Five-day European Conference on Yiddish Culture Held in London
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Five-day European Conference on Yiddish Culture Held in London

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Yiddish has such deep roots in Jewish life that it still remains a powerful influence among Jews in most countries around the world, Aaron Steinberg, head of the cultural department of the World Jewish Congress, declared here.

Mr. Steinberg was one of a wide array of speakers at the concluding session last night of the fifth European Yiddish Symposium, held here, with participants representing vital sectors of Jewish cultural activities in England, France, Belgium, Denmark, West Germany, Sweden and Argentina.

Among the participants from this country were Joseph Leftwich, S. J. Goldsmith, Dr. S. Levenberg and Dr. S. Birenbaum, Isaiah Anug, Minister of the Israeli Embassy in London, and former envoy to several Latin American countries, told the symposium that, in Israel, “there is a genuine love for Yiddish and a keen desire to preserve this inheritance of the Jewish people.”

Other speakers included Rabbi M. Tchaskala, who read a paper on the traditional use of Yiddish in the East European yehivoth; Elchanan Vogler, poet; Marc Turkow, who reported on the widespread use of Yiddish throughout the Jewish communities in Latin America; and Isaac Pugatch, of France.

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