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.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research represents the memory of East European Jewry. A book by Cecile Esther Kunitz describes the institution’s rise.
“YIVO is not only for the Jews,” declared Fiana Kukliansky recipient of the YIVO’s Community Service Award, at its 89th Annual Benefit held at the Center for Jewish History. Chairman of the Lithuanian Jewish Community and advisor to the Lithuanian government on Jewish matters, a feisty Kukliansky joshed: “English is not my native language, therefore if I speak short, I will get another award.” Noting that the YIVO archives are “as important for Lithuanians” apropos “the input of the Jewish community into the history and culture of Lithuania” she stressed: “The world needs to appreciate how much the Jewish community — which was discriminated against — did for each separate country!”
YIVO has launched a massive plan to digitize 1.5 million documents on Jewish life stored in Lithuania. But the group has so far only raised $350K.