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6 Jewish words no journalist can live without -opinion

Journalism has its own specialized vocabulary, with talk of “ledes” and “nut grafs,” “sigs” and “kickers.” But there are also Jewish words for which there are no satisfactory substitutes.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
28/03/2022

This Yiddish book center in Queens lives on, just like the language it celebrates

“Little Yiddish organizations have come and gone by the hundreds, if not more,”Hy Wolfe said. “The only ones that still exist today are the ones where they have stubborn old Jews like me."

By Julia Gergely/JTA
24/03/2022

The Ukrainian Jew who saved Yiddish music from oblivion

“Song Searcher” isa new documentary about Moyshe Beregovsky, Jewish folklorist who traveled his native Ukraine in the 1930s and ’40s collecting Yiddish folk music and klezmer songs.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
20/03/2022

Grapevine February 13, 2022: No surprise

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

How it really was: Preparing for life in Israel

The year was 1948, the place was a 160-acre (624 dunam) farm on the outskirts of Guelph, Ontario.

Does Wordle have you ‘farblundget’? Try these Hebrew and Yiddish versions

Popular word game 'Wordle' has become immensely popular, with over 2 million players posting their results online. Now developers have contributed Yiddish and Hebrew versions.

By MICHELLE KRASOVITSKI/JTA
26/01/2022

This New York City cantor is making modern Yiddish music that swings

In order to bring Yiddish musical theater into the world of jazz, Yisroel Leshes had to reinvent the genre.

By Julia Gergely/JTA
21/01/2022
YIVO unveils lost Jewish documents thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust

YIVO’s vast archives of Yiddish life are reunited online

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research founded in Vilna before World War II and collected millions of Yiddish texts.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
07/01/2022
Christianity, illustrative

Yiddish copies of Christian Bible distributed in Rockland County, NY

Rockland County has a very dense ultra-Orthodox Jewish population, especially in places like Monsey and Spring Valley. The Yiddish copies of the New Testament are linked to missionary organizations.

04/01/2022

Yiddish theater category on ‘Jeopardy!’ makes one contestant a rich(er) man

This week, the contestants are all college professors as part of the show’s first-ever professors tournament, and the host is Mayim Bialik.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
11/12/2021
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