January 14, 2024

About the Symposium

The Yiddish press in America flourished during the early 20th century, showcasing the diversity of the American Jewish community. Fueled by immigrants from Eastern Europe, the American Yiddish press catered to Yiddish-speaking Jews of all backgrounds, levels of religious observance, and political beliefs. Newsstands displayed a wide variety of publications from the Yiddish press: anarchist, religious, Zionist, satirical, and everything in between.

This symposium will look back on more than 150 years of the Yiddish press in the United States, examining its role as a vehicle of acculturation, a forum for political and ideological debates, and a seedbed for the growth of a mass culture among Jews worldwide.

Co-sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Center for Jewish History, with support from the Center for Jewish Studies at Fordham University, the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, and the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. The symposium is the third installment in a larger series of public symposia sponsored by the Center for Jewish History’s Jewish Public History Forum.


January 14, 2024
The Yiddish Press as an Arena for Ideological Debate
Gil Ribak
Ri Turner
Matthew Brittingham
Moderated by Daniel Soyer
Pop Culture and the Yiddish Press
Saul Noam Zaritt
Ellen Kellman
Nina Warnke
Moderated by Eddy Portnoy
Roundtable — a Medium for the Masses
Tony Michels
William Pimlott
Eric Goldstein
Rachel Rojanski
Moderated by Ayelet Brinn
A Revolution in Type: Gender and the Making of the American Yiddish Press
Author Ayelet Brinn in conversation with Anita Norich

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