Kathryn Hellerstein fondly remembers her weekly tutoring sessions with Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and the friendship that grew between them.
Lekoved (in honor of) Father’s Day, Bella Bryks-Klein fondly remembers how her father, Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks, tutored her in Yiddish.
Yiddish student Sarah Ramsay Leimenstoll reflects on the reasons non-Jewish students like herself are drawn to Jewish studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.