The Yiddish Book Center

The miracle of Yiddish in our time is embodied by the Yiddish Book Centre in Amherst Massachusetts. The center which was originally founded by Aaron Lansky in 1980, when he saw the need to save Yiddish books that would have otherwise ended up in the trash heap. The organization has saved over 1 million books to date!

yiddish book_centerThe Yiddish Book Center’s mission is to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. As part of continuing the legacy of Yiddish, they regularly invite speakers to talk about Yiddish and Yiddish initiatives.

Last week it was my pleasure to give a talk about my upcoming documentary Yiddish: A Tale of Survival. I was invited to talk to a group of University students studying Yiddish over the summer. Below is a short excerpt from the talk.

And for more about the film visit, Yiddish: A Tale of Survival

Yiddish: A Tale Of Survival on Radio Shalom in Montreal

Did you know Montreal has an all Jewish radio station? Radio Shalom Montreal 1650 AM, is located in Ville St. Laurent and is the only Radio station in the city dedicated to a religious group. Radio Shalom plays 24hrs, 6 days a week (sabbath off of course).



I was recently invited onto the program to speak with long time host, Stanley Asher. We discussed my forth coming documentary, Yiddish: A Tale Of Survival, as well as Yiddish culture in Montreal.

It was a pleasure to speak with Stanley, and he is such a professional, I hope to be back soon!

You can listen to the whole interview with 

      1. Abigail Hirsch

      2. abigail-hirsch


And for more about the film visit, Yiddish: A Tale of Survival