EVENT: 2021 Wolinsky Lectures: The Lives and Afterlives of Yiddish

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What’s new in the world of Yiddish?

This year the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University will dedicate the annual Leonard Wolinsky Lectures on Jewish Life and Education to “The Lives and Afterlives of Yiddish.” In “Echoes of Yiddish in American English,” well-known linguist Sarah Benor (Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, LA Campus) will discuss how Yiddish continues to shape the distinct ways that North American Jews speak today, even if they don't realize it. Historian Eddy Portnoy (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research), author of the acclaimed Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press, will explore twentieth century Jews’ penchant for fisticuffs as a means of communal conflict resolution in “Bringing the Ruckus to Yiddishland: Yiddish and its Vocabulary of Violence.”

Join us on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 4pm EDT on Zoom.

You will not want to miss this entertaining and educational program!