Yiddish Culture

  • Looking Back at 5757: Shattered Ideals Color a Year Wracked by Disunity and Pain

    This was the year some of the Jewish community’s sacred cows were slaughtered. Many of the principles and causes closest to the hearts of American Jews were attacked — and, in some cases, mortally wounded — during 5757. Scandal and consolidation hit some of the most venerated institutions, while Jewish unity was fractured. But even… More ▸

  • Yiddish Book Center Enters New Era with Home of Its Own

    The National Yiddish Book Center has finally found a home, but in a setting about as far from the shtetls and cities where its books were penned as could be. Sunday’s dedication of a new, $8 million facility in the bucolic New England college town of Amherst, Mass., marked a new era for the center…. More ▸

  • Loan Society Fulfills Tradition of Aiding Indigent with Dignity

    In 1892, 11 immigrants from Lithuania met at their synagogue, the Vilna Shul on Henry Street on New York’s Lower East Side, to find a way to thwart the seeping poverty in their community. Amassing $95, they opened the Hebrew Gemilath Chassodim Association of New York, where, based on the Jewish tenet of revered behavior,… More ▸

  • Restored Postwar Jewish Film on Holocaust Lauded in Israel

    There was not a dry eye in the house Saturday night, when judges at the 13th Annual Jerusalem Film Festival awarded a special “In the Spirit of Freedom” prize to the post-Holocaust film “Long is the Road.” The festival jury singled out the feature, even though it was filmed in 1947-48 and therefore was ineligible… More ▸

  • Joseph Green, 96, Pioneer of Yiddish Filmmaking, Dies

    Joseph Green, the theatrical and film producer who revitalized Yiddish-language motion pictures, has died. Green, who was 96, died June 20 in Great Neck, N.Y. While working shortly before the Holocaust, Green produced four films in three years capturing Jewish life in Poland. “His impact was enormous on the generation that he was creating the… More ▸

  • Russian Scholars Believe Jewish Studies Provide Key to Renewal in Their Homeland

    In a small room in the Copley Plaza Hotel here, llya Dvorkin held forth in Russian-accented Hebrew on Nachman Krochmal. Dvorkin, rector of the Petersburg Jewish University in St. Petersburg, broke little new ground in understanding the work of Krochmal, the 19th century Jewish philosopher and a father of modern Jewish studies. But his central… More ▸

  • Israeli Yiddish Film Wins Award

    An Israeli film made in Yiddish has won the special jury award at the seventh international Documentary Film Festival, held here last week. The Israeli entry, “Choice and Destiny,” made by Tsipi Reibenbach of Tel Aviv, focuses on the lives of a couple who are Polish-born Holocaust survivors. The film, in which Yiddish is the… More ▸

  • Memorial Service for Argentine Jews Led by Concerns About Other Targets

    Amid stepped-up security at Jewish organizations worldwide, a memorial service held here Wednesday for those killed last week in Buenos Aires was transformed into a forum for voicing fear and concern for Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. The service, which was organized by the World Jewish Congress, the Conference of Presidents of Major… More ▸