Recordings Produced with the Support of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture as of 12.07.2017 Audio Yitzkovich, Yael: Lider - Songs by Rivka Basman Ben-Khayim Eplzaft, Alexander: Romanceros of Love...
September 12: Shmuel Atzmon to Speak in Rishon LeZion On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, actor and producer Shmuel Atzmon, founder of the Yiddishpiel Theater,...
August 7: Elyahu Magalnik to Perform in Ramat Aviv On Monday, August 7, 2017, singer Elyahu Magalnik will perform accompanied by a Klezmer band...
July 27: Itzik Sharoni to Sing in Kiryat Gat On Thursday, July 27, 2017, singer Itzik Sharoni will perform at the Yiddish lovers' club...
June 29 & July 14: Ruth Levin to Perform Sutzkever's Story in Tel Aviv On Thursday, June 29, 2017, and on Friday, July 14, 2017, actress and singer Ruth...
June 11: symposium in Tel Aviv marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Mendele On June 11, 2017 the National Authority for Yiddish Culture held a festive symposium marking...
June 22: Concert by N. Lifshitz Students in Migdal HaEmek On Thursday, June 22, 2017, singers Ada Pashayev and Roza Klein, students in the Yiddish...
June 19: Duo Concert near Haifa On Monday, June 19, 2017, singer Yulia Schmidt-Bychowsky and singer-pianist Svetlana Kusyatova will perform at...
June 15: Yiddish Choir Festival in Ashkelon On Thursday, June 15, 2017, the 21th annual Yiddish Choir Festival will take place at...
June 11-15: International Book Fair in Jerusalem The International Book Fair is taking place at the First Station compound at David Remez...
June 6: Concert by Nechama Lifshitz's Students in Gan Sorek On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, students in the Yiddish artistic singing workshop founded by the...
Jewish Languages Project Launched in Katzrin Ohalo College in Katzrin in the Golan Heights launched a new project aimed at broadening...
June 19: Reifer Sisters to Perform in Herzliya On Monday, June 19, 2017, twin duo Slava and Zofia Reifer will sing in Yiddish,...

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Lifetime Achievement in Yiddish:

L. Koenig and Y. Scheintuch

Since 2014, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture has been annually honoring prominent figures in the fields of arts and literature who have contributed significantly to promoting Yiddish culture in Israel. 

In 2017, the Authority's Public Council chose to bestow lifetime achievement awards upon actress Lia Koenig and scholar Prof. Yechiel Scheintuch.


Symposium in Tel Aviv marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Mendele Moycher-Sforim

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Dr. Mordechay Yushkovsky lecturing

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The audience


Yiddish Choir Festival in Ashkelon

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 Ya'akov Glatstein, American-Yiddish poet: "Talk to me in Yiddish, my Jewish land, and I'll certainly address you in Hebrew..."

רעד צו מיר ייִדיש, מײַן ייִדיש לאַנד. 
און איך וועל צו דיר רעדן עבֿרית ממילא. 
אַבֿרהם מיט שׂרהן קומען מיר אַנטקעגן 
פֿון דער מערת־המכפּלה...

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Tom Navon receiving a scholarship from the Authority for his Ph.D. studies inYiddish culture

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 Students of Ben-Zvi High School in Kiryat Ono performing Yiddish songs


The National Authority for Yiddish Culture was established following the Knesset's resolution authorizing it in 1996.

The Authority's mission includes:

* Deepening acquaintance with and increasing exposure of the Israeli public to Yiddish culture in all of its forms;

* Fostering research of Yiddish culture;

* Promoting the instruction of Yiddish language and literature;

* Encouraging the creation of contemporary works in Yiddish, including literature, poetry, theater, etc.

* Compiling, documenting and cataloguing oral folklore and written culture in Yiddish;

* Publishing selected works both in their original Yiddish versions and in Hebrew translation;

* Organizing events for people of all ages, transmitting Yiddish heritage from generation to generation.

The Authority's activities are focused mainly in the State of Israel, but it also promotes collaboration with Yiddish cultural institutions around the world.

See two reports on our activity published in the leading Yiddish-language paper "Forverts", NY: from August 21, 2015 and from January 10, 2016.