From Brooklyn to Chaucer, Yiddish Has Been Integral to This Supporter's Life
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 Christa Whitney
For your beach reading and road trip listening pleasure: add a bisl Yiddish to your summer with some favorite picks from and about Yiddish writers—famous and less so—selected by Wexler Oral History Project Director Christa Whitney.
Recommended Summer Yiddish Reading
In this book of twenty-five short stories, including “From the Banks of the Hudson,” “Lonely,” and “My Home,” Meyer Krawetz writes in the voice of a Jewish immigrant struggling to eke out a living and ride out bouts of depression and nostalgia by taking long walks along the river. Featuring some wonderful English borrowings that reveal his fascination with the new vernacular, this book is ideal for the intermediate Yiddish reader.
A Sidelined Yiddish Poetess, Now Available to the English-Speaking Masses
Faith Jones explains a project that spanned more than a decade to collaboratively translate the poems of Celia Dropkin, many of which were dismissed in their day as being too explicit or too feminine.
One of Our Greatest Yiddish Poets Recites from His Best Work
Israel Prize recipient Avrom Sutzkever, born on a July evening 103 years ago, recites here thirteen of his poems with an emphatic strength that reflects his relentless faith in art as a vehicle to express—and even transcend—both the extreme violence and extreme subtleties of life.