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New Turtletaub Book!

December 21, 2011

Dr. Khane-Faygl Turtletaub (Chicago YIVO’s Leyenkrayz Leader) is pleased to announce that her new book Yiddish Songs for Children has just been published.

Yiddish Songs for Children is an 8×11 full-color book with a disc of 14 lively songs with a message, such as: it is good to listen to your parents, enjoy Shabbos, appreciate nature, and give charity.

The book includes Yiddish lyrics with English translation, Yiddish transliteration and musical score. A CD with all the songs (played by  musicians from the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra) is enclosed on the front cover.

To order Yiddish Songs for Children, contact:

Mame-Loshn Productions
8914 N. Central Park
Evanston, IL 60203

(847) 675-3335

Cost: $30 (including sales tax and regular postage)

Welcome, Khane-Faygl

May 23, 2011

Welcome to Chicago YIVO’s

New Leyenkrayz Leader

Khane-Faygl Turtletaub 

Chicago YIVO is pleased to announce that Dr. Khane-Faygl (Anita) Turtletaub is taking on the leadership of the leyenkrayz starting on May 12, 2011.

Dr. Turtletaub currently teaches Yiddish at Northwestern University, where she has been on the faculty since 2005. She has taught Yiddish at the Hebrew Theological College, the City Colleges of Chicago, and Spertus College, and was affiliated with the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Learning. Khane-Faygl edited and was featured in Breaking Ground: Careers of 20 Chicago Jewish Women by Beatrice Michaels Shapiro.

Her latest projects are two books scheduled for publication in Summer 2011 — Original Yiddish Songs for Children, for which she wrote the lyrics and music, and Hans Christian Anderson Stories in Yiddish, which she edited. Both books are illustrated by the Jerusalem-based artist, Liz Elsby, and published by Mame Loshn Productions.

Click HERE to read our complete Summer Bulletin for 2011.

Kudos, Alan

May 23, 2011

Parting Words from Chicago YIVO’s

Longtime Leyenkrayz Leader Alan Todres

Dear Friends,

Just a few hours ago I could have said:

zayt nokh nit gezunt, ikh for nokh nit avek

But now, leyenkrayzniks, it’s really farewell and be well.

I’ve had a wonderful time leading the group on behalf of Chicago YIVO. I am especially grateful for the enrichment provided by the leyenkrayz members, who have such a diversity of backgrounds, life experiences, interests, and languages. As to languages, we have native (or near native) speakers of Yiddish, Polish, Hebrew, German, Russian, Lithuanian, …. With all of these talents around the table, even the most obscure passages have become thoroughly intelligible, and the texts have been subject to interesting comments and discussion, with great mutual benefit.

Especially helpful to our activities has been the use of digital Yiddish texts available on line (thanks go to the enthusiasts who have labored to achieve this), which makes for easy distribution by e-mail, with individuals able to print out their own copies and review them ahead of time. That started in full measure in January, 2009, and a list of the texts we covered from then through April 2011 can be found on the Chicago YIVO Society website. It’s a good start, but there’s a vast literature out there, so keep up the good work.

As Sholem Aleykhem wrote, in 1902:

abi me zol leyenen!

It’s great that Chicago YIVO has arranged for Khane-Faygl Turtletaub to take over the leadership of the leyenkrayz. Her first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 12:00 noon until 1:45 p.m., at the usual venue. Khane-Faygl will contact you in due course with the details.

With best wishes,

Alan Todres

April 12, 2011

Click HERE to read our complete Summer Bulletin for 2011.

Leyenkrayz: September ’09

September 1, 2009

Announcing the next meeting of the Chicago YIVO Leyenkrayz (Yiddish Reading Circle).

When: Monday, September 14 @ 1:30 p.m.

Location: Northtown Public Library in Rogers Park.

Chicago YIVO’s Leyenkrayz meets monthly.  To receive a pdf copy of this month’s reading &/or for more information, contact the coordinator: todres@yahoo.com.09SeptPostcard

Leyenkrayz: August ’09

August 8, 2009

Announcing the next meeting of the Chicago YIVO Leyenkrayz (Yiddish Reading Circle).

When: Monday, August 10 @ 2 p.m.

Location: Northtown Public Library in Rogers Park.

Chicago YIVO’s Leyenkrayz meets monthly.  For more information, contact the coordinator: todres@yahoo.com