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3/29/2008: Today I updated this page, for the first time in a long time. Thank you, visitors, for your patience. My interest in Yiddish has transitioned to other pursuits over the years, but as this site still gets many visitors, I'd like to keep it useful and relevant for you all.

o My mom and I were laughing so hard when we read this one. It's an old Yiddish radio jingle advertising "Keshi-Meshi".

o More quirky Yiddish advertising, complements of Yosl Alpert: The Stuhmer's Bread Commercial.

o A Joke about Jewish indians.

o The lyrics to my favorite Yiddish song, Yidl Mitn Fidl.

o Everyone's been asking for more jokes, and while listening to an ancient recording of a play called The Kosher Widow, my dad and I dug up this one from the drinking song.

o A Pesakh story, "The night when Zanvel Aronson was knighted", originally from the Forward.

o Special for Pesakh: Yiddish versions of your favorite hagode (or Hebrew-style, hagaddah) songs, compliments of Mendele. Included are Ma Nishtonoh, Dayeinu, Echad Mi Yodeah, and Khad Gadyo.

o Di Kats der Payats: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat in Yiddish. Clever!

o Okay this is really funny... From a site in Sweden, audio of The Beatles' "It's Been A Hard Days Night" in Yiddish!


o Mostly divested of it's socialist roots, the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring is another Yiddish cultural organization in cities across the United States and Canada.

o Yugntruf - Youth For Yiddish, a worldwide organization of Yiddish-speaking and Yiddish-learning young adults.

o International Yiddish Meetup Day arranges for Yiddish speakers and students to get together - in person - once a month.

United States: New York
o The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is the venerable organization that has been promoting Yiddish since 1925.

o The Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre in New York City is America's oldest Yiddish theater company.

United States: Massachusetts
o The National Yiddish Book Center is an important organization dedicated to preserving Yiddish books. Be sure to visit their bookstore.

o The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, archives, restores, and distributes a large collection of Yiddish films.

o The Yiddish Voice, a Yiddish radio program in Brookline, MA.

o The Workmen's Circle Boston Chapter has its own web site.

United States: California
o Yiddishkayt L.A. is an organization dedicated to promoting Yiddish in the Los Angeles area.

o The Avada Project adds a trendy, Los Angeles touch to the Yiddish cultural events it produces. Example: a screening of The Dybbuk at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

United States: Florida
o The Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture in Coral Gables, Florida offers Yiddish classes, an art gallery and cultural center, and does Yiddish literary publishing. I highly recommend their online Yiddish classes.

[Updated!] Visit Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival held every summer.

o KlezKanada, in Quebec, bills itself as "A Festival of Jewish / Yiddish Music and Culture".

o Learn all about Yiddish language and culture in Paris (this site is in French!), and read TamTam, a quarterly online Yiddish magazine (in Adobe Acrobat format).

[Updated!] Magdalena Sitarz of Poland loves Yiddish, and offers some overview information, proverbs, and her PhD thesis on her homepage.

o The Vilnius Yiddish Institute at Vilnius University in Lithuania "is the first Yiddish center of higher learning to be established in post-Holocaust Eastern Europe." The Institute sponsors a yearly Vilnius Summer Program in Yiddish: a month of intensive Yiddish language, literature, and cultural immersion.

o The J. Waks Cultural Centre put together a page about Yiddish-oriented organizations in Melbourne.

o Australia's multicultural SBS Radio broadcasts in Yiddish. Wow! Several of the programs are archived here (MP3 format).

Learning Yiddish
o Sample Arele, a set of Yiddish workbooks for beginners.

o The Word Jungle is a fun computer program for learning Yiddish (as well as eight other languages).

o eYiddish.org is a group of Yiddish lovers in Israel gearing up to offer online Yiddish lessons. Cool!

o The Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture in Coral Gables, Florida offers Yiddish classes, an art gallery and cultural center, and does Yiddish literary publishing. I highly recommend their online Yiddish classes.

o Buy Pomegranate's "All Purpose Yiddish Knowledge Card Deck". If you'd like to know what these cards are about, read the San Francisco Chronicle's review: "Shmoozing ABC's".

o Learn Torah in Yiddish at Daf Hashavoua: more than a thousand shiurim in Yiddish on nine mesechtos given by HaRav Mordechai Pinchas Teitz zt"l. His radio program, Daf Hashovua, reached hundreds of thousands of listeners across the United States and around the globe, and helped to initiate Torah tapes and Daf Yomi groups.

Yiddish Theater
o American Variety Stage is a Library of Congress collection showcasing Vaudeville and popular entertainment from 1870 - 1920. Included are scripts of 77 Yiddish plays.

o The Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre in New York City is America's oldest Yiddish theater company.

o All About Jewish Theatre, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel, has a page of articles and reviews about Yiddish Theatre worldwide.

Yiddish Music
o Visit Ari Davidow's Klezmer Shack for lots of klezmer music.

[Updated!] Here's the Klezmer troupe, di bostoner klezmer.

o Live a week of Yiddish culture at the annual "KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program". It's run by Living Traditions: Community-Based Yiddish Folk Culture.

o Jewish Cultural Programming and Research is "dedicated to the research, documentation and dissemination of traditional and popular Jewish musical traditions". Of which Yiddish and Klezmer plays a large part.

o Learn about the music of Wolf Krakowski and listen to samples too. Kame'a Media distributes Wolf's CD "Gilgul - Transmigrations".

o The Klezical Tradition klezmer band performns throughout the American northeast.

o Crossing The Shadows is a collection of new Yiddish songs by Josh Waletzky.

Resources in Cyberspace
* The Yiddish Radio Project is an incredible new resource. "A celebration of ... recordings and of the forgotten geniuses and dreamers who created them." Take a look.

o I was a member of the Mendele e-mail list for years, and it was the most wonderful community of people who knew and loved Yiddish.

o Iosif Vaisman's Virtual Shtetl.

[Updated!] Even reviewed in a New York Times article, a group at Columbia University under the leadership of Mikhl Herzog compiled a Yiddish Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry.

o Read the latest current events in Yiddish in New York's longstanding Yiddish weekly, Der Forverts.

o Here's a site with great content and a really professional look too: Zemerl, a Jewish song database.

o A comprehensive collection of Yiddish links is available at JewishLink.net.

o Raphael Finkel's yiddish page is home to a number of yiddish songs and texts, the new Yiddish Web journal, Der Bavebter Yid, and Di Yidishe Shraybmashinke - The Yiddish Typewriter which converts YIVO transcription into actual Yiddish characters.

o Brandeis student David Nurenberg put together a really nice page about Yiddish and his internship at the National Yiddish Book Center.

[Updated!] Ponder the poetry of Rajzel Zychlinsky.

o Craig Abernethy's derech erets un dermonung - repect and rememberance showcases the works of Soviet Yiddish writers.

o Yiddish Poetry in America also created by Craig Abernethy, features work by American Yiddish poets.

o More poetry... by Alter Esselin as translated by his son Joseph Esselin.

o Bob Becker, from Kansas, has finished translating his grandmother's autobiography, The Rose Leis Story.

o The Haynt project is complete! Haynt is a book that chronicles the history of Poland between 1908 and 1939 from the Jewish perspective.

o Benny Swartzberg's postcard collection and genealogical history are presented online by his grandson Steven Weiss of Chicago.

o The Aaron and Sonia Fishman Foundation for Yiddish Culture provides grants to projects aimed at strenghthening Yiddish among children and teens.

o Yosl Alpert offers up his "Kosher Yiddish" Website.

* Hatikvah Music, Los Angeles, for the largest collection of Yiddish, klezmer, cantorial, (and Israeli) music-- both old and new.

o Ergo Media sells many Yiddish videos. We bought Yidl Mitn Fidl from them.

o The Israel Store claims to have the largest collection of Yiddish DVDs on the Internet.

o Buy Pomegranate's "All Purpose Yiddish Knowledge Card Deck". If you'd like to know what these cards are about, read the San Francisco Chronicle's review: "Shmoozing ABC's".

o Martin Green of Winnipeg, Canada translated a Yiddish autobiography. Oyf Fremder Erd (On Foreign Soil), by Falk Zolf, and sells it along with several other Yiddish books and CDs.


o Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv

o Columbia University in New York

o Duke University in North Carolina

o Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia

o Florida Atlantic University in Florida

o Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts

o Indiana University

o Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York

o Los Angeles Valley College

o New York University's summer Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Culture and Literature (co-sponsored by YIVO)

o Monash University in Melbourne, Australia

o Ohio State University

o Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies at Oxford University in England

o Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

[New!] Stanford University

o SUNY Binghamton

o University College London in England

o University of California, Los Angeles

o University of Chicago

o University of Judaism's Department of Continuing Education in Los Angeles

o University of Maryland at College Park

o University of Massachusetts at Amherst

o University of Michigan

o University of Pennsylvania

o University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia

o University of Texas at Austin

o University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada

[New!] York University in Toronto, Canada


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