Decade of Discovery: Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters
The Decade of Discovery is a new initiative of the Yiddish Book Center designed to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture. Beginning with the Center’s 40th anniversary in 2020, and continuing for each of the next ten years, the Center will select an annual theme around which we will curate and share content and collaborate with other organizations.
The Yiddish Book Center's Decade of Discovery is made possible in part by a grant from the Leona and Ralph W. Kern Foundation.
Decade of Discovery: Read / Listen / Watch
In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month and our Decade of Discovery theme for 2020, "Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters," we're featuring items from our collections that highlight the role of Yiddish in shaping Jewish life in the United States.
Yiddish in America
A selection of audio recordings from our archives and virtual public programs that help tell the story of Jewish life in America through the Decade of Discovery theme, "Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters."
Audio Recordings and Virtual Public Programs
The 2020 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture, "Of Making Many Books There is No End: Jews and American Publishing," Presented by Josh Lambert
How did the prominence of Jews in publishing influence the history of American literature? And, how, in particular, did it shape a market for Jewish literature, including Yiddish literature in translation?
How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish, with Josh Lambert And Ilan Stavans
The co-editors of the celebrated new anthology, which traces the interplay of Yiddish and American culture, discuss the anthology in a talk recorded live at the Yiddish Book Center on March 1, 2020.
Sholem Aleichem and America
A 1985 recording featuring Chone Shmeruk from our Francis Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library (in Yiddish).