Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Theo Bikel, z”l, on Why He Performed Yiddish Music

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.

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: Khanike (Hanukkah) in Ireland

Linda Gritz remembers teaching her Irish friends about Khanike (Hanukkah) – including their surprising reaction to latkes.

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: “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.

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.

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.