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About the Max Weinreich Center



Max Weinreich teaching Yiddish at City College of New York [1947]
Collection of the YIVO Archives

YIVO's Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, established in 1968, is dedicated to education and to the advancement of research in the areas of Jewish life and culture. Named after renowned scholar and YIVO founder Max Weinreich, the center works to make YIVO's unique resources and its specialized knowledge available to universities and other institutions of higher learning, to encourage study and promote research concerning the life and culture of East European Jewry and related topics, to marshal the intellectual resources in this field of scholarship, and to assist young scholars in qualifying for work in this field.

Under a charter from The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, the Max Weinreich Center offers graduate level seminars and fellowships in the fields of Yiddish language, literature,  and culture, as well as Jewish history, ethnography, and folklore. It sponsors public lectures and scholarly conferences and oversees the publication of journals and books.

The pioneering Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, also established in 1968 and now held in conjunction with Bard College, continues to thrive as a major program of the Max Weinreich Center.

For more information contact Jennifer Young, Director of Education, at (917) 606-8290, or e-mail her at