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The Rabbi Arthur Z. Steinberg Memorial Lecture Series

Yiddish: Past, Present, and Future Tales from the Yiddish Book


Zvi Jankelowitz

Admission $20 





  March 12, 2023   3pm


                                                  Zvi Jankelowitz, whose four grandparents were native                                                              Yiddish speakers and immigrants to South Africa, will                                                              take the audience on a journey which began in his                                                                    hometown of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  Zvi will                                                                    show how Yiddish has emerged from the time in the                                                                early 80’s when Aaron Lansky established the Yiddish                                                              Book Center to rescue and preserve Yiddish literature.                                                            He will take us to the present where the Center is  at the        forefront of technology advances, ensuring the accessibility of Yiddish books through digitization to Yiddish speakers, and through  translations into English for non-Yiddish speakers . He will share clips from the Wexler Oral History Project, a growing collection of more than 1,000 vide interviews about Yiddish language and culture. Zvi will also give us a glimpse of what the future of Yiddish looks like for the 21st Century.

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