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Online festival, Yiddish New York, open for registration

The U.S.’s largest annual Yiddish culture festival, Yiddish New York, is once again going to be conducted online, enabling people all over the globe to participate in its wide variety of workshops and lectures.

The festival will take place from December 25 to December 30, 2021.

Among the many sessions participants can choose to attend are:

• A lecture by folklorist Barbara Kirschenblatt Gimblett on the use of Yiddish at the Polin Museum in Warsaw, the only museum in the world to offer an audio tour of the exhibits in Yiddish.

• Music scholar Jeremiah Lockwood will talk about the launch of an online cantorial archive to preserve the personal music collections of elder cantors, including a rare collection of rare handwritten scores from the early 20th century.

• A matzah ball cooking demo in Yiddish at which Jewish culinary expert Eve Jochnowitz will show viewers how to prepare three kinds of kneydlakh: traditional, vegan and gluten-free.

• Yiddish musician Binyumen Schaechter will speak about the history of Ashkenazi family names.

• Yiddish TikTok creators Cameron Bernstein and Abigail Weaver will explain how to produce content in or about Yiddish on the largest social media platform in the world.

• Culture historian Vivi Lachs will speak about Yiddish fiction writers in London during the 1930s and 40s.

Tickets can be purchased either for individual events or for the entire festival. To register, click here.

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