From Brooklyn to Chaucer, Yiddish Has Been Integral to This Supporter's Life
A Focus On Jewish American Heritage Month
There’s never been a singular Jewish American experience, but rather a symphony of experiences set to different languages. Celebrate Jewish American Heritage month by hearing the dadaist rhythms of a Yiddish radio poem about Coney Island, taking in the spectacle of the Yiddish theater, and considering the enduring role of Yiddish culture.
Handpicked Catherine Madsen
Catherine Madsen, the Yiddish Book Center's bibliographer, shares some finds from the Center's collections in honor of Sholem Aleichem’s hundredth yortsayt.
A Grandson Describes the Yortsayt Celebration
Sherwin Kaufman, Sholem Aleichem’s grandson, describes the annual celebration of his grandfather’s work, based on a clause in Sholem Aleichem’s will, in this 2014 interview for the Center’s Wexler Oral History Project.
Listen and Laugh
Sholem Aleichem’s Kasrilevke stories, satirizing the inhabitants of an imaginary but archetypal shtetl—their holidays, their politics, their foibles—are still timely more than a hundred years later. Listen to the audiobook.
A Meeting of Minds
Scholars Ruth Wisse and David Roskies, sister and brother who grew up in a Yiddish-speaking literary household in Montreal, discuss their favorite writer and try to pinpoint the key to his genius.
A Picture Album
This catalog of a 1959 exhibition in Buenos Aires in honor of Sholem Aleichem’s hundredth birthday collects photos and cartoons of the master (nattily dressed, and often hanging out with other famous Yiddish writers), illustrations of his characters, scenes from Yiddish theater productions of his works, and views from his extraordinary funeral procession.