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.

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Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Benjamin Harshav, z”l, Remembers Collecting Folklore in the Markets in Vilna

Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav, z”l, remembers the market in Vilna, where he grew up in the 1930s. He passed away last week. May his memory be a blessing.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: We Would Embrace Even A Stranger: Vilna in the First Days After WWII

What were the first days like after the end of World War Two and the Holocaust? Fania Brantsovsky remembers returning to Vilna from the surrounding forests where she had been a Jewish partisan.

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: A “Strange” Arrangement: Growing Up With My Yiddish-Speaking Grandparents So My Father Could Write

Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, describes the unique household in which she was raised. She speaks of her distant relationship with her father, as well as the beloved grandparents who helped raise her.

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: “Yiddish-speaking shtetlekh in 1940s Tel Aviv”

I am still busy recording amazing stories from Yiddish writers and scholars here in Israel. Leading Israeli historian Israel Bartal remembers the presence of Eastern European culture and Yiddish language in his childhood in Tel Aviv, then Palestine.