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A Focus On American Jewish Heritage Month
Throughout American Jewish Heritage Month we're featuring a range of media from the Yiddish Book Center's collections—oral histories, articles from Pakn Treger, podcast interviews from The Shmooze, archival recordings, and finds from our vault. Watch, listen, read, and look for more posts throughout the month.
Handpicked Eitan Kensky
Yiddish scholar Eitan Kensky, the Yiddish Book Center's director of collections initiatives, selected several types of media from our collections—an archival recording, Yiddish in translation, as well as articles from Pakn Treger and our "From the Vault" series. "People know that we have an amazing library of digital Yiddish books. They may not know that we have everything else."
Undzer gortn (Our Garden)
Is this the most idiosyncratic event in the Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library archive? It’s a student performance of American Yiddish poetry staged at McGill University—a true, multimedia event: a happening in all senses of the word.
"We Moofe" from Motl, the Cantor's Son
Sholem Aleichem died bringing us this story—it was the last thing he ever wrote. It’s barely more than an initial character sketch, but one that explodes with possibility.
"Eating the Archives"
How do we connect to the past? How do we make it usable? How do we make it relevant and meaningful? These are the philosophical questions behind one of the best things I worked on at the Yiddish Book Center: Michael Yashinsky's story of finding a bag of Yiddish newspaper recipes in an archival closet.