Yiddish Culture

  • Yiddish Makes a Comeback with Help from Some Friends

    A Yiddish summer language institute had to turn away applicants for lack of space. National Public Radio will broadcast Yiddish stories narrated by Hollywood actors such as Leonard Nimoy and Carol Kane. And thanks to actor Mike Meyers’ Barbra Streisand-worshiping character Linda Richmond on “Saturday Night Live,” thousands of gentiles can express themselves as feeling… More ▸

  • Yiddish Language and Culture Maintaining a Vibrant Appeal

    A Yiddish summer language institute had to turn away applicants for lack of space. National Public Radio will broadcast Yiddish stories narrated by Hollywood actors such as Leonard Nimoy and Carol Kane. And thanks to actor Mike Meyers’ Barbra Streisand-worshiping character Linda Richmond on “Saturday Night Live,” thousands can express themselves as feeling “farklempt” (choked-up)…. More ▸

  • Yiddish Film Wins Swiss Festival Award

    An Israeli film made in Yiddish has won the Silver Medal at a documentary film festival held last week in Nyon, Switzerland. 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 follows the daily lives of the… More ▸

  • Writer Irving Howe, Dead at 72, Chronicled Lives of Immigrants

    Irving Howe, the eminent Jewish writer and editor who chronicled Jewish immigrant life and championed left-wing and workers’ causes, died of heart failure Wednesday in New York. Howe, who was 72, had been ailing for some time, said longtime friend Gus Tyler, the assistant president of the Ladies Garment Workers Union and a columnist for… More ▸

  • Ceremony in Bucharest Pays Tribute to Romanian Jews Killed 50 Years Ago

    An international array of government officials, diplomats, Jewish leaders and religious figures gathered Monday in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to pay tribute on a grand scale to the thousands of Jews who were tortured, deported or executed there beginning on this day 50 years ago. Representatives of the governments of Romania, the United States,… More ▸

  • Poland’s First Kosher Restaurant in Three Decades Opens in Warsaw

    Kosher roast beef, gefilte fish, chopped liver and cookies shaped like Jewish stars were available Tuesday evening in Warsaw, at the opening of the first kosher restaurant in Poland in some 30 years. The Menora restaurant, located at Plac Grzybowski 2, opposite Warsaw’s Nozyck Synagogue and the Yiddish Theater, was inaugurated “in the belief that… More ▸

  • Sammy Davis Jr. Remembered As Committed to Jewishness

    Sammy Davis Jr., who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 64, had his first contact with Jews during his boyhood in New York, when he fell in love with the Yiddish theater of the 1930s. “They didn’t bother me down there,” the legendary black entertainer remembered later. “Although I couldn’t understand a… More ▸

  • Poland Confirms Plans to Resume Relations with Israel Next Week

    Poland will formally re-establish diplomatic relations with Israel on Feb. 27, officials of the Solidarity-led government confirmed Monday in Warsaw. Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens will arrive in the Polish capital on Feb. 26, to take part in the official ceremony the following day. A delegation of World Jewish Congress leaders received confirmation of the… More ▸