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Photo Babylonia Talmud - Tractate Baba Kamma. Commissioned by Amschel Moses Rothschild and handed down in the Rothschild family for five generations. Frankfurt, 1721-22. (YIVO Archives)

Due to inclement weather, YIVO will close at 3:00pm on Monday, January 26 and will remain closed on Tuesday, January 27, reopening on Wednesday, January 28.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in Vilna, Poland, in 1925, and relocated to New York City in 1940 with the mission to study the thousand-year history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia in all its aspects: language, history, religion, folkways and material culture. Today YIVO's Archive and Library preserve the largest and most significant collection of materials on this subject in the world, and our mission remains the same. YIVO offers cultural events and programs throughout the year, including lectures, concerts, films, exhibitions and symposia. YIVO also offers adult education and Yiddish language programs, scholarly publications, research opportunities and fellowships.


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Dr. Yitzhak Arad's acceptance speech for the YIVO Lifetime Achievement Award

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January 28, 2015 at the Museum at Eldridge Street - Celebrate the release of Toyznt Tamen = A Thousand Flavors, a new recording by Yiddish singer and songwriter Miryem-Khaye Seigel. Read more...

Starting in February, YIVO offers Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Yiddish language classes, along with courses on Jewish life in Vilna, and rare Yiddish songs from YIVO's sound archives. Register today! Read more...

Applications are now open for the 2015 Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture! Program Dates: June 29 - August 7, 2015. Read more...

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rakhmiel Peltz as the inaugural Atran Visiting Professor of Yiddish Language and Linguistics. Read more...

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