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Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union


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Michael Chabon reads from his latest novel, The Yiddish

Separating Jewish Culture from Victimization


Amy Leos-Urbel – Director of Educational Programs at the Yiddish Book Center – shares her vision of separating Jewish culture from the idea that Jews are victims, a vision she instilled in her children.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:…

Chaim Bargman (b Kaunas 1951) recalls Yiddish jokes and songs


Chaim Bargman, born in Kaunas (Kovno) in 1951 recalls Yiddish jokes and songs. Interviewed in Vilnius on 6 March 2014, following the weekly session of the Vilna Yiddish Reading Circle that Chaim attends whenever he can.
A famous Jewish guide and local historian who specializes in the provinces of Lithuanian, Bargman was immortalized as “Shlomo” in Dan Jacobson’s book, Heshel’s Kingdom…
With thanks to the Jewish Community of Lithuania for providing premises for the interview.

Yiddish Comedian S. Dzigan / שמעון דז’יגן 1977


המערכון ‘אצל רופא השיניים’ (ביי דעם צאן דאקטאר) בכיכובם של שמעון דז’יגן, יעקב בודו, יצחק חביס וברונקה זלצמן מתוך התכנית ‘הערב עם דז’יגן’ שהופקה ובוימה ב-1977 ע”י אנדרי קאלאראשו.
Legendary Yiddish Comedian, Shimon Dzigan, in the sketch ‘At The Dentist’ from his one hour special on IBA Israel Television from 1977.

“Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, English: How I See Jewish Languages Are Settling Into Their Own Spaces”


Ethan Kaseff, 2012 January term Yiddish student, describes the roles of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Yiddish in the past and present, how Yiddish has joined the “canon” of historical/textual Jewish languages in the American Jewish context, as well as the role of English today.

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Worship Should Be The Secondary Activity Of Our Community: Jewish Identity As A Guidance For Life


Lawrence Bush, Editor of Jewish Currents magazine, shares his pleas for the secular community to appreciate the teachings of the Talmud, as well as for the religious community to open up to the broader Jewish audience.

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Deciding That Judaism Would Be Part Of My Life: My Participation in Jewish Youth Groups


Ethan Kaseff, 2012 January term Yiddish student, reflects on how participating in youth groups meant an active decision to make Judaism a part of his life. Ethan describes how he enjoyed the discussions and sense of familiarity in his youth groups.

To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:….

I Have To Be Involved In The World: Why I Appreciate Being Jewish


Milly Guberman Kravetz gives her advice fro the next generation and speaks to the personal and historical implications of being Jewish.

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Wanting To Fit In: Remembering My First Experience In A Non-Jewish Environment


Phyllis Herda talks about beginning to realize the dichotomy between her Jewish and American identities.… to learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project.

“Part Of Me Feels Sad”: How Jewish Identity Is Different Across Generations


Phyllis Herda describes the difference between her generation and the next generation of Jewish Americans.… to learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project.

Growing Up In Chelsea, MA, A Jewish Immigrant Community


Phyllis Herda recalls the Jewish community of her childhood in Chelsea, MA.… to learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project.

On Why I Take Yiddish Now
New Voices
In my previous article, however, I also mentioned that, for me, Yiddishkeit was a way to connect with my Jewish identity, both because it was the language my ancestors spoke, and because, I think, at least in the United States, Yiddish culture has 
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Kissin offers Jewish composers, Yiddish poets in striking concert departure
Washington Post
“He’s going to recite Yiddish poetry, which is a level of identification with Jewish culturethat is very deep and very rare,” said Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of the New Republic. “There aren’t a lot of people who can do that anymore. For 
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The pious of Wall Street pray for a reprieve from the ‘evil’ Israeli draft law

The scene was completely surreal: A crying cantor beseeching the Lord in Yiddish-accented Hebrew to hear his prayers; high-octane loudspeakers 

From the Archive: When Jews ‘colonized’ Crimea

In the 1920s and ’30s, the area was dotted with Jewish agricultural colonies and home to approximately 29,000 Jews and leadership for these collective farms, including ones where residents were required to speak Yiddish.

Make a joyful noise: Klezmer music comes to Oakton

Learn how the Roma and Jewish cultures intertwine and mirror each other in  Originally the Yiddish word for “musician,” Klezmer now describes the 

Orthodox NYC Jews protest proposed Israeli draft
CTV News
The ultra-Orthodox insist their young men serve the nation through prayer and study, thus preserving Jewish learning and heritage, and by maintaining a pious way of life that has kept Jewish culture alive through centuries of persecution. But the 
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