Fun Yener Zayt Shvel / On the Other Side of the Threshold: Artiklen funem Zhurnal Afn Shvel, 2005-2020/ Articles from the Magazine Afn Shvel, 2005-2020

Fun Yener Zayt Shvel / On the Other Side of the Threshold: Artiklen funem Zhurnal Afn Shvel, 2005-2020/ Articles from the Magazine Afn Shvel, 2005-2020


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This is a collection of articles by Sheva Zucker, well-known Yiddish scholar and editor of the Yiddish magazine Afn Shvel from 2005-2015. The majority of the articles were written during those years and published in the magazine. The essays in this book are arranged into six sections: I. Personal Essays; II. From the Editor; III. Regarding the Past and Present of Our Organization; IV. From My Cultural World; V. Personalities; and VI. Interviews. The author writes with passion, insight and humor on a variety of topics relating to Yiddish literature and culture. Highlights include articles on contemporary Yiddish writers such as Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Yonia Fain and Yekhiel Shraibman, a description of a trip to Birobidzhan, the Jewish Autonomous Region in the Former Soviet Union, and a deeply personal essay on the history and heritage of the secular Yiddish school movement. Readers interested in the history of the League for Yiddish and its predecessor, the Freeland League for Jewish Territorial Colonization, as well as their organ Afn Shvel, will find a number of articles of particular interest. The book includes several portraits of Yiddish cultural figures such as Isaac-Nakhmen Steinberg and Mordkhe Schaechter as well as excellent interviews with several Yiddish translators and other cultural figures. Yiddish literary scholar Kathryn Hellerstein wrote the introduction. The articles were reproduced from the magazine itself and feature the beautiful design of graphic artist Yankl Salant. All articles are in Yiddish with the author’s preface and Hellerstein’s introduction in both Yiddish and English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781878775221
Publisher: League for Yiddish Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2020
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Dr. Sheva Zucker was for 15 years (2005-2020) the executive director of the League for Yiddish and the editor of its magazine Afn Shvel. Her work has been published in various Yiddish publications, including Di Goldene Keyt, Forverts and Yugntruf. She has taught and lectured on Yiddish language, literature and culture on five continents and has taught Yiddish for many years in the Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, currently under the auspices of Bard College and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. For 5 years she was also the academic director of the program. She is the author of the textbooks Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vols. I & II and the editor and producer of the CD The Golden Peacock: Voice of the Yiddish Writer. She served as the director of the Naomi Kadar International Yiddish Teacher Training Seminar held in Maryland in 2013 and 2011 and in NY in 2016. Her research and translations focus mostly on women in Yiddish literature. She was, for several years, the Translation Editor of the Pakn Treger, the magazine of the National Yiddish Book Center. From 2012 to 2014 she published a blog, "Candles of Song: Yiddish Poems about Mothers."
She was born in Winnipeg, Canada and currently resides in New York City.

Kathryn Hellerstein, Ph.D., is Professor of Yiddish and the Ruth Meltzer Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous articles on women in Yiddish literature as well as the award-winning A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (Stanford University Press, 2014). Her volume Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky (Wayne State University Press, 1999) which she edited, translated and introduced was chosen as one of the "Great 100 Jewish Books" by the National Yiddish Book Center.

Yankl Salant has, since 2005, been the Graphic Designer of Afn Shvel magazine, published by the League for Yiddish. He is also an editor and Yiddish translator. He is on the faculty of the Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture and is an expert on reading Yiddish handwriting

Table of Contents

The essays in this book are arranged into six sections: I. Personal Essays; II. From the Editor; III. Regarding the Past and Present of Our Organization; IV. From my Cultural World; V. Personalities; and VI. Interviews.


A vort frier — Sheve Tsuker

Hakdome — Katrin Helershteyn


"In alts vos ikh tu" — Intervyu in Birobidzhaner shtern

Mayn tate, Meyer Tsuker o"h


Ikh vel onheybn…

Lomir in eynem zikh tsunoyfklaybn di zeltene yidishe nemen

Mir tsien zikh iber

Ven es shtarbt a yidisher shrayber... lezeykher Yekhiel Shraybman

Yidishe shleymes: Makhshoves tsu mayn tokhters bas-mitsve

Mordkhe Shekhter z"l

Fun dem redaktor: Araynfir tsum numer "Khurbn un voglenish"

A mayse mit a bikhl: Motl Peyse dem khazns

Mentshn zaynen vi tseyn: Yoni Fayn un Beyle Shekhter-Gotesman

Araynfir tsum numer "Yidish un film"



Ben-Adir: A fenster in undzer geshikhte aray

Mikhoyel Astur: Historiker fun Yidishn teritoryalizm

Mordkhe Shekhter: Der klal-tuer, der lerer, der mentsh

Shmuel Rozenkrants: Der letster Yid in Oystralye vos gedenkt nokh Y.-N. Shteynbergn

Afn Shvel: Der gilgl fun a Yidish-zhurnal

Araynfir tsum numer "Naye yidishe literatur"

Dos shafn a nay verterbukh


Beyle Shekhter-Gotesmans Sharey

Yekhiel Shraybman — An umfargeslekh bagegenish

A farkerte velt — Birobidzhan fun der noent: Ayndrukn fun a nesiye in der yidisher oytonomer gegnt, zumer 2007

Tsvey mol fun fayer aroys: biblyotek un a gnize in Birobidzhan

Di Yidish-veltlekhe shuln: Geshikhte un yerushe

A bagrisung tsum 50stn yoyvl fun der program in der yidisher shprakh, literatur un kultur a"n Uriel Vaynraykh

Hakdome tsu Plutsemdiker regn: Lider fun Gitl Shekhter-Vishvanat


Itshe Goldberg z"l

Mordkhe Shekhter, der tshernevitser ben-ir

D"r Yitskhok-Nakhmen Shteynberg (1888-1957), Revolutsyoner un natsyonaler denker: tsu zayn 50stn yortsayt

VI. Intervyuen

Dray naye iberzetsungen fun Tevye der milkhiker

● Hebreishe iberzetsung — an intervyu mit Dan Miron● Englishe iberzetsung— an intervyu mit Eliza Shevrin● Denishe iberzetsung — an intervyu mit Yan Shvarts

Dos iberzetsn di eygene mame — intervyu mit Golde Morgentaler, di tokhter fun Khave Rozenfarb

Yisroel Berkovitsh (1921-1988): Der kop un di neshome fun dem yidishn teater in Rumenye — Intervyu mit D"r Miryem Berkovitsh

Yidish un film — a kleyner renesans: Intervyu mit dem Yidish-film-meyven Erik Goldman

English Author’s Preface — Sheva Zucker

English Introduction — Kathryn Hellerstein

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