Yiddish Book Center

Regenerating Jewish Culture

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

Decade of Discovery Decade of Discovery "Cultural Encounters"

The Decade of Discovery is a new initiative of the Yiddish Book Center designed to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture. Beginning with the Center’s 40th anniversary in 2020, and continuing for each of the next ten years, the Center will select an annual theme. In honor of this year's theme, "Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters," we're featuring an excerpt of the novel Hibru by Joseph Opatoshu set on the Lower East Side of New York in the 1910s, a podcast on the reading culture of Yiddish-speaking immigrants to the US, and an oral history in which Sholem Aleichem's grandson describes how his grandfather and his family came to America, at a crucial historical moment, with the help of the generosity of American Jews.