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.

Programs:

Visitor programs - welcomed approximately 10,000 visitors and offered permanent and traveling exhibitions and interpretive tours. The book center presented approximately 30 public programs including films, lectures, concerts, readings and a summer yidstock: festival of new yiddish music. The book center has created special tours for students and other special interest groups.

education - the book center offered several major educational programs for undergraduates and recent college graduates. The 7 week steiner summer program included 18 students who studied yiddish language and modern jewish history and culture. The fellowship program for collegegraduates offered a 12 month program to 5 recent graduates whoparticipated in a variety of experiential learning projects includingbook digitization, oral history, exhibit development, on-site andonline course development, and the center's magazine, the pakn treger. The great jewish books program was offered to 36 high schoolstudents who spent one week engaged in an intense exploration of jewishliterature. A new pilot great jewish books workshop for teachers was offered to 20 high school teachers. The tent: encounters with jewish culture program on creative writing served young adults aged 21-30. Two weekend on-site courses were offered for more than 100 adults and both were developed into an online course. A yiddish school program took place with 40 people registered.

cultural rescue and preservation - the book center has placed the fullcontent of more than 13,000 titles online through the non-profitinternet archive, making yiddish literature the single most accessibleliterature in history. The books have been downloaded for free morethan 1. 5 million times. The center is now collaborating with the nationallibrary of israel to digitize the rest of yiddish literature along withjournals and periodicals. The center also collected oral historiesthrough its wexler oral history project. These interviews are madeavailable online for scholars, teachers and others. The book centercontinues to rescue yiddish books and distributes these books tolibraries, scholars and students. The center has recently partneredwith the montreal jewish public library to make available more than 200 yiddish audio books and 1,500 reel-to-reel tapes of interviews andpresentations by yiddish writers and intellectuals. These materialsare being digitized and made available free of charge online. Thecenter continues to rescue yiddish books and distributes books tolibraries and other institutions around the world.

translation and publications - the book center publishes anddistributes a magazine, pakn treger, which enhances its educationaloutreach. The magazine is sent to more than 20,000 members and friends. The center also publishes a digital translation issue of pakn treger. In addition, the book center continues to collaborate on translationsof yiddish literature for publication and continues to enhance itswebsite as a platform for educational materials, blogs, podcasts, and social networks. A translation fellowship program continued foraspiring yiddish translators. Eleven fellows were selected andparticipated in two workshops in amherst. A new website for translatorswas created

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Reviews for National Yiddish Book Center

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.

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

By visiting the Center

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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  

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  

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  

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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