“People say I was a naughty child,” Vilna native Beba Epstein, whose story is now available to non-Yiddish speakers, wrote in 1933.
Teachers were added and schedules adjusted to facilitate online classes, but not everything can be recreated over Zoom.
Like stores, museums and theaters, archives and libraries have struggled to adapt in the face of social distancing due to Covid-19.
YIVO’s entire library staff, who oversaw more than 400,000 books, were laid off last month.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is the world’s preeminent center for the study of Yiddish language and culture.
“The loss of this knowledge and expertise is hard to exaggerate.”
YIVO is the world’s preeminent center for studying Yiddish language, culture and history. How will it function without librarians?
The Vilna-born YIVO librarian Dina Abramowicz advised Rob Reiner, Irving Howe and more on Yiddish history and culture.
The special issue of the Journal of Jewish languages explores the impact of the pioneering sociolinguist’s work.
Once upon a time, Jewish immigrants were the target for jokes in vaudeville acts. A new exhibit revisits the days of Jewish minstrelry and Jewface.