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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Historical Organizations, Humanities

Mission: Yiddishkayt ā€” the culture, language, art, and worldviews of Eastern European Jews, as they lived in Europe and in the places they settled ā€” has a crucial role to play in our world today. Often forgotten, obscured, or denigrated, Yiddish culture offers a much-needed model of diverse people coming together and rejecting parochialism, of fusion, collective creativity, and critical engagement. Yiddishkayt is a cultural incubator. We craft hands-on, immersive experiences creatively, inclusively, and outside the confines of academic and religious institutions, making this past present and mapping out the relationships that bring humanity closer together across the divides of national, religious, and ethnic borders.

Results: Since our inception in 1995, Yiddishkayt has embraced the multicultural richness of Los Angeles to preserve and foster the the legacy of the progressive, creative culture of Yiddish. We produce groundbreaking language education and cultural programs, inventive partnerships, large-scale events, and innovative online communications focusing on the creativity of Jewish cultural history.

Target demographics: Preserving and cultivating the legacy of Yiddish culture and Yiddishkayt

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of thousands of visitors to our digital exhibitions; bring two dozen exceptional emerging scholar, artists, and cultural activists to the places Jewish culture was created, and produced exciting performances exploring the best of Jewish culture

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and throughout the world

Programs: Helix ā€” a summer immersion in European Jewish culture; our digital exhibitions on www.yiddishkayt.org; innovative educational programs on Yiddish, Yiddishkayt, and the history of the areas Jewish life flourished.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a whirlwind of a summer with Yiddishkayt on their Helix Project. "Whirlwind" refers to the twisting, turning layers of time and space that we explored in Ojai and Eastern Europe. It hints at the chutzpah, ambition, and strength with which Yiddishkayt's leaders took us on an intellectual, physical, and even spiritual journey. They gifted us a whirlwind of culture that we wolfed down like we did the delicious breakfast buffets in Poland, from sensuous poetry to rich literature, to boisterous song, to a history of defiance. And it was a whirlwind of emotions: delirious laughter with my peers on the program; delight in the joys of Yiddish culture; bewilderment at an eastern world so different from ours; devastation at the loss of the life we were celebrating; deep gratitude for the hospitality and work of non-Jews preserving a culture that was not theirs; and unending awe at our ability on this program to collapse the expanse of time and connect to people whose lives are too rarely remembered. I am a better human being because of Yiddishkayt.

Donor

Rating: 5

Why do I give to Yiddishkayt? Because I know how hard their team works, doing a heck of a lot with a small amount of resources. From their amazing, beautiful social media posts that come out nearly every day to remarkable travel programs traversing the borders of Eastern Europe, their programs put the work of much larger organizations to shame. An organization like this deserves the spotlight and all the support that goes along with it. Take that check you were going to write a much larger, well-known organization and send it Yiddishkayt's way. You're going to make a much bigger difference than you can even know.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yiddishkayt is such a wonderful and necessary organisation. The role that they play in building Jewish community and writing and making known European Jewish history is vital. There really are no other organisations that undertake the work they do - it's so important that they exist! It was such a pleasure to discover them, and to be able to read the little nuggets of history and culture that they offer in their website, facebook, and instagram pages.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been interested in Yiddishkayt since their first festival 20 years ago and have always appreciated their playful and open approach to culture and history. Last year I went on Yiddishkayt's walking tour of Boyle Heights and it was simply amazing to think that my grandfather grew up in a part of the city that it took me over 50 years to even visit! I love their Facebook page, which brings to life incredible figures and places that I otherwise would never have heard of. Keep up the good work!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iā€™m discovering the rich history and heritage of Yiddish culture that was nearly missed - great credit is due to Yiddishkayt for nurturing the growth of interest in Yiddish as a secular cultural movement.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved the poster/booklet I recently received in the mail, excellent graphics. The new website is clear, accessible and informative. Judging by the images on the Yiddishkayt Facebook page, the Helix Project looked fantastic yet again. The Twitter feed and Instragram these last few months have been fantastic. I'm glad they keep us regularly updated with Yiddish life through their digital exhibitions. Highly recommended.

1 Ute M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very informative. Great layout. Very well researched and networked. One of the best pages concerning yiddish culture!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are really no other organizations that are looking at Jewish history and culture with the same progressive, multicultural, and non-parochial lens as Yiddishkayt. The Helix Project is an educational trip like no other, and the online content offers lots of fascinating information and art from a Yiddish culture that is not often talked about.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student this past summer on Yiddishkayt's pioneering summer program, The Helix Project. Helix was an incredible experience of exploration that is unparalleled in the world of Yiddish Culture/History. Yiddishkayt brings together an amazing array of personable experts which led perhaps the most interesting and engaging group of students I've ever been a part of. We all left with our own heightened nuances about the history we uncovered and how we perceive ourselves within it.

3 Jay_34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is excellent. The chronicles on Soviet history are fantastic.