The 70th anniversary of the death of Anna Margolin A special event to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of the Yiddish poet Anna...
July 3, 2022: Duo Concert in Herzliya On Sunday, July 3, 2022, the Yiddish singers duo Moti & Kaya will perform at the pensioners' club at...
June 27, 2022: Concert by Vira Lozinsky in Elkana On Tuesday, June 27, 2022, the singer Vira Lozinsky will perform at the Yiddish club in Elkana,...
June 22: Itzik Sharoni to Sing in Nof HaGalil On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, the singer Itzik Sharoni will perform in Yiddish at the...
June 19, 2022: Marina Yakubovich’s Concert in Ra'anana On Sunday, June 19, 2022, Marina Yakubovich will sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ukrainian, and...
June 7, 2022: Michael Gaisinsky to Sing in Gan Sorek On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, singer Michael Gaisinsky will perform at the Yiddish club in...
June 7, 2022: Yaniv Goldberg to Lecture in Rishon LeZion On Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 10:30 am, the specialist in Yiddish literature and theater,...
"Songs for Mom and Dad" performed by Ruth Levin On May 24, 2022, in our intimate corner "An opge'zum'dert vinkele" we could listen to...
June 2, 2022: Anatoly Lein to Sing in Kiryat Gat On Thursday, June 2, 2022, the singer Anatoly Lein will perform at the Yiddish lovers'...

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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 2022, the Authority's Public Council chose to bestow lifetime achievement awards upon:


Benny Mer - translator, writer, journalist

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Mendy Kahana - curator of Yiddish books, founder of the "Young Yiddish" society

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Leonid Rakhman - editor and proofreader of Yiddish books


In 2021, the awards ceremony took place in Tel Aviv on November 14. The laureates were:

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Moyshe Lemster - poet, writer;

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Bilha Rubinstein - literature researcher & translator;

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Israel Rudnitsky - writer. editor, translator
The laureates of our third (2021) Yiddish short story content

In 2019, Israel’s National Authority for Yiddish Culture launched the first government-sponsored Yiddish-language writing contest ever held in the Jewish state. 

The third contest took place in 2021. The prize winners were:

Eli Sharfstein - "Dos groyse gevins" ("A Big Win")

Shlomo Lerman - "Tsvey nisim" ("Two Miracles")

Pua Peri - "Meserlekh" ("Little Knives")

Click the stories' names to read them

For details on 2019 and 2020 contests, click here.

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A weekly radio program in Yiddish, sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture, is broadcast in Israel on public radio at the following frequencies:

104.9 and 105.3 FM (Kan Tarbut) every Friday at 2 p.m.; 100.3, 100.5 and 101.3 FM (Kan REKA) every Friday at 4 p.m. as well as at 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Listeners can now tune in online at:

Listen and enjoy! The Authority welcomes feedback by email.

During the current coronavirus pandemic,the Authority continues to be committed to the elderly population in Israel, working to provide them with the touch and joy of Yiddish culture. In light of the restrictions, we have been organizing performances by artists in the courtyards of nursing homes and sheltered housing, so that the residents can safely listen and join in the singing from the windows or balconies. 

Pictured below: Nursing homes in Herzliya, Jerusalem, and Rechovot



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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... 

 "גאָט־העלף, זיידע־באָבעשי." 
  אַבֿרהם גייט שווײַגנדיק די גאַס אַריבער. 
"נעם זיך ניט צום האַרצן, יאַנקעלע," 
זאָגט שׂרה, "ער איז מבֿין כּל דיבור." 

"ס'איז אַזוי דאָ אָנגענומען -
מאַנצביל דאַרף ייִדיש שטומען. 
אָבער אַ ייִדענע פֿון ייִדיש־טײַטש 
האָט אויך עפּעס־וואָס צו זאָגן. 
זאָג איך דיר: גאָט־העלף, מײַן קינד, 
זאָלסט מיר אַל־דאָס־גוטס פֿאַרמאָגן. 

גלייב מיריאַנקעלע, ס'וועט קומען אַ צײַט 
אין חמשה־עשׂר־לאַנד פֿון ראָזשינקעס און פֿײַגן, 
אַז אַלע עבֿרית־קינדער 
וועלן אויפֿהערן ייִדיש שווײַגן. 

און אַז זיי וועלן זיך צערעדן, 
וועלן זיי, וועט אַ נחת זײַן צו הערן. 
אַזוי וועט געשען, יאַנקעלע מײַן קינד, 
אַ שבֿועה קען איך דיר שווערן." 

דער זיידע אַבֿרהם פֿון יענער זײַט גאַס 
ווינקט צו מיר און פֿאָכעט מיט דער פֿאַטשיילע... 
אָ, רעד צו מיר ייִדיש, מײַן ייִדיש לאַנד, 
און איך וועל צו דיר רעדן עבֿריתממילא! 


Representatives of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture laid a memorial wreath at Warsaw Ghetto square in Jerusalem on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), April 28, 2022 


On November 4, 2021, the 25th annual Yiddish Choir Festival took place at the Ashkelon Congress Center



On July 4, 2021 the Authority held a festive symposium in Tel Aviv, marking the 120th anniversary of the birth of the famous Yiddish poet Itzik Manger.

The full house (everybody wore masks!) enjoyed a lecture by Dr. Aviva Tal

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and an artistic performance by singers Rosa Klein and Maxim Levinsky, accompanied by the pianist Regina Dricker.

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Some of new Yiddish books issued with the Authority's support:

"Kadia Molodovsky: the Yiddish Writer's Life" by Zelda Cahana-Neuman

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Di emese fe'e" ("The true fairy") by Maya Gez"  

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Boccacio's "Decameron" in Yiddish translation


Yosef Papernikov’s Yiddish song "Zol zayn" ("Let it be"), performed by Yoni Eilat. The clip has been sponsored by the Authority

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 inside 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.