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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 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 launch of The YIVO Vilna Project, a seven-year international project to preserve, digitize and virtually reunite YIVO’s prewar archives located in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania, through a dedicated web portal.. Read more...

Read the New York Times article, "Split Up by Holocaust, Top Collection of Yiddish Works Will Reunite Digitally" (Oct. 2, 2014).

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.

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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