Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: I Remember the Great Depression

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Malka Heifetz Tussman: A Yiddish Poet, Mentor, & Friend

Kathryn Hellerstein fondly remembers her weekly tutoring sessions with Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and the friendship that grew between them.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Ida Maze, “Den Mother” of Yiddish Montreal

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Yiddish Audiences Want to Interact with You: Anthony Russell on Performing in Yiddish

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Project in Former Soviet Union

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Israel Zamir Recalls Attending His Father Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Nobel Prize Ceremony

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “The Holocaust Is Not the Inevitable Outcome of the History of the Polish Jews”

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Klezmer Revival?” The Klezmatics’ Lorin Sklamberg Weighs In

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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “The only Jew in a college library.”

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.

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.