Tagged: “Yiddish”

July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

July 12: The Yahrzeit of a “Fiery Jewish Girl”

This blog post was written by Museum intern Dalia Rubinstein. On July 12, 37 years ago, the world lost a Lower East Sider whose chutzpah changed life for many immigrants of her time. Clara Lemlich, although not a household name today, was one of the  “farbrente Yidishe meydlekh” [“fiery Jewish girls”] who made a strong […]

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From Bagels to Bodegas: The Language of New York

From Bagels to Bodegas: The Language of New York

“That dog fah-schtinks! Fah-schtinkinah dog!” “There’s no way that’s a real word, Mom.” “It is! It’s Yiddish! Call Gramma and ask!” February 21st is International Mother Language Day. According to the United Nations’ website, International Mother Language Day seeks “to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism… and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance […]

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POSTPONED — Yo! It’s Yiddish – For Families

POSTPONED — Yo! It’s Yiddish – For Families

Please note that this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience. Grab your mishpacha and join us for this low-pressure, high-energy introduction to the language of your bubbe and zaide! Using songs and stories, kids will learn a smidge of Yiddish, the Hebrew-German language spoken by […]

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Oy Vey! Why Aren’t You Fluent in ‘Jewish’?

Oy Vey! Why Aren’t You Fluent in ‘Jewish’?

In 1912 in Prague, the writer Franz Kafka introduced a Yiddish theater troupe’s performance by providing the audience a little comfort. “I would like to assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that you understand far more Yiddish than you think,” he said. Do those words still ring true in 2018? Yiddish is responsible for some of […]

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