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Modern in Autumn

Modern in Autumn: The Belated Discovery of Blume Lempel

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March 2020: Handpicked

Lesley is an education manager at the Yiddish Book Center. After delving into her selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Lesley about her choices.

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Bontshe Shvayg in Lethbridge: Teaching Yiddish Literature in the Canadian Bible Belt

I teach Jewish literature to non-Jews. That statement may not seem very remarkable; after all, I also teach Victorian literature to non-Victorians and nineteenth-century literature to students born in the late twentieth century.

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December 2017: Handpicked

As the Yiddish Book Center’s Bibliographer and Editorial Director, David is constantly making new discoveries, and he’s surfaced some fascinating items from our collections.

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Reading To Forget the Hunger in the Ghetto

Jack Lewin—Yiddish poet and actor based in Los Angeles—explains how reading Yiddish and Polish books helped him endure the starvation in the Lodz ghetto.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

A Very Special "Baby" (Typewriter)

A look at Chava Rosenfarb's portable Hermes Baby typewriter

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June 2017: Handpicked

Lisa Newman is the director of communications - she's constantly scouring our website for English-language recordings, articles, and oral histories that provide background for her work on Pakn Treger and The Shmooze.

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A Diverse and Public Community: A Unique Jewish Community in Montreal

Anna Fishman Gonshor, Faculty Lecturer of Yiddish Studies at McGill University and Montreal-based Yiddish activist, reflects upon what she thinks makes the Jewish community in Montreal unique, and talks about the prominent Jewish figures who have be...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

May 2021: Handpicked

Seb is the executive director of KlezKanada and a former Yiddish Book Center staff member. After delving into his selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Seb about his choices.

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Jennifer Young, Educational Program Manager

September 2021: Handpicked

Jennifer Young is the education program manager at the Yiddish Book Center. After delving into her selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Jennifer about her choices.

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January 2021: Handpicked

Eddy is a writer and scholar of Yiddish and Jewish culture. After delving into his selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Eddy about his choices.

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Women Poets and Writers

Though sometimes less well known, women have been writing in Yiddish from the sixteenth up through the twentieth century

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April 2017: Handpicked

Sebastian Schulman just can't stay away from the Yiddish Book Center—a Center summer intern in 2004, he later served as director of its translation program before leaving to work on his dissertation. Here, Seb shares some of his favorite finds.

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Fira Bramson, z"l, with the cover of her memoir

Women Writing Memoir

Stories from women memoirists

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Online Lecture Series: Suggested Readings

A list of recommended readings for each online lecture

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American Yiddish Poetry: Reading Resources

The third selection for the 2018 Great Jewish Books Book Club

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Voices from the Vault: Yiddish Writers Speak Again

Unlocking a treasure trove of recordings of Yiddish writers

Part of Pakn Treger articles

Joanna Lisek

Trailblazer: Joanna Lisek

Dr. Joanna Lisek has seen her once-niche field expand tremendously over the past twenty years.

Part of Pakn Treger articles

Steven Spielberg

Steven ‘Shmuel’ Spielberg’s epic contribution to Yiddish culture

According to The Forward, for readers of Yiddish books, Spielberg’s special birthday is an opportunity to highlight another great contribution of his.

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Di Yerushe

When Sarah Traister Moskovitz heard Aaron Lansky give a speech, it rekindled her passion for Yiddish—and inspired a poem.

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