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Posts tagged ‘Yiddish’

BT: Leaving Hasidism

friday 24th january, online only, from bbc radio 4 

how do you walk away from your ultra-religious community? (presented by alice porter) (20-minute podcast interview, in the beyond today series) 

Izzy Posen looks and seems like a normal student. But his life before university was far from the norm. He grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community in North London, speaking no English and attending an illegal school.

This is the story of a man who chose to leave everything he knew behind, and the freedom and anguish that came with that decision.”


Yiddish survival

this afternoon (sunday 5th), 2.06-2.50pm (repeated from 9.06am thursday 2nd and 12.06am friday 3rd), on bbc world service radio 

yiddish: a story of survival (presented by rajan datar)(with • aaron lansky, the director of the yiddish book centre in the US, who helped save more than a million yiddish books from destruction; jewish-russian composer and singer • polina skovoroda shepherd who writes new songs that still remain within the Yiddish tradition; and • dr lily kahn, hebrew and jewish studies department, university college london, and author of colloquial yiddish) (in the the forum series)

“At its height, Yiddish, the language of the European Jews, was spoken by more than ten million people, from Russia in the east to the Netherlands in the West. But by the mid -20th century, these numbers were severely depleted following the Holocaust, and then the creation of the modern-day state of Israel where the speaking of Yiddish was discouraged.

So what does the future hold for this endangered culture with its great tradition of writers and thinkers?”


Bei Mir Bistu Shein

sunday 5th may, 12.09-12.13pm, on bbc radio 3 

barbara hosking (presented by michael berkeley) (in the private passions series) includes …

“And Bei Mir Bistu Shein by Jacob Jacobs, a love song in Yiddish, a language which she loves and which she taught herself when she found herself living in Swiss Cottage among East European and Jewish emigres.”


Yiddisher jazz

last wednesday morning (28th august), 9.00-9.30am (repeated 9.30pm), on bbc radio 4 

we travel with songs (presented by roderick williams) (in the a singer’s guide to britain series) includes …

Roderick Williams … hears about the singing legacies of the Jewish East End.”

including contributions from …

• historian and broadcaster alan dein, compiler of yiddisher jazz compilation music is the most beautiful language in the world


My Yiddisher Mother Tongue

this morning (tuesday 4th), 6.30-7.00am (repeated 1.30pm, 8.30pm, and 1.30am) (repeated from february 2014, and from october 2009 on bbc radio 4), on bbc radio 4 extra
my yiddisher mother tongue (presented by david schneider)

“Writer and comedian David Schneider goes on a personal journey through Yiddish culture and language.
Schneider, who first came to fame on The Day Today and I’m Alan Partridge, is the grandson of a Yiddish playwright and a Yiddish actress. He returns to Whitechapel and Vienna, where his grandparents performed, and considers the rich thousand-year history of the language.”

including contributions from …
michael grade
• professor dovid katz
michael wex, author of born to kvetch
• general colin powell, “who picked up the language in his teens when he worked in a Jewish toy store in New York”
• mother mrs schneider
• translator heather valencia
• jewish theatre historian brigitte dalinger

Syrena songs

saturday 4th aug, 2.06-3.00pm (repeated 8.06pm sunday 5th), on bbc world service radio
syrena songs (presented by monica whitlock) (in the music extra series)

Monica Whitlock tells Syrena Rekord’s story and travels to Warsaw to hear from a new generation of musicians recreating Syrena’s sound.

Yiddish WWII songs

online only, at
album ‘yiddish glory’ gives voice to once-lost soviet jewish WWII songs

3 videos …

Yiddish glory: the lost songs of World War 2 (7 mins)
Daughters of Chuvashia (3 mins)
Afm Hoychn Barg (4 mins, satire)

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