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  • Who wants to become a Yiddish maven?

    By Julie Bien

    1 week ago

     

    My great grandfather, though he lived in Chicago his entire life, only spoke Yiddish (with a sprinkling of English thrown in).

    My grandfather, born in the U.S., spoke only Yiddish until he was eight years old.

    My father, an L.A. native, understands a fair amount of...

  • Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day

    Los Angeles Jewish Home

    1 week ago

  • ‘Schmutz’ and other Jewish Scrabble moves

    August 12, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Next time you’re playing Scrabble, you can put down “schmutz,” “schtum” or even “tuchus” without fear of being challenged. (“Tuchuses,” the plural, is also acceptable.)

    These are just some of the new Yiddish words to be added to Merriam-Webster’s “Official Scrabble Players’...

  • PUNK JEWS: Los Angeles Premiere 2/8

    By Tera Greene

    January 30, 2014 | 10:57 pm

    GET EXCITED!

    PUNK JEWS is finally premiering in Los Angeles!!!

    Let me just say that I am SO happy to be back in LA right now. The energy of Los Angeles is vibrant with Arts, Music, Film and media that is worth engaging with.  PUNK JEWS (Dir. Jesse Zook Mann) is a film that...

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  • Bob Dylan music video is latest coup for Israeli digital ad whiz Vania Heymann

    November 20, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    The first official music video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is making the rounds on the internet. And Dylan’s endorsement is only half the reason why.

    The video, produced by media start-up Interlude, includes a novel interactive channel-tuning button, each channel...

  • 2 authors, 2 takes on Jewish humor and theology

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 30, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Jewish humor and Jewish theology share something in common. I can think of any number of jokes whose punch lines say something profound about God (“Work with me here — buy a ticket!”). And we need only consult the Torah to discover how the matriarch Sarah responded when God...

  • A tale of love and loss and the Holocaust, in Yiddish

    By Tom Tugend

    October 23, 2013 | 10:42 am

    When Naomi Jaye, who has been making short films in her native Canada for the past 10 years, told friends she was embarking on her first feature film, they cheered.

    When she added that the project would be the first Canadian movie in Yiddish, which neither she nor her lead actors...

  • Can liberal Judaism survive?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 3, 2013 | 11:33 am

    As an old Yiddish saying has it, Jews are like other people, only more so. The Pew study of Judaism in America reminds us of this truth. Although startling to some, the rise of orthodoxy is to be expected.  In a world in which traditionalism/fundamentalism is growing in...

  • Songs of hope at Auschwitz

    August 14, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    When Judith Schneiderman was 14, she was taken from Hungary and sent to Auschwitz. It seemed that all hope was lost — that is, until she opened her mouth.

    A naturally talented vocalist who was never formally trained, she began to sing, and it probably saved her life. The wife of...

  • Lessons in Vilnius

    August 7, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    Robin Solomon stood in the Ponary Forest in Lithuania, surrounded by fellow educators who wore white and sang Yiddish songs, accompanied by a violinist.

    It was a captivating and stunning experience this summer, a stark contrast to the fact that Nazis viciously executed tens of...

  • Mayor Garcetti calls on fellow Jews to help

    August 6, 2013 | 10:05 am

    Mayor Eric Garcetti said his close ties to the Jewish community will not only enable him to respond better to communal concerns, but also spur him to draw on the community for its help in addressing some of the city’s pressing needs.

    The new mayor spoke to about 150 invited...

  • Age just a number at Maccabiah Games

    July 24, 2013 | 2:47 pm

    Being an alter-kacker — Yiddish for someone who’s an “old fart” — is relative. 

    Many of the species, stereotypically, while away summer days at the beach cabana, sporting white shorts and knee-high dark-checkered socks, playing cards with the boys and grumbling about surgeries or...

  • Cuba: Land of my Bubbe

    July 24, 2013 | 10:58 am

    I was alone in a small town in central Cuba, and I had lost the only person I knew. 

    The town was Santo Domingo, and it had taken a full morning of driving to get there. It’s a sleepy, slow-moving place, where American cars from the 1950s share the road with horse-drawn carts —...

  • A poem by Emily Kagan Trenchard

    June 26, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    My Bubbie mumbles a Yiddish invective every time I mention

    getting some new item for the baby not yet born:

    the crib, a blanket, a book case.

    I can’t argue her out of the world she knows.

    There is no word in Yiddish for the small

    whooshing sound of a heartbeat on a...

  • On a roll with CicLAvia

    June 19, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    In late April, some 200,000 people on foot and on cycles — most with two wheels, some with three or four and even one jerry-rigged to be two stories high — swarmed Venice Boulevard, clogging the roadway from downtown Los Angeles to the beach. They came from throughout the city, and...

  • Jerry Lewis raps in Yiddish

    by Jana Banin, JTA

    June 10, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Usually when you think of keeping the Yiddish language alive you think theater and literature — not freestyle rap. Especially not freestyle rap performed by a legendary comic like Jerry Lewis.

    Yet thanks to TMZ, the world now has grainy smartphone footage footage of the...

  • A linguist’s take on the knaidel/kneydl controversy

    June 10, 2013 | 10:01 am

    As a linguist who studies Yiddish-influenced English, I’ve had a busy week. As soon as Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “knaidel,” the messages began to arrive. On facebook, through email, and in person, my friends, relatives, and colleagues...

  • Hertzberg to run for valley district senate seat

    By Tom Tugend

    June 6, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    Like a veteran warhorse galloping back into the fray, Robert M. (Bob) Hertzberg has announced he is running for a State Senate seat in a district encompassing most of the San Fernando Valley.

    One of the more colorful California politicians and a skilled coalition builder,...

  • How do you spell knaidel?

    May 31, 2013 | 9:10 am

    An Indian-American boy won a national spelling contest after correctly spelling a Yiddish-derived word.

    Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., won the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by spelling the word “knaidel,” a traditional Jewish dumpling. Mahankali...

  • A suit and a story

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2013 | 10:51 am

    It had been a tough week. The more news I read about the Boston bombing, the less I understood. Who were these young men, full of grievance, using a fresh start in America to maim and kill innocents?

    In the midst of the mess, I decided to finally buy myself a new suit. I have...

  • ‘I’m a Jew’

    By David Suissa

    April 18, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish.” Those are the words uttered by American journalist Daniel Pearl in the moment before he was murdered by jihadis in 2002. Those same words were recalled last week by Judea Pearl as he lit a flame in his son’s honor in Jerusalem.

    ...
  • Yiddish yesterday, today and tomorrow. Interview with Thomas Soxberger

    Ian Shulman

    April 18, 2013 | 1:25 am

    Thomas Soxberger was born in 1965 in Lower Austria. He moved to Vienna to study History and Jewish Studies. In the early 1990s Thomas participated in Yiddish Summer Programmes in Oxford. 1998-2000 - Master Degree in Yiddish Studies at London University. After moving back to London,...

  • Reliving the Holocaust

    By Jane Ulman

    April 3, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    "They’re going to come with the dogs. They’re going to start beating me.” Pola Lipnowski spoke in Yiddish, an expression of sheer terror on her face. She turned to her daughter, Hendel Schwartz, for protection. 

    But Lipnowski was not in Poland. She was in her room at Emmy Monash...

  • Yiddish: The enduring language

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 1, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Among the many ways the Jewish people have sought to honor the Six Million, perhaps none is so life-affirming as the revival of interest in Yiddish, the mother tongue of the vast majority of the men, women and children murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

    Yet as Barbara...

  • Old Jewish men and a place to call home

    By Roberto Loiederman

    February 20, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    "Greetings, you bushy-tailed alter-kackers!"

    The dozens of men at the mid-December breakfast gathering — all of them in their 70s, 80s or older — laughed and applauded, reveling in their alter-kackiness.

    It felt like a sitcom’s idea of how elderly Jewish men behave, but dig a...

  • Yiddish project expands students’ Jewish world

    February 20, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Yiddish, the language of Jewish grandmothers — and, increasingly, great-grandmothers — suffered through a particularly unkind 20th century. But if Robert Adler Peckerar has his way, it will be making a comeback in the 21st, thanks in part to something called the Helix Project. 

    ...
  • Rebooting Bubbie

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 29, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Who’s your bubbie

    When it comes to food, she might not be the short, Yiddish-speaking grandmother that comes to mind.

    “Every family has a recipe that it holds dear, and every recipe has a person behind it, and typically, yes, it is your Yiddish bubbie,” said David Sax, author...

  • Frum women find a place

    November 15, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    When “Rivky,” a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, woman with “a very large family” — she declined to say how large, fearful of tempting fate — opened a woman’s clothing shop in the basement of her Jerusalem home 40 years ago, advertising her business was easy.

    “There was only one...

  • Jewish communities grapple with baby boomer retirement boom

    October 11, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Every Jewish community wants more Raymonde Fiols among its active retirees. The question is whether those communities are prepared to meet the needs she and hundreds of thousands of "younger seniors" and older ones will have in the near future.

    Now 76, Fiols has resided in Las...

  • Henry Jaglom discusses ‘Just 45 Minutes from Broadway’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Q:  What was the impetus for the story?

    A:  I’ve always been fascinated by theater people, and by the fact of my being Jewish, and those two things together led me to explore something that I’d never had any personal experience with, which is the Yiddish theater.

    Not only do I...

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