Yiddish Sites Listing

©2018. Perry J. Greenbaum

There are dozens of sites dedicated to Yiddish language, culture and music. Here are some that I have found noteworthy. I will add to the list regularly. If you have a Yiddish site or know of one, please do not hesitate to contact me at pjgreenbaum@gmail.com:


Afn Shvel (“On the Threshold”), a magazine published by the League for Yiddish, dating to 1941, it is committed to the promotion and preservation of the Yiddish language and culture. It published two double issues a year. Its editor-in-chief is Sheva Zucker;

American Jewish Archive at Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion contains more than 10 million pages of documents. manuscripts, genealogical materials, as well as thousands of audiovisual recordings, photographs, microfilm and digital collections;

Committee For Yiddish, in Toronto, in partnership with 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

Center for Jewish History, in New York City, has 5 miles of archival material (in dozens of languages), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings and photographs;

Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive, providing scholars and researchers access to thousands of recordings of music

Digital Yiddish Theatre Project, an academic research initiative dedicated to the study of Yiddish theatre and drama;

Forverts (“Forward”), one of the first mass Yiddish newspapers in America, founded in New York City in 1897;

Jewish Folk Songs, by Batya Fonda, is a series of lectures given in either English or Hebrew about the ways folk songs reflect different themes of Jewish heritage;

Golden Age of Yiddish Radio, the 1930s to the 1950s, is brought to you by the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture in Miami, Florida.

Hebrew University’s Index to Yiddish Periodicals, a large database of Yiddish periodicals, with both a Yiddish and English interface; approx, one-quarter of the materials are accessible online;

In Geveb (“in web”), a journal of Yiddish studies, which aims to serve both the academic community and popular culture;

Jane Peppler's Yiddish Emporium, selling books, CDS, and songbooks;

JewishGen Yizkor Book Project, a database of more than 1,000 yizkor books worldwide, a good number of them have been translated from Hebrew and Yiddish into English;

Language and Cultural Atlas of Ashkenazic Jews, from Columbia University, consists of 5,755 hours of audio tape interviews with Yiddish-speaking Jews from Central and eastern Europe, done between 1959 and 1972 along with around 100,000 pages of linguistic field notes;

Lexilogos, a compilation of Yiddish online resources, including dictionaries, grammar books, and a translation of the Torah (Toyre) in Yiddish;

Milken Archive of Jewish Music, a record of the American Jewish Experience; since 1990, it has become the largest collection of American Jewish music with about 600 recorded works, including a number in Yiddish;

Montreal Jewish Public Library’s Yiddish Audiobooks, a collection of Yiddish literary works read by native speakers;

Montreal Jewish Public Library’s Yiddish Resources on the Internet, a list of resources dedicated to language, culture and music;

Museum of the Yiddish Theatre, an online museum originating in New York City and founded by Dr. Steven Lasky, has in its collection such items as photographs, theatre programs, sheet music, audio recordings and other documents of some importance and historical significance;

Pakn Treger, (“itinerant bookseller in Eastern Europe who traveled from shtetl to shtetl ”), the magazine of the Yiddish Book Centre;

Polish Jewish Cabaret, contains forgotten Yiddish songs of interwar Poland; the site is by Jane Peppler;

Recorded Sound Archives (RSA) of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton contains more than 100,000 recordings of music, a great many in Yiddish;

Songs of My People, a site by Josephine Yalovitser dedicated to Yiddish songs of mourning and of joy;

The National Center For Jewish Film, based at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., is the home to 15,000 reels of feature films, documentaries, newsreels, home movies and institutional films, dating from 1903 to the present; this effort has led to the revival of Yiddish cinema;

The University Library in Frankfurt am Main, a digitalized collection of more than 800 complete Yiddish works, from the 16th to the 20th centuries;

The Workmen’s Circle (Der Arbeter Ring), working to build a shenere un besere velt far ale—a better and more beautiful world for all;

The Yiddish Voice, a radio show serving Boston’s Yiddish-speaking community, and a comprehensive Yiddish Internet resource. On WUNR 1600 AM/Brookline, Massachusetts;

The Yiddish Wikipedia, contains thousands of articles in Yiddish;

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, providing the most complete picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present;

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a video of the 1948 United Nations declaration in Yiddish;

Vertebukh, an online Yiddish-English dictionary based on the 2002 Dictionnaire yiddish-français (37,000 entries), a project led by Yitshok Niborski, an Argentinian-born Yiddish scholar;

Yiddish Book Center, dedicated to rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity;

Yiddish Book Center's Francis Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library, contains recordings of lectures by and interviews with writers and poets who visited the Jewish Public Library of Montreal between 1953 and 2005. It is one of the largest and most accessible recordings of Yiddish authors and academics;

Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, since 2010 has conducted more than 700 in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, looking at the Jewish experience in general and Yiddish in particular;

Yiddish Farm, an organic farm in New York where individuals can immerse themselves in Yiddish culture and where Jews can reclaim Yiddish as a source of Jewish identity and learning;

Yiddishkayt, based in Los Angeles and focused on the culture, language and art of Eastern Europe Jews;

Yiddish Language Playscripts, a resource of the U.S. Library of Congress that contains 77 unpublished manuscripts of Yiddish theatre;

Yiddish Penny Songs, a site dedicated to Yiddish theater and variety show songs published and sung between 1895 and 1925; the site is maintained by Jane Peppler.

Yiddish Poetry, Yiddish poetry with translations in several languages; based in Melbourne, Australia;

Yiddish Radio Project, a site dedicated to the golden age of Yiddish radio (1930s to ’50s);

Yiddish Sheet Music, part of Brown University’s large Sheet Music Collection, which numbers approximately 2,000 items;

Yiddish Song of the Week, by the An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project and edited by Itzil Gottesman, which presents Yiddish songs and their translation into Yiddish;

Yiddish Wit, a site by Johanna Kovitz, dedicated to Yiddish proverbs, folk sayings, insults, curses, idioms and other expressions of Yiddish;

Yidlid, a music site with a large compilation of Yiddish songs; it includes the lyrics in the original Yiddish, and translations in English and French as well as a transliteration using latin script;

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, a focus on the history and culture of East European Jewry;

Yizkor Book Collection at the New York Public Library provide a documentation of daily life, through essays and photographs and the memoralizing of murdered residents, of Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust. Of the 750 yizkor books in its collection, 618 have been digitalized. Most yizkor books are in Yiddish or Hebrew;

YUNG YiDiSH, a site dedicated to preserving and promoting Yiddish culture in Israel;

Yiddish sources, a site listing other Yiddish sites;

Zemirot Database, a user-editable online collection of zemirot.