Deutsche Dialekte - Linkverzeichnis
(German Dialects Link Catalogue - Paul Joyce)
Yiddish - Jewish Language Research Website
This description of the Yiddish language by William F. Weigel at the Jewish Language Research Website provides an insight into phonology, morphology, syntax, contact with other languages and Yiddish dialects. There is also a comprehensive bibliography of secondary material.
Jiddisch - Die Mameloschn. Eine Sprache, ihr historischer und kultureller Hintergrund.
A comprehensive analysis of the historical development and cultural background of the Yiddish language by Chaim Frank.
Une histoire de la langue Yiddish - YiddischWeb
YiddishWeb gives an introduction to the history of Yiddish for French-speakers. Their website also includes an introduction to the Yiddish alphabet.
Shtetl - Yiddish Language and Culture
Explore Yiddish culture and language in this highly informative "Virtual Shtetl" which has a library, school and a kitchen.
Hagalil - Jiddisch
The Yiddish pages on the Hagalil website offer details about the language and culture as well as a bibliography of books on the language.
A large collection of articles and links relating to Yiddish language and culture.
Yiddish - Kosher Yiddish
Yosl Alpert's webpage on the Yiddish language offers a glossary of Yiddish words, phrases and expressions as well as jokes, dialogues and a list of miscellaneous Yiddish sayings and aphorisms.
Wikipedia - Jiddisch
An introduction to the Yiddish language from the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. This page is also available in English.
What is Yiddish?
A brief introduction to the Yiddish language.
Yiddish - Communauté Online
A short introduction to the Yiddish language and alphabet from Communauté Online, the voice of the Jewish community in France.
Jiddisch - Wiederbelebung einer Sprache, die nie tot war
An article on the current status and usage of Yiddish by Shmuel Atzmon.
Jiddisch - Sprachkurs im Internet
This online Yiddish course by Ulrike Kiefer and Robert Neumann includes fifty minutes of original conversations, grammar and interactive language tests.
Yiddish Basic Lessons
This twenty lesson primer from the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture will give you an introduction to the alef-beys, the Yiddish alphabet, some basic vocabulary and basic sentence structureand Robert Neumann includes fifty minutes of original conversations, grammar and interactive language tests.
Arele - Yiddish Workbook for Beginners
Arele is a modern, innovative, pleasant and easy-to-use set of Yiddish Workbooks for Beginners by Frida Grapa-Cielak, that has become a great help for teachers, as well as for parents and grandparents devoted to preserving Yiddish and teaching Mame-loshn as a first or second language.
Yiddish France - Langue
An online Yiddish language course for French-speakers with a dictionary of vocabulary to help you learn.
The Spoken Yiddish Language Project
An effort to bring Yiddish information and digitized samples to the Web based on data collected by the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry. Contains sound files.
EYDES - Evidence of Yiddish Documented in European Societies
EYDES documents the Yiddish language in Europe and offers a number of sound files as well as an interactive multimedia map of spoken Yiddish.
Harry Leichter's Yiddish Stuff Page
A vast number of Yiddish links can be found on Harry Leichter's website.
Yiddish and the Law
An amusing and informative piece on how Yiddish interacts with the legal system.
Yiddish Forum - Google
An online Yiddish forum for anyone interested in Yiddish language and culture.
Yiddish Dictionary Online
This searchable online Yiddish-English language dictionary is intended for all levels of Yiddish students. It also has a list of rhyming Yiddish words for budding poets.
Yiddish-Hebrew-English-Russian Picture Dictionary
A pictorial dictionary with lexical items translated into a number of different languages.
Yiddish France - Lexique
An online Yiddish-French dictionary of vocabulary to be used in combination with Yiddish France's Yiddish course to help you learn.
The Ariga Glossary of Yiddish Expressions
A comprehensive A-Z list of Yiddish phrases and expressions from Ariga.
List of Yiddish Words and Expressions
An A-Z glossary of Yiddish words and expressions compiled by Michael D. Fein.
Yiddish far rayznde
A selection of Yiddish words and phrases for travellers from Travlang.
Yiddish Word Lists
A collection of Yiddish vocabulary lists to be used for learning and teaching purposes.
Yiddish words found in English
A collection of Yiddish words that have made their way into the English language.
Hebräisches im Deutschen
Karl Veitschegger provides a list of Yiddish words that have entered into the German language.
Yiddish Grammar Tables
A series of tables indicating Yiddish adjective endings, possessive adjectives, definite articles and pronouns.
Orthographie / Internet
(Orthography / Internet)
A Users' Guide to Yiddish on the Internet
A guide to using e-mail and create webapges using Yiddish by Shoshke-Rayzl Yuni.
An English-Yiddish glossary of computer terms developed from the glossary that Yankl Halpern gathered with the help of the UYIP e-mail list.
Yiddish Pasekh - Keyman Keyboard for Windows
A virtual Yiddish keyboard for Windows designed by Zsigri Gyula.
Raphael A. Finkl's Yiddish typewriter does not translate English or German into Yiddish, but instead interconverts various Yiddish representations.
UYIP - Understanding Yiddish Information Processing
The mailing list for information processing using Yiddish has a useful set of tips and links.
Institutionen und Verbände
(Institutions and Associations)
Maison de la culture yiddish - YiddischWeb
YiddishWeb is the website of the Maison de la culture yiddish in Paris. It provides a plethora of information in French on Yiddish language and culture.
The Workmen's Circle - Arbeter Ring
For over 100 years, The Workmen's Circle - Arbeter Ring has served its members by providing a connection to Jewish and Yiddish culture and language and a progressive world view built upon a broad knowledge and understanding of Jewish heritage, identification with the Jewish populace, and a commitment to the Jewish community.
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Founded in 1925 in Vilna, Poland as the Yiddish Scientific Institute and headquartered in New York since 1940, YIVO is devoted to the history, society, and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry, and the influence of that culture as it has developed in the Americas. As the only pre-Holocaust scholarly institution to transfer its mission to the United States, YIVO is the preeminent centre for the study of East European Jewry and Yiddish language, literature, and folklore.
The Yiddish Foundation (Stichting Jiddisj) in Amsterdam was founded in 1999 and is dedicated to promoting interest and knowledge of Yiddish language and literature. Its website provides an overview of Yiddish in the Netherlands.
The Vilnius Yiddish Institute
The Vilnius Yiddish Institute is the first Yiddish center of higher learning to be established in post-Holocaust Eastern Europe. The Institute is dedicated to preserving the centuries-old heritage of Yiddish language and culture through teaching and scholarly research of the highest quality. Further, through intensive instruction by an outstanding international faculty the Institute aims to foster genuine literacy in Yiddish among new generations of students from Europe, the Americas, and beyond, and to train young new teachers and scholars in the field.
The homepage of Professor Dovid Katz of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute contains a provisional bibliography of Professor Katz's scholarly and creative fiction publications. Also included is a detailed table of contents for his just published book, Words on Fire: The Unfinished History of Yiddish (New York: Basic Books, 2004).
A Forgotten Yiddish Past
Michael Tarm explains the history of Yiddish culture in Vilnius, the home of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute.
Yiddishkayt Los Angeles
Yiddishkayt Los Angeles develops programs that reach out to diverse cultures and communicates the Yiddish renaissance as it unfolds today. Yiddishkayt Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1995, and is committed to the reinvigoration, preservation, and transmission of Yiddish, the 1,000 year-old language and culture that defines Ashkenazic Jewry.
Living Traditions, founded in 1994, is dedicated to the celebration and continuity of community-based traditional Yiddish culture. Living Traditions brings the lush bounty of Yiddish culture to new generations in ways both inspiring and relevant to contemporary Jewish life. Not as a symbol of a lost world, or as a “duty” to perpetuate but as a meaningful part of one’s active personal identity in a multi-cultural world.
Yugntruf - Yugnt far Yidish
Yugntruf ("Call to Youth"), a worldwide organization of Yiddish-speaking and Yiddish-learning young adults, was founded in 1964 to give the younger generation an opportunity to get together to speak Yiddish, to read and study Yiddish literature, and to write, sing and socialize in Yiddish.
Yiddish at Bialik
Information about Yiddish Studies at Bialik High School in Montreal.
Bibliotheken, Sammlungen und Archive
(Libraries, collections and archives)
The Bibliothèque Medem in Paris is a multimedia library dedicated to Yiddish culture. It contains 21,000 Yiddish books and a music library of Yiddish songs.
International Institute of Social History: The Yiddish Collection
The International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam has a unique and manifold collection of Yiddish material consisting of books, brochures, periodicals and pamphlets of the early Jewish socialist and anarchist movement in Eastern and Western Europe.
Jiddische Drucke - Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main
The Collection "Yiddish Prints" contains about 800 valuable Yiddish books that belong to the Frankfurt University Library. The dates range from the middle of the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The collection contains the whole spectrum of Yiddish books, women's bibles in Yiddish translation, liturgy, practical guide books, works on religious customs, legends, chronicles and classical Jewish fiction of famous East European Yiddish authors.
S. L. and Eileen Shneiderman Collection of Yiddish Books
In 1996, the celebrated Yiddishist - journalist, poet, essayist - S. L. Shneiderman, passed away, leaving behind a Collection of 395 Yiddish books, nearly half of which bearing the autographs of prominent Yiddish writers from Russia and France, Israel, Canada and the United States. His wife, collaborator, and inspiration, Eileen Shneiderman, graciously donated this collection to the University of Maryland's McKeldin Library in November of 1996. It is this site's goal to make these books known and available to those interested in Yiddish literature and culture on any level: scholarly research, education purposes, or pleasureable reading.
Compact Memory is an online digitalised archive of Jewish periodicals than can be used for research purposes.
Yiddish sources in historical research
The aim of Gerben Zeegsma's website is to provide those who wish to do historical research involving the use of Yiddish source material with information on archives, institutions, journals, etcetera.
The Secular Yiddish Schools in America Collection
The Secular Yiddish Schools in America Collection was established at Stanford University (California) in 1994 by Gella Schweid Fishman. She has, to date, conducted more than 60 extensive interviews with former students, parents, board members and teachers from the Sholem Aleichem, Arbeter Ring, Farband and Ordn school systems in various North American cities. The tapes and transcripts of these interviews together with photos of all interviewees will eventually become part of the SYSA Collection.
The Wolf Lewkowicz Collection
Between 1922 and 1939, Wolf Lewkowicz, of Konskie, Lodz and Opoczno, Poland, engaged in a lengthy and intimate correspondence in Yiddish with Sol J. Zissman, his deceased sister's son, who was born in Konskie, Poland, and who had immigrated to the United States as an 11-year old boy prior to World War I. The Yiddish letters which make up the main body of this Collection constitute the only remaining tangible evidence of the life of Wolf Lewkowicz.
Benny's Postcards: Art Postcards Collected by My Grandfather
This web site is devoted to the postcards collected by Benny Swartzberg, the grandfather of Steven Weiss, from approximately 1906-1918. The collection is comprised of 435 postcards, most of which were produced in Russia, Poland and Germany. On many of the postcards you will find Benny Swartzberg's Yiddish translation of the subjects depicted.
Daf HaYomi in Yiddish provides daily lessons in the Talmud and Gemorra in the Yiddish Language.
Tanakh - The Bible In Yiddish
The online version of the Yiddish Tanakh of the poet Yehoyesh. Yehoyesh's translation, which is both learned and beautiful, was begun when the Yiddish world counted more than ten million potential readers and when Yiddish writing on both sides of the Atlantic overflowed with talent. It stands at the summit of Yiddish bible translations and retains the status of a classic.
Forverts - Forward
The weekly Forverts is the widest-circulation secular Yiddish newspaper. Launched as a Yiddish-language daily newspaper on April 22, 1897, the Forward family of newspapers - English, Russian and the original Yiddish - continues to carry on the founding vision of Abraham Cahan, serving together as the voice of the American Jew and the conscience of the community. Click here for the English version of the newspaper.
Khulyot - Journal of Yiddish Research
Khulyot is a Hebrew-language periodical devoted to research in Yiddish literature with particular emphasis on its connections to Hebrew literature. Founded at the University of Haifa in 1993, the annual now appears under the aegis of Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan universities as well. Edited by Shalom Luria and Haya Bar-Yitzchak, and guided by an international editorial board composed of experts in Yiddish and related disciplines, Khulyot is read worldwide by scholars and lay persons seeking to understand the literary culture of Ashkenazic Jewry.
Der Yiddischer Tam-Tam
Der Yiddischer Tam-Tam is a periodical produced by Maison de la culture yiddish. Their website contains back editions of the periodical in PDF format.
Yiddish is the language of Ashkenazic Jewry. The Yiddish language, literature, poetry, theater and music have a rich heritage. The mission of Der Bay, the international Anglo-Yiddish newsletter, is to foster the preservation of the Yiddish language (mame-loshn) and the associated Yiddish culture, music, theatre, literature and poetry via the International Association of Yiddish Clubs (IAYC).
The Gantseh Megillah is a journal of Yiddish culture and expression. Members of the Megillah family write most of the material appearing in the Megillah and they encourage all of their subscribers to submit stories, anecdotes, recipes or anything else which they feel relates to Yiddishkeit in their lives. It is their hope to develop a close-knit, online Shtetl where people can express and exchange ideas as well as to learn from each other's experiences.
Weather Underground - Yiddish
Today's weather forecast transliterated into Yiddish.
The Yiddish Voice / Dos yidishe Kol
The Yiddish Voice is a Yiddish-language radio show serving Boston's Yiddish-speaking community. Its website allows you to listen live to the programme or to previous broadcast programmes.
Broadcasting in Yiddish
Listen to a selection of Yiddish radio programmes online via this website.
Jewish Radio Shows - KlezmerShack
Information about Jewish radio shows worldwide from Ari Davidow.
The Forward Hour
Listen to archived recordings of the Yiddish radio programme "The Forward Hour".
Yiddish Radio Project
All that survives from the "golden age" of Yiddish radio in the 1930s to '50s are a thousand fragile discs, rescued from storerooms, attics, and even dumpsters. But what a story they tell! The Yiddish Radio Project is a celebration of these recordings and of the forgotten geniuses and dreamers who created them. The exhibits on this site feature the Yiddish Radio Project radio documentaries that were first broadcast on NPR's "All Things Considered," rare Yiddish radio clips, archival photographs, and various ephemera from a forgotten radio universe.
Golden Age of Yiddish Radio
A time machine back to the heyday of Yiddish radio connecting us with the music and drama of yesteryear.
Yiddish literature may be divided into three periods: the period of preparation, the classical age, and the postclassical period. This webpage provides an introduction to all three periods.
Ecrivains Yiddish - YiddischWeb
YiddishWeb provides biographies and pictures of key figures in Yiddish history.
Wikipedia - Jiddische Literatur
An introduction to Yiddish literature from the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.
The Sholom Aleichem Network
Sholom Aleichem, Yiddish literature's most beloved author, was one of the very few modern writers who speaks for an entire people. Born in Russia in 1859 as Solomon Rabinovitz, he died in New York in 1916. He created many memorable characters, including Tevye (who you may know from the adaptation of his work in "Fiddler on the Roof"), Motel "The Cantor's Son", Menachem-Mendl and many others. This web site is dedicated to his life and work.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
An introduction from The Library of America to the life and work of Isaac Bashevis Singer, the writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978.
Mendele is a moderated mailing list dedicated to the lively exchange of views, information, news and just about anything else related to the Yiddish language and Yiddish literature.
Grine Medineis a literary magazine for lovers of the Yiddish language that appears in Dutch and Yiddish. Its online archive contains pen portraits of key Yiddish literary figures.
Der Bavebter Yid
Der Bavebter Yidis a Yiddish language literary electronic serial which offers literature, poetry, prose and literary criticism.
National Yiddish Book Center
The National Yiddish Book Center is a vibrant, non-profit organization working to rescue Yiddish and other modern Jewish books and celebrate the culture they contain. Supported by 30,000 members, it is now the largest and fastest-growing Jewish cultural organization in America.
Der Moykher Sforim
Der Moykher Sforim is an online Yiddish bookstore for books on Yiddish language and culture, translations from Yiddish, Eastern European Jewish history, art, cooking, and more.
The World of Jiddish
The World of Yiddish / Di velt fun yidish is devoted to Yiddish language, literature and folklore. Special attention is given Hebrew-Yiddish relations and the generations of bilingual (Hebrew and Yiddish) writers. The site presents classic Yiddish texts, e.g., Yehoyesh's monumental Yiddish translation of the Tanakh (Bible); reference and bibliographic materials, e.g., Louis Fridhandler's magisterial guide to the works of Shalom-Aleichem; and, English abstracts of the Hebrew-language Khulyot, a journal of Yiddish studies.
Sara Blacher-Retter has devoted much of her time and energy to entertaining audiences in Haifa retirement homes by reading the beloved stories and feuilletons of classic Yiddish authors. You can listen to her narrate a number of these stories on this webpage and also read the texts on PDF files.
Jewish stories from the old world to the new
Listen to extracts from KCRW's 18-hour series on Jewish stories that was distributed to public radio stations nationwide via National Public Radio. This series features Leonard Nimoy, Charlton Heston, Carl Reiner and many other top-name actors.
A selection of Yiddish texts collected by Raphael A. Finkl.
Di Kats der Payats - The Cat in the Hat
The Yiddish version of The Cat in the Hat by Doktor Seuss.
Heershadovid Menkes is the first American born after the war to have published in Yiddish. His stories are often set in Lithuania, a stronghold of Yiddish before the war.
Yiddish Poetry in America
This homepage is dedicated to offering selections from poetry in Yiddish written by authors who lived in the USA.
Dovid Edelshtat, der groyser onheyb fun undzer poezye
The revolutionary poet Dovid Edelshtat was born in Russia in 1866. He emigrated to America in 1882 and became one of a number of early Yiddish proletarian poets. This website provides a selection of his poetry.
Honey and Arsenic - The Poetry of Alter Esselin
Alter Esselin wrote several hundred poems in Yiddish during five decades of his life, from his late teens to his early seventies. His son Joe Esselin has translated a number of them into English and posted them on this website.
Recollections of my father Dr. Israel Fuhrmann and of his Yiddish poems
Between 1952 and 1963, Dr. Israel Fuhrmann wrote about sixty Yiddish poems in Romania. In March 2001, his son Julius Fuhrmann decided to fulfil his father's wish by publishing his poems on a web site.
A concise overview of developments in Yiddish theatre from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre
The Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre in New York City is the longest continuously-producing Yiddish theatre company in the world. Its aim is to preserve, promote, and develop Yiddish theatre for current and future generations to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Yiddish culture as a necessary component of Jewish Life.
Yiddish Theatre at the Kadimah
The "Dovid Herman Teater" at the "Kadimah" founded in 1948 by Yankev Weislitz and Rokhl Holtzer, presented numerous highly acclaimed plays for almost 50 years. It was itself heir to a venerable Australian Yiddish theatrical tradition, tracing back to 1908.
Yiddish Language Playscripts
A series of Yiddish language playscripts presented online by the American Library of Congress.
Musik und Tanz
(Music and Dance)
Zemerl - The interactive database of Jewish song.
Zemerl was started in the Spring of 1999, with the goal of developing a comprehensive database of information, lyrics, and sounds of Jewish songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, and other languages. Years and hundreds of thousands visitors later, Zemerl is 500+ songs strong, and has helped many people all over the world find their favorite songs, discover new gems, and connect with other lovers of Jewish song.
Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive Catalogue
The online catalogue of over 25,000 Yiddish and other Jewish songs and albums from the Freedman collection at the University of Pennsylvania Library.
Yiddish Sheet Music - Brown University Library
This online exhibition is a small sample of the holdiings of Yiddish sheet music at Brown University Library. The translations of the titles are from Irene Heskes' book, Yiddish American Popular Songs 1895 to 1950.
Jewish Music Institute - SOAS University of London
The Jewish Music Institute in London is dedicated to the celebration, preservation and development of the living heritage of Jewish music for the benefit of all.
Het Jiddische lied
A website about Jewish music with sound files from Dardy Hamburger.
Ari Davidow's KlezmerShack
Ari Davidow's website is a treasure trove for anyone interested in klezmer music. Alongside reviews and articles there is an basic music repertoire that might be played by a klezmer band.
Klezmer: Jiddische Lieder und Klesmermusik
An introduction to the many and varied forms of Klezmer music and some of the groups who perform it.
The Yiddish Music Hall Project
The Yiddish Music Hall is designed to serve and support all Yiddish music enthusiasts, students and performers. Their goal is to become a resource center for all those interested in the preservation, enjoyment and development of Yiddish music.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company
The homepage of the Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company established in Long Island.
Fran Kleiner: The Voice of Yiddish Music
Fran Kleiner’s repertory includes music in many languages, and folk, Yiddish, Hebrew, resistance, union, friendship and peace songs.
From Generation to Generation: A Legacy of Lullabies
Traditional Jewish lullabies sung in Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew with sound files by Tanja Solnik.
Helen's Yiddish Dance Page: Dances of The Jews of Eastern Europe
Helen Winkler provides readers with an insight into traditional Jewish folk dances in Eastern Europe.
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