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Essays, interviews, listicles, podcasts, and much more, covering all aspects of Yiddish culture.

Interview

In eynem’s Communicative Approach to Yiddish Pedagogy: An Interview with Asya Vaisman Schulman

Mey­er Wein­shel and Asya Vais­man Schul­man speak about devel­op­ing Vais­man Schul­man’s new Yid­dish text­book, In eynem, com­ing from the Yid­dish Book Cen­ter this summer.

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Endangered and Emerging Jewish Languages: An Interview with Sarah Bunin Benor

Mari­na May­ors­ki talks with Sarah Bunin Benor about her work record­ing, pre­serv­ing, and teach­ing about Jew­ish languages.

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Dora Schulner's Last Notebook

Hes­kes explores the con­tents of a slim, blue-leathered note­book he found in his par­ents’ garage. The note­book belonged to his grandmother’s moth­er, the Yid­dish writer Dora Schulner.

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Briv funem arkhiv: A Memoir in Four Acts: Moyshe Klaynman and Survival at Treblinka

Moyshe Klayn­man’s remark­able 1943 man­u­script relates his ten-month impris­on­ment at the Tre­blin­ka II exter­mi­na­tion camp, his escape dur­ing the August 2, 1943 pris­on­er revolt, and much more. There is only one oth­er known sur­vivor source writ­ten so ear­ly, and there are no oth­er known Tre­blin­ka sur­vivor mem­oirs avail­able only in the orig­i­nal Yiddish.

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Call for Papers: Murder, Lust, and Laughter, or, Shund Theatre

We are seek­ing sub­mis­sions for a spe­cial issue on Yid­dish pop­u­lar theater.

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Briv funem Arkhiv: Yehoash Signs the Hotel Klibitsky’s Guestbook

Yid­dish poet and trans­la­tor Yehoash lived at the famous Hotel Kli­bit­sky in Rehovot for almost four months in 1914; the hotel fea­tured fre­quent­ly in his pub­lished trav­el­ogue. This note in the hotel’s guest­book, now in the city archive, marks his stay.

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

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

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 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.

Interview

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

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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