Yiddish Culture

Working To ‘Construct’ A ‘New Yiddish Culture’

Josh Waletzky is creating a new festival to celebrate a culture in the making.

12/15/2015 (All day)
Culture Editor

As much of the city will be marking the festive end of 2015, the Lower East Side will be alive with Yiddish culture, with a new festival of Yiddish language, music, dance, theater, art and foodways. Yiddish New York, which runs from Dec. 24 to 30, includes workshops, concerts, lectures, dance parties, a visual art exhibition, walking tours in English and a nature tour in Yiddish, and programs for kids and teens, in a variety of venues below 14th Street. The festival is an unusual partnership between the Center for Traditional Music & Dance, the 14th Street Y, Town & Village Synagogue, YIVO, Workmen’s Circle, the Stanton Street Shul and other organizations.

Josh Waletzky: Yiddish New York festival replaces “hole in the calendar” left by KlezKamp.

‘An Entire Cultural World Focused Through Her Voice’

Remembering the Yiddish singer and poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman.

12/09/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

From the beginning to the end, it was about family.

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, the Yiddish poet, songwriter, singer and artist who died on Thanksgiving Day at 93, inherited her love of the Yiddish language from her parents and passed it along to her children and to an extended family of younger Jews that will stretch for generations.

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, upon receiving the National Heritage Fellowship in 2005. Itzik Gotte

‘The Queen’ Of Yiddish Song

Remembering YIVO archivist Chana Mlotek, one of the major figures in the revival of klezmer.
11/03/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When she was interviewed by The Jewish Week in June 2012, the outstanding Yiddishist Chana Mlotek confided that at age 90 she had lost a bit of her ferocious productivity.

Chana Mlotek with her son, Zalmen, center, and husband Joseph in a 1985 photo. Milken Family Archives
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