Yiddish Voices of Kensington Part II, with Vivian Felsen

Yiddish Voices of Kensington Part II: The Everyday Lives of the Early Jewish Immigrants


An Online Talk with Vivian Felsen

Presented by Miles Nadal JCC, in Partnership with the UJA Committee for Yiddish
and the Ontario Jewish Archives

In this companion to Vivian’s Yiddish Voices of Kensington: From Radical Poets to Rabbinical Scholars, this virtual lecture highlights the occupations and preoccupations of Toronto’s early Yiddish-speaking immigrants between 1900-1920, including finding employment, starting a business, courtship and marriage, fraternal organizations and benevolent societies, Yiddish vaudeville and theatre, and the impact of events in Canada and the outside world.

Recorded live from Toronto | February 16, 2023

Vivian Felsen is a Toronto translator of both French and Yiddish into English. Her translations from Yiddish have earned her a variety of awards, including the Canadian Jewish Book Award and the J. I. Segal Award. In 2018, she was named a Finalist for a Governor General's Literary Award for her translation from French of J. I. Segal: a Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu

The recording of Part One of this lecture series, "From Radical Poets to Rabbinical Scholars," is available to view in our archive: Yiddish Voices of Kensington: Part I