Race Uprooted: Foreign Observation, American Racism, and Yiddish Journalism through I.J. Singer’s 1932 “Harlem Cabaret”

Jacob Morrow-Spitzer

In “What I.J. Singer Saw in the Black Cabarets in Harlem” (1932), Singer offers an intricate—and often highly unsettling and, at times, overtly racist—glimpse into how eastern European Jews imagined Black people and “Blackness” in America. 


CFP: "The Yiddish Press Beyond Its Pages": A special issue of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies

We invite submissions to a special issue of In geveb that focus on the Yiddish press beyond the usual confines of the printed word.


Moshe Rabbenu Splits the Atom: Writers of the Forverts React to the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Nadav Pais-Greenapple

A dive into the pages of historical Yiddish newspapers from the dawn of the nuclear age


Elie Wiesel at the Forverts: A Bibliography

Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel

From 1956-1967, Eli Wiesel wrote for the Forverts, publishing more than 1,000 articles under his given name, Eliezer Wiesel, and about two dozen installments of a literary column under a pseudonym, Elisha Karmeli. Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel has compiled a list of these articles to aid researchers. 


Review of Anne-Christin Klotz's Gemeinsam gegen Deutschland

Mariusz Kałczewiak

In this study of the Jewish press in Poland, Anne-Christin Klotz identifies Polish Jewry, and specifically local Yiddish writers and journalists, as central to understanding the Nazi threat in the 1930s.


A Yiddish Newspaper at War with Yiddish: Abraham Cahan and the 1931 Language Debate in the New York Forverts

Gennady Estraikh

This article describes the paradox of the negative attitude articulated by the Yiddish Forverts toward using Yiddish as the educational medium of instruction in American Jewish schools. 


The Comet at the End of the World: An Online, Immersive, Conversational Lesson Plan about “Current Events” Using Digitized Yiddish Press Materials

Ri J. Turner

Ri Turner shares the materials from a session for intermediate students over Zoon on astronomy reportage in the Yiddish press, which can serve as an example of how to identify digitized historical Yiddish materials around a particular theme, repackage them in a format that is accessible to intermediate students, and use them in an online teaching context to generate a conversation that is both historically rooted and contemporarily relevant.


Review of Transatlantic Russian Jewishness by Gennady Estraikh

Brian Dolber

Estraikh paints a vibrant picture of Yiddish socialism’s fluidity and its many tendencies as it responded to the tensions and traumas of the twentieth century.


The Continent: Thoughts Toward the Space of Contemporary Yiddishism

Tamara Gleason Freidberg and Arturo Kerbel

Editing collected volumes of Yiddish writing during WWII, Melekh Ravitsh and Moyshe Rosenberg imagined a forum for the exchange of information, research, and ideas with the goal of developing strong ties between Jewish communities throughout the American continents.

Texts & Translation

דער רבי ר' בעריש בעל־תּשובֿה פֿון קראָקע

The Rebbe R. Berish Bal-tshuve of Krakow

Meir Bałaban

Translation by Avinoam J. Stillman

1931 newspaper article by the Polish Jewish historian Meir Bałaban concerning the curious Hasidic figure known as Berish Bal-tshuve


Seizing the Means of Cultural Production: Hasidic Representation in Contemporary Yiddish Media

Rose Waldman

Literary production in Yiddish is booming, but because most of it is coming from Hasidic communities, scholars often overlook it. 


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