Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: America Won’t Take That Away From Us: Growing Up With Yiddish

“What Hitler couldn’t take away from us with his hatred, America won’t take away from us with her goodness.” Elliott Palevsky reflects on why his Holocaust-survivor parents insisted on raising their children in a Yiddish-speaking household in America.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: A Stint on a Yiddish Soap Opera

Paul Berg remembers his burgeoning career as a child actor on a Yiddish soap opera and doing stand-up comedy in the Catskills – and why his parents put an end to it.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: The Shvits (shvitz – sauna) at Coney Island

Where did young Jewish men of Brooklyn go to “sweat it off” and “sleep the night away” after a night on the town? The shvits (shvitz – sauna) at Coney Island, of course!

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “I Grew Up with Some of the Guys in Murder, Inc.”

Arthur Klein, Brooklyn native, discusses what he knew about the Jewish Mafia known as “Murder, Inc.” from when he was young. In particular, he remembers when Abe “Kid Twist” Reles mysteriously died while being held in a hotel during a trial in the 1940s.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Refusing a Painting From Chagall?!”

Leon Feinberg, Yiddish journalist and Norman’s father, was close friends with Chagall, who at one point offered one of his paintings as a gift. Norman, professor of music history, explains that Leon came from the same town in Eastern Europe as Paul Muni and Marc Chagall.

Protected: Yiddishland in December: Poetry, Klezmer and Babka in New York

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