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.
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.”