Welcome to the First Ever YI LOVE NY Yiddishfest 2019!

Immerse yourself in the joy of Yiddish culture — laugh, sing and celebrate the very essence of Hanukkah at YI Love New York YiddishFest 2019, happening throughout New York City, Dec. 21-29.

For millennia, Jewish culture has been shaped by the issues surrounding Hanukkah — religious freedom, identity, conquering oppression and a love of artistic expression. During this festival of miracles and light, YI Love New York YiddishFest 2019 will capture the various facets of Jewish and Yiddish culture in a multimedia celebration that has a bisl something for everyone.

Grab Your Latkes, Bring Your Dreidel and Join Our Cultural Simkha Celebration

Gather up the mishpukhe (family) and steep yourself in what brings Yiddish culture to life — the arts. Over nine days, multiple Jewish cultural organizations will come together for this unique festival that will include a series of theatrical presentations, Klezmer concerts, film screenings, lectures, panel discussions and famous personalities in the world of Yiddishkayt (Jewishness).

“There is a worldwide renaissance of Yiddish language and Jewish culture,” said Avi Hoffman, award-winning entertainer, Jewish cultural activist and co-founder of Yiddishkayt Initiative (YI), along with his mother, Miriam Hoffman, award-winning playwright, journalist, author and retired Columbia University Professor.

Citing the rise in popularity of Yiddish language projects like award-winning films, “Shehita” and “Menashe”; or the Netflix series “Shtisl”; as well as hit Yiddish theater versions of “Death of a Salesman” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” Avi and Miriam founded YI with the sole mission of preserving the great legacy of Jewish culture in general and Yiddish language and culture in particular.


Opening Gala at Symphony Space

Don’t miss the Opening Gala at Symphony Space as we honor the founder, Isaiah Sheffer, librettist, playwright, director and impresario.

According to the New York Times: “The stage was part of Mr. Sheffer’s life even before he was born; he was still in his mother’s womb when she appeared in a Yiddish play.”

The Great Ostrovsky: A Concert Presentation

The Great Ostrovsky: A Concert Presentation

A smart and soulful musical about an outsize, over-the-top star of the Yiddish theater in the 1920’s
The Heart of Yiddish: Remembering Isaiah Sheffer

The Heart of Yiddish: Remembering Isaiah Sheffer

Multimedia Tribute to Isaiah Sheffer (and Leonard Nimoy) by Susanna Sheffer & Avi Hoffman
Frank London & The Klezmer Brass All Stars

Frank London & The Klezmer Brass All Stars

Frank London and Deep Singh’s Sharabi plays Bagels & Bhangra with Special Guest Avi Hoffman

Shehita: Award-winning short film screening followed by discussion on Modern Yiddish Film and TV

Shehita: Award-winning short film screening followed by discussion on Modern Yiddish Film and TV

Award Winning Film Screening - Shehita (40 tix @ FREE) Award winning film screening followed by discussion
Yidlife Crisis’s Chewdaism

Yidlife Crisis’s Chewdaism

Yidlife Crisis’s Chewdaism Film and Presentation
Joe Papp at the Ballroom

Joe Papp at the Ballroom

Avi Hoffman adapts and recreates the singular concert given by legendary Broadway impresario Joe Papp at the Ballroom in Soho in 1978

Mirl - The Life and Works of Miriam Hoffman

Mirl – The Life and Works of Miriam Hoffman

Mirl - The Life and Works of Miriam Hoffman
Avi Hoffman & Professor Miriam Hoffman

Avi Hoffman & Professor Miriam Hoffman

Avi Hoffman

Avi Hoffman

Award-winning actor, director, producer and Jewish cultural activist

Reflections of a Lost Poet

Reflections of a Lost Poet

One-man play about the life of Itzik Manger
Exploring ‘God of Vengeance’ by Sholem Asch, with David Mazower

Exploring ‘God of Vengeance’ by Sholem Asch, with David Mazower

Exploring ‘God of Vengeance’ by Sholem Asch, with David Mazower
The Great Fyvush Finkel With Music by Phillip Namanworth and members of the original Cast

The Great Fyvush Finkel With Music by Phillip Namanworth and members of the original Cast

A Tribute to Emmy Award-winning actor Fyvush Finkel with excerpts from Finkel’s Follies, Cafe Crown

A People by Lauren Feldman

A People by Lauren Feldman

A People is a spectacle of ambitious scope, exploring and exploding the history & present of the Jewish diaspora.
The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz) a cine-concert: a screening of the foundational 1923 silent film.

The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz) a cine-concert: a screening of the foundational 1923 silent film.

The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz) a cine-concert: a screening of the foundational 1923 silent film.
‘Romerika’: The History of Yiddish Theatre

‘Romerika’: The History of Yiddish Theatre

Concert with Maestro Aaron Kula and Avi Hoffman

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YI Love NY Yiddishfest Schedule

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  • December 23


  • Recounting Joe Papp's Brooklyn Yiddish upbringing, his controversial political struggles and his revolutionary reconceiving of the creative process.
    Performance
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • December 24


  • Professor Hoffman’s momentous life and multidimensional works will be brought to life, exploring not only her original work, but also her reimagining of the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks and Sholem Aleikhem.
    Performance
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Reflections of a Lost Poet, written by Miriam Hoffman and performed by Avi Hoffman, is a one-man play about the life of Itzik Manger.
    Concert
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • December 25


  • A playwright, a novelist, a short story writer and journalist, Sholem Asch is one of the most popular Jewish writers in history.
    Discussion
    Performance

  • December 27


  • Synopsis: Moshe is an eighteen year old Hasidic Jew, who after the recent death of his father is given to manage the family’s farm by himself with his wife.
    Concert
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Join Maestro Aaron Kula and award-winning entertainer Avi Hoffman as they celebrate the historical origins of the Yiddish Theatre in Romania and its evolution to mainstream world culture.
    Performance
    Theatre
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • December 28


  • Feldman’s work is known as theatrical, deeply intimate and ambitious. Come and discover the personal exploration of her Jewish identity in “A People”.
    Lecture
    Yiddish Language
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Grammy-winning trumpeter Sir Frank London of The Klezmatics and Grammy-nominated percussion virtuoso Deep Singh transform Irving Fields’ classic 1959 LP Bagels & Bongos into a slamming Yiddish-infused Punjabi bhangra party!
    Theatre
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • December 29


  • Discover 'The Great Ostrovsky' - The ‘Lost’ musical love letter to the Yiddish Theater by legendary Broadway songwriter Cy Coleman and bestselling author Avery Corman.
    Concert
    Performance
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003


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  • $18 Performances

    Concerts, Theatre, Legacies.
  • Joe Papp at the Ballroom
  • Mirl - The Life and Works of Miriam Hoffman
  • Reflections of a Lost Poet
  • The Great Fyvush Finkel
  • ‘Romerika’: A Legacy of Yiddish Theatre
  • Frank London and Deep Singh’s Sharabi plays Bagels & Bhangra
  • The Great Ostrovsky: A Concert Presentation
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  • Free Performances & Films

    Films, Screenings, Performances & Discussions
  • Exploring God of Vengeance: The Basis of ‘Indecent’
  • Shehita
  • Alicia Svigals: The Ancient Law
  • New Jewish Voices: Selections from ‘A People’ by L M Feldman
  • Free
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