On Thursday, March 2, 2017, singer Gershon Layzerson will perform at Jerusalem's Beit Avi Chai, located at King George St. 44, at 8:30 p.m. He will also perform on Sunday, March 6, 2017 at Tel Aviv's Concert Hall, located at Levontin St. 7, at 8 p.m.
During the concerts, Layerson will launch his new Yiddish album, "In Vald Aleyn" (Alone in the Forest), which was produced with support from the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For reservations, call: 02-5215300 (Jerusalem) or 03-5605084 (Tel Aviv).
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, students of the Yiddish artistic singing workshop founded by Nechama Lifshitz, will perform at the Sholom-Aleichem House at 7:30 p.m. Pianist and music arranger Regina Dricker will direct them.
The center is located at Berkovitch St. 2 in Tel Aviv. Violinist Moshe Hess, clarinetist Yakov Yachnin, and double-bassist Stas Baulin will also take part in the concert.
During the concert, drawings of Jewish artists will be displayed. Hence, the event's name, "Lider and Kolirn" (Songs and Colors).
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 03-6956513.
On February 14, 2017, Dr. Mordechay Yushkovsky, a board member of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture, began teaching a mini-course on Yiddish language and culture for members of the Israeli parliament (Knesset). The topics of the four-session course are:
February 14: What the Yiddish Language has to Say in the 21st Century.
February 28: Secrets of Yiddish Humor, or Why Does it Sound Better in Yiddish?
March 7: Longing for Zion in Yiddish Literature and Folklore.
March 14: Pearls of Yiddish Folklore.
The course is part of a series of lectures for members of Knesset (MKs) on Jewish languages and cultures, which was initiated by Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Education and Culture, MK Yaakov Margi. Last year, MKs learned about the Jewish-Arab language and culture. Following Yiddish, a course will be offered on Ladino (Judesmo), the language of Spanish/Mediterranean Jews.
The first session began with MK Margi's welcome speech; he emphasized the importance of retaining Yiddish heritage for future generations because it is one of the basic elements of Jewish culture.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the twin duo Slava and Zofia Reifer will sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish and other languages at the Kadima Club, located at Abba Hilel Silver St. 11, Ashdod, at 5 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 08-8560119, 054-8482859.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, violinist Chaya Livni will perform at the clubhouse in Moshav Gan Sorek, at 8 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 050-8863141.
On Monday, February 13, 2017, the actor, singer and entertainer Ya'akov Shapiro will perform at the clubhouse at Moshav Ein Vered at 8 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 054-4418272.
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the "Golden Peacock" (Di Goldene Pave in Yiddish) ensemble will perform at the Ginot Ha'ir community center, located at Emek Refaim St. 12 in Jerusalem, at 8 p.m.
The trio consists of Chaya Livni on violin, Aryeh Burstein as tenor, and Eyal Bat on piano as well as composition and musical arrangements.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 054-6650183.
On Monday, February 6, 2017, singer Itzik Sharoni will perform at the Hadera Yiddish Society, located at Sheshet Hayamim St. 20, at 5 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, call: 04-6226943 or 054-5870032.
On January 17, 2017, violinist Chaya Livni performed at the Me Lacht Tzuzamen (Laughing Together) club in Rishon LeZion.
The event was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.
In January and February 2017, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture will be holding several performances in cooperation with Amcha, the Israeli center for psychological and social support for Holocaust survivors and the second generation.
Yiddish musical concerts will take place in the following Amcha clubs:
- on January 15 in Rishon LeZion, with singer Jenny Feierman;
- on January 18 in Ramat Gan, with singer Itzik Sharoni;
- on February 15 in Holion, with singer Shmulik Nadel.
On January 11, 2017, theater expert Carol Feldman spoke on "140 Years of Yiddish Theater History and Its Founder Father Abraham Goldfaden" at the Israeli branch of the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle), in Tel Aviv.
The singer Tzvika Goldberg also performed, accompanied by pianist Misha Blecherovich. The event was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.
On January 6, 2017, prolific Israeli actress Lia Koenig will read in Yiddish from the stories of Nobel laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon. The performance, sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture, will take place at Sholom-Aleichem House, located at Berkovitch St. 2, Tel Aviv, at 11 a.m.
Friends of the Yiddish Authority can buy tickets at a reduced price of NIS 70 by presenting the following code: 70. For details, call: 03-6956513.
On December 29, 2016, the twin duo Slava and Zofia Reifer will sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish and other languages at the Beit Hagimlai Club (Pensioners' Club), located at Hagana St. 114, Ra'anana, at 6:30 p.m. For details, call: 09-7720707.
On Thursday, December 22, 2016, the singer Polina Belilovsky will perform at the Yiddish lovers' club Mame Loshen, located at Malchei Israel St. 159, Kiryat Gat at 10 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details call: 08-6816898 or 050-5491115.
The National Authority for Yiddish Culture congratulates the Yiddish scholar and educator Professor Abraham Novershtern from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (who is also the director of the Sholom Aleichem House in Tel Aviv) for winning the Landau Prize for the Sciences and Research.
On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Pnina Meller will speak on "From Castilia to Kasrilovka" at the Israeli branch of the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle), located at Kalisher St. 48, Tel Aviv, at 11:30 a.m. The singer Betty Klein will also perform.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details call: 03-5176764.
On December 8, 2016, Asaf Galay presented a wonderful program at the Library of Congress titled “If the Dead Could Speak - the Jewish Cemetery of Warsaw”. The program was co-sponsored by the European Division, Embassy of Israel, and by the Library of Congress Professional Association. The presentation was a combination of film clips, lecture and a question and answer session. The National Authority for Yiddish Culture supported the production of the film.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, actor, singer and translator Ruth Levin launched her new album of poems and songs for children, "Tzigele-Migele," with a performance at the Yung Yiddish cultural center (Yermiyahu St. 52, Jerusalem). She was accompanied by the pianist Chaim Tukchinsky.
The Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary, edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath and Paul Glasser (see the photo), has been issued in 2016 by Indiana University Press publishers.
Containing 856 large-format pages, nearly 50,000 entries and 33,000 subentries, this book emphasizes Yiddish as a living language that is spoken in many places around the world. The late Mordkhe Schaechter collected and researched spoken and literary Yiddish in all its varieties and this landmark dictionary reflects his vision for present-day and future Yiddish usage.
See also an article in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/arts/how-do-you-say-email-in-yiddish.html?ref=todayspaper&referer=http:/www.nytimes.com/pages/todayspaper/index.html?nytmobile=0&nytmobile=0&_r=0
On December 20, 2016, singer Razya Adam will perform at the Yiddish lovers' club "Zusammen" (Together) at Syrkin St. 17 Herzliya, at 11 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details call: 052-6776894 or 09-9501812.