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July 16: A concert of Lifshitz's students in Tel Aviv On July 16, 2019, the Yiddish artistic singing workshop, founded by the late Nechama Lifshitz,...
Articles about the Jewish artist Isidore Schärf The English and Yiddish websites of the Forverts newspaper have published articles about the Jewish...
Current Yiddish addresses in Melbourne, Australia Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library: https://www.kadimah.org.au Sholem Aleichem College: https://www.sholem.vic.edu.au Monash University -...
October 30: Anatoly Lein to Perform in Ra'anana On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, singer Anatoly Lein will perform at the Golden Age Club...
June 2019: Yiddish seminar for Israeli students held in Vilnius In June 2019, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture in cooperation with the International Yiddish...
July 14: Ruth Levin concert in Netanya On Sunday, July 14, 2019, singer Ruth Levin will perform in Yiddish at the David...
July 2: Memorial Conference about the Jewish poet Itzik Manger Oמ July 2, 2019 a memorial conference about the Jewish poet Itzik Manger (1901 -...
June 6: Yiddish learning session for Shavuot in Tel Aviv On Thursday, June 6, 2019 a Yiddish learning session and workshops devoted to the holiday of...
June 6: Michael Gaisinsky to Sing in Nazareth Illit On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the singer Michael Gaisinsky will perform in Yiddish at the...
June Performances in Tel Aviv: Bella Bryks-Klein in "My Father's Daughter" The one-woman musical show, "Mayn Tatns Tokhter" ("My Father's Daughter") tells a story of...
May 23: The premiere screening of the film "The Same Man" at the Tel Aviv Festival We are happy to invite lovers of Yiddish culture to the premiere screening of the film "Oto HaIsh" ("The...
Yiddish summer programs in 2019: Tel Aviv and elsewhere The annual Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program will be held at Tel...

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Annual Authority Prizes

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 2019, this ceremony will take place on November 19 at the Einav Cultural Center, located at Ibn Gvirol St. 71, Tel Aviv, on the roof of the Gan Ha'ir compound, at 7 p.m.  

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The Authority's Public Council chose to bestow lifetime achievement awards upon:

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actress of Yiddish & Hebrew theaters Annabella Yaakov;

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veteran Yiddish teachers Rivka Reich

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and Esther Rozhansky.


In 2018, such awards came to the singer, lyricist, composer Chava Alberstein & poet and translator Moshe Sachar. The ceremony took place on November 20, 2018 at the President's Palace in Jerusalem. Here are the laureates with President Reuven Rivlin, Dr. Sara Ziv (Chairperson of the Authority), Yehudit Solel (CEO of the Authority), and the actor Yakov Bodo, who got the same prize in 2016.

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On June 13, 2019 a Yiddish choir festival took place in Ashkelon

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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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The Winners Of Israel’s Yiddish Story Contest

Israel’s National Authority for Yiddish Culture launched the first government-sponsored Yiddish-language writing contest ever held in the Jewish state. Ethel Niborsky, age 17, won the first prize for her short story “Letters to a Blind Grandfather,” for which she will receive an award of 3,000 shekels. The second prize, with an award of 1,500 shekels, goes to Shira Shapira, 31, for her story “Three Widows.” Raphael Halff, 25, will receive the third prize: 1,000 shekels for “A Letter In the Mail.”

The prizes will be awarded during a ceremony in Tel Aviv on November 19.

Niborsky, who lives in Jerusalem, made her debut in the Forverts at the age of eight and beat out a field of mostly adult writers to win Yugntruf’s writing contest at age 10. One of her short stories was awarded a prize by Der Veker, a Hasidic journal of literature and current affairs. She also published two novellas in Yiddish.

Shiri Shapira, also a Jerusalem resident, is a literary translator who translates works from English, German and Yiddish into Hebrew; her translations include works by the Yiddish writers Deborah Fogel and Yisroel Rabon. She earned M.A. degrees in literary translation and Yiddish studies from the Hebrew University.

Raphael Halff, studying for M.A. in Yiddish at Tel Aviv University, is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey. He graduated with a joint degree from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. A former fellow at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, he made his literary debut in the last print issue of the Yiddish Forward in April 2019.

See the full article in the Forward newspaper.


June 2019: a Yiddish seminar for Israeli students held in Vilnius

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In June 2019, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture in cooperation with the International Yiddish Center at the World Jewish Congress held a seminar on Yiddish language and culture in Vilnius, Lithuania. 15 Israeli students who are studying Yiddish culture and language in Israei universities attended in the event.


* 160th anniversary of the birth of the Yiddish literature classic author Sholem Aleichem;

* 50th anniversary of the death of the prominent Yiddish poet Itzik Manger;

* 130th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Yiddish poet Dovid Hofstein;

* 100th anniversary of  founding the first Yiddish state-sponsored theater "GOSET" in Petrograd (today Saint Petersburg / Sankt Peterburg)

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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: https://www.kan.org.il/Radio/program.aspx/?progId=1136Listen and enjoy! The Authority welcomes feedback by email.


 New books published with the support of the Authority

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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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