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 2021, this ceremony will take place in Tel Aviv on November 14. This time, the Authority's Public Council chose to bestow lifetime achievement awards upon:
Moyshe Lemster - poet, writer;
Bilha Rubinstein - literature researcher & translator;
Israel Rudnitsky - writer. editor, translator
2020 Annual Authority Prizes Ceremony
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 2020, this ceremony took place without public on December 1.
This time, the Authority's Public Council chose to bestow lifetime achievement awards upon:
Dudu Fisher - singer, actor, cantor
and Daniel Galay - composer.
The laureates of our second Yiddish short story content:
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
Representatives of the Authority laid a memorial wreath at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), April 9, 2021.
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...
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
and an artistic performance by singers Rosa Klein and Maxim Levinsky, accompanied by the pianist Regina Dricker.
:Some of new Yiddish books issued with the Authority's support
"Kadia Molodovsky: the Yiddish Writer's Life" by Zelda Cahana-Neuman
Di emese fe'e" ("The true fairy") by Maya Gez"
Boccacio's "Decameron" in Yiddish translation
Congratulations to professor Nati Cohen on the release of his new book "Yiddish with an exclamation mark / under the sign of reading"!
Take care of your health - in Yiddish as well!
The Winners of Israel’s Yiddish Story Contests
Israel’s National Authority for Yiddish Culture launched the first government-sponsored Yiddish-language writing contest ever held in the Jewish state.
In 2019, Ethel Niborsky, age 17, won the first prize for her short story “Letters to a Blind Grandfather,” for which she received an award of 3,000 shekels. The second prize, with an award of 1,500 shekels, went to Shira Shapira, 31, for her story “Three Widows.” Raphael Halff, 25, got the third prize: 1,000 shekels for “A Letter to the Mail.” These prizes were awarded during a ceremony in Tel Aviv on November 19, 2019.
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.
The second contest took place in 2020. The prize winners were:
1. Leybl Botvinik for his short story “Fly, Little Coloured Butterfly, Fly."
2, Alexander Fish for "The Three Letters which Felix Wrote to Binyomin."
3. Ruth Levin for "A trip from Czernowitz to Kiev."
The third contest took place in 2021. The prize winners were:
1. Eli Scharfstein for “The Big Win".
2, Shlomo Lerman for "Two Miracles."
3. Puah Peri for "Little Knives."
Yiddish Radio Show – also online
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: http://www.kan.org.il/Radio/program.aspx/?progId=1136.
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.