Scholarships in 'mamaloschen'

Time and the Holocaust nearly wiped the Yiddish language out, but now it is enjoying a worldwide renaissance.

January 15, 2006 08:40 (photo credit: )


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In English, "mamaloschen" is literally "mother's talk" - otherwise known as Yiddish. Time and the Holocaust nearly wiped the language out, but now it is enjoying a worldwide renaissance. Enter Shmulik Atzmon, the founding artistic director of YiddiShpiel, Israel's Yiddish Theater. He has eight young apprentices, all recent and talented graduates of local acting schools, but sadly deficient in Yiddish skills. Undaunted, Atzmon approached Dean Libsker at Bar Ilan University and suggested his department provide a Yiddish workshop for the young actors. The dean enthusiastically agreed, provided scholarships for all of them, and now they meet every Sunday for two hours.

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