Past CFY Lectures

The Holocaust in the Soviet Union: New Discoveries, with Anna Shternshis

Professor Shternshis discusses her discovery of previously unknown material in Russian archives unsealed after 70 years about the Holocaust in Soviet-occupied territory, including Yiddish music created by women and children. Learn More and Watch the Recording

Whitechapel Noise, with Vivi Lachs

Musician and author Vivi Lachs presents the Yiddish song and verse of pre-World War I London. Collectively known in Yiddish as kupletn, they convey the history of the period with humour, intensity, and passion. Learn More and Watch the Recording

Einstein's Theory of Relativity, with Jordan Chad

In 1921, Albert Einstein supervised the preparation and publication of a book that arguably became the most concise and accessible summary of his renowned theory of relativity. Written in Yiddish by Einstein's student Judah Leman, this book introduced Eastern European Jews to Einstein's…

Wit and Humor: Celebrating Sholem Aleichem, with Miriam Udel

We mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Sholem Aleichem, the greatest humourist of Yiddish literature, with a fascinating discussion of his impressive life and work led by Professor Miriam Udel.