Yiddish Culture

‘An Entire Cultural World Focused Through Her Voice’

Remembering the Yiddish singer and poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman.

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.

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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