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Letter from the Executive Director

The Future of Yiddish Studies at YIVO
Dear Friends,

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is a robust center of learning, research, inquiry, and debate on all subjects relating to the world of Yiddish, East European Jewry, and contemporary Jewish life in the Diaspora. Fueled by our magnificent and unique archival collections and library, our educational programs are a key to the survival of the Yiddish language and modern Jewish identity.

YIVO is not a college or a university, but we combine the intellectual rigor of an academic institution with our deep commitment to the history of Ashkenazi heritage in all of its complexity. Our language, literature, and history programs are unrivalled, and it is this commitment that gives everything we do its meaning.

Please help us continue our important work in education and the continuity of Yiddish language and culture. The Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, and its complement, the Winter Program in Ashkenazi Civilization, are taught by leading university faculty and scholars and attract students from around the world. Together, these programs present an integrated, comprehensive, and multi-disciplinary approach to Yiddish studies unequalled anywhere in the world. In 2014, YIVO will offer for the first time:

• Visiting Scholars and Professorships in History, Yiddish Language and Linguistics, and Literature, to teach classes, mentor fellows and graduate students, and perform research.

• The Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture will now take place at YIVO, giving students increased access to our scholars and collections. Advanced seminars on Yiddish literature, history, and archival skills, as well as theater and new pedagogy workshops, will be open to the public. Please join us!

We need your generosity and sustained support to make these programs possible. Yiddish studies is integral to our Jewish continuity and identity. Don’t delay – make your tax-deductible contribution today. Thank you.

A zisn Peysakh! Happy Passover!

Jonathan Brent
Executive Director

P.S. For a list of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Suzanne Leon, Director of Development, at or 917-606-8227.

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