My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for National Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA, USA
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.