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Saturday, February 16 • 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Is Yiddish Dying, Growing or Changing? The Most Widely Spoken Language in Jewish History

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Although Yiddish has been designated an endangered language by UNESCO, Orthodox Yiddish-speaking communities have multiplied at unprecedented rates, and Yiddish classes have spread world-wide. In recent years, the media has painted Yiddish as a language breathing its last, but also notes its current revival. This session will give a brief history of the Yiddish language since World War II, an overview of who is using Yiddish today, and ideas for keeping it vibrant well into the future.

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Naftali Ejdelman

A grandson of the late Yiddish professor Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter, Naftali has taught Yiddish in a variety of formal and informal contexts. He received a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Naftali helped found Yiddish Farm in 2010 and was selected to participate... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm EST
Raritan main hotel 5th floor conference level