May 13,1916: The great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem died

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Solomon Naumovich (Sholom Nohumovich) Rabinovich (Russian: Соломо́н Нау́мович (Шо́лом Но́хумович) Рабино́вич) was born in 1859 in Pereiaslav and grew up in the nearby shtetl (small town with a large Jewish…

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April 30, 1985: Mickey Katz, artist and musician whose Yiddish parody “Home on the Range” became a sensation, dies

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“Novelty” musician Mickey Katz, who specialized in Jewish parodies of American classics (such as “Haym afn Range” and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Katzkills”), died at 75 in Los Angeles on this…

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April 23, 1900: Joseph Green, renowned Yiddish theater actor, is born

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On April 23, 1900, Joseph Green was born in Poland, who emigrated to the United States in 1924 and became a renowned actor in the Yiddish theater. In 1915, during…

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February 21 1982: Gershom Scholem dies

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Gershom Scholem (December 5, 1897 – February 21, 1982), was a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian. He is widely regarded as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah.…

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February 19, 1997: Leo Rosten, author of “Joys Of Yiddish”, dies at age 88

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Leo Rosten, the author of The Joys of Yiddish and numerous other popular, witty and erudite books, died on this date in 1997 in New York City at age 88. Rosten earned…

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Perets Markish: Making the Bolshevik Revolution a Jewish One Through Yiddish

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And all of a sudden, Markish interrupted in his bass voice that in moments of passion became a heroic tenor: “We shall host a literary event that will makethe whole…

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Documentary About Isaac Babel Now Can Be Seen Online

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דער פֿילם Finding Babel קען מען באַשטעלן אָט דאָ:

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Israel Lichtenstein: The Bundist Leader Who Taught Deaf Kids To Speak Yiddish

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די געשיכטע פֿון „בונד‟ און זײַנע טוער לאָזט זיך דערצײלן אונטער פֿאַרשידענע קוקװינקלען. מען קאָן זיך, למשל, אָפּגעבן מיט דער פּראַקטישער פּאָליטיק, דער אַקטיװיטעט פֿון בונדיסטישע פֿראַקציעס און אָרגאַניזאַציעס אין…

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An-sky: Jewish Writer, Russian Revolutionary

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Registration is now open for the Yiddish Book Center’s online course: An-sky: Jewish Writer, Russian Revolutionary with Professor Gabriella Safran, April 30–May 27, 2018 Best known for his remarkable Yiddish play The…

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My Neighbor, Chaim Grade

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מיר האָבן געוווינט בשכנות אין דער בראָנקס: חיים גראַדע אין די „אַמאַלגאַמייטעד הײַזער‟ לעבן וואַן קאָרטלאַנד פּאַרק, און מיר — אויף סעדזשוויק עוועניו, צוויי גאַסן אַוועק. נישט איין מאָל האָב…

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