Sukkot storytelling festival in Givatayim On October 10, 2022 a Sukkot storytelling festival was held under Yossi Alfi's direction in Givatayim....
The 110th anniversary of the poet Avrom Sutzkever July 15, 2023 is the 110th anniversary of the birth of Avrom Sutzkever. One of...
July 31, 2023: "Let's exchange words in our mother tongue" evening On Monday, July 31, 2023, the Tel-Aviv-based  Leyvik-hoyz (Beit Leivick) Yiddish Cultural Center will host a...
October 22, 2023: Rivka & Hen Bar to sing in Herzliya On Sunday, October 22, 2023, the singers duo Rivka and Hen Bar will perform in...
October 19, 2023: Betty Klein to sing in Jerusalem On Thursday, October 19, 2023, the singer Betty Klein will perform at the Ginot Ha'ir...
October 17: Concert by Michael Gaysinsky in Elkana On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, the singer Michael Gaysinsky will perform at the Yiddish club in Elkana,...
August 31, 2023: Concert by Anatoly Lein in Ashkelon On Thursday, August 31, 2023, the singer Anatoly Lein will perform at the new Yiddish club...
June 26, 2023: Free Yiddish speaking session hosted by Daniel Galai On Monday, June 26, 2023 the Tel-Aviv-based  Leyvik-hoyz (Beit Leivick) Yiddish Cultural Center will host a...
May 23, 2023: Betty Klein Concert in Rishon LeZion On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the singer Betty Klein will perform in Yiddish at the club "Me...
Actress Leah Szlanger passed away We regret to announce the passing of Leah Szlanger (10 February 1932 -  7 March 2023)...

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Another year has passed, the holidays are coming! And we are once again preparing for the Storytelling Festival, directed by Yossi Alfi and starred by Lia Kenig, which will be held on Monday, October 2, 2023, Sukkot, at 4 pm at the Givatayim Theater.
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Winners of the Yiddish Authority's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2023

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

Prof. Wolf Moskovich - linguist and researcher

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Gadi Yagil - actor and comedian

Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022

The latest ceremony took place on December 14, 2022 in Jerusalem in the presence of Mr. Yitzhak Herzog, President of the State of Israel.

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The lifetime achievement award handed to Mendy Kahana, curator of Yiddish books, founder of the "Young Yiddish" society. Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom

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 - Leonid Rachman receives a certificate of appreciation for editing and proofreading dozens of Yiddish sprays. Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom

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The lifetime achievement award handed to Benny Mer, a writer, editor, journalist and translator. Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom


The singing group "Kinnor David" and its soloist Shulamit Reznik entertained the evening with a string of Yiddish songs. Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom

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Dr. Sara Ziv, the chairman of the Authority, gives the president an envelope with a stamp in honor of Yiddish. Photo credit: Yossi Zamir

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Judit Solel, CEO of the Authority with the award winners. Photo credit: Yossi Zamir

During the 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! 

On September 7, 2023 a Yiddish song festival took place in the Ashkelon Congress Center
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On June 22, 2023 the 27th annual Festival of Israeli Yiddish Choirs took place at the Ashkelon Congress Center 


Choir "Sholem" from Be'er Sheva

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Choir "Dos yidishe zemerl" and children ensemble "Kinor David" from Ashkelon


A new book issued with the Authority's support:

"I Dream in Yiddish" by the actor Shmulik Atzmon-Wirtzer

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 For more info and purchasing:


The laureates of our fourth (2022) 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 fourth contest took place in 2022. The prize winners were:

Click the stories' names to read them!

For details on 2019-2021 contests, click here.


 On August 10, 2022, our literary and musical program marked the 70th anniversary of the murder of Yiddish writers and other members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in the Soviet Union.

"Me ken nit mit pulver dershisn keyn lider" ("Poems cannot be murdered with gunpowder"), as a Yiddish poet Shike Driz put it.

Keynote lecturer: Dr. Mordechai Yushkovsky.

In the artistic program: singer Marina Yakubovich, and singer Ruth Levin accompanied by the guitar of Alexey Belousov.


A memorial plaque in the Rasko neighborhood in Jerusalem


  Yiddish Radio Show – also online

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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


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.