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.
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: http://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 http://www.cambridge.org/9781107048201
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.