EVENT: The Turn to Yiddish in Poland Today: a Conversation

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Yiddish was once heard in Jewish neighborhoods throughout Poland as a language of daily life.  It was also the language of literature, the press, films, and theater. Today, Yiddish returns to Poland in different roles: as a language of scholarship and as a language of heritage culture, bringing Poles and Jews together in new forms of contact to study, speak, write and perform in Yiddish. 

This turn to Yiddish in contemporary Poland is an important part of a larger engagement with the Polish Jewish past and contributes to Yiddish culture around the world.

Please join Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning for the next TJHTalks session as our guest scholars, Professors Jeffrey Shandler and Karolina Szymaniak, explore the current and curious revival of Yiddish in Poland.

The Turn to Yiddish in Poland Today: a Conversation


Professors Karolina Szymaniak and Jeffrey Shandler


Wednesday, October 20, 2021


PDT: 11:30 a.m.

EDT: 2:30 p.m.

UK: 7:30 p.m.

CET: 8:30 p.m.

Israel: 9:30 p.m.



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Jeffrey Shandler is Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author, editor, or translator of sixteen books, most recently, the widely-acclaimed publication Yiddish: Biography of a Language (Oxford University Press, 2020). He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Karolina Szymaniak is Assistant Professor of Yiddish studies at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and at Wrocław University’s Taube Jewish Studies Department. She is an academic advisor to the Center for Yiddish Culture in Warsaw, a researcher, editor, translator and language instructor.  She is on the staff at the Zuzanna Ginczanka High School in Warsaw.

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