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June 2019: Yiddish seminar for Israeli students held in Vilnius In June 2019, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture in cooperation with the International Yiddish...
July 14: Ruth Levin concert in Netanya On Sunday, July 14, 2019, singer Ruth Levin will perform in Yiddish at the David...
July 2: Memorial Conference about the Jewish poet Itzik Manger Oמ July 2, 2019 a memorial conference about the Jewish poet Itzik Manger (1901 -...
June 6: Yiddish learning session for Shavuot in Tel Aviv On Thursday, June 6, 2019 a Yiddish learning session and workshops devoted to the holiday of...
June 6: Michael Gaisinsky to Sing in Nazareth Illit On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the singer Michael Gaisinsky will perform in Yiddish at the...
June Performances in Tel Aviv: Bella Bryks-Klein in "My Father's Daughter" The one-woman musical show, "Mayn Tatns Tokhter" ("My Father's Daughter") tells a story of...
May 23: The premiere screening of the film "The Same Man" at the Tel Aviv Festival We are happy to invite lovers of Yiddish culture to the premiere screening of the film "Oto HaIsh" ("The...
Yiddish summer programs in 2019: Tel Aviv and elsewhere The annual Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program will be held at Tel...
June 13: Paulina Belilovsky to Sing in Jerusalem On Thursday, June 13, 2019, singer Paulina Belilovsky will perform at the Ginot Ha'ir...
June 13: Yiddish Choir Festival in Ashkelon On Thursday, June 13, 2019, the 23th annual Yiddish Choir Festival will take place at...
Carol Feldman z"l It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of the Yiddish actor and writer Carol Feldman z"l. May...
Three Jerusalem Divas to sing in Kiryat Gat on May 14 On May 14, 2019 three "Jerusalem Divas" - Shirel Dashevsky, Ruth Levin and Vira Lozinsky...

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On November 24, 2016, Ada Pashayev and Roza Klein - students at the Yiddish artistic singing workshop which was founded by Nechama Lifshitz and is directed by Regina Dricker—performed at the Golden Age Club in Ra'anana.

On December 26, they will perform at the Hadera Yiddish Society, located at Sheshet Hayamim St. 20, at 5 p.m. For details call: 04-6226943. Both events are sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, theater expert Carol Feldman will lecture on "140 Years of Yiddish Theater History and Its Founder, Abraham Goldfaden" at the Me Lacht Tzuzamen (Laughing Together) club, located at Abba Silver St. 2, Rishon LeZion, at 10 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details call: 052-8397742.

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, actor, singer and entertainer Mendy Cahana will perform at the Yiddish club at the People's University, located at Betzalel St. 11, Jerusalem, at 6:15 p.m. Cahana is the founder of the Yung Yiddish cultural center.

The event is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details call: 02-5456866 or 02-5456853.

On Monday, November 28, 2016, musicologist Kobi Luria will speak on "Songs between Him and Her" at the Yiddish lovers' club Nagler House, located at Ben-Tzvi Ave. 14, Kiryat Hayim, at 11 a.m.

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

A collection of poems, Ongetzoygene Strune (Strained String) by Dov-Ber Kerler, was added to the Library of Modern Yiddish Literature in 2016 thanks to a contribution by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

The poet's pen name is Boris Karlov. The new book was designed and illustrated by Moshe Himeyn. The complete text is available here.

On October 18-21, 2016 Yiddish arts activities and events for all ages took place at the Yiddishkeit Sukkah near the old Tel Aviv Port (Namal), including a children's studio for drawing greeting cards.

The program was organized by the Beyt Leyvik and Beit Tefilah Israeli cultural centers and sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. For details, e-mail: leyvikmail@gmail.com or contact Beyt Leyvik at Dov Hoz St. 30, Tel Aviv, phone: 050-3764062.

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A collection of poems, A Freylekher Regn (A Merry Rain) by Zissi Weitzman, was added to the Library of Modern Yiddish Literature in 2016 thanks to a contribution by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. The new book was designed and illustrated by Moshe Himeyn. The complete text is available here.

On October 14-15, 2016, a weekend of intensive Yiddish language studies and conversational practice will take place at the Neve Shalom Hotel. Dor Hahemshech - Generation of Successors, Yiddish Lovers - organized the event, with the participation of the National Authority for Yiddish Culture.

For details and to reserve a spot at the event, e-mail yiddishloversnextgeneration@gmail.com or contact Dor Hahemshech at Dov Hoz St. 30, Tel Aviv, phone: 050-3764062.

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The National Authority for Yiddish Culture has issued a calendar for the 2016/2017 Jewish year featuring 12 prominent Yiddish poets. Every month is accompanied by a different poet's portrait and his/her poem in Yiddish, with a translation to Hebrew. Selected pages are available for viewing here.

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А collection of short stories, A Dame mit Blumen (A Lady with Flowers) by the writer and journalist Ofra Elyagon, was added to the Library of Modern Yiddish Literature in 2016 thanks to a contribution by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. The new book was designed and illustrated by Moshe Himeyn. The complete text is available here.

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The Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program ended a successful season at Tel Aviv University. The video of the closing ceremony is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IUZgfzXHnK8.

А collection of novellas Der Kloun fun Oyshvitz (The Clown from Auschwitz) by the writer and actor Hershl-Tzvi Kanar, was added in 2016 to the Library of Modern Yiddish Literature, thanks to a contribution by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture. The new book was designed and illustrated by Moshe Himeyn. The complete text is available here.

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This fall, the National Authority for Yiddish Culture will launch a new project in cooperation with Amcha, the Israeli center for psychological and social support for Holocaust survivors and the second generation.

The project involves organizing performances by Yiddish artists in Amcha clubs around the country, with the aim of creating a welcoming and homey atmosphere for club members. The events will take place in numerous cities across Israel including Ashkelon, Beer-Sheva, Holon, Jerusalem, Netanya, Petah Tikva, Rehovot, Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

On Friday, September 9th, 2016, at 8:30 p.m, singer Marina Yakubovich, winner of the grand prix at the Solomon Mikhoels Festival of Yiddish Song in Moscow, will perform in a solo concert at the Havana Music Club (Yigal Alon St. 126, Tel Aviv).

She will perform in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and Ukrainian, accompanied by the pianist and music arranger Lev Sandiuk and the violinist Alexander Povolotsky of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. For details, call: 054-6872286.

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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