“American Jews”

Text & Translation

דער גורל פֿון אונדזערע ייִדישיסטישע שולן

The Fate of Our Yiddishist Schools (Part 2)

Solomon Simon

Translation by David Forman

Part 2 of Solomon Simon's insider’s view of the crisis in the Yiddish schools following World War II.

Text & Translation

דער גורל פֿון אונדזערע ייִדישיסטישע שולן

The Fate of Our Yiddishist Schools (Part 1)

Solomon Simon

Translation by David Forman

Solomon Simon's insider’s view of the crisis in the Yiddish schools following World War II.

Pedagogy

From Kansas to Kentucky in a Jewish Literature Classroom: A “Creative Option” for Reflection Papers

Jessica Kirzane

Jessica Kirzane discusses a creative writing prompt for students in a course on American Jewish Literature and shares samples of students' work.

Text & Translation

די ייִדישע יוניאָנס אין אַמעריקע

The Jewish Unions in America

Bernard Weinstein

Translation by Maurice Wolfthal

Bernard Weinstein's memoir recounting the history of Jewish labor unions in the United States.

Blog

“What a ‘Medina’ is Amerikay”: Postvernacular Yiddish in Nineteenth-Century America

Shari Rabin

In mid-nineteenth century America, early use of postvernacular Yiddish helped Jews locate themselves in the culture.

Review

Immigrants Against the State

Samuel Hayim Brody

A review of Kenyon Zimmer's recently published book, Immigrants Against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America.

Text & Translation

לינטשערײַ

A Lynching

Joseph Opatoshu

Translation by Jessica Kirzane

The gritty, and controversial 1920s account of a lynching by Joseph Opatoshu.

Article

Beyond the Color Line: Jews, Blacks, and the American Racial Imagination

Jennifer Young

NYU Doctoral Candidate Jennifer Young explores the complicated ways in which American Jews claimed whiteness while examining and often identifying with Black American struggles.

Article

Af der shvel un in der fremd: A feuilleton on Yiddish, Race, and the American Literary Imagination

Adam Zachary Newton

Adam Zachary Newton examines the American Jewish literary impulse to claim both whiteness and alienation while identifying with Black Americans.

Article

“This is How a Generation Grows”: Lynching as a Site of Ethical Loss in Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray”

Jessica Kirzane

What can Opatoshu's controversial story about a lynching tell us about the complex Jewish encounter with American culture and the potential loss of an ethical tradition.

Blog

Second Avenue Meets Broadway: New York’s Yiddish Theater at MCNY

Saul Noam Zaritt

An interview with Stefanie Halpern, assistant curator of the current exhibition on New York’s Yiddish Theater at the Museum of the City of New York.

Blog

Yiddish Counterlives, or How to Think Beyond Broadway Yiddish

Diana Clarke and Saul Noam Zaritt

When American popular culture imagines Yiddish as a language of vulgar comedy, how can Yiddish cultural activists respond?

Blog

The Virtuoso of Loneliness: A Brief Invitation to Leyeles

Zackary Sholem Berger

Hear the voice of Yiddish poet Aaron Glantz-Leyeles as he meditates on the loneliness of the Yiddish writer while still embracing the magic of the American landscape.

Text & Translation

די ייִדיש־אַנאַרכיסטישע באַוועגונג אין אַמעריקע

The Jewish Anarchist Movement in America

Joseph Cohen

Translation by Emil Kerenji

This chapter from Joseph Cohen's memoir offers a rare glimpse into the American Jewish Anarchist circles of the early twentieth century.

Article

Yiddish Literature in the American West

Caroline Luce

Was there a definable style of Yiddish writing produced in the American West? It is time to look beyond New York and examine the unique experiences of Jews on the Pacific Coast and the literary culture they produced.

Blog

What was the kultur-tuer?

Ross Perlin

A portrait of the kultur-tuer, Moyshe Shtarkman (1906-1975), the activist engaged in the day-to-day moments that materially and intellectually make Yiddish culture.