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Celebrating forty years of book rescue, digitization, translation,
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Decade of Discovery Celebrating Klezmer and New Yiddish Music

Summer usually means Yidstock at the Center, with klezmer and new Yiddish musicians from around the world gathering to celebrate Yiddish and Jewish culture through their music. Of course, this year is a little different, and instead of you coming to us, we’re bringing the sounds and voices of Yidstock directly to you—from a short film on Peter “Klezmer Fats” Sokolow to an interview with Yiddish vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and pianist/accordionist Dmitri Gaskin, who together create idiosyncratic compositions set to the works of some of the greatest Yiddish poets, to a lively music-themed Yiddish worksheet. Turn up the music, put the falafel on the grill, and enjoy!


Handpicked Sophia Shoulson

Sophia Shoulson is an alumna of the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and a former Yiddish Book Center Fellow; she was also the 2019–2020 Richard S. Herman Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center. Over the past few years, Sophia has unearthed many great finds from our collections. Here are a few of her favorites.