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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 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

No shiva information is available. The family is planning a memorial to take place in the fall.

The Jury of the Jan Karski and Pola Nirenska Award has the pleasure to announce that Mr. Piotr Matywiecki of Warsaw, Poland was named the recipient of the Karski Award for the year 2014.

Read the English press release here.
Read the Polish press release here.

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...

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 delighted to announce the launch of the YIVO Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland, at polishjews.yivoarchives.org. Read more...

Click here to read an article about the Digital Archive in The New York Times.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the publication of the Milstein Conference Proceedings, “New York and the American Jewish Communal Experience,” published with the generous support of the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation and the Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation. Read more...

This year's Summer Program runs from June 23-August 1. Click here to learn more.

The YIVO Institute is pleased to announce that it has received two generous grants for work on the Sutzkever-Kaczerginski Collection, which contains some of the rarest documents held in the YIVO archives. Read more...

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the appointment of the first Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar, Dr. Steven Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. Read more...

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