We are mourning the loss of Theodore (Theo) Bikel, z”l – actor, musician, and activist who entertained and inspired a generation – who passed away last month. Here he reflects (in Yiddish) on what inspired him to start performing Yiddish music.
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.
Linda Gritz remembers teaching her Irish friends about Khanike (Hanukkah) – including their surprising reaction to latkes.
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.
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.
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.
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.