National Yiddish Book Center

Rating: 4.96 stars   26 reviews

Address:

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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413-256-4900
www.yiddishbookcenter.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
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.

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

The Yiddish Book Center helps me in my work.

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

None.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
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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Role: General Member of the Public
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.

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

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I think that Nat'l Yiddish Book Center did something unique in history: the organization saved what would have become a lost literature, then made it accessible to the world, and it became the first literature to be digitalized. It has been one of the tragedies that so much world literature has been lost, from the Provencal language literature, to that of the Mayan and Incan peoples. This would have been the fate of Yiddish, esp. after WWII, when such a huge percentage of Yiddish speakers were murdered. But now this vibrant literature is available to the world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have very much enjoyed the Pakn Trager, the literary magazine that is sent out to members of the Center. It has enjoyable, thought-provoking articles.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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