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Photo Babylonia Talmud - Tractate Baba Kamma. Commissioned by Amschel Moses Rothschild and handed down in the Rothschild family for five generations. Frankfurt, 1721-22. (YIVO Archives)

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in Vilna, Poland, in 1925, and relocated to New York City in 1940 with the mission to study the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia in all its aspects: language, history, religion, folkways and material culture. Today YIVO's Archive and Library preserve the largest and most significant collection of materials on this subject in the world, and our mission remains the same. YIVO offers cultural events and programs throughout the year, including lectures, concerts, films, exhibitions and symposia. YIVO also offers adult education and Yiddish language programs, scholarly publications, research opportunities and fellowships.


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The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce a generous anonymous challenge grant of $1,160,000 – and a new name – for its landmark international project to preserve, digitize, and virtually reunite YIVO’s prewar library and archival collections, located in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania. Read more...

The first meeting of a Lithuanian Government-designated joint commission, bringing together various governmental officials and Jewish representatives from the Lithuanian Jewish Community and international Jewish organizations took place on May 7, 2015, in Vilnius. Read more...


**Change of Date: The Pious Ones**
Please note that this event, scheduled for June 1, will now take place Tuesday, June 23.

YIVO cordially invites you to join us on June 18 as we honor actor, musician, and civil rights activist Theodore Bikel. Read more...


May 21—In this talk, Miriam Trinh presents the two writers’ reactions to the Holocaust from the twin Jewish perspectives of ghetto and exile. Read more...

Applications are now open for the 2015 Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture! Program Dates: June 29 - August 7, 2015. Read more...

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David E. Fishman as the Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar in East European Jewish History for the Spring 2015 semester. Read more...

Starting in February, YIVO offers Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Yiddish language classes, along with courses on Jewish life in Vilna, and rare Yiddish songs from YIVO's sound archives. Register today! Read more...

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