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Yiddish

Lili Berger

Lili Berger’s experiences in the Holocaust heavily influenced her choices as a Yiddish writer and translator, focusing on the tensions outsiders face in different societies.

Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim

Interweaving her personal experiences with nature imagery and Jewish legends, Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim became one of Israel’s most celebrated Yiddish poets.

Chava Alberstein

In her fifty-years as one of Israel’s most celebrated singer/songwriters, Chava Alberstein has run the gamut from recording pop hits to reviving Yiddish classics.

Rajzel Zychlinsky

Praised as one of the most original voices in modern Yiddish poetry, Rajzel Zychlinski used free verse and sparse language to capture the devastation of the Holocaust.

Fradel Shtok

Despite the brevity of her career, Fradel Shtok showed great promise as a Yiddish writer for her attention to the little-discussed subjects of women’s sexuality and repression.

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman bridged the old world and the new as an award-winning modern writer of Yiddish poetry.

Ruth Rubin

Ruth Rubin helped lay the cornerstones for the modern Yiddish revival movement by recording, studying, and performing Yiddish songs and folk tales.

Sarah Reisen

Sarah Reisen was both a gifted Yiddish writer in her own right and a respected translator of great literature into Yiddish for children and adults.

Miriam Raskin

A Labor Bund activist who joined the Russian Revolution, Miriam Raskin went on to write stories of ordinary people challenged by extraordinary circumstances.

Kadya Molodowsky

One of the brightest stars of the Yiddish literary world, Kadya Molodowsky defied categorization—advocating for both Yiddish and Zionist culture, refusing to be defined as “just” a woman writer—all while crafting a staggering body of acclaimed poems, stories, and essays.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yiddish." (Viewed on September 3, 2015) <http://jwa.org/topics/yiddish>.

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