Past CFY Lectures

A Disenchanted Elijah: S. Ansky's Destruction of Galicia, with Marc Caplan

Dr. Marc Caplan discusses Russian and Yiddish author S. Ansky's 1920 first-person account of the anti-Jewish pogroms at the border of the Russian and Austrian empires during World War I, Khurbn galitsye ("The Destruction of Galicia"). Learn More and Watch the Recording

The Legacy of the Yiddish Writer Deborah Vogel, with Anastasiya Lyubas

In this Holocaust Education Week lecture, Dr. Anastasiya Lyubas presents the literary legacy of Debora Vogel, a significant and mostly forgotten Yiddish writer who was murdered in the Lwow ghetto. Learn More and Watch the Recording

A Jewish Refugee in New York, with Anita Norich

Fun Lublin biz Nyu-York, written in 1941 and newly translated by Anita Norich, explores the themes that were central to Kadya Molodovsky's work: Immigration and acculturation, World War II, and women's place in a changing world, Yiddish. Learn More and Watch the Recording

Celebrating the Poetry of Simcha Simchovitch

Join Gerry Kane and Cantor Sidney Ezer as we pay tribute to the legacy of award-winning Canadian Yiddish and English writer Simcha Simchovitch. Learn More and Watch the Recording

When Jesus Spoke Yiddish, with Naomi Seidman

Prof. Naomi Seidman traces the history of the Yiddish New Testament, from earlier translations that stayed close to Luther's renowned German translation, and 20th-century translations that attempted to produce a more Jewish Yiddish, and hence a more Jewish Jesus. Learn More and Watch the Recording