Introducing Jonah Lubin, Editorial Intern

Jonah Lubin


There’s so much work that goes into pub­lish­ing In geveb, from man­ag­ing the pub­li­ca­tions cal­en­dar to mak­ing sure the punc­tu­a­tion on a blog post is cor­rect, and every­thing in between. Our edi­to­r­i­al team engages in a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort to stem the tide of emails, avoid com­put­er glitch­es, and of course bring you thought pro­vok­ing, well-writ­ten writ­ing at the fore­front of the dynam­ic, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, glob­al field of Yid­dish Stud­ies. This work has long been part of In geveb’s vision not only to sus­tain and grow schol­ar­ship in our field but also to cre­ate edi­to­r­i­al posi­tions that are valu­able pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for emerg­ing scholars.

This win­ter we are excit­ed to have our first under­grad­u­ate intern, Jon­ah Lubin. He’s a jack-of-all-trades who will be engaged in many tasks from work­ing on tech­ni­cal aspects of pub­lish­ing to con­tribut­ing to our month­ly newslet­ter to type­set­ting our Yid­dish texts. We’re very proud to be offer­ing this hands-on oppor­tu­ni­ty for Jon­ah to gain expe­ri­ence in dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing and Yid­dish Stud­ies. We look for­ward to all that our new team mem­ber will do to strength­en our pub­li­ca­tion, and to all that we will learn from and with him through this men­tor­ing experience.

Jonah’s posi­tion is sup­port­ed by the Cen­ter for Career Advance­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go and the Joyce Z. and Jacob Green­berg Cen­ter for Jew­ish Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chicago.

Hello, I’m Jonah.

I am a second year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, originally from New Jersey. I still haven’t settled on a major, but if backed in a corner I’d probably say Comparative Literature.

I started learning Yiddish at the end of high school after I attended the Great Jewish Books Summer Program at the Yiddish Book Center. As I was leaving, I hurried to gather some books to bring home. With the help of the staff, I settled on Weinreich’s dictionary, Nachum Stutchkoff’s Der oytser fun der yidisher shprakh, Dovid Hofstein’s Ikh gloyb, Peretz Markish’s Milkhome, and, at random, Chayim Gutman (aka Der Lebediker)’s Azoy lakh ikh. With these books, a high school knowledge of German, and a PDF of Dovid Katz’s Grammar of the Yiddish Language that I found on the “Yiddish grammar” Wikipedia page, I set myself to learning Yiddish.

At the end of last year I began work for the Forverts as a Yiddish Fellow, trawling through the archives, finding interesting articles, literature, and advertisements, and doing little write-ups on them. More recently I have begun work on a bibliography and portal of Bashevis’s work published in the paper.

Outside of Yiddish literature, I’m also interested in digital media. I have two pieces of work that should be coming out soon. One is a computational approach to Instagram semiotics (forthcoming on arXiv), the other is a Jewish reading of the Ezra Koenig/Jaden Smith quasi-anime Neo Yokio (forthcoming in Tablet).

I am very, very excited to have this opportunity to participate in contemporary Yiddish scholarship. So much of my time with Yiddish has been spent alone with books or my laptop, so to be able to work with, talk to, and learn from other people who love the field — really I’m just pleased as punch.

I can’t wait to get started!

Lubin, Jonah. “Introducing Jonah Lubin, Editorial Intern.” In geveb, January 2019:
Lubin, Jonah. “Introducing Jonah Lubin, Editorial Intern.” In geveb (January 2019): Accessed Dec 07, 2022.


Jonah Lubin

Jonah Lubin is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, and the current Yiddish Fellow at the Yiddish Forward. In 2018-2020 he served as the the Editorial Intern for In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies.