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Yiddish Book Center

Regenerating Jewish Culture

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

Decade of Discovery Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters

The Decade of Discovery is a new initiative of the Yiddish Book Center, launched in conjunction with our Fortieth Anniversary in 2020, designed to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture. This year's theme focuses on Jewish immigration and the ways in which the encounter with Yiddish culture has shaped Jewish life in America over the past 150 years. In celebration of this theme, we're spotlighting a collection of short interview excerpts from the Wexler Oral History Project about American Jewish farming communities in the US, a slideshow with iconic images from New York's Yiddish theater, and a "From the Vault" piece by Eitan Kensky about some of the more "colorful" guidebooks in our collection written for Jewish immigrants to the United States.