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A Focus On Cheder and Jewish Education

As students head back to school, we're focusing on the cheder (or, in Yiddish, kheyder), where many Jewish children had their first educational experience, and on Jewish education in general, with an oral history from Yiddish singer and educator Adrienne Cooper, z"l; a Yiddish story, translated to English, about life for a young cheder student; and examples of Yiddish primers from our collections. 


Handpicked Faith Jones

Faith Jones—head of Reference and Information Services at New Westminster Public Library and adjunct professor at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, University of British Columbia; a 2015 Yiddish Book Center translation fellow; and a frequent contributor to Pakn Treger—knows our collections as well as anyone. Here are a few of her favorite finds.