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...
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March 18: Shmulik Nadel to perform in Hadera On Monday, March 18, 2019, the singer Shmulik Nadel will perform for the Hadera Yiddish...
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On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., the Israeli branch of the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle), located at Kalisher St. 48, Tel Aviv will launch its 2016/2017 cultural season.

Professor Nati Cohen of Bar-Ilan University will give a talk entitled, "What did Yiddish Speakers Read 120 Years Ago?" Following the lecture, singer Vira Lozinsky will perform Yiddish songs accompanied by Regina Dricker on the piano. The event will be sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

Two weeks later, on September 21st at 11:30 a.m., another Bar-Ilan professor, Dov-Ber Kotlerman, will lecture at the Arbeter Ring about the last days of one of the Yiddish language's most peculiar and mysterious authors: Der Nister. Singer Esti Nisim will also perform at the event.

For details, call:  03-5176764or e-mail: brtavoda@netvision.net.il

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the singer Jenny Lador will perform at the Yiddish lovers' club Mitchell House at Mandelstam St. 12, in north Tel Aviv (Ramat Aviv), at 5 p.m.

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

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the singer Emma Yussim will perform at the Yiddish lovers' club in the Sav Center at Livne St. 2 in Nazareth Illit at 11 a.m. She will be accompanied by the pianist Valery Izhyan.

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

On Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11 a.m., the singer Vira Lozinsky will perform at the Yiddish lovers' club "Nagler House", located at Ben-Tzvi Ave. 14, Kiryat Hayim. She will be accompanied by the pianist Regina Dricker.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For more details phone: 04-8724694 or 054-6528265.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:30 am, the actor, singer and entertainer Mendy Cahana (who founded the culture center "Yung Yiddish"), will perform at the club "Me Lacht Zusammen" (Laughing Together) at Abba Silver St. 2, Rishon LeZion.

The event is sponsored by the Nateional Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details please phone: 052-8397742.

The Israeli branch of "Arbeter-ring" (Workmen's Circle) is delighted to announce the digitization of the entire collection of published issues of “Lebns-fragn" ("Life Issues"). The monthly magazine was the official publication of the Arbeter-ring for 63 consecutive years (1951 – 2014); it was the last Yiddish magazine to be published in Israel.

Every page of every issue of “Lebns-fragn" is now accessible to the general public. Scholars researching Jewish social, political and cultural history and Yiddish lovers will especially find it of interest. The digital archive constitutes a treasure trove of information with great historical importance.

The digitization project was sponsored through the bequeathal of devoted “Lebns-fragn" reader Pinkhas (Pinek) Kristal (Warsaw 1919 – Melbourne 2009) and was carried out by the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Read more here: https://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/Lebens-Fragen.aspx

The second issue of the “Free Lebns-fragn” has now been digitized in digest format, which can be viewed at: https://lebnsfragn.com/

Several M.A. and Ph.D. students studying at Israeli universities, whose research focuses on Yiddish language and culture, received scholarships from the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. These research scholarships are granted annually, though each student can only receive it once, providing his/her research meets the scholarship criteria. 

In the pictures: Dr. Sara Ziv, Chairperson of the Authority, hands the scholarships to:


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On July 5, 2016, the Yiddish artistic singing workshop, founded and directed by Nechama Lifshitz, celebrated its 18th anniversary at the Tzavta hall in Tel Aviv.

Pianist and music arranger Regina Dricker, violinist Michael Zacharin, clarinetist Yakov Yachnin, and double-bassist Stas Baulin took part in the concert alongside with workshop members and its director.

The event was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

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Yiddish poems for kids and teenagers as well as nursery rhymes inspired the artist and educator Rachel Achunov to create a short film highlighting these literary masterpieces. The film, sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture, is now available online at Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZmkQrdkBs4

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the singer Bavat Merom performed at the Yiddish lovers' club "Arbeter Ring" in Tel Aviv. She was accompanied by the pianist Eyal Bat and the violinist Chaya Livni. The event was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

On June 16, 2016, the 20th annual Yiddish choir festival took place at the Ashkelon Congress Center. More than 20 groups of singers from all parts of Israel, including children's choirs and ensembles, participated. The event was produced by Michael Leinwand and sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. 

In the pictures: the Kinnor David ensemble from Ashkelon and the Lily choir from Haifa.

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On June 6, 2016, Yiddish lovers from Ra'anana traveled to Tel Aviv to visit sites related to Yiddish culture, accompanied by the guide Ya'ad Biran. The tour was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

A documentary film of the excursion is now available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=855&v=_O2W07S2wuc

On June 28, 2016, the twin duo Slava and Zofia Reifer sang in Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish and other languages at the clubhouse in Moshav Gan Sorek. The event was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

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

Here is one example of a research supported by the Authority: Ohad Kohn's master's thesis from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "A German-Yiddish Mayse: The Influence of Yiddish on the Poetic Language of Paul Celan".

In the summer of 2016, an unprecedented number of courses on Yiddish language and culture will be offered throughout the world. 

Courses on various aspects of Yiddish will take place in Tel Aviv, Vilnius, Warsaw, Lublin, Weimar, Strasbourg, London, New York, Los Angeles, Amherst (Massachusetts), as well as on the Goshen Yiddish Farm (New York State). 

Get more information here: https://ingeveb.org/pedagogy/yiddish-in-ale-lender-yiddish-summer-programs-roundup

On June 7, 2016, the singer Vira Lozinsky performed at the Yiddish lovers' club "Zusammen" (Together) in Herzliya. The event was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

On May 26, 2016, the actor, singer and entertainer Ya'akov Shapiro performed at the David Cultural Center (Achimeir St. 9, Netanya). The event was sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

The Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture together with the Cambridge University Press announced the publication of "The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature ".The book was edited by Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher of Tel Aviv University. For more details visit the website https://www.cambridge.org/9781107048201

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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 2016, the Authority chose two winners: Ya'akov Bodo, actor in the "Yiddishpiel" Theater of Tel Aviv and Yitzchak Luden, journalist and editor of the "Lebns-Fragn" magazine.

The award ceremony will take place at the end of the year; a separate announcement about the event will be published on this site.