Filmmaker Dan Katzir is the last person anyone would expect to fall in love with Yiddish.Read More
Where can you find a lively venue these days in which more than a third of the attendees under the age of 30 are fluent Yiddish speakers?Read More
Seniors in Japan who have practiced, enriched and husbanded their country’s national artistic forms are designated as National Treasures during their life span. Notwithstanding a lifetime of accomplishment, international renown, devoted fans and scrapbooks full of reviews, most Yiddish actors never hear the accolades heaped upon them post-mortem, in eulogies where all jealousy and acrimony are forgotten. For a brief moment from 1985 to 1987, the Goldy Awards — the Yiddish version of the Tony Awards — were established by the World Congress for Jewish Culture, under the direction of Joseph Landis. Then the honorees included Yiddish megastars Seymour Rexite, Miriam Kressyn, Dina Halpern, Henrietta Jacobson, Julius Adler and Leon Liebgold — who are all now gone.Read More
The Yiddish language, scorned and shunned,
Has had its day! It’s moribund!
It has no future! It is lost,
Destroyed by lingual holocaust!Read More
Among the Jewish immigrants who arrived in America at the turn of the past century, most brought little in the way of material riches. Nonetheless, Cantor David Tillman said, “they brought with them tremendous culture.”Read More