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20 January 2022, 5:26 am

Efraim Kessler, 105-year-old born and raised in Bilgoray

This show features an interview with Efraim (Froyim) Kessler, who, at age 105, is the oldest person ever interviewed on The Yiddish Voice. In the interview Kessler, who was born in Bilgoray, Poland, in 1916, recalls various aspects of his youth, including encounters with the Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer and Rabbi Aharon Rokeach, the Belzer Rebbe. He also recalls surviving the Spanish flu. (We learned after the interview that he also survived Covid-19.)

Efraim Kieslowicz was born and raised in Bilgoray (Polish spelling: Biłgoraj) on July 27, 1916, one of nine siblings. His father was a rabbi and also ran a grain mill and grocery store. He became an electrician in prewar Poland. He spent the war years in various places in the Soviet Union, including Chukotka in the Russian Far East and Samarkand and Tashkent in Uzbekistan. After the war, he spent several years in a DP camp in Ebensee, Austria. He arrived in the USA in 1952, spending several years in New York and elsewhere before arriving in Los Angeles, where he has lived until now. Along the way, he anglicized his name to be Fred Kessler. In 1960, he started his own electrical contracting business, Fred Kessler Electric, later called Robert Kessler Electric when his son took over the business. He was for decades a member of the shtibl known as "Rabbi Moskovitz's shul" on Fairfax St. in Los Angeles, and has been a member of Young Israel of Los Angeles for over 40 years. He now resides with his son Michael in Los Angeles. The interview took place in September 2021.

Also on tonight's show, Kolya Borodulin, director of Yiddish Programming at Workers Circle in New York, talks about the upcoming virtual program, Vinter in Yidishland. We'll also hear the Yiddish Voice debut of a new Yiddish version of the Dolly Parton song Jolene, performed by the Israeli singer and actress Ronit Asheri. Finally, to observe Tu Bishvat, which fell two days ago, from our archives: Miriam Libenson Z"L: a talk in honor of the holiday Tu Bishvat, the holiday of the trees, originally broadcast in 1994, followed by music related to Tu Bishvat and/or to trees, generally.

  • Music:
    • Ronit Asheri: Jolene (Music and original English lyrics by Dolly Parton, Yiddish lyrics by Leyzer Burko)
    • Victor Berezinsky: Tu Bishvat
    • Ruth Levin: A Hoykher Boym (Lyrics Shike Driz, Music by Leibu Levin)
    • Hilda Bronstein: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym (Lyrics by Itzik Manger)
    • Dudu Fisher: Unter Beymer (Lyrics by Alexander Olshanetsky, Music by Moishe Oysher)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: January 19, 2022

Duration: 1:04:13

9 December 2021, 2:49 pm

Izzy Arbeiter Shloyshim Memorial

This show is a special Shloyshim program in memory of Israel (Izzy) Arbeiter ז״ל, Holocaust survivor and founder and former long-time president of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston, who passed away Oct. 29, 2021, at the age of 96. This show is sponsored by The American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston and Descendants.

The first part features remarks in memory of Izzy, while the second contains excerpts of his recordings for The Yiddish Voice.

Remarks:

  • Janet Stein Calm, President The American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston and Descendants (with remarks read in Yiddish by Dovid Braun);

  • Tania Lefman, Holocaust survivor, long-time friend of Arbeiter's, and treasurer of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston;

  • Rabbi Moshe Waldoks of Temple Beth Zion, Boston, who officiated at Arbeiter's funeral; and

  • Dovid Braun, a co-host of The Yiddish Voice and director of the YIVO Yiddish Summer Program

Recordings of Izzy Arbeiter for The Yiddish Voice:

  • excerpt of Izzy's interview in 2005 discussing early life and family in Plock, Poland;
  • excerpt of Izzy's interview in 2019 discussing one episode of nearly miraculous survival in 1942 in the midst of the Holocaust;
  • excerpt of Izzy's interview in 1995 discussing the opening of the New England Holocaust Memorial and his personal history as a survivor;
  • excerpt of Izzy's greeting for Passover in 2020 (recorded March 31, 2020)

Music:

  • Shimon Yisraeli: Zog Nit Keyn Mol (lyrics: Shmerke Kaczerginski)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: December 8, 2021

Duration: 1:05:19

18 November 2021, 7:45 pm

Jordan Kutzik, David Forman: Dos Kluge Shnayderl/The Clever Little Tailor

  • David Forman and Jordan Kutzik are interviewed about the recently published children's book The Clever Little Tailor/דאָס קלוגע שנײַדערל. The book was written by Solomon (Shloyme) Simon and originally published in the 1930's. This new edition of the book features a translation into English side by side with the Yiddish original. David Forman, the author's grandson, did the English translation. Jordan Kutzik, who is also chairman of the Yugntruf - Youth for Yiddish organization, led the project to publish this book. For additional info on the book, visit: https://yiddishchildrensbooks.com/products/the-clever-little-tailor-by-solomon-simon
  • The interview is conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to The Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis.
  • Music:
    • Intro/outro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
Duration: 1:01:28

4 November 2021, 1:20 am

Izzy Arbeiter (Replay of 2005 Interview by Iosif Lakhman)

The Yiddish Voice/דאָס ייִדישע קול lost a great friend. Izzy Arbeiter passed away this past Friday, Oct 29 2021, at the age of 96. To mark this sad loss, we are replaying our 2005 interview that was led by our late cohost Iosif Lakhman.

See also:

Music:

  • Anna Monka: Zog Nit Keymol (The late singer, a former member of the famed Bielski partisans, recorded this song, also known as Partizaner Lid, exclusively for The Yiddish Voice in 2009.)
  • Wolf Krakowski:Yeder Ruft Mikh Zhamele
  • Wolf Krakowski: Varshe
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
Duration: 1:06:46

14 October 2021, 5:24 pm

Sosye Fox (Vaybertaytsh), Meyer Dovid (Dos Yidishe Kol) Interview Combo for In Geveb

Sosye Fox (Sandy Fox) of Vaybertaytsh interviews Meyer Dovid (Mark David), host of The Yiddish Voice / דאָס ייִדישע קון, and vice versa. Thanks to In Geveb for putting this together. See also/related:

Music:

  • Ladytron: Blue Jeans (Vaybertaytsh intro, excerpt)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: October 13, 2021

Duration: 1:03:26

25 September 2021, 12:09 am

Succos – Simchas Torah, Best Of (5782) + Miriam Libenson z"l: Babi Yar (Encore)

אַ מיש־מאַש פֿון אַלטע און נײַע רעקאָרדירונגען פֿונעם ״ייִדישן קול״ לכּבֿוד סוכּות, שמיני עצרת און שׂמחת תּורה תּשפּ״ב + מרים ליבענזון: באַבי-יאָר (פֿון אַרכיוו)
Duration: 1:09:48

25 September 2021, 12:02 am

Yom Kippur - Succos, Best Of (5782)

אַ מיש־מאַש פֿון אַלטע און נײַע רעקאָרדירונגען פֿונעם ״ייִדישן קול״ לכּבֿוד יום-כּפּור און סוכּות, תּשפּ״ב
Duration: 1:17:33

3 September 2021, 12:52 am

Ruth Kohn, Libby Pollak, Dovid Braun Telling Jokes, and Best of Rosh Hashona

  • Recorded at Yugntruf's Yidish-Vokh in Copake, NY, in August 2021: Ruth Kohn, Libby Pollak and Dovid Braun telling jokes in Yiddish

  • Best of Rosh Hashona - Announcements and well-wishes for the new year from sponsors and friends and a High Holidays mix of recent and past audio highlights. Enjoy!

    • Eli Dovek, proprietor of Israel Book Shop (from 2009)
    • Holocaust survivors Tania Lefman and Mary Ehrlich, on behalf of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors (AAJHS) of Greater Boston. Note: the annual Hazkore (Holocaust Memorial) will be virtual only at 11 AM on Sun Sep 12 at 11 AM; for details, consult JCRC Boston.
    • Sholem Beinfeld, cohost of the Yiddish Voice and co-chief editor of Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary
    • Dovid Braun, cohost of the Yiddish Voice and Academic Director of [YIVO Summer Program] (https://summerprogram.yivo.org/)
    • Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, chair of the board of the The League for Yiddish/די ייִדיש-ליגע
    • Cheryl Moore/Moore Family/Cheryl Ann's Bakery
    • Leyzer Maimon, Holocaust survivor and Rabbi at Young Israel of Mill Basin, Brooklyn, NY (from 2020)
    • Motl Murstein, Holocaust survivor in Brookline, sings Afn Pripetshik and Hobn Mir a Nigndl (from 2019)
    • Hasia Segal ז"ל, late cofounder and cohost of the Yiddish Voice (from 2007)
    • Max Gelerman ז"ל, proprietor of The Butcherie (from 2005)
    • Iosif Lakhman ז"ל, late cohost of the Yiddish Voice (from 2007)
    • Avrom Cohen ז"ל chants Rosh Hashonah/Yom Kippur tefilas and talks about his life and about being a bal tefila (from 1997)
    • Mordkhe Schaechter ז"ל, late Yiddish scholar, discusses Yiddish-language idioms and greetings tied to holidays Rosh Hashonah, Yom Kippur, and Succos (from 1997)
  • Music:

    • Cantor Simcha Koussevitzky: Zochreinu L'Chaim
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: September 1, 2021

Duration: 1:02:59

26 August 2021, 8:35 pm

Zelda Polofsky

Highlights:

  • Zelda Polofsky, a Holocaust survivor from a shtetl near Vilna, interviewed by Dovid Braun, discussing her early life, both before and during the Holocaust.

  • Announcements and well-wishes for the new year (Rosh Hashona) from sponsors and friends.

  • Music:

    • Goldie Malavsky: Zochreinu L'Chayim
    • Shmuel Malavsky and Family: B'Rosh Hashonah"
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: August 25, 2021

Duration: 59:52

19 August 2021, 2:41 am

Live from the Yidish-Vokh - Schaechter-Tekhter, Dovid Braun, Christa Whitney, et al

Listen to the Yiddish Voice recorded live at the annual Yiddish Week (Yidish-Vokh) in Copake, NY, in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. There, every year, the organization Yugntruf - Youth for Yiddish creates summer colony, where Yiddish-speaking people from all parts of the world gather each year to enjoy a week of summer vacation entirely in Yiddish. We played a game show-type game, listened to jokes told by Ruth Kohn, and heard a musical performance by the famed Schaechter-Tekhter duo (sisters Reyna and Temma Schaechter), accompanied on piano by their dad, the highly accomplished musical director and composer Ben (Binyumen) Schaechter. Guests on the show, in approximate order of appearance: Eli Grodko, Dovid Braun, Christa Whitney, Ruth Kohn, Yankl-Peretz Blum, Perl Teitelbaum, Meylekh Viswanath, Reyna Schaechter, Temma Schaechter, Binyumen Schaechter (piano), Isaac Bleaman.

In addition, we heard many announcements and well-wishes for the new year (Rosh Hashona) as well as some holiday music.

  • Music:
    • Sholom Katz: Zochreinu L'Chayim
    • Theo Bikel: Di Yontevdike Teg
    • Leybele Waldman: Der Nayer Yor
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Special thanks to Yugntruf: visit yugntruf.org

Recording date: August 15, 2021 Air date: August 18, 2021

Duration: 1:01:55

29 July 2021, 4:57 pm

Hershl Hartman

Interview with Hershl Hartman, discussing his work as a Yiddish journalist, an educator in secular Yiddish-oriented schools, and a translator from Yiddish to English. Hershl Hartman was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929. He has been a leader at the Sholem Community in Los Angeles for more than fifty years, serving as Education Director/Vegvayzer since 1967. Between 1967 and 1985, he was also the school’s principal. Hartman holds degrees in Secular Jewish education and in Yiddish journalism. As a younger man, he became the first American-born Yiddish newspaper reporter, having written for the Morgen Freiheit when it was a New York City daily with a print run in the thousands. In recent years, he has worked as a professional translator from English to Yiddish, translating both literary works, including poetry, and personal documents and correspondence. His literary translation work has appeared in the online Yiddish studies journal In Geveb (https://ingeveb.org/people/hershl-hartman), and he contributed to the translation of the book The Jews of Felshtin (https://felshtin.org/). The interview was recorded via Zoom on July 9, 2021.

  • Music:
    • Lillian Lux: Vashtis Kloglid (with Mike Burstyn as narrator; lyrics by Itzik Manger)
    • Chava Alberstein Rabeynu Tam (lyrics by Itzik Manger)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: July 28, 2021

Duration: 1:04:02

25 July 2021, 2:49 am

Cycowitz, Posner 2013-07-24 Encore

From our archive: The Yiddish Voice from July 24 2013, with Gitu Cycowitz (Jerusalem) and Rabbi Shmuel Posner (Boston).

Air Date: July 21 2021 (originally aired July 24 2013)

Duration: 1:01:18

12 July 2021, 6:00 pm

Irene Zisblatt ('The Last Days'); Dovid Mermelstein Z''L (from archive)

Interview with Irene Zisblatt, who was one of the participants in the film The Last Days, released in 1998, about the Holocaust in Hungary. The Yiddish Voice spoke to Irene recently (late June 2021) via Zoom. Irene was born in Polena, Czechoslovakia, which was in Hungary during WWII and is now in Ukraine. Irene survived the Holocaust, including Auschwitz, as she describes in the film and to some degree in the interview. The film The Last Days, was originally released on DVD in 1998. It was rereleased in 2021 in a restored print on Blu-Ray disk and also through Netflix. Info:

From our archive: 2015 interview with Dovid Mermelstein, who died the previous day (Tuesday, July 6, 2021). The Yiddish Voice spoke to Dovid in Miami, FL, in August 2015 and aired the interview shortly thereafter. Dovid was born in Kivjazd, Czechoslovakia, which was in Hungary during WWII and is now in Ukraine. He survived the Holocaust, including Auschwitz and Ebensee. In recent decades, he was a leader of the survivors in the Miami, FL, area and an internationally known activist on behalf of survivors in order to get restitution from the US government for property looted from Hungarian Jews during the war, as well as serving as a vocal critic of the Claims Conference on behalf of his fellow survivors. Info:

  • Music:
    • Cookie Segelstein (violin), Pete Sokolow (piano): Hora Serba (instrumental, excerpt)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: June 7, 2021

Duration: 1:00:48

4 June 2021, 2:41 am

Rachel Rojanski: Yiddish in Israel (Part 2); and Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary

  • Most of this week's show was taken up with the second part of our interview with Rachel Rojanski, discussing her book Yiddish in Israel: A History, published in English by Indiana University Press in 2020. The discussion is in Yiddish. Last week's show (May 26 2021) presented the first part of the discussion. The second part aired this week on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Rachel Rojanski is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University. She is author of Conflicting Identities: Labor Zionism in North America 1905-1931 (in Hebrew) as well as many articles on political and cultural history of East European Jewish immigrants in the U.S. and Israel. About the book (blurb):

    Yiddish in Israel: A History challenges the commonly held view that Yiddish was suppressed or even banned by Israeli authorities for ideological reasons, offering instead a radical new interpretation of the interaction between Yiddish and Israeli Hebrew cultures. Author Rachel Rojanski tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew. (Additional publisher info here: https://iupress.org/9780253045140/yiddish-in-israel/)

  • The interview was led by Sholem Beinfeld, professor of history emeritus at Washington University, St. Louis, and co-chief editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary.

  • Also, from our archive we heard an excerpt of our 2016 interview with Gitl Shaechter-Viswanath and Hershl Glasser, editors of Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary. (Interviewed by Dovid Braun and Iosif Lakhman ז״ל) Additional info here: https://englishyiddishdictionary.com

  • To close, we aired a series of songs with words by the late poet Itzik Manger, whose 120th birthday was observed by lovers of Yiddish literature the world over this past Sunday, performed by various singers and musicians.

  • Music:

    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
    • Molly Picon and Simche Fostel: Yidl Mitn Fidl
    • Gadi Yagil: Di Elegye fun Fastrigose
    • Rosalie Gerut and Betty Silberman: Sarah's Lullabye and Hagar's Lament (Sores Viglid Hogers Kloglid)
    • Chava Alberstein: Dona Dona
    • Moyshe Oisher: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym
    • Itzhak Perlman, Dov Seltzer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym (instrumental)

Air Date: June 3, 2021

Duration: 1:16:02

27 May 2021, 5:51 am

Rachel Rojanski: Yiddish in Israel (Part 1); Dovid Braun: Yivo Summer Program 2021

  • Most of this week's show was taken up with the first part of our interview with Rachel Rojanski, discussing her book Yiddish in Israel: A History, published in English by Indiana University Press in 2020. The discussion is in Yiddish. This week's show (May 26 2021) presented the first part of the discussion, with the second part set to air the following Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (and later be made available via podcast). Rachel Rojanski is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University. She is author of Conflicting Identities: Labor Zionism in North America 1905-1931 (in Hebrew) as well as many articles on political and cultural history of East European Jewish immigrants in the U.S. and Israel. About the book (blurb):

    Yiddish in Israel: A History challenges the commonly held view that Yiddish was suppressed or even banned by Israeli authorities for ideological reasons, offering instead a radical new interpretation of the interaction between Yiddish and Israeli Hebrew cultures. Author Rachel Rojanski tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew. (Additional publisher info here: https://iupress.org/9780253045140/yiddish-in-israel/)

  • The interview was led by Sholem Beinfeld, professor of history emeritus at Washington University, St. Louis, and co-chief editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary.

  • Also, we heard from Dovid Braun, Summer Program Academic Director at the Yivo Institute, giving an overview of the upcoming 2021 incarnation of the venerable Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture. Info online here: https://summerprogram.yivo.org/

  • Music:

    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
    • Outro instrumental music: Itzhak Perlman, Dov Seltzer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym

Air Date: May 26, 2021

Duration: 1:05:11

13 May 2021, 4:25 pm

Avremi Zaks on Israel News; Rav Izchak Kin: Shvues

  • Online Concert Announcement: May 15, 2021: Arbeter Ring's A Besere Velt chorus with special guests - see: https://www.circleboston.org/abetterworld
  • Avremi Zaks, Jerusalem-based radio journalist and host of Israel's weekly Yiddish radio show Kan Yiddish, speaks about recent news in Israel, including the latest war and the Miron tragedy this past Lag Baomer.
  • Rav Izchak Kin talks about the Shavuos holiday (from our archive, originally recorded and aired in 2017).
  • Music:
    • Louis Danto: Shavuos Iz Gekumen
    • Lori Cahan-Simon and Michael Alpert: Peysekh Avek
    • Cindy Paley: Shvues
    • Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman: Shvues-Lid
    • Moshe Kusevitsky: Korutz M'chomer
    • Louis Danto: Shabbos, Yontev un Rosh Chodesh
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: May 12, 2021

Duration: 1:09:31

29 April 2021, 8:55 am

Duolingo Yiddish Team - Viswanath, Polasaks, Yosi, Sholem; Lag Ba'omer with Miriam Libenson

  • Interview with developers of the Yiddish course on the language-learning app Duolingo: Meena Viswanath, brothers Isac Polasak and Israel Polasak; Sholem; and Yosi (@MudnerParshoyn on Twitter). The interview was recorded on April 11, 2021, over Zoom and is entirely in Yiddish. Participating in the interview are historian Prof. Sholem Beinfeld, along with regular host Mark David. For more info, here are several links:

  • Miriam Libenson z"l: a talk on the Holiday Lag Ba'Omer by our dear late collaborator, from our archive, originally recorded and aired on May 24, 2000.

  • Music:

    • Martele Friedman: Afn Pripetshik
    • Tova Ben-Zvi: Arum Dem Fayer
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
Duration: 1:12:00

16 April 2021, 5:38 am

Miriam Trinh: Yom Haatsmaut 2021 (Bonus)

Extended version of interview with Miriam Trinh, which was shortened due to time limitations on the original broadcast.

Duration: 50:46

16 April 2021, 5:35 am

Avremi Zaks: Yom Haatsmaut 2021 (Bonus)

Extended version of interview with Avremi Zaks, which was shortened due to time limitations on the original broadcast.

Duration: 44:55

15 April 2021, 7:56 am

Yom Haatsmaut with Gitu Cycowitz, Avremi Zaks, Miriam Trinh

We observe יום העצמאותּ Yom Haatsmaut with three guests who all currently reside in Jerusalem, Israel:

  • Mrs. Gisel (Gitu) Cycowicz, Auschwitz survivor originally from Chust, Czechoslovakia, discussing her personal history and reflections on this year's Yom Hazikaron/Yom Haatsmaut.
  • Avremi Zaks is the host of Kan Yiddish, which is sponsored by the National Authority for Yiddish Culture in Israel (https://www.yiddish-rashutleumit.co.il/), and which is broadcast in Israel on public radio at frequencies 104.9 FM and 105.3 FM every Friday at 4 p.m. and on 101.5 FM at midnight from Saturday to Sunday. Audio archives of the Kan Yiddish radio show can be accessed online here: https://www.kan.org.il/radio/program.aspx/?progid=1136 See also their Facebook group: Yiddish Radio ייִדיש ראַדיאָ. Note: shortened due to time constraints —the full-length interview will be released presently as a bonus podcast.
  • Dr. Miriam Trinh is Editor-in-Chief of Afn Shvel, organ of the League for Yiddish (ייִדיש-ליגע) and a lecturer in Yiddish language and literature at Hebrew University in Israel, as well as at various intensive Yiddish programs internationally. In 2018 she and her husband Eliezer Niborski jointly created a new center for Yiddish culture in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv called יאָ (“yes”) — ייִדיש-אָרט (Place for Yiddish). Featuring Sholem Beinfeld as interviewer. Note: shortened due to time constraints —the full-length interview will be released presently as a bonus podcast.
  • Music:
    • Dovid Eshet: Yerusholayim Shtot fun Gold (lyrics and music by Naomi Shemer)
    • Dovid Eshet: Yerusholayim Shtot fun Ayzn /Yorusholayim Shal Barzel (lyrics: Meir Ariel, Music: Naomi Shemer)
    • Dudu Fisher: Vu Ahin Zol Ikh Geyn (lyrics: Igor S. Korntayer)

Air date: April 14 2021

Duration: 1:05:15

8 April 2021, 10:36 pm

Pinchas Gutter Interview (Part 2), Yom Hashoah

In this show we observe Yom HaShoah with part 2 of a fantastic new interview with Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter, discussing his experiences as a boy growing up in Lodz, Poland, later relocating to Warsaw, surviving the Warsaw Ghetto as well as deportation to the Majdanek death camp. This week's show the second part of the discussion, with the first part having aired the previous Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Pinchas Gutter is well known as a Holocaust survivor, and frequently serves as a speaker and educator in various forums around the world. He was the first survivor to create a lifelike hologram of himself for the USC Shoah Foundation's Dimensions in Testimony project. For more info on Pinchas Gutter visit:

We also played an extended selection of Holocaust-related songs as part of today's broadcast.

  • Music:
    • Shimon Yisraeli: Zog Nit Keyn Mol
    • Avrom Brun: Vos Darfn Mir Veynen
    • Chava Alberstein: Friling
    • Avrom Brun: Shtiler, Shtiler
    • Margaret (Martele) Friedman: Es Brent
    • Chava Alberstein: Unter Dayne Vayse Shtern
    • Henry Sapoznik: Itzik Vitnberg
    • Dudu Fisher: Vu Ahin Zol Ikh Geyn
    • Adrienne Cooper: Shtiler, Shtiler
    • Michael Alpert: S'Iz Geven a Zumertog
    • David Waletzky: Yisrolik
    • Josh Waletzky: Yid, Du Partizaner
    • Josh Waletzky: Shtil Di Nakht
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: April 7, 2021

Duration: 1:32:41

1 April 2021, 7:31 pm

Pinchas Gutter Interview (Part 1); Shvii & Acharon Shal Pesach

In this show we finish out Pesach and transition to Yom HaShoah with a fantastic new interview with Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter, discussing his experiences as a boy growing up in Lodz, Poland, later relocating to Warsaw, surviving the Warsaw Ghetto as well as deportation to the Majdanek death camp. This week's show presents the first part of the discussion, with the second part airing the following Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Pinchas Gutter is well known as a Holocaust survivor, and frequently serves as a speaker and educator in various forums around the world. He was the first survivor to create a lifelike hologram of himself for the USC Shoah Foundation's Dimensions in Testimony project. For more info on Pinchas Gutter visit:

  • Happy Passover! א כשרן און געזונטן פסח!

  • Happy Passover and thanks to friends, participants, and sponsors of this show:

  • Music:

    • Meshugga Beach Party: Dayenu
    • Malavsky Sisters: Tayere Malke
    • Moishe Oysher: Eliahu Hanovi
    • Sholom Katz: Mole Rachamim
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: March 31, 2021

Duration: 1:06:33

25 March 2021, 3:23 am

Pesach, Mrs. Gitu Cycowitz, Mrs. Esti Shnek

  • Happy Passover! א כשרן און געזונטן פסח!
  • Happy Passover and thanks to friends, participants, and sponsors of this show:
  • Interviews
    • Mrs. Gisel (Gitu) Cycowicz (part 2), Holocaust survivor originally from Chust, Czechoslovakia, discussing her personal history and current doings today in Israel erev Pesach.
    • Mrs. Esti Shnek (nee Jahr) Holocaust survivor originally from Jasina, Czechoslovakia, discussing her personal history and current doings today in Israel erev Pesach.
  • Also featuring extended remarks on Pesach by
    • Sholem Beinfeld, midway through the first hour. Prof. Beinfeld is cohost of The Yiddish Voice, co-editor-in-chief of Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor Emeritus of history at Washington University in St. Louis.
    • Dovid Braun, from 2020, in middle of 2nd half-hour. Braun is YIVO Summer Program Academic Director and co-president of the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center (Bronx, NY).
  • Music:
    • Meshugga Beach Party: Dayenu
    • Malavsky Family: Ho Lakhmo Anyo and Fir Kashes
    • Moishe Oysher: Chad Gadyo
    • Richard Tucker: Tal Bo
    • Richard Tucker: Tal Tein
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: March 24, 2021

Duration: 1:32:00

18 March 2021, 10:15 pm

Pesach, Rabbi Moshe Kesselman, Mrs. Gitu Cycowitz

  • Happy Passover! א כשרן און געזונטן פסח!
  • Happy Passover and thanks to friends, participants, and sponsors of this show:
  • Interviews
    • Rabbi Moshe Kesselman talks about various topics regarding this year's Pesach.
    • Mrs. Gisel (Gitu) Cycowicz (part 1), Holocaust survivor originally from Chust, Czechoslovakia, discussing her personal history and current doings today in Israel erev Pesach.
  • Music:
    • Barry Sisters: Passover Medley
    • Meshugga Beach Party: Dayenu
    • Sidor Belarsky: In Dem Land Fun Piramidn
    • Sidor Belarsky: Der Seyder
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: March 17, 2021

Duration: 59:10

5 March 2021, 6:50 pm

The Megillah and Mike Bursty‪n‬ (Part 2)

Interview (part 2) with Mike Burstyn, discussing the recently released stream of Megillah Cycle, which premiered February 21. The first part aired the previous Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Burstyn directed Megillah Cycle and performed three of its roles. The show is his adaptation of Itzik Manger’s famed Megile-Lider (Poems of the Megillah), a book published in Warsaw in 1936 as a playfully anachronistic version of the Book of Esther and the traditional Purim-shpil. Burstyn's connection to this material is long and deep, having begun his career as a child actor in the famed Burstein family of Yiddish singers and actors who staged the original Megillah of Itzik Manger, a Yiddish-language musical that became an overnight sensation in Israel in the 1960s, and eventually came to Broadway. From that success Burstyn went on to stardom in Israeli film and TV/film/theater internationally in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and other languages, as well as being a singer with a great many recordings to his credit, also in English, Yiddish, Hebrew and other languages. For more info on Mike Burstyn, visit: https://www.mikeburstyn.com

Besides Burstyn, the cast of Megillah Cycle features Shane Baker (Tevye Served Raw), Yidlife Crisis performers Eli Batalion (Stage Fright) and Jamie Elman (California Dreamin’), Avi Hoffman (Too Jewish?), Daniel Kahn (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish), Lia Koenig (Shtisel), Noah Mitchel (My Favorite Year), Eleanor Reissa (Those Were the Days), Joshua Reuben (Shakespeare in Yiddish), Allen Lewis Rickman (A Serious Man), Yelena Shmulenson (Orange Is the New Black), and Suzanne Toren (From Door to Door).

The streamed production of Megillah Cycle, presented in Yiddish with English-subtitled translation, also features interspersed English rhymes written by the late Joe Darion (Man of La Mancha). Original artwork is by Adam Whiteman, with music, editing and technical supervision by Uri Schreter. It was produced by Shane Baker, executive director of the Congress for Jewish Culture. For more information and to view the stream, visit CongressforJewishCulture.org.

Participating in the interview are historian Prof. Sholem Beinfeld and Yiddish scholar Dovid Braun, along with regular host Mark David.

  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Other music:
    • Soundtrack excerpts from Megillah Cycle, composed by Uri Schreter, featuring Abigale Reisman on violin
    • Mike Burstyn:Fastrigoses Elegye, from The Megillah of Itzik Manger (Israeli cast album)
    • Mike Burstyn: Flits Feygele, from The Megillah of Itzik Manger (Israeli cast album)
    • Cast:Gevald, from The Megillah of Itzik Manger (Israeli cast album)
    • Mike Burstyn and Cast: Di Goldene Pave, from The Megillah of Itzik Manger (Israeli cast album)
    • Lillian Lux: Fastrigoses Mame, from The Megillah of Itzik Manger (Israeli cast album)

Air date: March 3, 2021

Duration: 1:24:19

26 February 2021, 12:30 am

The Megillah and Mike Burstyn

אַ פֿריילעכן פּורים!

Interview (part 1) with Mike Burstyn, discussing the recently released stream of Megillah Cycle, which premiered February 21. The second part will be airing the following Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Burstyn directed Megillah Cycle and performed three of its roles. The show is his adaptation of Itzik Manger’s famed Megile-Lider (Poems of the Megillah), a book published in Warsaw in 1936 as a playfully anachronistic version of the Book of Esther and the traditional Purim-shpil. Burstyn's connection to this material is long and deep, having begun his career as a child actor in the famed Burstein family of Yiddish singers and actors who staged the original Megillah of Itzik Manger, a Yiddish-language musical that became an overnight sensation in Israel in the 1960s, and eventually came to Broadway. From that success Burstyn went on to stardom in Israeli film and TV/film/theater internationally in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and other languages, as well as being a singer with a great many recordings to his credit, also in English, Yiddish, Hebrew and other languages. For more info on Mike Burstyn, visit: https://www.mikeburstyn.com

Besides Burstyn, the cast of Megillah Cycle features Shane Baker (Tevye Served Raw), Yidlife Crisis performers Eli Batalion (Stage Fright) and Jamie Elman (California Dreamin’), Avi Hoffman (Too Jewish?), Daniel Kahn (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish), Lia Koenig (Shtisel), Noah Mitchel (My Favorite Year), Eleanor Reissa (Those Were the Days), Joshua Reuben (Shakespeare in Yiddish), Allen Lewis Rickman (A Serious Man), Yelena Shmulenson (Orange Is the New Black), and Suzanne Toren (From Door to Door).

The streamed production of Megillah Cycle, presented in Yiddish with English-subtitled translation, also features interspersed English rhymes written by the late Joe Darion (Man of La Mancha). Original artwork is by Adam Whiteman, with music, editing and technical supervision by Uri Schreter. It was produced by Shane Baker, executive director of the Congress for Jewish Culture. For more information and to view the stream, visit CongressforJewishCulture.org.

Participating in the interview are historian Prof. Sholem Beinfeld and Yiddish scholar Dovid Braun, along with regular host Mark David.

  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Other music (excerpts):
    • Soundtrack excerpts from Megillah Cycle, composed by Uri Schreter, featuring Abigale Reisman on violin
    • Cast: Excerpt of Dos Lid Funem Loyfer, from The Megillah of Itzik Manger (Israeli cast album)

Air date: February 24, 2021

Duration: 59:55

18 February 2021, 6:11 am

Rukhl Schaechter on "Women in the Shtetl"

  • A discussion between Forverts editor Rukhl Schaechter and historian Prof. Sholem Beinfeld on the topic of the powerful role of the woman in the Eastern European shtetl.
  • Schaechter argues women in Jewish traditional life are often stereotyped as passive and invisible particularly in the public sphere, while they were in fact highly respected and relied upon within the family, and, because they were often the primary breadwinners, they wielded financial power as well. She notes the matrilineal character of traditional Jewish society and that Ashkenazi Jewish last names are often based on matriarchal first names.
  • This program is part of the Dr. Thomas Zand Forward Event Series.
  • Music
    • Shoshana Ron:Kum Leibke Tantzn (lyrics by Mordkhe Gebirtig)
    • Chava Alberstein: Rabeynu Tam (lyrics by Itzik Manger)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: February 17, 2021

Duration: 1:07:00

4 February 2021, 7:47 am

Slepovitch and Lurje: Songs from Testimonies

  • Tonight's show is an interview with Sasha Lurje and Zisl Slepovitch, who discuss the Songs From Testimonies project, which collects and records songs and poems discovered in the testimonies of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. The songs are sung in a variety of languages, including Yiddish, Polish, and French, from both the prewar period as well as from the ghettos and camps during the war. All were found among individual testimonies recorded by survivors for the Fortunoff Archive. The Archive's musician-in-residence, Zisl Slepovitch, took the songs, conducted research about their origins, and then arranged and recorded versions with his ensemble, featuring singer Sasha Lurje. The project has resulted in two albums, Where Is Our Homeland? Songs From Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive, Vol. 1, released in 2019, and שרײַ, הערצעלע, שרײַ! Cry, My Heart, Cry!, Songs from Testimonies, Volume 2, which was just released in 2021 for streaming and download and is soon to be available on CD and vinyl.

  • This past week, on Jan 27, Slepovitch and Lurje streamed live to debut and introduce the most recently recorded songs, along with video recordings of the musicians performing, COVID-style in video boxes. The live-stream replay is available now on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/101650124837284/videos/530750214557627/

  • For additional information and to hear the music from the Songs From Testimonies project, visit: https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/education/songs-from-testimonies/

  • Zisl Slepovitch, producer and artistic director of the recordings, arranged all the tracks and also contributed as composer, lyrics translator, additional vocalist, and musical instrumentalist on most of the tracks. A native of Minsk, Belarus, he is a musicologist (Ph.D., Belarusian State Academy of Music); a multi-instrumental klezmer, classical, and improvisational musician; a composer and poet; and a music and Yiddish educator. He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Litvakus, Minsker Kapelye, and Zisl Slepovitch Trio. Additional info at his web site: http://dmitrislepovitch.com

  • Sasha Lurje, the main vocalist of the recordings, is an internationally renowned Yiddish singer, born in Riga, Latvia, and now based in Berlin, Germany. She is the featured singer of several Yiddish music bands and projects, including Forshpil, Litvakus, STRANGELOVESONGS with Daniel Kahn, Semer Ensemble, and You Shouldn’t Know from It. Additional info at her web site: https://sashalurje.com

  • Music:

    • Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble featuring Sasha Lurje: In Dinaverke
    • Lily M. (Fortunoff interviewee/survivor): In Dinaverke
    • Liubov K. (Fortunoff interviewee/survivor): In Dem Kleinem Dorf Von Smiltschenz
    • Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble feat. Sasha Lurje: In Dem Kleinem Dorf Von Smiltschenz
    • Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble feat. Sasha Lurje: Walc François
    • Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble feat. Sasha Lurje: W Pociągu Jest Tłok
    • Peretz H. (Fortunoff interviewee/survivor): W Pociągu Jest Tłok
    • Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble feat. Sasha Lurje: Shtubuneltsto
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Je...
Duration: 1:01:13

29 January 2021, 2:55 am

Ellie Kellman: Radical Yiddish Press; Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • Professor Ellie (Elke) Kellman of Brandeis University discusses her research on the radical Yiddish press in the America of the late 19th and early 20th century. Ellie Kellman researches and writes about modern Yiddish literature and literary history, specializing in the history of the Yiddish periodical press and publishing industry. Her book-in-progress is entitled Reading the New Country: Abraham Cahan and the Invention of American Jewish Popular Culture. She is Associate Professor of Yiddish at Brandeis University, where she teaches Yiddish language and literature and modern Jewish literature. The interview is conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to The Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis. Our friend and cohost Dovid Braun provided an announcement after the interview, namely, the following links to the Ellie Kellman lecture of July 13, 2020, for the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Bard College. Prof. Ellen Kellman: Abraham Cahan's Early Experiments in Yiddish Journalism / אַב. קאַהנס ערשטע ליטעראַרישע עקספּערימענטן

    https://yivo.org/YCLS2020-Kellman

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KhAJY3wSPFA

  • To observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we played three recordings of Holocaust survivors from the Yiddish Voice archives:

    • Rochel Zicherman, a survivor originally from a small village in Carpathian Ruthenia in Czechoslovakia, who survived Auschwitz (recorded in 2019);

    • Dovid Lenga, a survivor originally from Lodz, Poland, who survived the Lodz Ghetto as well as Auschwitz (recorded in 2020); and

    • Anna Monka ע״ה, a survivor originally from Lida, Poland, a former Bielski partisan, who sings the partisan song Zog Nit Keymol (recorded 2009)

  • Music:

    • Music: Di Shvue, anthem of the Bund, performed by a youth choir led by Zalmen Mlotek
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: January 27, 2021

Duration: 1:04:41

14 January 2021, 7:22 am

Beinfeld, Berger, Rapaport, Wolfe on DC Meshugas

On this day of President Trump's second impeachment (Jan 13 2021), following last week's historic 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, we discussed DC Meshugas (Washington craziness), with

  • Sholem Beinfeld, co-host of The Yiddish Voice, co-chief-editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor Emeritus, Washington U. in St. Louis;
  • Dr. Zackary (Sholem) Berger, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, an active primary care doctor in the Baltimore area, author of Talking to Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Communication in the Exam Room and Beyond, as well as a Yiddish writer, poet, and translator;
  • Yosef Rappaport, @YosefRapaport on Twitter and commentator for hotline broadcaster Kol Mevaser (http://Yiddish24.com); and
  • Hy Wolfe, actor, singer, and director of the Hebrew Actors Foundation and CYCO Books

Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: January 13, 2021

Duration: 1:03:17

2 January 2021, 12:07 am

Extended Interview: Katz, Zaks, Beinfeld: Current Events Roundtable (Bonus Podcast)

  • Roundtable discussion of current events, including the American and Israeli elections, COVID-19, and antisemetism in Eastern Europe. Participating in the discussion are Professor Dovid Katz, a Vilna-based Yiddish scholar and activist in the field of Holocaust history and human rights; Avremi Zaks, radio journalist and host of Israel's weekly Yiddish radio show Kan Yiddish; and Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis.
  • A shorter version of this interview was originally aired on the Yiddish Voice radio show aired December 23 2020 in episode 224 of The 'Yiddish Voice' Podcast with title "Katz, Zaks, Beinfeld: Current Events Roundtable".
  • The first 43 min. 6 sec. are the same as in the originally aired radio show/podcast. There follows an additional 2 min. 18 sec. about COVID-19 impact in the Chareidi communities, followed by the final originally aired segment, followed by 18 min. 43 sec. of the previously unaired end of the interview, mostly expanding on the theme of antisemitism in Eastern Europe, with a few minutes of wrapping up the whole interview at the end.
Duration: 1:17:15

24 December 2020, 3:05 am

Katz, Zaks, Beinfeld: Current Events Roundtable

  • Roundtable discussion of current events, including the American and Israeli elections, COVID-19, and antisemetism in Eastern Europe. Participating in the discussion are Professor Dovid Katz, a Vilna-based Yiddish scholar and activist in the field of Holocaust history and human rights; Avremi Zaks, radio journalist and host of Israel's weekly Yiddish radio show Kan Yiddish; and Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis.

  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: December 23, 2020

Duration: 1:00:07

3 December 2020, 6:22 am

Miriam Udel: Honey on the Page

Miriam Udel is associate professor of Yiddish language, literature, and culture at Emory University, where she studies the Jewish encounter with modernity. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, as well as a PhD in Comparative Literature from the same institution. For more information visit her web site: http://miriamudel.com

Udel was interviewed by regular Yiddish Voice contributor Lillian ("Leah") Shporer-Leavitt, who prepared by reading the English translation as well as the Yiddish original from scans of old books. Leavitt is an experienced Yiddish teacher and translator, and is currently offering Yiddish language classes on "Zoom" at Boston Workers Circle (https://www.circleboston.org/yiddishclasses).

  • From our archive: for Hanukkah: Miriam Libenson gives a tribute to Ben Gailing (http://www.yiddishvoice.com/gailing/), reading excerpts from his book Git A Shmeykhl. Originally recorded and aired in 1993 on Di Yidishe Sho (WBRS 100.1 FM/Waltham, MA).

  • Music:

    • Sidor Belarsky: Oy Ir Kleyne Likhtelekh
    • Jacob Barkin: Chanuko oy Chanuko
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: December 2, 2020

Duration: 1:02:44

29 November 2020, 5:56 pm

Khanedank / Thanksgivukkah 2013! Special rebroadcast!

Khanedank / Thanksgivukkah 2013! Special rebroadcast! We rebroadcast/restreamed our 2013 special live broadcast from Weds Nov 27 2013, which that year occurred on the eve of both the USA Thanksgiving holiday and the first day of Hanukkah.

Here's part of our press press release for that show:

"Erev Thanksgivukkah" Live! Wednesday Night on the Yiddish Voice WUNR 1600-AM/Boston 11/27/13 7:30 PM

Internationally renowned Yiddish music master Hankus Netsky joins several musical friends live in-studio on "The Yiddish Voice" (WUNR 1600-AM, Boston) on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 7:30 PM, to celebrate "Erev Thanksgivukkah", the eve of both Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an extremely rare occurrence in Jewish and American calendars. Hanukkah music, as well as music giving thanks for America, will be played live.

Dr. Hankus Netsky, chair of the Contemporary Improvisation Department at the New England Conservatory, founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and musical director, producer and arranger for "Eternal Echoes," Itzhak Perlman's acclaimed Jewish music project, featuring cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. He has composed extensively for film, theater, and television, and has also collaborated on projects with such artists as Robin Williams, Joel Grey, and Theodore Bikel.

Besides Netsky, additional anticipated musical guests include Henry Carrey, Linda Gritz, and Dina Ressler.

Henry Carrey is a veteran Yiddish actor and singer, as well as the son of Leah Carrey, known on the Yiddish stage as Leyke Post, the late longtime Boston Jewish radio celebrity.

Linda Gritz is a founding member of the Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish Chorus, and leads monthly Yiddish singalongs in Brookline.

Dobe (Dena) Ressler is bandleader, cofounder, and clarinetist of Di Bostoner Klezmorim (yiddishmusic.com).

Air Date: November 25, 2020

Duration: 59:49

19 November 2020, 2:26 am

Eleanor Reissa Discusses Holocaust Podcast

This week's Yiddish Voice presents an interview with Eleanor Reissa, narrator of Those Who Were There, a new podcast from Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust are the subjects of the podcast, which just released its second season featuring witness interviews conducted by New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage. Eleanor Reissa is a singer, actress, director, and writer, on both the English and Yiddish stages. In the interview Reissa discusses not only the podcast and her role in it, but also her own connection to the Holocaust as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, as well as a look back and an update on her work as an actress and singer. Eleanor Reissa's website: http://www.eleanorreissa.com/

For more information on THOSE WHO WERE THERE: VOICES FROM THE HOLOCAUST, visit thosewhowerethere.org or visit Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/those-who-were-there-voices-from-the-holocaust/id1479564642

Music:

  • Eleanor Reissa: Zol Zayn
  • Eleanor Reissa: Der Nayer Sher
  • Eleanor Reissa: Yidl Mitn Fidl
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: November 18, 2020

Duration: 59:53

3 November 2020, 8:10 pm

Extended Interview with Luzer Twersky on the 2020 Election (Bonus Podcast)

  • Luzer Twersky, actor in Yiddish and American Theatre and Film (on Twitter as @Twersky). Twersky grew up speaking Yiddish in a Chassidic home in Boro Park but left that life behind as a young adult, cutting most ties with his family and community. He now works as an actor in film, television, and theater, performing both in Yiddish- and English-speaking roles. Twersky appears as one of the three subjects of the recent documentary One of Us, recently released on Netflix, which chronicles his and two others' break from Chassidic life. Recently, he performed on the Yiddish stage in New York in the role of Sam Feinschreiber in Awake and Sing! (Yiddish title: Vakh Oyf Un Zing), which was presented by the New Yiddish Rep theater company at New York's 14th Street Y in Union Square.
  • A shorter version of this interview was originally aired on the Yiddish Voice radio show aired October 28 2020 and in episode 218 of The 'Yiddish Voice' Podcast with title "2020 Election Discussed by Holocaust Survivors et al".
  • The first 11 min. 1 sec. are the same as in the originally aired radio show/podcast. The remainder is new, previously unreleased audio.
Duration: 23:39

3 November 2020, 2:37 am

Extended Interview with Jake Turx on the 2020 Election (Bonus Podcast)

  • Jake Turx, senior Whitehouse correspondent for Ami Magazine (on Twitter as @JakeTurx)
  • A shorter version of this interview was originally aired on the Yiddish Voice radio show aired October 28 2020 and in episode 218 of The 'Yiddish Voice' Podcast with title "2020 Election Discussed by Holocaust Survivors et al".
  • The first 11 min. 17 sec. are the same as in the originally aired radio show/podcast. The remainder is new, previously unreleased audio.
Duration: 30:35

29 October 2020, 1:29 am

2020 Election Discussed by Holocaust Survivors et al

Holocaust survivors and several others discuss the 2020 United States presidential election. Guests include:

  • Bronia Brandman, a survivor originally from Jaworzno, Poland, not far from Auschwitz (Oświęcim);

  • David Lenga, a survivor originally from Lodz, Poland;

  • Carol Stulberg, a child of survivors and Senior Advisor for Leadership Giving at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum;

  • Jake Turx, senior Whitehouse correspondent for Ami Magazine (on Twitter as @JakeTurx);

  • Luzer Twersky, actor in Yiddish and American Theatre and Film (on Twitter as @Twersky); and

  • Sholem Beinfeld, cohost of The Yiddish Voice and Professor of History (Emeritus) at Washington University (St. Louis) as well as Co-Chief Editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary.

The Yiddish Voice (Dos Yidishe Kol / דאָס ייִדישע קול), Boston's weekly Yiddish-language radio show, is heard in the Boston area every Wednesday on WUNR 1600 AM from 7:30 to 8:30 PM (Eastern) and live-streamed on the Internet at www.yiddishvoice.com.

Air date: October 28, 2020

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Duration: 59:51

9 October 2020, 6:16 pm

Myer Loketch z'l, Hasia Segal z'l, Iosif Lakhman z'l: Best of Succos, Shemini Atseres, Simchas Torah

In this time Chol Hamoed, between Succos and Shemini Atseres/Simchas Torah, we hear and remember three late great participants in the Yiddish Voice:

  • Rav Myer Loketch z'l: on Succos, from our archive, originally recorded and aired in 2006

  • Hasia Segal z'l and Iosif Lakhman z'l: Rosh Hashonah greetings from our archives

  • Lovely New Year's greetings from friends, supporters, and participants in The Yiddish Voice:

    • Tanya Lefman/American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors (AAJHS) of Greater Boston
    • Eli Dovek/Israel Book Shop
    • Cheryl Moore/Moore Family/Cheryl Ann's Bakery
    • Max Gelerman z"l/Gelerman Family/The Butcherie
    • Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, chair of the board of the League for Yiddish/Yidish-Lige
    • Hy Wolfe, director of the Hebrew Actors Foundation and CYCO Books
    • Kolya Borodulin, director of Arbeter Ring-Workers Circle Yiddish Program
    • Sholem Beinfeld, cohost and co-chief editor of Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary
    • Dovid Braun, cohost and Director of YIVO Summer Program
    • Motl Murstein, friend and frequent guest
    • Leah Shporer-Leavitt, cohost and Yiddish teacher at Boston Arbeter Ring-Workers Circle
    • Rabbi Leyzer Maimon, Young Israel of Mill Basin, Brooklyn, NY
  • Music:

    • Yiddisher Orchestra: Simchast Torah (instrumental)
    • Choral Society Hasomir: Die Sukele
    • Sidor Belarsky: Sisu V'Simchu B'Simchas Torah
    • Sholom Katz: Moleh Rachamim
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • We wish you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year. Wishing you much joy of Succos!

Air Date: October 7, 2020

Duration: 1:03:53

1 October 2020, 4:53 pm

Avremi Zaks (Cont), Miriam Libenson z'l on Succos & Simchas Torah

Highlights:

  • Israeli Yiddish radio host Avremi Zaks's interview with Sholem Beinfeld continues and concludes.

  • From our archive, from the 1990's, Miriam Libenson talks all about Succos and Simchas Torah, reads an article about Succos by Ben Gailing, sings the song A Sukele, and is briefly interviewed about Succos, sharing somewhat mixed feelings she'd had as a child.

  • Lovely New Year's greetings from friends, supporters, and participants in The Yiddish Voice:

    • Tanya Lefman/American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors (AAJHS) of Greater Boston
    • Eli Dovek/Israel Book Shop
    • Cheryl Moore/Moore Family/Cheryl Ann's Bakery
    • Max Gelerman z"l/Gelerman Family/The Butcherie
    • Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, chair of the board of the League for Yiddish/Yidish-Lige
    • Hy Wolfe, director of the Hebrew Actors Foundation and CYCO Books
    • Kolya Borodulin, director of Arbeter Ring-Workers Circle Yiddish Program
    • Sholem Beinfeld, cohost and co-chief editor of Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary
    • Dovid Braun, cohost and Director of YIVO Summer Program
  • Music:

    • Leibele Waldman: Der Nyer Yohr
    • Yiddisher Orchestra: Simchast Torah (instrumental)
    • Malavsky Family: Zachor and Tefilas Geshem
    • Suki Berry, et al: A Sukele
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • We wish you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year. Wishing you much joy of Succos!

Air Date: September 30, 2020

Duration: 1:01:04

24 September 2020, 10:08 pm

Kolya Borodulin, Avremi Zaks (Cont), Gitu Cycowicz, et al: Rosh Hashona-Yom Kipur amid COVID-19

Rosh Hashona and Yom Kipur, the Jewish new year holidays, as well as COVID-19, are a constant theme throughout this show, which features two terrific interviews, along with greetings and announcements by sponsors, friends, and participants in The Yiddish Voice.

Highlights:

  • Interview with Kolya Borodulin, director of Workers Circle/Arbeter Ring Yiddish programming, now registering for Fall 2020 classes, all available via interactive audio/video over the Internet! Info: https://circle.org/what-we-do/yiddish-language/

  • Interview (continued from last week) with Avremi Zaks, presenter for the Yiddish-language radio program of Kan, the Israeli public broadcasting corporation, interviewed by Sholem Beinfeld, regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice. For Israeli Yiddish radio program announcements, visit the "Yiddish Radio" page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181106619326190/

  • Gitu Cycowicz, a Holocaust survivor originally from Chust, Czechoslovakia, and now an Israeli, gives an extended greeting from her home in Jerusalem

  • Lovely New Year's greetings from friends, supporters, and collaborators:

    • Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, chair of the board of the League for Yiddish/Yidish-Lige
    • Hy Wolfe, director of the Hebrew Actors Foundation and CYCO Books
    • Tanya Lefman/Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston
    • Eli Dovek/Israel Book Shop
    • Max Gelerman z"l/Gelerman Family/The Butcherie
    • Cheryl Moore/Moore Family/Cheryl Ann's Bakery
    • Kolya Borodulin, director of Arbeter Ring-Workers Circle Yiddish Program
    • Rabbi Leyzer Maimon, Young Israel of Mill Basin, Brooklyn, NY
    • Leah Shporer-Leavitt, cohost and Yiddish teacher at Boston Arbeter Ring-Workers Circle
    • Sholem Beinfeld, cohost and co-chief editor of Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary
    • Dovid Braun, cohost and Director of YIVO Summer Program
  • Music:

    • Leybele Waldman: Der Nayer Yor
    • Goldie Malavsky: Zochreinu L'Chayim
    • Josef Rosenblatt: Kol Nidre
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • We wish you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year.

  • לשנה טובֿה - אַ גוט געזונט יאָר - גמר חתימה טובֿה

  • Thanks to our 2020 High Holiday sponsors!

Duration: 1:01:20

17 September 2020, 6:45 am

Simon Jacobson, Avremi Zaks, et al: Rosh Hashona amid COVID-19

Rosh Hashona, the Jewish new year, as well as COVID-19 are a constant theme throughout this show, which features two terrific interviews along with greetings and announcements by sponsors, friends, and participants in The Yiddish Voice.

Highlights:

  • Interview with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, founder of the Meaningful Life Center (https://www.meaningfullife.com/) and publisher of Algemeiner Journal, both an English-language Jewish news website (https://www.algemeiner.com/) and a Yiddish-English weekly newspaper.

  • Interview with Avremi Zaks, presenter for the Yiddish-language radio program of Kan, the Israeli public broadcasting corporation, interviewed by Sholem Beinfeld, regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice. For Israeli Yiddish radio program announcements, visit the "Yiddish Radio" page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181106619326190/

  • Lovely New Year's greetings from friends, supporters, and collaborators:

    • Tanya Lefman/Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston
    • Eli Dovek/Israel Book Shop
    • Max Gelerman z"l/Gelerman Family/The Butcherie
    • Cheryl Moore/Moore Family/Cheryl Ann's Bakery
    • Kolya Borodulin, director of Arbeter Ring-Workers Circle Yiddish Program
    • Rabbi Leyzer Maimon, Young Israel of Mill Basin, Brooklyn, NY
    • Leah Shporer-Leavitt, cohost and Yiddish teacher at Boston Arbeter Ring-Workers Circle
    • Sholem Beinfeld, cohost and co-chief editor of Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary
    • Dovid Braun, cohost and Director of YIVO Summer Program
  • Music:

    • Leybele Waldman: Der Nayer Yor
    • Goldie Malavsky: Zochreinu L'Chayim
    • Sholom Katz: Zochreinu L'Chayim
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • We wish you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year.

  • לשנה טובה - א גוט געזונט יאר

  • Thanks to our 2020 High Holiday sponsors!

Air Date: September 16, 2020

Duration: 1:03:14

12 September 2020, 12:44 am

Leybl Melamed on Futures Past; Sholem Beinfeld on Yiddish Proverbs (cont)

Highlights:

  • Interview with Leo (Leybl) Melamed, Chairman Emeritus of CME Group, better known by its former name The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, discussing the recent film Futures Past, made by his son, the film maker Jordan Melamed, partly documenting the end of an era in financial futures trading and partly documenting the relationship between a father and son. Further info: http://www.futurespastmovie.com/
  • Sholem Beinfeld continues his discussion of Yiddish proverbs collected by Ignats Bernshteyn.
  • Miriam Libenson z"l, our beloved former colleague, with excerpts from her presentation for Rosh Hashonah/Yom Kippur from the 1990's.
  • Professor Mordkhe Schaechter z"l, the great linguist and Yiddish expert, with excerpts from a discussion of Yiddish greetings for the High Holidays, originally recorded and aired in the 1990's.
  • Music:
    • Shmuel Malavsky and Family: Unesanneh Tokef (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Musaf)
    • Theo Bikel: Di Yontevdike Teg
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • We wish you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year.
  • לשנה טובה - א גוט געזונט יאר
  • Thanks to our 2020 High Holiday sponsors!

Air Date: September 9, 2020

Duration: 1:00:29

4 September 2020, 12:16 am

Dovid Braun on 2020 YIVO Summer Program Amid COVID-19; Sholem Beinfeld on Yiddish Proverbs

  • In the first part of our show, hear Dovid Braun talk about the amazing 2020 YIVO Yiddish Summer Program, interviewed by Sholem Beinfeld. And in the last part of the show, hear Sholem Beinfeld read and interpret selections from the book יידישע שפּריכווערטער און רעדענסארטען (Yidishe Shprikhverter un Redensartn), by Ignats Bernshteyn, originally published in Warsaw in 1908, likely the largest collection of Yiddish proverbs ever assembled.

  • Dovid Braun is the Academic Director of the intensive U. Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

  • Sholem Beinfeld is Professor of History (Emeritus) at Washington University (St. Louis) as well as Co-Chief Editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary.

  • Music:

    • Leibele Waldman: Der Nyer Yohr
    • Theo Bikel: Di Yontevdike Teg
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • We wish you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year.

  • לשנה טובה - א גוט געזונט יאר

  • Thanks to our 2020 High Holiday sponsors!

Air Date: September 2, 2020

Duration: 1:01:08

27 August 2020, 1:44 am

Summer Programs Amid COVID-19 with Trinh, Matut, Schmitges, Viswanath, Wolfe

We wish you all the best for a healthy, happy New Year.
לשנה טובֿה - אַ גוט געזונט יאָר

Hear a roundtable discussion of three 2020 Yiddish summer programs and how they've managed with the COVID-19 circumstances. Our particpants:

  • Hy Wolfe / חיים וואָלף - we're delighted to welcome Hy on board as guest co-host of this week's show! Hy Wolfe is an actor, head of the Hebrew Actors Union Foundation, head of CYCO Yiddish Book Center, multi-decade participant in Yidish-Vokh [New York]

  • Miriam Trinh / מרים טרין - head of Yidish Ort, Yiddish teacher at both Yidish-YO and YIVO 2020 summer programs, Yiddish lit and language teacher at Hebrew U., editor of Afn Shvel [Jerusalem]

  • Andreas Schmitges / אַנשיל שמיטקעס - Curator and Board member of Yiddish Summer Weimar (and of Other Music Academy) [Weimar]

  • Diana Matut / דינע מאַטוט - one of the Yiddish teachers of Yiddish Summer Weimar [Weimar]

  • Meena-Lifshe Viswanath / מינע ליפֿשע ווישוואַנאַט - Treasurer of Yugntruf, lifelong attendee of Yidish-Vokh, an active particpant in the planning of Yidish-Vokh in her role as member of Yugntruf's board [Maryland]

  • Music:

    • Leibele Waldman: Der Nyer Yohr
    • Theo Bikel: Di Yontevdike Teg
    • Shmuel Malavsky and Family: Unesanneh Tokef (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Musaf)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Thanks to our 2020 High Holiday sponsors!

Air Date: August 26, 2020

Duration: 1:00:02

15 August 2020, 3:11 am

Estraikh, Mazurkiewicz-Meisarosh, Beinfeld: "August 12, 1952"

  • This show recalls the tragic events in the USSR of August 12, 1952. Popularly known as "Night of the Murdered Poets", the event itself, as well as associated themes -- such as Yiddish language and culture in the Soviet Union, Soviet Bloc, and in leftist circles -- is being remembered on this special broadcast by two distinguished guests, Gennady Estraikh and Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh.

  • The so-called Night of the Murdered Yiddish Poets took place on August 12, 1952, when thirteen leading Jewish political, cultural, and intellectual figures of the Soviet Union, among them five highly distinguished Yiddish writers, were executed in the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow, after having been arrested, imprisoned, and falsely accused of espionage and treason, part of a broad anti-Jewish campaign in the postwar USSR.

  • Gennady Estraikh is the Rauch Clinical Professor of Yiddish Studies at New York University, where he teaches and writes about Yiddish intellectual history. He is the former managing editor of Sovetish Heymland and writes regularly for the Yiddish Forward (Forverts). He has been the author or editor of numerous scholarly works. His books include Yiddish in the Cold War (Routledge, 2008); Uncovering the Hidden: The Works and Life of Der Nister (Routledge, 2014); and his latest Transatlantic Russian Jewishness: Ideological Voyages of the Yiddish Daily Forverts in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (Academic Studies Press, 2020). He spoke to us from his summer residence in Oxford, England, via Zoom.

  • Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh is the founder and CEO of YAAANA (yaaana.org), and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. She is working on her dissertation on Yiddish Theater in Communist Warsaw. Originally from Poland, Jana holds a Master of Arts degree in Polish Philology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wrocław. She spoke to us via Zoom from her home in San Diego.

  • Sholem Beinfeld, regular contributer to the Yiddish Voice, joins as co-host to lead the interview and provide additional commentary. He is Professor of History (Emeritus) at Washington University (St. Louis) as well as Co-Chief Editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary. He spoke via Zoom from his home in Cambridge.

  • Music:

    • Emil Gorovets: In Vinter Farnakhtn, words by Dovid Hofshteyn, music by Emil Gorovets, musical arrangement and piano accompaniment by Zalmen Mlotek
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: August 12, 2020

Duration: 1:00:51

6 August 2020, 3:36 am

Diana Cohen; Dovid Braun, Shane Baker: #Beyle100

  1. Meet Diana Cohen (a/k/a Dina Godiner). She is the first cousin of a famous journalist, the late Daniel Schorr. She's also the first cousin of a not-so-famous violinist, the late Semyon Godiner. In 2008, Diana and Daniel had not met nor heard of their cousin, who grew up in the former Soviet Union and was now living in Israel. The Yiddish Voice got them together! How? Well, to find out, listen to that amazing story, told by Dina, and find out more about her interesting life. You'll also hear some of Semyon's voice and music, as well as an excerpt from Daniel Schorr's historic journalistic coup: interviewing Nikita Khrushchev! To hear even more from Dina (in English), here's her Wexler oral history video: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/oral-histories/interviews/woh-fi-0000320/diana-cohen-2012
  2. #Beyle100: Dovid Braun and Shane Baker discuss their connections, as two of the dozens of participants, to the upcoming international online concert Beyle 100, celebrating a century of the Yiddish songs, poetry, and artistic vision of the late Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Sunday Aug 9, 2020 at 1:30pm (New York time). For info, and to register to watch it live on Zoom, go here: yivo.org/beyle100

Music:

  • Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman: Zumerteg, words and music by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, musical arrangement by Binyumen Schaechter, violin accompaniment by Alicia Svigals, guitar accompaniment by Meyshke Alpert
  • Janet Leuchter and Meyshke Alpert: Harbstlid, words and music by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, musical arrangement and piano accompaniment by Binyumen Schaechter
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: August 5, 2020

Duration: 1:00:25

30 July 2020, 6:09 pm

Rav Moshe Kesselman on Tisha B'Ov; Anita Garlick; Larry Lester

  1. Rav Moshe Kesselman is the rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefila in Los Angeles. He talks about Tisha B'Ov, the Jewish day of fasting and communal mourning that begins the same evening (July 29) as this show goes out on the radio. He was interviewed via Zoom the day before the show from his home in Los Angeles.
  2. The late Anita Garlick was interviewed at her home in Brookline, MA, in September 2019. She later passed away in March of 2020. Born in 1924 and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY, she raised her family in the town of Monticello, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, where her husband was a funeral director and the mayor. In the interview she recalled, among other things, her and her family's encounter with the famous Woodstock Music Festival of 1969, 50 years earlier, and how it had surprised, fascinated, and nearly overwhelmed her small town and the surrounding region. An extensive obituary is online here: https://josephngarlickfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1621/Anita-Garlick/obituary.html
  3. The late Larry Lester was interviewed at his home in Los Angeles in April 2019. He later passed away in January 2020. In the interview he talks about various phases of his long and interesting life. Born in 1928 in Iršava, Czechoslovakia (now Irshava, Ukraine), he survived the Holocaust, including Auschwitz, as a teenager, but lost his parents and most siblings. He came to America in 1946 to join a surviving brother, served two years in the US Army, and eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he got married, had children, and established Lester Carpet, a successful area business still run by his family. His obituary from the LA Times is online here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=larry-lester&pid=195138541
  • Music:
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
    • Outro instrumental music: Itzhak Perlman, Dov Seltzer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym

Air Date: July 29, 2020

Duration: 1:04:40

29 July 2020, 7:43 pm

Bonus - Miriam Libenson for Tisha B'Ov from 1995

This is Miriam Libenson's 1995 talk for Tisha B'Ov. This is a supplementary bonus podcast of the Yiddish Voice.
This was originally recorded for and aired on the Yiddish Voice (ייִדיש קול) on Aug 2 1995. Miriam Libenson (מרים ליבנזון ז״ל) was born in Aniksht, Lithuania, in the early 1910's. She moved to Palestine in the 1930's, and moved to the US after the war, settling in Boston. She was a Jewish studies and Hebrew language teacher in the Boston area for over forty years. Her poetry in Yiddish was published in such publications as the Tog Morgen Dzhurnal and the journal of the Pioneer Women (Na'Amat). She was a regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice and its predecessor, the Yiddish Hour (ייִדישע שעה) throughout the 1990s. She moved back to Israel around 2000 and died there in 2004.

Duration: 11:33

7 May 2020, 4:00 pm

Arele Viswanath, Yiddish 'Harry Potter' Translator

This week's Yiddish Voice presents an interview, in Yiddish, with the creator of the recently published Yiddish translation of the first of theHarry Potter book series, Arun ("Arele") Viswanath (אַרעלע ווישוואַנאַט).

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the wildly popular first novel in the Harry Potter series, written by British author J. K. Rowling. The book was first published in 1997. The Yiddish edition, with the title הערי פּאָטער און דער פֿילאָסאָפֿישער שטיין (Harry Potter un der filosofisher shteyn), was published by Olniansky Tekst in 2020 and immediately sold out its first print run. A second printing has since sold out as well. A third printing is planned but delayed due to COVID-19. The publisher web site for information and future purchases is here: https://harrypotter.olniansky.com

Arun “Arele” Schaechter Viswanath is the grandson of the prominent Yiddish linguist and professor Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter. He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, in a Yiddish- and Tamil-speaking home. He has stated that his desire to translate Harry Potter grew from a strong feeling that a translation of such a popular children’s novel into Yiddish would be a boon and a resource for Yiddish students and teachers, Yiddish-speaking children and parents, and the Yiddish world more broadly. Arun lived for a time in the Boston area as a Harvard undergrad majoring in linguistics, and he now resides in New York and works in high tech as an operations strategist and data analyst.

Viswanath was interviewed by regular Yiddish Voice contributor Lillian ("Leah") Shporer-Leavitt, who prepared by reading the entire Yiddish translation, having already read every Harry Potter book in the series with her children. Leavitt, a daughter of Shoah survivors, grew up speaking Yiddish and graduated from the Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish Shule. A former computer business analyst and software trainer, she is an experienced Yiddish teacher and translator, having taught at the Workmen's Circle, Gann Academy of Greater Boston, Boston University Hillel, and Brandeis University. In addition, she has subtitled Yiddish films for the National Center for Jewish Film and translated Yizkor (memorial) books for the Jewish Genealogical Society.

Excerpts of Harry Potter in Yiddish! (and English) In addition to short readings by Arele Viswanath during the interview, the show presented excerpts of his longer reading of the entire first chapter of this book. The full recording has been produced and made available by the League for Yiddish (ייִד׳יש-ליגע), who received the blessing and permission of author JK Rowling's organization as well as the publisher Olniansky Tekst. The recording is the first in the new League for Yiddish series of audio recordings called געהערט אַ מעשׂה / Have you heard. Our thanks to Arele and the League for Yiddish for letting us use these excerpts on our show. We also played a brief excerpt of Daniel Radcliffe's recent reading the original English version of the same text, available on web here: https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-boy-who-lived

  • Music:
    • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone movie soundtrack (short excerpts), composed and conducted by John Williams
    • Intro instrumental music: ...
Duration: 59:33