NATIONAL YIDDISH BOOK CENTER

Rating: 4.96 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1021 West St Amherst MA 01002 USA

Mission: 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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 04-2708878
413-256-4900
www.yiddishbookcenter.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I took a wonderful on-line Yiddish class. Looking forward to more on-line experiences. Very well done. Also, suggested the reading of "Outwitting History" by Aaron Lansky to my book group. It was very well received

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a child I spoke and could understand, Yiddish. My association with the NYBC helps me to refresh my memories as well as my Yiddish. Preservation of Yiddish books will help preserve this wonderful language for generations to come.

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By visiting the Center

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Rating: 5 stars  

I wrote donor but if I were able I would really donate a lot more. My daughter graduated from UMASS and one of the saddest things for me is that now I am not able to get to the Yiddish Book Center twice a year.
I love the exhibits, the fantastic book shop with knowledgeable personnel, and the lovely greeters at the door who always made me feel I am back home again. I also miss sitting in the fantastic orchard and reading and writing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

exposure to many new people and areas of the Yiddish world.

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not change a thing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a long time member of the Book Center and have always been impressed at their ability to mobilize people & resources to save Yiddish books. I am very excited the the center is now beginning to work at preserving the culture as well as the written record of Yiddish. This is a powerful and important step for the NYBC and for Yiddish culture.

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My visits have always been meaningful to me intellectually and spiritually. My grandparents were Yiddish cultural workers and visiting the center and finding their books is a constant reminder to me of the power of culture and the importance of preserving and adopting it to our needs today.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More translations, more Yiddish online, more collaborations with other Yiddish cultural organizations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a pleasure to be able to say something to honor the National Yiddish Book Center. I am fortunate to live nearby and to see the many ways the NYBC reaches out across the nation and the world while it provides beautiful resources for its neighbors. It reaches out to all ages and cultures through Elder Hostels and college internships and through other classes, performances, and articles and playful language instruction in the Pakn Treger. I always run to the museum store to find Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Hanukkah presents (usually garnished with a pair of Mazel Toes socks). In summer its gardens are the perfect place to bring visitors or to sit and space out or read. Of course at its center is the huge collection of Yiddish literature and the innovative ways the NYBC has devised to make texts available to scholars all over the world.

I too (as at least one other reviewer mentioned) come from the generation whose children were told that we shouldn’t speak Yiddish any more because we are Americans. It was a gift to see my mother and an elderly cousin live long enough to visit and be in awe of the Center and the fact that the Yiddish language was something to treasure and not to hide.

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As a member who lives nearby I have attended events there, many of my students have worked there as work study or intern students, and the museum/book shop is a regular stop.

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Nothing occurs to me--the membership fee remains affordable and allows me to give memberships as a gifts. And the presentations are offered at different times of the year and day so that it is possible to find some that fit my schedule.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I discovered the National Yiddish Book Center as a young professional taking Yiddish lessons. I attended their 1 week "camp" for adults about 1990 and had a tremendous experience learning about Yiddish and my cultural heritage. So when I was planning my wedding in 1991, I requested donations to the Book Center in lieu of wedding presents and thereby many family and friends got"plugged in" to this remarkable organization .
THe NYBC has done an enormous job of helping to rescue a language considered headed for extinction , exploring and celebrating its cultural heritage past and present, as well as doing ground-breaking work in preserving and digitalizing the Yiddish lworld literature. What they have achieved with Yiddish is unique and sets a standard for other languages and cultures to learn from.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

at its camp, through its publications and services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

already doing a great job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The National Yiddish Book Center is a vital site for scholars interested in Yiddish literature and Yiddish-language culture. A brilliant idea excellently presented. Its importance for an understanding a central part of European and North American culture can scarcely be exaggerated.

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The Yiddish Book Center helps me in my work.

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None.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was born into a Yiddish speaking household 67 years ago and grew up understanding most Yiddish. At 5 years of age my grandmother died and I was told that we don't speak Yiddish anymore. I even had to take elocution classes to correct my syntax and V's and W's. As I got older my other grandmother taught me to read the Yiddish newspaper. I forgot that too.

At 62 years of age I decided I wanted to learn Yiddish. My classes at the local shul lasted about a year and because of financing they were canceled. I have since been studying on the net with books from the National Yiddish Book Center and their magazine. I just wish the Book Center were closer to Tucson, AZ

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am able to read Yiddish books in Yiddish with the help of a dictionary.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Send them to Tucson, AZ

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Rating: 5 stars  

The National Yiddish Book Center has given me the sources to learn about my grandparents' life in prewar Europe and also the resources to tell the story to my grandchildren.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

purchasing books from the Center staying connected by their e-newsletter

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a second Generation Holocaust survivor. We always spoke Yiddish in my house. Now that both my parents have passed away, The National Yiddish Book Center is my source of everything Yiddish and is available for my children and grandchildren and hopefully many future generations. The National Yiddish Book Center is a miracle by its very existence and will keep alive an amazing culture that was almost extinguished. It serves as a wonderful resource for all who are interested in researching Jewish history. Digitizing these treasures and in so doing making them available nationally and internationally is awesome. Through the Yiddish Book Center I was able to collect many Yiddish films which provided hours & hours of pleasure to my parents when they were no longer mobile. They would watch them over and over and it would remind them of their shtetl and it would serve as a point of further discussion about their past. This would not have been possible without the Book Center.

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My life has been enriched utilizing the books and old reconditioned films I have been able to obtain from the Yiddish Book Center.

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I would love to move them to Los Angeles so that I could be closer to them and take advantage of all they have to offer. However, if that is not possible, then I am looking forward to having them digitize more and more materials to make them available to me.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The National Yiddish Book Center does valuable work preserving the literature of diverse Jewish cultures and keeping the Yiddish and Ladino languages alive for future generations. They publish an informative magazine and present programs that showcase Yiddish art and culture.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the preservation and publication of classic works of Yiddish liteature.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money to continue its work.

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