Faculty

2020 Yiddish Book Center Steiner Summer Yiddish Program Faculty

The Steiner Summer Yiddish Program faculty reflect a variety of disciplines and a wide range of interests in contemporary Yiddish scholarship.

Core Faculty:

Asya Vaisman Schulman, the director of the Yiddish Language Institute and the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program at the Yiddish Book Center, will teach Beginning Yiddish. Schulman is the author of In eynem, a new Yiddish textbook for beginners that relies on the communicative approach to language learning. Before joining the Center, Schulman taught Yiddish at Indiana University, where she was also the project manager of AHEYM, the Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories. Schulman has taught Yiddish courses at Harvard, Columbia, the New York Workmen’s Circle, and Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Yiddish from Harvard. Her PhD research was on the Yiddish songs and singing practices of contemporary Hasidic women.

Sharon Bar-Kochva is a Yiddish teacher and researcher of modern Yiddish and Hebrew literatures. She works at the Paris Yiddish Centre as a teacher and librarian and has taught Yiddish language and literature at several universities in Paris, as well as in summer courses in Paris, Strasbourg, and Warsaw. Her research interests include pseudonyms of Yiddish and Hebrew writers, Ashkenazi diasporic litterateurs, and the relationship between modern Hebrew and Yiddish literatures.

Visiting Faculty:

Justin Cammy is associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature at Smith College, where he directs the Program in Jewish Studies. A longtime member of the Steiner faculty and guest lecturer at the Yiddish Book Center, he also is lecturer on Yiddish literature at the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Summer Yiddish Program at Tel Aviv University, for which he serves as summer director. Cammy was a member of the Yiddish Matters research group at the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (2020), Webb Family Visiting Scholar in Yiddish in the Goldreich Institute of Tel Aviv University (2013-14), research fellow at Yad Vashem (2013-14), and UCLA/Mellon Senior Scholar in Holocaust Studies at UCLA (2009).  He has translated three works of Yiddish literature: Sholem Aleichem's Shomers mishpet (The Judgment of Shomer, 1888); Hinde Bergner's In di lange vinternekht (On Long Winter Nights: Memoirs of a Jewish Family in a Galician Township, 1870-1900); and Avrom Sutzkever's Fun Vilne Geto (Vilna Ghetto, 1941-1943, forthcoming 2020). He is the author of many scholarly essays related to the interwar literary group Young Vilna. In 2006 he was awarded Smith College's Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Miriam Udel is associate professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, where her teaching focuses on Yiddish language, literature, and culture. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, as well as a PhD in Comparative Literature from the same institution. Her research interests include Yiddish modernism, genre studies, Jewish children’s literature, and American-Jewish literature. She is the author of Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque (University of Michigan Press, 2016), winner of a National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. She is preparing an annotated, translated anthology of Yiddish children’s literature called Honey on the Page, slated to appear with New York University Press.

"Asya Vaisman Schulman was the best language teacher I have ever had. She had such great, positive energy. Her course really changed the way I thought about language learning."
2015 Steiner student