Jackie Hoffman (right) plays Yente the matchmaker in the Yiddish adaptation of Fiddler. Hoffman grew up hearing her mother and grandmother speak Yiddish and for years has been teaching little phrases to fellow cast members. “I’ve got gentiles speaking Yiddish all over this town now,” she says.

Jackie Hoffman (right) plays Yente the matchmaker in the Yiddish adaptation of Fiddler. Hoffman grew up hearing her mother and grandmother speak Yiddish and for years has been teaching little phrases to fellow cast members. "I've got gentiles speaking Yiddish all over this town now," she says.

Jackie Hoffman (right) plays Yente the matchmaker in the Yiddish adaptation of Fiddler. Hoffman grew up hearing her mother and grandmother speak Yiddish and for years has been teaching little phrases to fellow cast members. “I’ve got gentiles speaking Yiddish all over this town now,” she says.

Jackie Hoffman (right) plays Yente the matchmaker in the Yiddish adaptation of Fiddler. Hoffman grew up hearing her mother and grandmother speak Yiddish and for years has been teaching little phrases to fellow cast members. “I’ve got gentiles speaking Yiddish all over this town now,” she says.