present his play here
been living in Los Angeles, where made that longstanding idea a
he had a promising acting career. top priority.
Originally, he planned to come
He'd made appearances on
"Seinfeld" and "Cheers," had for six months. But his play won
done stand-up comedy, had an rave reviews in the Israeli press,
agent and many possibilities. But and he ended up taking it all over
two years ago, he left all that and the country.
While he was presenting From
came to Israel.
This was where he wanted to Bubbe to Batyam, his acting ca-
present his one-man play, From reer was blossoming in other
Bubbe to Batyarn. It's a play ways. Five months after his move
about his own history as the son to Israel, he landed a role as one
and the grandson of Holocaust of the leads in an English lan-
survivors, a play that he wrote guage television series, "Radio
and performs. "I wanted to do it Fever." He played Ben, the radio
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