Meet 2012’s Great Schlep

Week-old website offers 1,300 “Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews"
08/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Sure, the Great Schlep --  the 2008 video urging young Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida to convince them to vote for then-candidate Barack Obama -- had live action, and Sarah Silverman’s star power.

Rachel Shukert, a comedy writer, and Ben Abramowitz, are the husband-and-wife team behind YiddishCursesforRepublicanJews.com.

Gefilteria Gets Kosher Seal In Time For Rosh HaShanah

08/27/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

It could have been a Yiddish curse for religiously observant foodies: May your gefilte fish become upscale, artisanal and hip ... but not be certified kosher.

That’s what happened this spring, when much-buzzed-about gourmet versions of the classic Ashkenazi dish began appearing around New York.

Gefilte fish is going upscale without forgetting its kosher roots.

Tevye’s Father, 100 Years Gone

Marking the iconic Yiddish writer’s ‘merry’ yahrtzeit with a new website and his words read aloud.

05/18/2016 - 09:04
Associate Editor

A broken heart was killing Sholem Aleichem, even more than his failing kidneys, tuberculosis and diabetes. Twice a day he’d walk from 968 Kelly St., his Bronx walk-up, to a nearby shul to say Kaddish for his son, Misha, who died several months before.

Sholem Aleichem at his writing desk. sholemaleichem.org

For Patinkin, A Musical Homeland

05/17/2016 - 15:26

On the set of “Homeland,” Mandy Patinkin softly sings Yiddish lullabies before the cameras roll.

These days, whether he’s performing live in concert or recording television, he runs through the lyrics of “Mamaloshen,” his 1998 collection of Yiddish songs, as a warm-up. “It focuses my mind,” he says. “The foreign-language tongue twisters engage my brain.”

A performance May 23 at Lincoln Center will return Mandy Patinkin to the Yiddish he heard while growing up.Jennifer altman

African-American Opera Singer Revives The Songs Of The Shtetl

08/02/2015 - 20:00

Berkley, Calif. - Three years ago, when Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell took the stage at a Jewish vaudeville celebration and said he was going to sing in Yiddish, people laughed.

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. RNS

A Yiddish ‘We Are One’

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When I was a kid growing up in Poughkeepsie and the Five Towns, my father’s parents lived with us. Although they were both born in Manhattan, they spoke fluent Yiddish when they didn’t want me to know what the subject was, and my father, who spoke little Yiddish, understood enough to join the mysterious (to me) conversation. They’re all dead now, and I still haven’t learned much Yiddish

George Robinson

Nu, You Didn't Know That The Seinfeld Stars Speak Yiddish?

New videos feature excepts from the hit sitcom Seinfeld in Yiddish.

10/06/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Ever imagine that a mentsh like Jerry Seinfeld would be teaching you Yiddish?

Seinfeld cast. Via seinfeld-quotes.tumblr.com

Joan Rivers: 'Yente-In-Chief'

The 'mouth that roared' is silent, but in her life Rivers gave voice to outsiders and women.

09/04/2014 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

Joan Rivers was a – sometimes off-color – voice of outsiders and women, and a fierce defender of Israel.

Joan Rivers was a fighter. Wikimedia Commons

Farklempt At The White House

Yiddish was in the air last week in the nation’s capital as the Yiddish Book Center received the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service in a White House ceremony. “Nachas” and “kvelling” were the words that most immediately came to mind for Aaron Lansky, the founder and president of the Center, one of ten U.S. institutions to win the honor.

Peter Manseau, Aaron Lansky and Michelle Obama at the White House. Courtesy Institute of Museum and Library Services
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