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.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: America Won’t Take That Away From Us: Growing Up With Yiddish

“What Hitler couldn’t take away from us with his hatred, America won’t take away from us with her goodness.” Elliott Palevsky reflects on why his Holocaust-survivor parents insisted on raising their children in a Yiddish-speaking household in America.

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.

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: Interpreting in Yiddish on the Help Lines

When Hershl Hartman, a secular Yiddish speaker, took a job translating for Hasidim on the phone, he quickly found out that dialects can be a source of confusion.

Weekly Bite of Yiddishkayt: Leonard Nimoy’s Stint Working With Yiddish Theatre Director and Actor Maurice Schwartz

We are mourning the loss of Leonard “Leyb” Nimoy, z”l. Here he discusses his role in a Yiddish theater production with the great Maurice Schwartz, long before the Vulcan role on Star Trek that made Nimoy world famous.

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.

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.