News From The Naomi Foundation

Book Launch Party at the New York Public Library for Raising Secular Jews Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children, 1917–1950 by Naomi Prawer Kadar Introduction by David G. Roskies Through the lens of children’s literature, explore the largely untold story of secular Yiddish schools in America. **** This unique literary study of Yiddish […]

The recipients of the Kadar Family Award for Outstanding Research presented their groundbreaking work at the Board of Governors meetings at Tel Aviv University on Friday, May 20th. The Award is divided into two categories – the sciences and the humanities –with prizes for senior and junior researchers. This year, the Kadar Award was given […]

We are moved and excited to be reviewing applications from so many amazing organizations. The Naomi Foundation’s board of directors decided to move to an open application system in order to cast a wider net to encourage and build relationships with new organizations. We are overwhelmed (and overjoyed!) by the number of excellent and inspiring applications we received. […]

At a dedicated session of the annual JDC Board meeting in New York, three inspiring leaders told the story of Chotam, Teach First Israel, a young organization dedicated to placing highly motivated and well-trained teachers in underserved and challenging classrooms to bring equity to the education system in Israel. Wendy Kopp, the Founder of the […]

Professor Jeffrey Shandler shared film clips of Holocaust survivors performing in Yiddish with a mesmerized audience last night at the fifth annual Naomi Prawer Kadar Memorial Lecture at YIVO last night. Shandler, a professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, spoke about the ways in which Holocaust survivors incorporate Yiddish into their stories. He drew from the […]

Read about In Geveb’s Launch (and launch festivities!) in the  Forward article, or in the Wash U Newsroom profile on Saul Noam Zaritt. Better yet, go give In geveb, an exciting online journal of Yiddish studies which received a seed grant from the Naomi Foundation, a read yourself.

Scientists presented their work and spoke to colleagues and students at the second GRTF Meet & Greet on November 3rd. The gatherings, which are held at TAU in the spring and the fall, promote conversation around the advanced work being done by GRTF Fellows at TAU and are attended mainly by scientists across disciplines. GRTF […]

Harvard Professor Emeritus, Ruth Wisse, spoke yesterday at the 4th annual Naomi Prawer Kadar Memorial Lecture at YIVO on “Abraham Sutzkever: The Power in Poetry.” Wisse discussed Sutzkever’s coming of age in Vilna in the 1920s and 30s when Yiddish poetry was the favored creative outlet of its Jewish youth. For him, poetry—but only if […]