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  • A classic Yiddish operetta, revived for a new generation

    December 8, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs told JTA. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make fun of it.”

    So it is more than a tad ironic that it was Ochs, whose family fled Nazi...

  • 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...

  • With the Center for Jewish History debt free, its founding chairman steps down

    May 24, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    One night back in 1985, businessman Bruce Slovin was walking home from a corporate board meeting with a lawyer named Joe Greenberger when Greenberger asked him about his involvement in the Jewish world.

    Slovin responded that he wasn’t at all active, so Greenberger invited him to...