2022–23 Yiddish Book Center Fellows
Every fall, the Yiddish Book Center welcomes a select group of recent college graduates who spend the following year working as full-time staff members, gaining valuable professional experience in Yiddish language and Jewish cultural work through the Center's Fellowship Program.
What attracts people to the Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program? What do fellows do during their time at the Center? Read about the backgrounds of our current fellows and learn about the projects they're working on:
Charlotte Apter, Richard S. Herman Fellow, a native of Hartford, CT is a graduate of Oberlin College who studied history, religion, and Jewish studies. In high school, Charlotte was a student at the Great Jewish Books Summer Program and in college she completed both tracks of the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. At Oberlin, she spent most of her time cooking in her student-run co-op and planning for her weekly klezmer radio show Heavy Shtetl. She is looking forward to being back in western MA, being a part of the bibliography team, and getting to help with some of the magic at the Yiddish Book Center this upcoming year.
Khayim (Joseph) Reisberg, Applebaum Family Fellow, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where he gained a love of pink flamingoes, and later studied history and creative writing and worked in the library at Goucher College. He had the joy of learning Yiddish for two summers with the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. For an undergraduate thesis project, Reisberg translated poems by Rokhl Korn, whose lush imagery and deliberate choice to write in Yiddish first inspired him to learn the language. He is delighted to be joining the Yiddish Book Center as a bibliography and translation fellow.
Caleb Sher likes to describe himself as an itinerant student. He has an interdisciplinary humanities degree from the University of King's College, Halifax. He also earned an MA with a certificate in Jewish studies from the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, where he held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship. Following his MA, Caleb began a degree in information studies; however, he left this program to pursue work related to Yiddish. Beyond his interest in and growing collection of Yiddish books—the material anchors of Yiddish's literary and cultural history—Caleb is excited about how the internet, from online shmueskrayzn to yidishe memes, plays a fundamental role as the new, virtual anchor for secular Yiddish culture. He hopes to build a career at the intersection of his passion for Yiddish and linguistic diversity writ large, and his passion for the public humanities and open access to knowledge.
Richard S. Herman was an accomplished attorney and a lifelong lover of books, known for his kindness and generosity. He was excited about the Yiddish Book Center’s educational programs and, in 2019, he left a bequest of $1 million to endow an annual fellowship in his name.
Richard S. Herman Fellows:
Sophia Shoulson, 2019-20
Sasha Stern, 2020-21
Sarah Biskowitz, 2021-22
Charlotte Apter, 2022-23