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Miriam Shomer Zunser

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Nationality  American
Parents  Nahum Meir Schaikewitz
Spouse(s)  Charles Zunser
Books  Yesterday
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Full Name  Manya Shaikevitsch
Born  November 25, 1882Odessa, Ukraine
Relatives  Anna Shomer Rothenberg (sister) Rose Shomer Bachelis (sister) Abraham Shomer (brother)
Died  11 October 1951, New York City, New York, United States
Residence  New York City, New York, United States

Miriam Shomer Zunser (November 25, 1882 – October 11, 1951) was an American journalist, playwright and artist. She was a significant promoter of Jewish culture prior to World War II.



Zunser was born Manya Shaikevitsch in Odessa, Ukraine, to Nokhem Mayer Shaikevitsch, a novelist and playwright and his wife Dinneh Bercinsky. Her family emigrated in 1889 to New York. After graduating high school she worked as a librarian while attending art classes taught by Henry McBride at the Educational Alliance.

In 1931 Zunser was a founder and initial president of Mailamm, the America-Palestine Institute of Musical Sciences (known by its Hebrew acronym). Having worked with Henrietta Szold, she was the founder of the Brooklyn chapter of Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America. She was also treasurer of the Jewish Music Forum.

Zunser died in New York City.


In 1905 she married Charles Zunser, son of the poet Eliakum Zunser. They had three children. Her sister was the Yiddish folksinger Anna Shomer Rothenberg.


  • Fortune's fool; a musical comedy in two acts and four scenes. New York: 192?
  • A child's kingdom. New York: 192?
  • Goldenlocks and the bears. New York: 192?
  • Yesterday : a memoir of a Russian Jewish family. Published in 1939 by Stackpole Sons. Republished in 1978 by Harper & Row.
  • Avinu Shomer (אבינו שמ״ר). Yerushalayim: Aḥiʼasaf, 1953.
  • References

    Miriam Shomer Zunser Wikipedia

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