Yiddish Book Center

Yiddish Book Center The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture.
Saving a million Yiddish books was just the beginning. Our priority now is to advance knowledge of the content and literary and cultural progeny of the books we’ve saved.

We offer fellowships and courses for high school students, college students and adults.

We translate Yiddish literature into English.

We record oral histories and contemporary stories.

After three decades, we’ve emerged as one of the world’s largest, liveliest and most original Jewish organizations.
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The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. The Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits; two performance halls with a year-round schedule of educational programs, concerts (including the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music), films, and events; an English-language bookstore; and a million Yiddish books. The Center is open Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public tours are offered Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"Actors are plagued by the desire to travel,” the great Yiddish actor and theater impresario Maurice Schwartz wrote to...
01/04/2019

"Actors are plagued by the desire to travel,” the great Yiddish actor and theater impresario Maurice Schwartz wrote to a friend in 1942. “They would like to be all over. They look forward to meeting new people, to playing successfully for them, to traveling on boats and trains.” "Riding the Rails with Yiddish Actors" - read the full story:
https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/riding-rails-yiddish-actors

Your membership at the Yiddish Book Center provides invaluable support for our work rescuing Yiddish books and bringing ...
12/28/2018

Your membership at the Yiddish Book Center provides invaluable support for our work rescuing Yiddish books and bringing the literature and culture they represent to new audiences. Please consider renewing, joining, or giving a gift membership. Members receive a subscription to Pakn Treger, our English-language magazine - see full details: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/give-join/membership

A great roundup of Jewish eats around the country. Post your local favorites. And if you're looking for more Jewish food...
12/26/2018
The Best New Jewish Restaurants of 2018 | The Nosher

A great roundup of Jewish eats around the country. Post your local favorites. And if you're looking for more Jewish food related interviews, articles, books, oral histories, and more visit yiddishbookcenter.org and search "Food."

It seems not too long ago that Jewish food was a novelty, the comfort food of older generations. The heyday ...

"Have you ever paused to consider the spiritual and physical affinities between the desolate universe of Samuel Beckett ...
12/21/2018
Review: A ‘Waiting for Godot’ as Comically Futile as a Looney Tune

"Have you ever paused to consider the spiritual and physical affinities between the desolate universe of Samuel Beckett and the wacky world of vintage Warner Brothers cartoons?"

Garry Hynes’s very funny interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s best-known work finds the kinetic cartoon humor in existential futility.

"in the twenty-first century, Yiddish culture looks to the past. Not always, nor exclusively, but it’s reasonable for ...
12/19/2018

"in the twenty-first century, Yiddish culture looks to the past. Not always, nor exclusively, but it’s reasonable for a language that reached its creative high point nearly a century ago to continue mining that period long after. Today much of Yiddish culture is about preserving its heritage, which is a good and necessary thing." READ: Forever Young: The Radical Nature of Yiddish Culture, read in Pakn Treger https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/language-literature-culture/pakn-treger/forever-young

Join Great Jewish Books Book Club by Dec 20. You'll receive four English-language books- a selection that may include no...
12/18/2018

Join Great Jewish Books Book Club by Dec 20. You'll receive four English-language books- a selection that may include novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, and poetry - over the course of a year. Each thoughtfully selected by Yiddish Book Center staff from the vast treasure trove of modern Yiddish literature in English translation. Join a community of readers from around the globe. http://register.yiddishbookcenter.org/

A recommended read. On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, translated by Ellen Cassedy. "Mash’s narrative skill is qui...
12/14/2018
On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, Translated by Ellen Cassedy

A recommended read. On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, translated by Ellen Cassedy. "Mash’s narrative skill is quietly astonishing. She knows when to stop and that less can be more. She knows how to reveal her characters in conversations that at first seem mundane but soon reveal not only complex individuality but also uplifting profundity. Moreover, the world she conjures is not without a tonic ripple of humor." - Philip K. Jason
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Listen to our podcast with translator Ellen Cassedy here. A Yiddish Book Center Translation Translation from the Yiddish In these sixteen stories, available in English for the first time, prize-winning author Yenta Mash traces an arc across continents, across upheavals and regime changes, and across...

Our latest resource kit for teachers - Cartoonist Liana Finck’s A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York (2014...
12/13/2018
Liana Finck’s "A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York" | The Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Teacher Resources

Our latest resource kit for teachers - Cartoonist Liana Finck’s A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York (2014) is a graphic novel about a young woman who finds an old notebook filled with clippings from the Yiddish-language advice column, A Bintel Brief. Translated as “bundle of letters,” this was a popular feature in the Forverts newpaper. This resource kit provides original letters to the editor and newspaper clippings, video clips, photographs, and an excerpt from another graphic novel to help students think about the history, context, and structure that frames Finck’s powerful work of visual and verbal translation. http://www.teachgreatjewishbooks.org/resource-kits/liana-fincks-bintel-brief-love-and-longing-old-new-york

If you have yet to sign up for the 2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club, don't delay -registration closes December 16th. As...
12/11/2018
The Yiddish Book Center's 2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club

If you have yet to sign up for the 2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club, don't delay -registration closes December 16th. As a member of the Book Club, you'll receive four English-language books over the course of a year each thoughtfully selected by Yiddish Book Center staff from the vast treasure trove of modern Yiddish literature in English translation.
Learn more, register, and join a community of readers:
https://register.yiddishbookcenter.org/

Register now for the 2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club.

On exhibit at the Yiddish Book Center. "Lost Synagogues of Europe" is a collection of early twentieth-century postcards ...
12/04/2018

On exhibit at the Yiddish Book Center. "Lost Synagogues of Europe" is a collection of early twentieth-century postcards on Jewish themes, many of them depicting synagogues in Eastern Europe that were destroyed during World War II. Learn more and drop by for a visit: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit

Happy Hanukkah - we've pulled together some Hanukkah related excerpts from the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History...
12/03/2018
Hanukkah Highlights | Yiddish Book Center

Happy Hanukkah - we've pulled together some Hanukkah related excerpts from the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. Enjoy and share....

Hanukkah Highlights: Selections from the Wexler Oral History Project

"The iconic original location closed in 2016 after 79 years. Second, we should note that this isn’t a permanent return...
12/03/2018
Carnegie Deli returns with 1958 menu prices, thanks to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

"The iconic original location closed in 2016 after 79 years. Second, we should note that this isn’t a permanent return, nor is it at the site of the original location—this brief pop-up (December 1-8) will take place in a replica restaurant in SoHo (per Forbes), complete with vintage cars parked out front and “other surprises.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which returns to Amazon Prime Video with a second season on December 5, picked up a very heavy wagonful of Emmys in September—eight in total, including one for Best Comedy Series. What shall I do with all my newfound clout?, the show may have wondered to itself, thoughtf...

Looking for a Hanukkah gift for readers -2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club members receive four English-language books o...
12/02/2018
The Yiddish Book Center's 2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club

Looking for a Hanukkah gift for readers -2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club members receive four English-language books over the course of a year, each thoughtfully selected by Yiddish Book Center staff from the vast treasure trove of modern Yiddish literature in English translation. And consider becoming a Book Club member as well..join a community of readers. Learn more and sign-up here: https://register.yiddishbookcenter.org/

Register now for the 2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club.

11/29/2018
Bridge of Books

When the YIddish Book Center began, experts estimated that 70,000 Yiddish books were still extant and recoverable. The Center’s young staff surpassed that number in six months and went on to recover more than a million volumes—some lovingly handed to them by their original owners, others rescued at the last minute from demolition sites and dumpsters. We’ve found books in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, England, France, South Africa, Australia, and other countries around the world. And we continue to collect thousands of additional volumes each year.
Watch Bridge of Books, Sam Ball’s award-winning documentary about the Yiddish Book Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hAFi9kiRAU

The Story of the Yiddish Book Center: This engaging, often funny documentary chronicles the adventures of an enterprising 23-year-old named Aaron Lansky, who...

They're here. Over 4,000 Yiddish books from Australia are safely arrived. In the words of Bibliographer David Mazower - ...
11/28/2018

They're here. Over 4,000 Yiddish books from Australia are safely arrived. In the words of Bibliographer David Mazower - "4 teetering pallets soon became 5 as one had split open en route, but all in all they seem to have survived their global journey remarkably well. Though we noticed that Moyshe Nadir had slipped loose, and was trying to escape in the direction of the neighboring dining hall from the bottom corner of one of the pallets. A rebel to the last. And hungerik."

Thanks to everyone who contributed to #GivingTuesday.  With generous donations, we exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal and ...
11/28/2018

Thanks to everyone who contributed to #GivingTuesday. With generous donations, we exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal and surpassed the $18,000 match challenge!
Mit a hartsikn dank—with heartfelt thanks

ALMOST! we only need $579 to reach our #GivingTuesday match. Please help us reach the match. Your support will help our ...
11/28/2018

ALMOST! we only need $579 to reach our #GivingTuesday match. Please help us reach the match. Your support will help our ongoing work recovering, celebrating, and regenerating Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture. Visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/givingtuesday before midnight to donate!

It's #GivingTuesday! Today, all donations to the Yiddish Book Center will be doubled (up to $18,000) thanks to a generou...
11/27/2018

It's #GivingTuesday! Today, all donations to the Yiddish Book Center will be doubled (up to $18,000) thanks to a generous matching donor.
Visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/givingtuesday today to help us meet the match.

Giving Tuesday—an annual global event dedicated to philanthropy—is taking place November 27. This year a longtime Yi...
11/26/2018

Giving Tuesday—an annual global event dedicated to philanthropy—is taking place November 27. This year a longtime Yiddish Book Center member will match all gifts during this event, up to $18,000! This means that your Giving Tuesday gift will go twice as far. And, as always, a gift of $54 or more makes you a Yiddish Book Center member for the coming year. If you just can’t wait, go ahead and give today—the match is already in effect! Www.yiddishbookcenter.org/giving-tuesday

From our collection - a cover that suggests travel (which many are doing for the Thanksgiving holiday). Pamokhet: Der kh...
11/21/2018

From our collection - a cover that suggests travel (which many are doing for the Thanksgiving holiday). Pamokhet: Der khelemer poet (The Poet from Chelm) subtitled- “humorous-satirical poems” was written by Shmuel White and published in London in 1955.

One of the many traditions associated with the holiday is giving Chanukah gelt, or money, as a celebratory gift. Althoug...
11/19/2018

One of the many traditions associated with the holiday is giving Chanukah gelt, or money, as a celebratory gift. Although this gift-giving was at one time a gratuity offered to workers, not unlike what happens on Boxing Day, this custom later transformed into the nineteenth-century European practice of giving coins to children in celebration of the holiday. "A Cultural History of Chanukah Gelt" is a newly posted resource kit on teachgreatjewishbooks.org. An an ever-growing collection of textual, audio, and visual materials designed to support those who teach modern Jewish literature and culture at the secondary school level and above.

Your membership at the Yiddish Book Center provides invaluable support for our work rescuing Yiddish books and bringing ...
11/16/2018

Your membership at the Yiddish Book Center provides invaluable support for our work rescuing Yiddish books and bringing the literature and culture they represent to new audiences. Read a letter to our members to learn about our work and our plans. Please consider renewing, joining or giving a gift membership. Thanks to all of our members for their ongoing support. https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/give-join/membership/year-end-letter-aaron-lansky

Mark your calendar...Yiddish New York (www.yiddishnewyork.com) is returning December 22-27, 2018 to the 14th Street Y in...
11/16/2018
Yiddish New York – Celebrating Yiddish Music, Language, and Culture on the Lower East Side!

Mark your calendar...Yiddish New York (www.yiddishnewyork.com) is returning December 22-27, 2018 to the 14th Street Y in Manhattan. YNY is a six-day gathering of klezmer music, Yiddish culture, song & folk dance, theater, lectures, language, workshops, performances, visual arts, and film, with affordable programs for adults, kids and teens! To receive a 10% discount on 6-day registrations, enter the code “YNY10” when registering online.

Celebrating Yiddish Music, Language, and Culture on the Lower East Side!

Much discussion here about holiday menus - so we thought we'd share this bit of Jewish culinary history.
11/15/2018
How Cranberries Found a Place at the Jewish Table - Tablet Magazine

Much discussion here about holiday menus - so we thought we'd share this bit of Jewish culinary history.

Cranberries are indigenous to North America—first eaten by Native Americans and now an indispensable fixture of Thanksgiving dinner and American cuisine more broadly. But if my Ashkenazi mother-in-law’s potted meatballs are to be believed, cranberries also have a Jewish soul. For into the pot, a...

The history of Yiddish publishing has been marked by complexities and enormous challenges. Yiddish authors and publisher...
11/14/2018

The history of Yiddish publishing has been marked by complexities and enormous challenges. Yiddish authors and publishers have faced government censorship, political upheaval, diaspora and a geographically fragmented market, weak educational institutions, the temptations of assimilation, state-sponsored repression, and the overwhelming catastrophe of World War II. READ "THE STORIED HISTORY OF YIDDISH PUBLISHING" - and become a member to receive the full print edition of Pakn Treger magazine:https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/language-literature-culture/pakn-treger/storied-history-yiddish-publishing

Yenta Mash was born in 1922 and grew up in a small town in the region once known as Bessarabia. In 1941, she and her par...
11/13/2018
"On the Landing" | Yiddish Book Center

Yenta Mash was born in 1922 and grew up in a small town in the region once known as Bessarabia. In 1941, she and her parents were exiled to a Siberian labor camp, from which she escaped in 1948. Mash immigrated to Israel and settled in Haifa, where she finally gained the courage to begin writing. Her last book was published in 2007; she died in 2013. Read Ellen Cassedy's newly published translation On the Landing: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/language-literature-culture/yiddish-translation/landing
https://shop.yiddishbookcenter.org/products/on-the-landing-stories-by-yenta-mash-translation-ellen-cassedy

A story of tension and intensity, from the writer Yenta Mash. (Photo courtesy of the Yiddish Forward.)

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