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Tom Navon receiving a scholarship from the Authority Tom Navon receiving a scholarship from the Authority for his Ph.D. studies
October 19: Tel Aviv Memorial for Nechama Lifshitz The public memorial event in honor of the illustrious Yiddish singer Nechama Lifshitz (1927...
Sukkot Events at the Tel Aviv Port On October 7-11, 2017 Yiddish arts activities and events for all ages are taking...
November 8: Lecture-Concert in Tel Aviv On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, Dr. Mordechay Yushkovsky and Yiddish singer and pianist Marina Yakubovich...
November 7: Musical Theater in Rishon LeZion On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, singer Yulia Schmidt-Bychowsky, singer-pianist Svetlana Kusyatova and narrator and percussionist...
October 15: Anatoly Lein to Perform in Ra'anana On Sunday, October 15, 2017, singer Anatoly Lein will perform at the Golden Age Club,...
Yiddish Radio Program A weekly radio program in Yiddish, sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture, is...
September 18: Itzik Sharoni to Sing in Hadera On Monday, September 18, 2017, singer Itzik Sharoni will perform for the Hadera Yiddish Society....
September 17: Benny Mer to Talk in Herzliya On Sunday, September 17, 2017, journalist and literary critic Benny Mer will give a lecture...
September 14: Rivka Basman Album Launch in Tel Aviv On Thursday, September 14, 2017, a new album of songs, composed and performed by Yael...
September 7 in Tel Aviv: Memorial event to honor Yiddish artists & writers - victims of Stalinism The event will take place in Leyvik House - Association of Yiddish Writers and Journalists in Israel, located...
Books Published with the Support of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture as of July 1, 2017 By The Library of Modern Yiddish Literature: Ongetzoygene Strune (Strained String) – a collection of poems...
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,...

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Yiddish Authority Prizes 2017

Every year, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture awards prizes to prominent figures in the fields of arts and literature who contribute significantly to Yiddish language and culture in Israel.

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

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Lia Koenig

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Prof. Yechiel Scheintuch

The award ceremony will take place on November 27, 2017 at the Einav Cultural Center, located at Ibn Gvirol St. 71, Tel Aviv, on the roof of the Gan Ha'ir compound, at 6:30 p.m.  

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

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 Yiddish Choir Festival in Ashkelon

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 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.

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