Committee for Yiddish

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Susan S, Yiddish typewriter. Modified.

Through educational, cultural and engagement programs, the Committee for Yiddish, UJA Federation fosters and promotes Yiddish language and culture – indeed the entire Ashkenaz tradition – as a vibrant part of contemporary Jewish life and as a vital link between the Jewish past and future.

Address: 4600 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M2R 3V2
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June 2, 2024

In this lecture, Samuel Glauber will introduce the forgotten genre of Yiddish fortune-telling manuals.


April 14, 2024

What began as pamphlets of names immediately after the war soon evolved into thick and rich depictions of individual East European Jewish communities made up of testimonies, stories, sketches, poetry, maps, recipes, folklore and much more.


December 3, 2023

CFY invites you to join scholar and translator Anastasiya Lyubas for an online English-language discussion of her most recent book, Montage: Works by Debora Vogel.


November 5, 2023

CFY invites you to our annual Yiddish-Language Holocaust Education Lecture on Zoom with Special Guest Speaker Dr. Sheva Zucker.


October 15, 2023

These annual awards recognize the finest books with Jewish themes and subjects by Canadian authors.

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April 7, 2024

to June 16, 2024

Learn, refresh, and improve your speaking, reading, and writing language skills with experienced instructors in a fun and stimulating learning environment.


August 27, 2023

In this Yiddish-language talk, Ber Kotlerman will discuss the role of Yiddish culture and his childhood home, Birobidzhan, in his most recent book, “Koydervelsh.”


June 2, 2023

A live radio broadcast of the newest Weiser/Kaplan opera!


March 5, 2023

Using videos, photos, and more, Eli will review for us Hasidic dances specific to weddings, Shabbat, holidays, and other occasions, with examples of Hasidic movements and gestures that are the cornerstones of the movement language. 


January 29, 2023

Historian and Yiddish scholar Kalman Weiser will speak with Professor Joshua Fogel about translating an essential reference work of Yiddish literature.


March 1, 2023

As part of Women’s History Month, and to celebrate Lenka Lichtenberg’s recent Juno Nomination, The Payadora Tango Ensemble presents Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango.


February 16, 2023

This virtual lecture will highlight the occupations and preoccupations of Toronto’s early Yiddish-speaking immigrants between 1900-1920.


December 4, 2022

Jane Peppler has been researching mostly forgotten Yiddish theater songs for more than a decade. Through the use of animation, she has enticed modern audiences to listen to these obscure but evocative and very funny songs.


November 6, 2022

An online Yiddish-language Holocaust Education Lecture with world-renowned Yiddish scholar Professor Yitskhok Niborski


October 23, 2022

Heartbreaking and heartwarming human interest stories of desertion and reunification, with insight into an often overlooked aspect of the Jewish immigration story.


May 22, 2022

No less than miracles, fierce dedication, and surprising ingenuity led to the gathering, safeguarding, and ultimately making widely accessible a most precious collection of Jewish manuscripts and books.


April 24, 2023

to June 22, 2023

Don’t miss your chance to dive into a world of Yiddish! All classes and workshops will be offered on Zoom.


January 27, 2022

This concert will feature new Yiddish songs based on testimonies of Canadian Holocaust survivors, composed by the leading musicians Aviva Chernick, Lenka Lichtenberg, Olga Mieleszczuk, & Payadora Tango.


January 9, 2022

to March 13, 2022

A series of three English-language lectures with Prof. Kalman Weiser about Yiddish language and Yiddish studies. Co-presented with the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language.


September 26, 2021

Please join the UJA Committee for Yiddish and the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language (CIYCL) for a live virtual interview with Prof. Goldie Morgentaler.


January 6, 2022

to March 17, 2022

Don’t miss your chance to dive into a world of Yiddish! All classes and workshops will be offered on Zoom.


August 15, 2021

Join us for a free Yiddish class (or two) on Zoom and find out what learning Yiddish is all about!


August 3, 2021

Please join us in celebrating the publication of Prof. Yoshiji Hirose’s latest book.


July 18, 2021

Dovid Katz will speak in deeply personal terms about his first visit to his ancestral Lithuania and Belarus in 1990, and how the trip changed the focus of his life and work for the ensuing thirty years.


June 6, 2021

This lecture will provide examples of Yiddish-language Hasidic creativity in internet forums, podcasts, and in print, including Der Veker, a Hasidic journal in which Justin (Yankev) Jaron Lewis has published articles.  


May 2, 2021

During the late 1800s and early 1900s thousands of Yiddish-speaking Jews arrived in Canada. This talk will explore their first impressions as presented in their own personal Yiddish narratives.


January 10, 2021

Presenting U of T Research Fellow Anastasia Lyubas in conversation with Miri Koral from the California Institute of Yiddish Culture and Language in a live Zoom event.


April 20, 2021

to June 22, 2021

A theatrical workshop facilitated by award-winning performer, director, and playwright, David Gale.


April 18, 2021

to June 7, 2021

Online spring 2021 classes are about to start, so don’t miss your chance to dive into a world of Yiddish.


November 28, 2020

to November 29, 2020

The Toronto Jewish Film Society is presenting a second showing of The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen, and a special live Zoom Q & A with Drs. May Cohen, Barbara Lent and Cheryl Levitt.


October 29, 2020

to October 31, 2020

TJFF presents an eclectic collection of wonderful new shorts films from around the world, produced in the Yiddish language.


November 1, 2020

This talk explores the rich Yiddish literary culture that flourished in exile in interwar Berlin.


October 15, 2020

Vivian Felsen will tell us the story of how she came to discover the mostly forgotten yet truly remarkable literary activity of Kensington Market.


October 13, 2020

to October 19, 2020

Looking to explore a unique Jewish culture through language? The opportunity to learn Yiddish online this fall is here!

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