June 17: Aaron Lansky

Aaron Lansky, the founder of the National Yiddish Book Center (NYBC), was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on this date in 1956. Lansky began collecting discarded Yiddish books in the 1970s while studying the language as a graduate student at McGill University. He soon assembled a crew of zamlers (collectors) and formally established his not-for-profit […]

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March 22: Itche Goldberg and the Soul of Yiddish

Yiddish scholar, literary critic, educator, and activist Itche Goldberg was born in Opatow, Poland on this date in 1904. He lived for 102 years, founded and kept alive the  Yiddish literary journal, Yidishe Kultur, from 1964 to 2004, and was an eloquent and important theorist and cultivator of secular Jewish culture. From 1937 to 1951, […]

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