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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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This season we present a brand-new Artists and Scholars Series; lectures; panels; theater performances; an artist and scholar collaboration; pre-event study groups; post-show discussions and more.

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The Board of Directors and Staff of the YIVO Institute mourn the passing of Bel Kaufman, the legendary author and educator. In our community, Bel Kaufman was well known as the granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem. For more information on her life and work, click on the articles below:

Bel Kaufman: Obituary
Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School was Really Like, Dies at 103

A memorial service for Bel Kaufman will take place on September 17, 2014 at 4:00pm at The Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, East 68th Street between Park & Lexington Avenues (tel. 212-772-4448). The public is welcome.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Museum of the City of New York proudly announce the U.S. premiere of Letters to Afar, a groundbreaking video art exhibition by award-winning artists Péter Forgács and The Klezmatics. Read more...

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gennady Estraikh as the first Albert B. Ratner Visiting Scholar in East European Jewish Literature. Read more...

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