Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: The Rabbi Told Stories in Yiddish on Yom Kippur

Have you ever wished you could understand Yiddish? Mark Gerstein, z”l, recalls the stories his rabbi used to tell in Yiddish on Yom Kippur, wishing for a time machine so he could go back to understand them.

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Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: My Mother Went On A Hunger Strike to Go to School

As so many kids around the world may be dragging their feet as they go back to school this week, Emile Karafiol tells of his mother’s going on a hunger strike to be allowed to go to school.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Advice for Learning Yiddish.”

We are about to welcome eighteen students to Amherst for the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. Hear Steiner alumna Sophia’s advice for what will make learning Yiddish most efficient (and enjoyable).

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Learning Yiddish to Read Sholem Aleichem.”

This weekend we will present a course on the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem at the Yiddish Book Center. Learn how Nora Feinstein, a student in our Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, was inspired to learn Yiddish so that she could read Sholem Aleichem’s work in the original.

Protected: Emmys and Finger Sandwiches with Monty Hall

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Protected: What do boxing, Yiddish and Los Angeles have in common?

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Protected: Archive Ethics: “Their stories don’t begin and end with us.”

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Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Some Yiddish words just don’t translate.”

People often say Yiddish doesn’t translate easily. Milly Guberman-Kravetz gives a specific example in the word “makheteneste.”

Leonard Nimoy’s Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story

Greetings from the gegnt,

Yes, we interviewed Leonard (Leyb) Nimoy. And, yes, he speaks Yiddish. Learn more about the man behind Star Trek’s Spock, from his Jewish roots in Boston’s heymish West End neighborhood to his stint working with the world-renowned Yiddish theatre director Maurice Schwartz. Explore our produced shorts, selected from the two-hour interview that follows Leyb’s early years all the way to the present.

Watch more Nimoy shorts:

Watch the full two-hour interview.

Archival photographs courtesy of the West End Museum, the Jules Aarons EstateGallery Kayafas and Leonard Nimoy’s personal collection.

-From the individual desks of Christa and Amanda.