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: What’s In a Name: Menke Katz on Changing Names and Changing Destinies

What’s in a name? Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish writer Menke Katz, explains her father’s mystical feelings about her unusual first name (Yiddish for “dream”).

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: My Ancestor Fought In The American Civil War, Not on the “Right” Side

A different kind of yikhes (family legacy): Professor Marc Caplan considers his ancestor’s involvement in the American Civil War, which ended 150 years ago this spring.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Peysekh (Passover) Seders at the Home of Yiddish Writer Solomon Simon

Miriam Forman and David Simon, children of Yiddish writer Solomon Simon, remember all the humorous particulars of their Peysekh (Passover) seder growing up.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: On the Spot, He Decided to Marry Her Six Children and All

Lekoved (in honor of) the not-so-Jewish holiday of Valentine’s Day, Debra’s favorite story of how her great-grandmother’s beauty found her an adoring husband.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Bente Kahan Sings the Yiddish Song that Reminds Her Most of Her Father

As families have gathered around the U.S. for Thanksgiving, hear Norwegian Jewish artist Bente Kahan sing the Yiddish song that reminds her most of her father.

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.

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.