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2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Yiddish Book Center has announced that it is one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. 

We're not about to leave these books behind

We need your help right away to save an important collection of Yiddish books from Caracas, Venezuela.

Haim ruins the seder

Haim Gunner, native Yiddish speaker raised in Ottawa, describes how his political views ended up ruining his family's seder.

 

Peysekh Worksheet

A  monthly worksheet so you, your family, and your friends can brush up on your Yiddish. This month we're talking about Peysekh!

Voices from the Vault: Yiddish writers speak again

From the 1950s through the 1980s, thousands of Montreal's Yiddish-speaking citizens, many of them refugees and survivors from Eastern Europe, sought out human warmth and intellectual fire in the meeting rooms of the Jewish Public Library. Some of this is preserved on 1,500 reel-to-reel tapes that have been uncovered.

Bridge of Books

This engaging, often funny, 13-minute documentary chronicles the adventures of Aaron Lansky, who at 23 years old, rallied together an international network of volunteers and set out to rescue the world's Yiddish books.

From the Yiddish Book Center's Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Among the highlights recently scanned for the Digital Yiddish Library are a children's primer, a 1949 atlas complete with foldouts and illustrations, and a biography of Lenin.

Leonard Nimoy's Mameloshn: A Yiddish Story

Yes, Leonard (Leyb) Nimoy speaks Yiddish. Learn more about the man behind Star Trek's Spock, from his Jewish roots in Boston's heymish West End neighborhood to his stint working with the world-renowned Yiddish theatre director Maurice Schwartz. Explore our produced shorts, selected from the two-hour interview that follows Leyb’s early years all the way to the present.