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May 14: Studio singers to perform in Rishon LeZion On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, singers Ada Pashayev and Roza Klein, students in the Yiddish...
May 13: Ya'akov Shapiro to perform in Hadera On Monday, May 13, 2019, actor, singer and entertainer Ya'akov Shapiro will perform for the...
May 22: Yiddish music lecture in Gush Etzion On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, musicologist Kobi Luria will lecture about the history of Jewish/Yiddish...
May 14: Sing along with Mendy Cahana in Gan Sorek On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 9:15 pm, singer and entertainer Mendy Cahana, who founded...
May 6: Leah Ayalon to lecture in Tel Aviv On Monday, May 6, 2019, Leah Ayalon will provide a lecture on Yiddish literature at...
May 2: Yiddish concert by Giv'atayim pupils On Thursday, May 2, 2019, pupils of the Yiddish song workshop at Thelma Yellin High...
March 18: Shmulik Nadel to perform in Hadera On Monday, March 18, 2019, the singer Shmulik Nadel will perform for the Hadera Yiddish...
March 14: Michael Gaisinsky to Sing in Ra'anana On Thursday, March 14, 2019, the singer Michael Gaisinsky will perform in Yiddish at the Golden...
Online Yiddish classes with the Workmen’s Circle The Workmen’s Circle's online Yiddish program incorporates the latest technologies in distance learning — classes...
Yasha Einstein z"l It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of outstanding Yiddish actor and Yiddishist Yasha (Avraham)...

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Ohalo College in Katzrin in the Golan Heights launched a new project aimed at broadening the knowledge of teachers and instructors of Jewish languages and cultures. The ultimate goal is for them to impart this knowledge to their students.

The program, an initiative of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture in cooperation with the National Authority for Ladino Culture, focuses on Yiddish, Ladino and Jewish-Arabic.

As part of the section dedicated to Yiddish language and culture, Dr. Mordechay Yushkovsky gave a lecture to students, teachers and parents of students, who travelled from far away to attend. Although the subject was new to most of them, Dr. Yushkovsky's words were warmly received.

Students also took part in a course on Yiddish texts with an emphasis on the influence of local culture. The course will include a workshop on "Piyutim," Jewish liturgical poems, in all three languages.

This program is another step in the Authority’s efforts to introduce Yiddish culture into the Israeli educational system.

Dr. Tehila Bubilski is the program coordinator.

On Monday, June 19, 2017, twin duo Slava and Zofia Reifer will sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish and other languages in the northern building of the "Marina" sea club in Herzliya, at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 052-6776894 or 09-9501812.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2017, actress, entertainer and theater expert Carol Feldman will perform and lecture at the People's University, located at Bezalel St. 11, Jerusalem, at 6:15 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 02-5456867.

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, twin duo Slava and Zofia Reifer will sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish and other languages at the Yiddish Club, located at Talpiyot St. 3, Elkana, at 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call Bella Steiner at 050-4744477.

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On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, singer Itzik Sharoni will perform at the Yiddish club Mitchell House, located at Mandelstam St. 12, in north Tel Aviv (Ramat Aviv), at 4:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 03-6058395.

On Monday, May 22, 2017, actor and producer Shmuel Atzmon, who founded the Yiddishpiel Theater, will lead an informal discussion with members of the Hadera Yiddish Society. The event will take place at the "Beit Haoleh" complex, located at Sheshet Hayamim St. 20 in Hadera, at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 04-6226943 or 054-5870032.

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, singer Anatoly Lein will perform at the Sav Center Yiddish club, located at Livne St. 2 in Nazareth Illit, at 10:30 a.m. He will be accompanied by pianist Valery Ayvazyan.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 054-6318107.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, singer Maxim Levinsky will perform at the Israeli branch of the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle), located at Kalisher St. 48, Tel Aviv, at 11 a.m. She will be accompanied by pianist and musical arranger Regina Dricker.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 03-5176764.

On Monday, May 15, 2017, singer Emma Yussim will perform at the Association for the Elderly, located at HaRishonim St. 14 in Migdal HaEmeq, at 11 a.m. She will be accompanied by pianist Valery Ayvazyan.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 052-8728322.

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Yiddish lovers from the Jerusalem area will have the opportunity to visit sites related to Yiddish culture, accompanied by the guide Ya'ad Biran, who specializes in Yiddish language, literature and history.

The tour departs from the Yiddish club at the Ginot Ha'ir community center, located at Emek Refaim St. 12, Jerusalem, at 11 a.m. It is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 054-6650183.

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, actress and singer Ruth Levin will perform an adaptation of Avrom Sutzkever's story, "Yanina and the Beast," at the Harmony Cultural Center, located at Hillel St. 27, Jerusalem, at 8 p.m. 

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On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, students in the Yiddish artistic singing workshop founded by the late Nechama Lifshitz will perform in Rishon LeZion. The concert will take place at the Me Lacht Tzuzamen (Laughing Together) club, located at Abba Silver St. 2, at 10:30 a.m.

Pianist and musical arranger Regina Dricker, the studio's current director, will accompany them.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 054-4502447.

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The nightingale of Soviet Jewry is no more. Nechama Lifshitz, who traveled the length and breadth of the Soviet Union singing in Yiddish and Hebrew, died on April 21, 2017 at age 89.

Lifshitz, who was born in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania, in October 1927, reminded the people once known as the Jews of Silence that silent or otherwise they were Jews who carried the responsibility of passing on whatever remained of their heritage to future generations.

Nechama Lifshitz made the aliyah in 1969/ In Israel she continued performing and directed a musical library. Since 1997 she ran the Yiddish song studio in Tel Aviv, which is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

Read the article about her.

 

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Yiddish lovers from Ra'anana will have the opportunity to visit sites in Jerusalem related to Yiddish culture, accompanied by the guide Ya'ad Biran, who specializes in Yiddish language, literature and history.

The tour will depart from the Golden Age Club, located at Opsterland St. 3, Ra'anana, at 10 a.m. It is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 09-7431614.

For three years running, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture has been granting scholarships at Israeli universities to students whose M.A., Ph.D. or post-doctorate research focuses on Yiddish language and culture. Once complete, the Authority publishes their theses and dissertations.

Most recently, the Authority supported the master's thesis of Noam Rachmilevich at Haifa University about the lives of Jews who were in hiding in Warsaw in 1943-1944.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Yiddish lovers from Herzliya will have the opportunity to visit sites in Jerusalem related to Yiddish culture, accompanied by the guide Ya'ad Biran, who specializes in Yiddish language, literature and history.

The tour will depart from the Yiddish lovers' club "Zusammen" (Together) at Syrkin St. 17, Herzliya, at noon. It is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 09-9511612.

On April 23-24, 2017, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, public ceremonies all over Israel will commemorate the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as well as the Jewish resistance of that period.

In ceremonies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as at Bar-Ilan University, the Yiddish language, spoken by most Holocaust victims, will be featured. See details in the posters attached.

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On Thursday, April 20, 2017, musicologist Kobi Luria will speak on the origins and history of Yiddish songs at the Ginot Ha'ir community center, located at Emek Refaim St. 12, Jerusalem, at 11 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details call: 02-5664144 or 054-6650183.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Yiddish lovers from the Jerusalem area will have the opportunity to visit sites related to Yiddish culture, accompanied by the guide Ya'ad Biran, who specializes in Yiddish language, literature and history.

The tour departs from the People's University, located at Bezalel St. 11, Jerusalem, at 6:15 p.m. It is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 02-5456867.

A memoir entitled, "I Am Unable to Forget," by the actor, producer and writer Leyzer Blit, was published in Tel Aviv in 2017 thanks to a contribution by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. The book's complete text is now available in the "Reading Room" section of this site.

The Workmen’s Circle distance-learning program, which incorporates the most cutting-edge educational technologies, is launching a series of new online courses in Yiddish. The full list of courses and schedule are available here.