This site in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, “founded in 1993 by Mendy Cahan, is a non-profit organization that set for itself the purpose of preserving and transmitting Yiddish culture, as well as encouraging contemporary Yiddish creativity in its various forms.”
From the National Yiddish Book Center comes this online access to the full texts of nearly 11,000 out-of-print Yiddish titles. You can browse, read, download or print any or all of these books, free of charge. These titles were scanned under the auspices of our Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, and have been made available online through the Internet Archive.
Discography of Early European Recordings of Jewish Music
From the University of Wisconsin at Madison comes this collection of over 9,000 78rpm discs include Yiddish theater, popular and traditional music, cantorial songs, klezmer music, poetry, drama, and event ballads and from locations as diverse as the United States, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Israel. Many of the recordings are digitized.
This website from the John Hay Library at Brown University is a digital resource that draws from the library's collection of sheet music. The collection is made up of approximately 700 of around 2,000 public domain (i.e. pre-1923) titles from the collection of Menache Vaxer, a Yiddish writer and Hebraist of Russia.
The Educational Program on Yiddish Culture (EPYC), a project of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, is an educational curriculum that aims to familiarize students with the Yiddish-speaking Jewish culture that flourished throughout Eastern Europe in the last 500 years. The site contains curriculum materials such as maps, timelines, and resources about the people, culture, and lives of Jews in Eastern Europe. Many of the presentations are in multimedia format.
“In geveb aims to be a central address for the study of all things Yiddish—the focal point for discussions of Yiddish literature, language, and culture, and the home for the next generation of Yiddish scholarship.” The site provides open access to its articles, translations, reviews and interviews. Of particular interest is the set of articles on resources for research in Yiddish topics, many by Zachary Baker.
From Hebrew University comes this bibliographical data base for the materials published in the Yiddish press in Eastern Europe, from its beginnings (1862) until 1939(in the Soviet Union: until 1948). You can browse the data base by author, title, source, date, genre and subject. In addition, is also a thematic index.
This collection, housed at McGill University in Montreal, consists of 2300 Yiddish books, mostly poetry titles, that were collected by a Bronx garment worker. The entire collection is searchable online and can be browsed by subject and by index. The introduction to the catalog, written by Goldie Sigal and a table of name equivalents are also provided. An online exhibit displaying many of the book covers and collected post cards is presented as well.
Information on this organization founded in 1979 by prominent Yiddish linguist and professor Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter in order to provide organizational support for the modernization, standardization and use of the Yiddish language in all spheres of daily life. The site provides access to indexes of their magazine, Afn Shvel, their Yiddish primers and publications, and details about their projects and events. The site is in Yiddish and English.
Founded by Aaron Lansky and located in Amherst, Massachusetts, this center is "dedicated to rescuing unwanted and discarded Yiddish books and sharing the treasures they contain" with research libraries worldwide. Their home page describes the center, its programs, exhibits, and courses. There are sections on their digital library and collections, and Yiddish language, literature and culture.
From the YIVO Institute comes this collection of 1,500 Yiddish folksongs recorded by Ruth Rubin between 1946 and the 1970s that “can be browsed by song title, genre, performer, and more, the exhibition includes a variety of materials including lectures, concerts, radio interviews, videos, and rare and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, and more.””
From Columbia University comes this collection of 5,755 hours of audio tape field interviews with Yiddish speaking informants collected between 1959 and 1972 and about 100,000 pages of accompanying linguistic field notes. You can browse the collection by name of interviewee, region, city and document type.
"The Workmens Circle/Arbeter Ring, founded in 1900, fosters Jewish identity and participation in Jewish life among its members through Jewish, especially Yiddish, culture and education, friendship, mutual aid and the pursuit of social and economic justice." Its home page provides access to its local chapters, describes its programs for children, adults, and families including summer camps, details its member benefits and points of view, and lists its calendar of educational activities.
Home page of “the first Yiddish center of higher learning to be established in post- Holocaust Eastern Europe,” this site describes the programs and research of the institute and provides links to classic Yiddish texts and resources on contemporary Yiddish.
This searchable dictionary is a personal page that offers definitions for 4400 Yiddish words. Each word appears in Hebrew characters and lists the definition, transliteration, part of speech, and plural form. You can browse the English-Yiddish portion of the dictionary and download a list of rhyming words in Yiddish. In addition, there are links to various Yiddish online typewriters, forums, and grammar tables.
“Yiddish Sources is part of the WWW-VL History Central Catalogue that is hosted at the European University Institute and is maintained by Gerben Zaagsma.” The site has extensive sections on reference, research and events.
This French language site provides a short history of Yiddish, information on Yiddish writers, a selection of phrases, a discussion group, and information on the Medem Library in Paris, the largest Yiddish library in Europe.
"Founded in 1925 in Vilna, Poland as the Yiddish Scientific Institute and headquartered in New York since 1940, YIVO is devoted to the history, society, and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry, and the influence of that culture as it has developed in the Americas. As the only pre-Holocaust scholarly institution to transfer its mission to the United States, YIVO is the preeminent center for the study of East European Jewry and Yiddish language, literature, and folklore." Its home page provides access to its digital exhibits and collections, libraries and research, and courses and publications.