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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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Dr. Yitzhak Arad's acceptance speech for the YIVO Lifetime Achievement Award

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March 5—Join a panel of leading food writers, purveyors and restaurant owners for a panel discussion about the powerful connection between Jewish food and East European Jewish memory. Location: Museum of the City of New York. 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...

public program In Memoriam: Shloyme Krystal, 1912 - 2015
The Board of Directors and the staff of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research express their deep sorrow at the passing of long-time YIVO Board member, close colleague and good friend Shloyme Krystal.

Known for his love for YIVO and dedicated for decades to YIVO’s ideals and mission, Shloyme is survived by his beloved son Arthur, his beloved daughter Helen, and his dear sister Shifra Mendelsund, his nieces and nephews, extended family, and many good friends. He was predeceased by his sister Hannah Fryshdorf, Assistant Director of YIVO for many years.

He will be deeply missed.

Jonathan Brent, Executive Director
Ruth Levine and Jonathan Mishkin, Co-Chairs of the YIVO Board of Directors

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...

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. Rakhmiel Peltz as the inaugural Atran Visiting Professor of Yiddish Language and Linguistics. Read more...

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