Yiddish Culture

  • Coalition Calls on Claims Conference for Larger Israeli Share of Funds, Power

    An Israeli coalition including the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israeli Holocaust survivor organizations and the Knesset’s pensioner affairs minister is calling on the Claims Conference to give Israel a larger share of Holocaust restitution funds and more control over distribution decisions. Leaders of the coalition announced Sunday that they were launching a unified effort to… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture ‘bay Mir Bistu Sheyn’ and Other Mysteries Solved in Music Archive

    “Bay mir bistu sheyn” may very well be the most famous of all Yiddish songs. It was the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ most popular song of 1938. Renditions have been recorded by the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, the Barry Sisters and Rudy Vallee, among other musical luminaries. Yet until recently,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A book published in Argentina explores the history of the country’s Yiddish theater. The 270-page paperback book is called “Oysfarkoyft,” Yiddish for “Sold Out,” and utilizes more than 100 posters — some dating back to 1901 — and texts in English and Spanish to give readers a sense of the history and importance of Yiddish… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A grant will help preserve items related to the heyday of Yiddish theater in the United States. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation made the $186,000 gift to help restore items such as programs, photographs and props, The New York Times reported. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Dorothy, Shmorothy: Kansas U. Gets Enthusiastic Yiddish Scholar

    As bullets whistled overhead and the smoke of the Battle of Black Jack wafted through the warm air 150 years ago this month, a terse conversation passed between two men fighting alongside abolitionist John Brown. “Nu, was meinen Sie jetzt?” (So, what do you think of this now?) August Bondi, who later recorded the conversation… More ▸

  • Playing Softball in the Mame-loshn: Heritage Lives Again at Yiddish Week

    The sun is peeking over the hills and a silvery mist is rising off the lake. Dishes clatter in the dining hall and a shorts-clad group is setting off for a walk in the woods. It’s a typical morning at a typical mountain resort — with one difference. Here at the Berkshire Hills Emanuel Adult… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A Yiddish theater in New York City received a $1.5 million grant from the city. The money given to the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater will help it find a permanent home, the New York Jewish Week reported. The theater is in its 90th consecutive season. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Milken Archive’s Treasure Trove — U.s Jewish Music Released in France

    Leonard Bernstein is one of America’s most renowned and beloved composers. His name immediately brings to mind the music he composed for the theater, such as “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” “Candide,” “Wonderful Town.” His “Kaddish” is also famous. But how many people know Bernstein composed an abundance of sacred and secular Jewish music,… More ▸