The music of a pioneering Jewish label was destroyed on Kristallnacht. Now, the Semer Ensemble is trying to revive it.
Daniel Kahn’s unique genius lies in self-proclaimed ‘tradaptations,’ or translations and adaptations of songs across languages. None is more evocative than this Yiddish version of Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece.
One day, Jessye Stein, a computer teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, was trying to persuade a student to return to his Lakota language class when the young man suddenly posed an unexpected question. “He asked me where I come from, where my people come from and what my ancestral language is,” she recalled. Stein, 24, told the student she was Jewish and that her ancestors spoke Yiddish. But that just prompted the next, obvious question: “He asked me if I could speak Yiddish,” she recounted. And when she said no, he accused her of being a hypocrite.
How Ruchie Freier overcame obstacles and worked within the Hasidic community to rise to a position of leadership and authority.
Hasidic singer Chaim Shlomo Mayesz just released a Yiddish adaptation of Justin Bieber’s hit song ‘Love Yourself’ and it’s so good!
Last year Yiddish Soul was the highlight of the Folksbiene’s Kulturfest, a festival that featured hundreds of performances over eight packed days and attracted tens of thousands of attendees.
Hasidic pop star Lipa Schmeltzer recently delivered a pair of newly-designed silver yarmulkes for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.
Besides the fact that it is our moral imperative to express solidarity with Armenians, there is also a lot we can learn from them, Jordan Kutzik writes.
In a coup of sorts for the Yiddish theater, Yiddish productions of both “Death of a Salesman” and “The Golden Bride” have been nominated for Drama Desk awards.
Despite what Dr. Eran Elhaik claims, four villages in ancient Turkey that once had names similar to ‘Ashkenaz’ are not the cradle of the Yiddish language, Jordan Kutzik argues.