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Rebecca Margolis

Monash University

Rebecca (Rivke) Margolis is a professor and Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. Her research focuses on Yiddish transmission and culture and she is the author of four books: Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Culture in Montreal, 1905-1945, Basic Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar, Yiddish Lives On: Strategies of Language Transmission, and The Yiddish Supernatural on Screen: Dybbuks, Demons and Haunted Jewish Pasts. As part of her ongoing research on fiction film and television with Yiddish dialogue, she is currently working on a study called Laughter Through Yiddish: Language and Humor on Screen. Her research on that subject has appeared in Oy with the Poodles Already!': Yiddishisms and Non-Jewish Characters on American Sitcoms" and in a short article in AJS Perspectives (p. 46-47). As part of her research on Yiddish in Australia, she recently published "Shabbes in Ek Velt: Yiddish Rap Music in Melbourne."

RELATED ARTICLES

Review

Review of Jonah Corne and Monika Vrečar’s Yiddish Cinema: The Drama of Troubled Communication

Rebecca Margolis

Yiddish Cinema: The Drama of Troubled Communication suggests innovative and fruitful ways that scholarship in media studies can be applied to Yiddish cinema.

Pedagogy

Yiddish Learning by New Learners: Two Zines and Two Games Student Projects from the Steiner Program’s Intermediate Class

Rebecca Margolis

Examples of project-based learning in the intermediate Yiddish classroom, from the fabulous students of Rivke Margolis’s Intermediate Yiddish Class at the Steiner Program of the Yiddish Book Center, summer 2023.

Interview

An Interview with Simon Starr of YID! on their new album, ZETS!

Rebecca Margolis

ZETS! is the second album of the Melbourne-based band, YID!

Pedagogy

Yiddish Film Activities for the Language Classroom: Teaching with Mamele

Rebecca Margolis

Using a short scene from the 1938 film Mamele (dir. Joseph Green, Konrad Tom), Rebecca Margolis demonstrates how short excerpts of Yiddish films can be used to address specific aspects of Yiddish dialect, grammar and idiom, and translation in the Yiddish language classroom. 

Article

New Yiddish Film and the Transvernacular

Rebecca Margolis

The study of Yiddish cinema gets updated for the twenty-first century, Margolis explores how the language is being used in film in the last decade. 

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