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The New Yiddish Film ‘Menashe’ Feels Both Foreign and Brooklyn All At Once

By On July 27, 2017

Menashe, a new dramatic film by filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein and out with A24, was shot entirely in Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhood of Borough Park; the language spoken is Yiddish; and much of… Read More

When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Sang Kol Nidre
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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Led Kol Nidre

By On October 3, 2014

If Kol Nidre has never made you shiver with emotion, then you must see the 1940 acclaimed Yiddish film Overture to Glory. Made in New York, the film offers a glimpse at a world—and an art… Read More

Two Young Montrealers and Their YidLife Crisis
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Two Young Jews and Their YidLife Crisis

By On September 23, 2014

  YidLife Crisis, a new web series, begins with not-your-average MPAA warning: “The following contains references to adult situations and coarse language. In Yiddish.” Adult situations may include: eating treyf in the form of Montrealish… Read More

How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC
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How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC

By On July 3, 2014

Long before JDate parodies, Yiddish cinema was poking fun of Jewish assimilation, values both “traditional” and “American,” and the desire to settle down, or, at least, get a date. Amerikaner Shadkhn (American Matchmaker), made in… Read More

The Anti-Yiddish Riots in Palestinian Tel Aviv
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The Anti-Yiddish Riots in Palestinian Tel Aviv

By On January 29, 2014

When Mayn Yidishe Mame (“My Jewish Mother”), one of the first feature-length Yiddish talkies, arrived on Tel Aviv screens in 1930, pre-State Palestine had a sizable population of Yiddish speakers. But once the lights went out… Read More

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Young Yiddish Love Among the Nazis

By On October 30, 2013

The second Yiddish language film to be produced in North America in 70 years, and Canada’s first, The Pin is a bleak, moving film about love and remembrance. Set in 1941 Lithuania, The Pin tells the story of a burial guard named… Read More