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The Stations That Spoke Your Language:
Radio and the Yiddish American Cultural Renaissance

Symposium: September 6-7, 2012
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC

Selected Resources Related to Yiddish Radio and Yiddish Culture

Books and Articles

Goldsmith, Emanuel S., 1997. Modern Yiddish Culture: the Story of the Yiddish Language Movement.

Kelman, Ari Y., 2009. Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States.

Russo, Alexander, 2010. Points on the Dial: Golden Age Radio Beyond the Networks.

Sapoznik, Henry, 2010. "Hear, O Israel: Yiddish American Radio and the Henry Sapoznik Collection," in Folklife Center News, Volume 32, nos. 3-4 (Summer-Fall 2010), pp. 17-23.

Sapoznik, Henry, 2005. Klezmer! Jewish Music From Old World To Our World.

Seigel, Amanda, 2011. "Nahum Stutchkoff's Yiddish Play and Radio Scripts in the Dorot Jewish Division, New York Public Library," in Judaica Librarianship, Volume 16-17, pp. 55-82.

Published Recording

Yiddish Radio Project, hosted by Scott Simon. Produced by Henry Sapoznik and David Isay (2003).

Library of Congress Webcasts

"A Bibliographer Encounters the Muses: Reflections on the Yiddish Theater and Its Legacy," presented by Zachary M. Baker, Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections at Stanford University Libraries. Sponsored by the Hebraic Section, Library of Congress, May 8, 2007.

"Hear, O Israel : Yiddish-American broadcasting 1925-1955," presented by Henry Sapoznik. Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, October 14, 2009.

Cultural Organizations, Archival Collections, and Internet Resources Related to Yiddish Radio

The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Holds archival collections of Yiddish radio broadcasts.

Ari Davidow's Klezmer Shack,External Link the site includes a list of Jewish Radio Shows and Podcasts.External Link

Center for Southern Folklore,External Link Memphis, Tennessee. The archive includes cultural documentation and oral histories of the Memphis Jewish community, conducted in the 1980s.

The Congress for Jewish Culture,External Link New York, New York. The site includes a guide to Yiddish Vaudeville, among other resources.

Hebraic Section, Library of Congress.

The Immigration History Research Center,External Link  University of Minnesota. Research center and archive.

The Jewish Daily Forward.External Link This newspaper is available online in English and Yiddish.

Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section, American Folklore Society.External Link

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.External Link

The Jewish Museum,External Link New York, New York.

Judaic Studies Program,External Link George Washington University. The site includes a blog: From Under the Fig Tree.External Link

Judaica Sound Archives,External Link Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. The collection includes recordings of Yiddish radio broadcasts and theatrical performances.

Library of Congress Illustrated Guides: Hebraic Collections, Library of Congress.

Living Traditions,External Link New York, New York. Includes The Yiddish Radio Project. Produces the annual Klezkamp Program.

Mayrent Institute for Community-Based Yiddish Folk Culture,External Link University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The Miliken Archive of Jewish Music,External Link Santa Monica, California. Includes and oral history project that focuses on composers and performing artists.

The National Jukebox. A presentation of sound recordings from the early twentieth century from the Library of Congress Recorded Sound section. Search on "Yiddish."

The Schreiber Jewish Music Library,External Link Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, This site includes historic sound recordings of Yiddish performances.

Yiddish Language Playscripts, Library of Congress online presentation (American Memory).

Yiddish Radio Project.External Link

The Yiddish Voice,External Link on radio station WUNR 1600 AM, Brookline, Massachusetts. A Yiddish-language radio show heard in Boston and online. The web site includes a guide to other Yiddish radio shows as well as other Yiddish-related links and resources.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research,External Link New York, New York


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