Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center was founded in 1980 by Aaron Lansky, then a twenty-four-year-old graduate student of Yiddish literature (and now the Center’s president)
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In the course of his studies, Lansky realized that untold numbers of irreplaceable Yiddish books—the primary, tangible legacy of a thousand years of Jewish life in Eastern Europe—were being discarded by American-born Jews unable to read the language of their Yiddish-speaking parents and grandparents. So he organized a nationwide network of zamlers (volunteer book collectors) and launched a concerted campaign to save the world’s remaining Yiddish books before it was too late.

Bridge of Books


Yiddish Book Center Oct 25, 2011

The Story of the Yiddish Book Center: This engaging, often funny documentary chronicles the adventures of an enterprising 23-year-old named Aaron Lansky, who rallied together an international network of volunteers and set out to rescue the world’s Yiddish books. More than thirty years later, the Yiddish Book Center has rescued more than a million Yiddish books and helped save a rich diverse, and surprisingly modern literature from oblivion. A Bridge Of Books celebrates a pursuit that has become a powerful vehicle for the transmission of history, culture and identity across several generations.

Learn more about the Yiddish Book Center at http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org.

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