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The Bund by the Numbers: The Ebbs and Flows of a Jewish Radical Party

Joshua Meyers

The Jewish Labor Bund was a major force in Russian Jewish life, expanding the political arena to be more democratic in nature and driving the creation of a new political and economic discourse in Yiddish. So I was shocked to learn that in 1910, the Bund had a mere 609 members—down from approximately 35,000 five years earlier. The speed with which the Bund and other Jewish political parties in the Russian Empire could rise, fall, and rise again reflects the pressures the community was under, resulting in both sober caution and daring, desperate dreams.

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Yiddish Studies in Russian: 2014–2019

Ekaterina Kuznetsova

An annotated bibliography of Yiddish Studies scholarship published in Russia between 2014 and 2019.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: A Haphazard Yiddish Invoice from the Musterverk Series

Rachelle Grossman

Rachelle Grossman digs up a revealing clerical mix-up in the distribution of Shmuel Rollansky’s 100-volume Musterverk series — a moment both funny and tragic at the end of the series’ long run.

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Moscow’s Yiddish Center: An Interview with Lyubov Lavrova and Olga Vinogradova

Tova Benjamin

Tova Benjamin, Lyubov Lavrova, and Olga Vinogradova discuss Yiddish in Moscow, including the Jewish Museum in Moscow, organizing a leyen krayz, and contemporary Yiddish culture in Moscow.

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Translating and Teaching Yiddish Prose by Women

Anita Norich

It is time to stop lamenting the paucity of available Yiddish prose works by women and, instead, to translate more and to use the wealth of material that is already available.

Interview

The State of Yiddish Studies in China

Yitzhak Lewis and Anruo Bao

This piece is offers a broad portrait of the state of Yiddish Studies in China today, including its role in the small but growing field of Jewish Studies in China.

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Berlin Yiddish Society Column: Sutzkever's Yortsayt

Ekaterina Kuznetsova

January 19th, 2020. A small gallery in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district is crowded and abuzz to honor the tenth anniversary of the death of Avrom Sutzkever with poetry, music, and visual art.

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In geveb's 120 under 120

The Editors

Welcome to In geveb’s 120 under 120 list, our annual selection of movers and shakers in the Yiddish world—all of them under 120 years of age!

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