|A Call to Action: Building the YIVO Community Worldwide
||“YIVO is a European institution, a world institution and an American institution. None of these should be underestimated, since in the final analysis, they are three in one.” |
— YIVO Founder Max Weinreich, January 7, 1944
Did you know that in 1941 YIVO had an extended community in over thirty countries from Shanghai to Buenos Aires? Jews around the world helped build this important institution in various ways. Some were academics and theoreticians interested in this new burgeoning Jewish social science and zamlers or collectors who gathered materials on Jewish life in the Diaspora, while many others sought a secular Jewish response to modernity. YIVO served multiple needs of the community and quickly became the intellectual center of the Diaspora.
Today, YIVO continues in this tradition. Our members are instrumental in helping us fulfill our mission to perpetuate and disseminate knowledge of Ashkenazi civilization around the world. YIVO accomplishes this mission through its activities – collections management, original research and publications, education and public programs. YIVO is dynamic, intellectually vibrant, and inclusive. Together, with your support, we can examine and address issues of importance to contemporary Jewish life while standing firmly on the shoulders of intellectual giants such as Max Weinreich, Shimon Dubnov, Chaim Zhitlowsky, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and many others.
We invite you to join us in this undertaking – to create a Jewish community that is transnational and steeped in knowledge of our traditions but progressive in its approach to Jewish life in the 21st century. Members enjoy tiered benefits that include discounts on classes and public programs, priority access to exhibitions and special member only events. See reverse side of this letter for more detail.
Become a member today!
With thanks and appreciation,
Jonathan Brent Suzanne Leon
Executive Director Director of Development
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