Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Malka Heifetz Tussman: A Yiddish Poet, Mentor, & Friend

Kathryn Hellerstein fondly remembers her weekly tutoring sessions with Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and the friendship that grew between them.

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Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Learning Yiddish with My Father, Rachmil Bryks

Lekoved (in honor of) Father’s Day, Bella Bryks-Klein fondly remembers how her father, Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks, tutored her in Yiddish.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: On Parallelograms and Non-Jews Studying Yiddish

Yiddish student Sarah Ramsay Leimenstoll reflects on the reasons non-Jewish students like herself are drawn to Jewish studies.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: My Mother Couldn’t Understand Why I Had Trouble Writing Yiddish

If you know Yiddish but cannot read it, you are not alone! Barbara Kupfer Murray describes how she struggled to write in Yiddish despite being a native speaker.

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: 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: Yiddish in Israel?

As you read this, I am on my way to Israel, where I will spend several weeks documenting Yiddish in Israel through interviews with Yiddish writers, actors, scholars, and activists. Hear Bella Bryks-Klein, Tel Aviv-based Yiddish activist, describe the history and current status of Yiddish in Israel.

 

-Christa Whitney

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: “Advice for Learning Yiddish.”

We are about to welcome eighteen students to Amherst for the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program. Hear Steiner alumna Sophia’s advice for what will make learning Yiddish most efficient (and enjoyable).

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.