Yiddish Culture In America
Dr. Itzik Gottesman's
Yiddish Culture In America

In only a few decades, from the 1880s to the 1920s, the Jews who immigrated to America from Eastern Europe developed a rich cultural life in their new home based on the Yiddish language. Much of this life was secular in nature, and the religious component of Jewish life weakened during this time. This is a twelve-part introduction to that culture and, though by no means comprehensive, touches upon four important segments of American Yiddish culture: Literature, Education, the Press, and Theater. After each of the twelve parts, there is a short quiz to see how well you read the material.
Throughout the web site, there will be highlighted links - be sure to click on them, as they contain more information about selected topics, as well as many graphics and recordings. Click on of the four words or the graphic above to continue.