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 hold special events, courses, conferences, exhibits, performances and other programs, often in partnership 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 Events
Upcoming Decade of Discovery events taking place around the country.
CONCERT | Zol Zayn: Yiddish Poetry into Song at Peter Norton Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia, New York City
An Evening in Celebration of Isaac Bashevis Singer at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Yiddish in America
Throughout the year, we'll be showcasing a range of diverse content drawn from the Center’s collections and archives that speaks to this year's Decade of Discovery theme "Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters."
From Our Collections
"The Institute for Facial Reform (A Fantastical Story)"
Getsl Selikovich published erudite articles as well as a number of humoresques. This story takes place in New York in 1913.
Israel Emiot’s poem “Los Angeles” weaves together nostalgia for his European prewar life, religion, and grandmother with his love and intense awareness of nature and his lonely and alienated life in America after the war.
"Everything Old is New Again"
To the wandering Jews of the Diaspora, food was a form of cultural baggage. It was the one thing they carried with them when forced to move for reasons of politics or persecution.