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Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music Goes Virtual in 2021 with Songs of Social Justice
Yiddish Book Center Receives NEH Grant: Wexler Oral History Project Will Significantly Expand Access to Trove of Video Interviews
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Focus On YIDSTOCK 2021: Yiddish Songs of Social Justice
This year's virtual YIDSTOCK: The Festival of New Yiddish Music features artists from around the globe performing a broad and eclectic repertoire of Yiddish songs of social justice. In anticipation of this virtual program, we're sharing highlights from our collections that celebrate the power of Yiddish music and envisioning hope for a better world.
Handpicked Sebastian Schulman
Seb is a Yiddish Book Center alum and former staffer and is currently the executive director of KlezKanada. He knows our collections well and shares a few favorite highlights here. Sign up below to receive the full selections via email.
“So Much Acceptance”: Joanne Borts at KlezKanada
Over the years, the Center's Wexler Oral History Project has recorded many interviews both at and about the immersive Yiddish culture experience of KlezKanada’s Summer Retreat. This is one of my favorites.
Ida Maze: The “Den Mother” of Yiddish Montreal
Ida Maze’s apartment on Montreal’s avenue de l'Esplanade is one of the most storied locales in contemporary Yiddish literature. This short film provides insight into the woman and the poet who fashioned this unique environment.
“Defiance and Death in Kishinev: Remembering Ruvim Levin” by Yuri Goligorsky
This article provides a glimpse into the one of the most remarkable stories of grassroots Yiddish culture in the postwar Soviet Union—the founding of the Keshenever yidisher folks-teater (Kishinev Yiddish People’s Theatre).