About Chicago YIVO

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Founded in 1925 in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania), as the Yiddish Scientific Institute, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the history and culture of Ashkenazi Jewry and to its influence in the Americas.

Headquartered in New York City since 1940, today YIVO is the world’s preeminent resource center for East European Jewish Studies; Yiddish language, literature and folklore; and the American Jewish immigrant experience.

The Chicago YIVO Society brings Yiddish and Jewish programming to the metropolitan Chicago area, including free lectures and performances. It publishes a newsletter and provides stipends to young scholars to attend the Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, the intensive summer language course co-sponsored by YIVO and Columbia University.

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