- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The Museum of Jewish Heritage and the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene are embarking on a partnership.

The two New York City institutions say the hope is that the two-year alliance will lead to a permanent merger.

It could give the theater a permanent home at the museum’s 375-seat theater.

The theater is the last survivor of about a dozen Yiddish theaters that once thrived on Manhattan’s East Side.

The museum opened in 1997 as a living memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan.

The aim of the partnership is to create a cultural center for Jewish history and culture and help increase the museum’s attendance.

A weeklong performing arts festival at the museum is scheduled for June. It will feature performers from nearly 30 countries.

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