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National Yiddish Book Center

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

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

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Barbara B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Yiddish Book Center does valuable work preserving the literature of diverse Jewish cultures and keeping the Yiddish and Ladino languages alive for future generations. They publish an informative magazine and present programs that showcase Yiddish art and culture.

Review from Guidestar


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that has preserved and help spread Yiddish books and now Jewish culture. Although I have supported this organization for at least fifteen years, I moved one town away seven years ago and collaborate with them as a Jewish communal professional.