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Material and Links for Yiddish Students

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Dictionaries for All Levels of Learners


The Online World of Yiddish


For Practicing Reading Skills!


For Practicing Listening Skills!


The Sound of Yiddishland



Modern English-Yiddish,Yiddish-English Dictionary

Uriel Weinreich


Bidirectional. Best dictionary for beginners. OCR optimized PDF for easy searchability. Click on thumbnail to download.

Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary

Solomon Beinfeld & Harry Bochner


Unidirectional. Best Yiddish-Engllish dictionary for intermediate and advanced students. Based Yitskhok Niborski's Yiddish-French dictionary. Click on thumbnail to register for online access.

Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary

Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath & Paul Glasser


Unidirectional. Best English-Yiddish dictionary for intermediate and advanced students. Based on the philological research of Dr. Mordkhe Shaechter.

Yiddish-English Dictionary

Alexander Harkavy


An older bidirectional dictionary aimed at Yiddish-speaking American immigrants, Harkavy's verterbukh is a cultural curiosity. Note the way English is transliterated in Yiddish in the English-Yiddish part of the book. Spelling in Harkavy's dictionary does not follow the modern standard for Yiddish. Nevertheless, occasionally a word can be found here that doesn't appear in other dictionaries.

Yiddish-Spanish Dictionary

Yakov-Yehoshua Lerman & Yitskhok Niborski


Excelente diccionario unidireccional. OCR-optimizado para búsqueda. Haga clic en la miniatura para descargar!

Useful Websites

Yiddish Book Center


Website of the Yiddish Book Center, one of the most important Yiddish libraries and cultural centers in the world. The site grants free access to tens of thousands of downloadable Yiddish books, audiobooks, articles, videos, and podcasts.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research


Website of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Browse the site to find online courses on Jewish history, sound recordings, an online museum, and much, much more.

In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies


An online journal of Yiddish Studies that contains academic articles, book reviews, and journalism on a vast range of topics.

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe


Online version of the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe containing almost two-thousand entries on writers, cultural figures, and topics of Jewish interest.

New York Public Library


Yiddish research guide covering general resources, articles and books, folklore, genealogy, linguistics, literature, music and dance, oral history, theater, film, radio, translation and student resources.

Az me zukh, gefint men!


Website of Professor Dov-Ber Kerler of Indiana University. Contains useful resources on old and modern Yiddish literature and culture.

Children's Literature

The texts here have all been translated and appear in the order in which they are listed in the excellent collection of Yiddish children's stories by Professor Miriam Udel, Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children's Literature.

Click on the thumbnails to download the Yiddish texts.

Click on the buttons below the thumbnails to hear audio recordings of the stories.



יעקבֿ פֿיכמאַן, ‏„שבת אין וואַלד״


יעקבֿ פּאַט, „דער וווּנדערלעכער לייב״

Spoken Word

The Yiddish Voice


A weekly radio show in Yiddish featuring interviews with Jewish Studies scholars and Yiddish cultural figures from across the globe.

Di Naye Idishe Sho


Un programa de radio semanal de la Fundación IWO en Buenos Aires, conducido por Abraham Lichtenbaum. El programa presenta debates en español sobre temas de interés yiddish. Un segmento al final del programa se presenta en yiddish.

Wexler Oral History Project


The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of more than 1,200 in-depth video interviews about Yiddish language and culture. Explore features, documentary films, and the full archival collection to learn something new about Jewish history, culture, and identity.

The Aheym Project


A linguistic and oral history project that includes Yiddish language interviews with approximately 380 people, most of whom were born between the 1900s and the 1930s. The interviews were conducted in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia between 2002 and 2012 by Dov-Ber Kerler and Jeffrey Veidlinger. The interviews include linguistic and dialectological data, oral histories of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, Holocaust testimonials, musical performances (including Yiddish folk songs, liturgical and Hasidic melodies, and macaronic songs), anecdotes, folk narratives, children's ditties, folk remedies, fragments of Purim plays, reflections on contemporary Jewish life in the region, and guided tours by local residents of sites of Jewish memory in the region. A book based on this project was published by Jeffrey Veidlinger in 2013, "In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine."


The Yiddish Song of the Week


An ethnomusicological project by Itzik Gottesman, the Yiddish Song of the Week is a treasure trove of Jewish folk music. Each recording is accompanied by a scholarly commentary, a Yiddish transcription, and a Romanized transliteration.

The National Sound Archive


The National Library of Israel's music library. Browse this site to discover a world of Jewish music, from Europe to the Middle East and beyond.

Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive


This site requires you to register for an account. Type "Yiddish" into the search bar and see what comes up!

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