Orphaned Words: Yiddish, English, and Child Speech in Postwar Cinema

Hannah Pollin-Galay

Is there a Jewish way of not saying things? In facing crises in language during the immediate post-Holocaust years, filmmakers in English and Yiddish made choices about how to balance repair and critique.


Beyond Fiddler: Teaching Representations of Jewish Eastern Europe on Film

Sarah Ellen Zarrow

Sarah Zarrow discusses and reflects on her course "Representing Jewish Eastern Europe in Film" in which she asks students to think historically about the images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, using films as primary sources that speak not only to a historical reality of their subject matter, but that also to the ideology and historical circumstances of the filmmaker and of Jewish life in the time and place the film was made.


Charlie, [gesturing to Fascist General Franco on screen] fucking swine isn’t he?

William Pimlott

William Pimlott reviews Gill Tofell's Jews, Cinema and Public Life in Interwar Britain and Alan Dein's Music is the most beautiful language in the World: Yiddisher Jazz in London’s East End 1920s-1950s.


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. 


"They Have Their Own Language, Literally": A Review of One of Us

Shayna Weiss

Shayna Weiss reviews One of Us, a Netfix documentary directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady that follows the lives of three ex-Hasidim. 


Yiddish-language Feature Menashe Premieres at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival

Raphael Koenig

Menashe offers an intimate glimpse inside Hasidic Borough Park. 


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. 


Integrating Yiddish Materials in a Jewish Day School Environment

Jessica Kirzane

A discussion of how Feygi Zylberman, a middle school History and Jewish Studies teacher at a Progressive Jewish community day school in Melbourne, Australia, employs Yiddish in her classroom, with a worksheet to use alongside the divorce scene in the film Hester Street (1975).