Tuesday 5 November 2019


IZYO SHERF (Isiu Schärf, 1913-1994)
            He was a graphic artist, born in Czernowitz.  He provided scenographies for Sh. Shvarts’s miniature theater “Kamelon” (1933) and for the Yiddish state theater of Jassy (Iași) (1950-1963).  He created the scenography for plays by Sholem-Aleichem, Avrom Goldfaden, Yankev Gordin, and Der Tunkeler.  He had illustrations in: Leyb Levin’s Zeks shloflider (Six lullabies) (Czernowitz, 1939; Tel Aviv, 1969); Bilder un motivn fun der yidisher literatur (Images and motifs in Yiddish literature) (Tel Aviv, 1969); Zelik Berditshever’s Lider mit nigunim (Poems with melodies) (Tel Aviv, 1980), 47 pp.  He prepared 100 graphics for publication for Yiddish expressions.
Y. Kara

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 533.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you and please correct the spelling: Isiu Schärf
    The composer of the Six Lullabies was Leibu Levin, my father.
    Here is some more information about the artist: Isiu Schärf immigrated to Israel in 1973 and lived in Rehovot. He taught art and painted. He died in 1994.