Past CFY Lectures

Stories by Yiddish-Speaking Immigrants, with Vardit Lightstone

The UJA Committee for Yiddish and the Ontario Jewish Archives present a Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Lecture on May 2, 2021 with Vardit Lightstone, "'Why wear fur at the end of May?': Stories by Yiddish-Speaking Immigrants of Their Arrival in Canada (1890-1930)" Learn more and watch the recording.

Debora Vogel: Wandering Star of Yiddish Literature, with Anastasiya Lyubas

Presenting U of T Research Fellow and author Anastasia Lyubas in conversation with Miri Koral from the California Institute of Yiddish Culture and Language in a live Zoom event. Recorded live on Zoom, Sunday, January 10, 2021, 2:00pm EST Learn More and Watch the Recording

The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen Film Q&A

The TJFS encore presentation of the film "The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen" was followed on November 29, 2020 by a live Q&A Panel Discussion with Dr. May Cohen, her close friend Sharon Hampson (of Sharon, Lois & Bram), and Toronto Yiddish Vinkl's Sol Hermolin. Learn More

On the Edge of the Volcano:Yiddish Literature in Berlin, with Rachel Seelig

Dr. Rachel Seelig discusses the rich literary culture that flourished in exile in interwar Berlin, the conditions of its rise, and the events that led to its demise on the eve of the Third Reich. Learn More and Watch the Recording

The Yiddish Voices of Kensington Market, with Vivian Felsen

Vivian Felsen talks about the mostly forgotten yet truly remarkable literary activity of this largely working-class, Yiddish-speaking community, and the uniqueness of its writers. Learn More and Watch the Recording