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A Focus On Jewish Music

With Yidstock (July 13-16) taking place this month we’re focusing on Jewish music. Here’s a selection of oral history interviews with performers who will be onstage at Yidstock 2017, a Pakn Treger article by Debra Caplan that makes the case for a contemporary staging of I.L. Peretz's "A Night at the Old Marketplace," and a podcast with Eleanor Reissa, whose work garnered her a Tony Award nomination and propelled her into the front ranks of Yiddish theater and music.



Handpicked Elissa Sperling

Elissa Sperling is a Yiddish Book Center 2016-2017 Fellow. She was first exposed to Yiddish through her zeyde, who spoke it as his first language. Elissa began formally studying Yiddish through the Workmen’s Circle in Boston while in high school and continued her study in intensive summer programs in New York, Vilnius, and Warsaw. She’s used that background, plus a degree in Library Science, to help with cataloguing the Yiddish Book Center’s collections during her fellowship. Elissa is constantly sharing her interesting finds with us; here are a few of her favorites.