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Yiddish Book Center

Regenerating Jewish Culture

Celebrating forty years of book rescue, digitization, translation,
educational programs, oral histories, exhibitions

Focus On Yiddish and Social Justice

The Yiddish Book Center's Decade of Discovery is an initiative launched by the Center to mark our 40th anniversary in 2020. Its aim is to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture. Our focus for the 2021 Decade of Discovery is Yiddish and Social Justice.

In novels, poetry, plays, and in the press, Yiddish artists explored issues of racism, workers’ rights, women's suffrage, indigenous peoples, and political protest. The Jewish engagement with social justice can be found throughout our collections—here are few selections - Di balade fun litl-rak (The Ballad of Little Rock), an epic poem by Dora Teitelboim, the story behind Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II, and The Yiddish Press and Racism in America, 1880–1920, with Tony Michels.



Handpicked Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young, education program manager, recently joined the staff at the Yiddish Book Center.  We were eager to ask Jennifer to curate this month's Handpicked - with her background in the field of education, curation, and museum work we knew Jennifer would find an interesting mix of content. And she did.