By Leyzer Burko
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The “golden age” of Yiddish-speaking criminals
Read this article in Yiddish. Jewish crime ain’t what it used to be. In 1908, New York Police Commissioner Theodore Bingham caused a scandal when he asserted in an article in the North American Review that half the city’s criminals were Jews. The Jewish community was outraged and Bingham was forced to retract his statement….
‘Yidlife Crisis,’ the First Yiddish Sitcom
A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here. “Yidlife Crisis” has been a long time coming. Back in the good old days — 60 or 70 years ago — there were Yiddish comedy serials on the radio, featuring the same cast of characters week after week. Unlike their English counterparts, however, these shows never…
Congress For Jewish Culture Leaves Its Office, But Not Its Mission
A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here. On July 17, the New York Times reported that the Congress for Jewish Culture, one of the few remaining Yiddish organizations in New York, would close their Manhattan office at the end of the month. The Congress’s office space, on Broadway just off 26th street, was…
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