NATIONAL YIDDISH BOOK CENTER

Rating: 4.96 stars   26 reviews

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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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about the National Yiddish Book Center through Aaron Lansky's book, "Outwitting History." As someone who's grandparents and father spoke Yiddish, and as someone who was never taught the tongue of my people, I was so excited to learn that there was a group dedicated to preserving what many call a "dying language."

A membership to the NYBC is the only thing I request for Chanukah each year, and I ask for my family members to make a donation, because of the cultural significance impact Yiddish has had both here in the U.S. and abroad.

The only constructive feedback I can give is that as much as I'd like to visit the center in person, it's costly and very time-consuming to take off of work to visit (I live in Florida). It would be nice for the NYBC to sponsor events in other locations, such as South Florida, which is home to many Yiddish speakers.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the way that Yiddish is talked about. I believe that the NYBC has brought about a resurgence in the appreciation of the Yiddish language.

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

The only constructive feedback I can give is that as much as I'd like to visit the center in person, it's costly and very time-consuming to take off of work to visit (I live in Florida). It would be nice for the NYBC to sponsor events in other locations, such as South Florida, which is home to many Yiddish speakers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful organization doing work that is vital now and for generations to come.

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

reconnecting with my family history and encouraging my children to learn Yiddish - which they are doing!

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

Give it more funding and greater visibility

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Yiddish Book Center is keeping alive a culture that was systematically destroyed in Europe. How wonderful to have an organization dedicated to bringing Yiddish literature, music, theater, and everyday life back into our lives. The exhibits are fun as well as informative and the summer festival is a treat. We've taken 2 summer vacations to the Book Center for a week of Yiddish culture.

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

attending their exhibits, theatrical and music productions, reading their magazine and becoming re-acquainting myself with the culture of my ancestors.

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

ask them to have a festival in the spring or fall, when it isn't so terribly hot.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Keep Yiddish alive. How wonderful to make accessible the culture and literature of our past, so we can read and remember. My beloved grandparents spoke Yiddish and I love the sound of it although I regret not knowing the language.

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Last month, through the Yiddish Book Center web site, I was able to purchase the memory books, Yizkor books, written in Tel Aviv in a memorial to Rovno, city of my aunt who was murdered by the Nazis in 1942.

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Thank you Yiddish Book Center for this excellent web site.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Unique! No other place has collected over 1 million Yiddish books and helped resurrect this dying language. Not just a dusty library, the Yiddish Book Center offers classes, concerts, and exhibits that bring Yiddish to life.

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

the revitalization of Yiddish language and culture

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

offer online Yiddish classes and Yiddish cultural events

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center provides for the preservation of Yiddish literature. It also serves as a way of preserving Yiddish culture, educating new generations who will safeguard the language. A beautiful, peaceful setting, a great resource for current Jewsih fiction and non-fiction, the National Yiddish Book Center is truly a treasure.

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

As a donor, I enjoy reading the newsletters and being kept informed about the activities at the Center.

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

try to increase national awareness of the existence of this center.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization preserves hundreds of years of knowledge.

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

Read books that are out of print and not availibale anywhere else

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

Get more manpower to be able to upload books quicker and speed up access.....

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Rating: 5 stars  

An eager recipient of stored and perhaps vulnerable Yiddish language books and print materials. Major effort has been successful in integrating a library collection, with digital storage being made available to the general public worldwide. Certainly a highly desireable resource for the preservation of literature and the Yiddish language.

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

a regular reader of its periodic, Paken Trager.

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

broaden its exposure.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two books of poems by my grandfather, Max Milton, are digitized, archived online to be read in Yiddish and easily available for any one to order. This, and an English translation project later, will bring his voice, and others', to the world again after many years.

Staff person have been helpful and welcoming. The tone of the Center is inclusive, from its setting and architecture to its communications, which are warm and clear, inspiring one to help fund new projects. The magazine is
beautifully designed, fascinating and useful.

The Center is remarkable in the way it has grown to extend its efforts without losing its original mission.

The range of events makes me wish I lived near the Center.

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

Please, see remarks above.

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

Leave things in the present good hands.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed by the mission and programs of the National Yiddish Book Center. First of all, just saving books - preserving the written word - is a worthy undertaking. But the Book Center is doing even more. It is helping to save and grow an entire language and culture. It also is serving as a clearinghouse in the United States for all things Yiddish.

I was able to visit the Book Center facility a couple of years ago. It combines aspects of library, research-space, museum, art-space, classrooms and cultural center in a beautiful rural setting on the campus of Northhampton College. The space and the setting are perfect for the books (many of which have come from estates) and for new students of Yiddish culture.

I have loved reading the blogs of the young people who work and study in the Summer Program. I was moved by the generosity with which the Book Center put out a call for (and coordinated) book donations to replace the library that was lost when a synagogue in Crete was destroyed by arson last year. I love that the Book Center is collaborating with UMass-Amherst to offer courses studying Yiddish, not only to college students in the area, but also on-line.

I don't speak or read Yiddish (although I may decide to enroll in the on-line study), and I am not Jewish. I am an Irish Catholic who loves books and cares about people. I am pleased to be an active donor to the National Yiddish Book Center.

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

I have loved reading the blogs of the young people who work and study in the Summer Program. I was moved by the generosity with which the Book Center put out a call for (and coordinated) book donations to replace the library that was lost when a synagogue in Crete was destroyed by arson last year. I love that the Book Center is collaborating with UMass-Amherst to offer courses studying Yiddish, not only to college students in the area, but also on-line.

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

Increase the on-line visibility. Reach out to a wider donor base.

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2010

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