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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)

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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Joshua Aaron Fishman (1926-2015)
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research deeply mourns the passing of Dr. Joshua Aaron Fishman, a member of the YIVO family from its early beginnings in America. Dr. Fishman, a student and disciple of YIVO founder Max Weinreich, made signficant contributions to YIVO and its research and literary publications. He was a world renowned scholar and author in the field of socio-linguistics and Yiddish studies. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his beloved wife, Gella, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May his memory be a blessing.

March 10—The home movies featured in Letters to Afar were taken by NY Jewish immigrants who traveled back to Poland to visit during the 1920s and 30s. How do we view these films generations later? Read more...

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David E. Fishman as the Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar in East European Jewish History for the Spring 2015 semester. 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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