The Jackie Robinson of Yiddish


The New Standard, which bills itself as “Central Ohio’s Largest Circulation Jewish Newspaper,” has a profile on Colleen McCallum-Bonar, a graduate student at Ohio State who is poised to be the first African-American ever to receive a Ph.D. in Yiddish literature (at least she thinks she will be).

“I can count on one hand the other African-Americans doing Yiddish: none,” McCallum-Bonar said. “Maybe there are some others out there and maybe we just haven’t crossed paths, but I don’t know any.”

But the story fails to address the key question: How do you say “Buckeyes” in Yiddish?

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