With the stocks in the news so much this week, we couldn’t help but think of this clip from Arthur Klein, z”l, about his memories of the Great Depression.
Kathryn Hellerstein fondly remembers her weekly tutoring sessions with Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and the friendship that grew between them.
This short documentary opens a window into the life and legacy of Yiddish poet Ida Maze, a poet and activist who cultivated a community of Yiddish writers in Montreal. The film interweaves an interview with her son, Irving Massey, a literary scholar who has written about and translated his mother’s poetry, with archival audio recordings from an event held in honor of Maze at the Jewish Public Library of Montreal in 1956. Together, Irving’s poignant memories of his mother and the warm words of praise from Ida Maze’s colleagues offer a compelling perspective on her life, poetry, and legacy.
What is different about performing in Yiddish than performing, say, opera? Anthony Russell, former opera singer and African-American convert to Judaism, reflects on what makes a Yiddish-music audience special.
Adrienne Cooper, z”l, the beloved Yiddish diva and mentor, remembers a meaningful project teaching Yiddish song in the former Soviet Union. Adrienne’s yortsayt is December 25th – may her memory be a blessing.
Israel Zamir recounts an unbelievable story about attending the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony of his father, Isaac Bashevis Singer. Zamir passed away on November 22. May his memory be a blessing.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimlett, curator of the newly-opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews, discusses how the museum works to strike a balance in presenting the 1000-year history of Jews in Poland.
Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer for The Klezmatics and YIVO sound archivist, discusses his role in Klezmer revival and his sadness that the line of musical transmission from one generation to another was broken.
What’s a bar mitzvah? What are the High Holidays? Elaine Trehub reflects on what it was like for her to answer these and other questions as the only Jewish person working at a college library.
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.
- The West End, Boston’s bygone neighborhood
- Meet West End local legend Al Tabatchnik.
- The Jewish Story Behind Spock
- Tales of Yiddish theatre director and actor, Maurice Schwartz
Watch the full two-hour interview.
-From the individual desks of Christa and Amanda.