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Teaching Guide to Vaybertaytsh Episode 15: Queer in Yiddish
This teaching guide offers discussion questions and classroom activities to use alongside an episode of the feminist Yiddish podcast Vaybertaytsh.
Imagining a Dictionary for Solidarity: A Conversation with Artist Yevgeniy Fiks on Russian, Yiddish, and Transnational Queer Dialects
Anna Elena Torres talks with Yevgeniy Fiks about Internationalism, queer politics, utopias and imaginary mapping, and Soviet Yiddish.
Review of A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969
Sienna’s book attempts to set the record straight (as it were) by bringing together and deeply annotating 120 diverse Jewish texts that each shed some light on Jewish LGBTQ lives, Jewish histories of same-sex eroticism, and Jewish experiences of gender transgression.
We Are More Than the Oppressions We Are Forced to Bear: On Being Queer and Jewish in Moscow
Joseph Heller reflects on oppression, solidarity, mutual prejudice, and Yevgeniy Fiks’ new book.
Review of Queer Expectations: A Genealogy of Jewish Women’s Poetry by Zohar Weiman-Kelman
Spectacular Vernacular: An Interview with Ezra Berkley Nepon on New Yiddish Theater, Queer Performance Arts, and “Dazzle Camouflage”
On the beautiful, radical, accessible, possibilities of performance and Yiddish.
Going Off Script: The Contradictory Pleasures of Unorthodox
Roni Masel proposes a “failed watching” of Netflix’s new series Unorthodox that sidesteps questions of authenticity in representation and instead “generates what we could call queer pleasure or OTD pleasure.”
Feminist Dybbuks in Melbourne: Possession, Desire and Voice
In August 2018, Australian theatre maker and director Samara Hersch, along with Chamber Made, a company operating at the ‘nexus of contemporary performance, music and sound’, presented Dybbuks – a production in three acts exploring ideas of possession; of women being with the dead; of desire, ritual, and voice. Here, Nicola Menser Hearn reviews the production and discusses it with Hersch.
Queering Broadway: Indecent and Lesbian Yiddish Love
Onstage, intimacy that’s untranslatable.
How Do You Say “Parents” in Yiddish?
Vardit Lightstone shares an LGBTQ-inclusive vocabulary worksheet, along with a reflection on its creation.