Help us keep the shining light of Yiddish culture alive for this and the next generations in Israel

$11,348   raised
GOAL: $18,000

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We would like to build new shelving to display a representative sample of 12,000 of our unique, varied library collection comprising of 60,000 Yiddish books.

Over the years, with our ever-growing book collection, the YUNG YiDiSH Library and Cultural Centre in Tel Aviv has run out of shelving space. This year we have received large donations from individuals and decommissioned libraries. For now, the books are safe-guarded and protected, packaged and stacked, but the need to build new shelving has become urgent.

We want to make our unique collection available to Yiddish cultural enthusiasts, Israeli youngsters, international visitors and contemporary Haredi speakers alike.  Several times a week we hold educational events showcasing these treasures of Yiddish culture.

We have about 8000 visitors every year.

  

We have been collecting Yiddish books in Israel for over 28 years.

The YUNG YiDiSH Library and Cultural Centre in Tel Aviv is an internationally known non-profit organisation keeping alive the Yiddish language and culture for the next generations in Israel. We have been collecting Yiddish books from members of the public and from decommissioned libraries and making them available on open shelves to Yiddish-enthusiasts for over a quarter of a century. Currently, we are the only organisation in Israel who offers this service. Our volunteers receive a call, make an appointment, travel to the donors home, meet people, receive books, transport, shlep, catalogue, preserve and protect and make available thousands of books every year.

Our unique and varied collection of 60,000 Yiddish books is the only open access Yiddish library in Israel.

Our activities:

The unique nature of our collection has permitted us to create numerous themed book exhibits. We continue to host book launches, art exhibitions, public lectures. For years, we have been running weekly Yiddish language classes, and weekly Yiddish conversation meetings. We run a full program of Yiddish cultural events, song evenings, cabarets, theatre performances, with artists from Israel and all over the world. This year for the first time we will run a week-long contemporary spoken Yiddish immersion course in our library premises.

    

Our plans: 36 floor-to-ceiling 2.5m and 4.5m purpose-built fitted wooden bookcases!

We have detailed plans to remodel our ample 400m2-space. Making full use of the 4.5-metre internal height of our location at the Central Bus station in Tel Aviv, we intend to build 36 floor-to-ceiling wooden bookcases all around our walls, with open space for exhibits at eye-level. Some of the smaller units will have glass cases to showcase our rarer, more valuable, more fragile books. Additionally, we will also set up a digitization station to be able to start to disseminate unique books and magazines over the web.

   

How will we build the shelves? In the most cost-effective way possible. We will buy the materials. Paid professional carpenters and volunteers will build purpose-built shelving. We will also upgrade our climatization system to provide better protection of our large collection. Appropriate shelf lighting will be fixed to illuminate our library as well as the exhibits.

When? As soon as we can! We have already started the preparatory work at YUNG YiDiSH. We will be able to start the building process in February and hope to finish it before our Contemporary Spoken Yiddish immersion week at LagBeOymer!

More about our unique book collection:

Our 60,000-strong collection is unique in Israel, comprising of fictional books including countless novels, drama and poetry, as well as non-fiction books, political literature, manifesti, almanachs, literary magazines and anthologies, encyclopedias and research literature, grammars and dictionaries. We have bound volumes of newspapers and magazines, including full sets of literary magazines, biographies and autobiographies, sheet music and songs, LP Records, Holocaust literature and testimonies, children books and study books, popular science books, teaching material, translations of world literature, Hassidic literature, religious books, art books, postcards, paintings and some Yiddish maps. Our books have been published all around a world  – from Vilna to Paris, from New York to Johannesburg, from Minsk to Mexico, from Warsaw to Buenos Aires, etc. A few of our books are very old and rare.  All our books come with their own histories, which they sometimes share with us through stamps and inscriptions. Alongside all the books, we have been entrusted with several personal archives including unpublished novel manuscripts, handwritten song collections, music sheets, theatre plays, jokes.

 

    

   

  

 

 

 

 

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Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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2021-11-21
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2021-11-21
Joyce Tamara
$100
"Mendy, your work has enriched my life, since the first time I witnessed your passion and dedication to mamaloshn, decades ago in Vilna. You will triumph again. Your work will bear fruit that nourishes generations to come. Keep Calm! Mir kumen on!"
2021-11-21
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2021-11-21
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"Zol lebn di yidishe shprakh un zol lebn Yung Yidish in Tel Aviv!"
2021-11-21
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2021-11-19
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2021-11-04
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2021-08-22
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$36
"Keep up your great work! - Ariel (Leybl) of Oxford."
2021-06-02
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$36
2021-04-08
Karen Goodman
$500
"In honor of Mendy Cahan's dedication to the cause of keeping Yiddish alive and for his own deep knowledge."
2021-02-08
Anonymous donor
$180
"בהצלחה!!"
2021-01-16
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2021-01-11
Mirjam Silber
"A ganeydn far ale, vos hobn lib yidishe bikher un yidishe kultur. Zayt gezunt! Hartsike grusn fun Daytshland, Mirjam Silber"
2021-01-10
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$360
2021-01-08
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2021-01-03
Svetlana Ershov
$54
2021-01-01
Gloria Fein
2021-01-01
Debra Brickner
$34
"This is dedicated to all those musicians who perform so beautifully at Yung Yiddish in Tel Aviv."
2021-01-01
Mark David מאיר דוד
$180
2020-12-31
Richard Gribetz
2020-12-31
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2020-12-30
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2020-12-30
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2020-12-30
Tomer Gardi
$100
"Go, ,Jung, Go!"
2020-12-30
Sybil Levine
$90
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
$72
"in memory of my father, Menachem (Mendi) Adler"
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
"In memory of Itskhok-Leyzer Vaisman, z"l"
2020-12-29
Dr. Beruriah Wiegand
$18
"א גרויסן יישר-כוח, מענדי און יונג-יידיש, פאר אייער הייליקער ארבעט לטובת יידיש"
2020-12-29
Dr. A. Zornberg
$50
"Bless you for your beautiful work!"
2020-12-29
Vivian Schul amselem
$36
2020-12-29
Daniel and rafael katz
$3600
"In memory of my parents haim and rachel katz"
2020-12-29
Ulla Krah, Wuppertal, Germany
$200
"I'm happy to have the opportunity to support you and your project, dear Mendy (and all the other people who are volunteers in this wonderful idea)!"
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
$20
2020-12-29
Alexandre fin Brissl
"Yiddish books where burned in Europe, Mandy is saving them now, with his volunteers, for our future! Poet is Mendy, Oumayn!"
2020-12-29
Tsipi Mercurio
$18
"Proud and appreciate your work"
2020-12-29
Bambi Katz
$36
2020-12-29
Yoni Oppenheim
2020-12-29
Robert Butin
$90
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
$36
2020-12-29
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$36
2020-12-29
Sarah Wiek
$100
"מיט א הארציקן גרוס טייערע חברים"
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
"Thanks to all of you. I'd like to hear more about programs and events in Jerusalem. I hardly get your emails anymore."
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
$108
"More politzes! More bikher! More YungYiddish!"
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
אליעזר צייזלר
$250
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
$36
"In memory of my dear sister Ethel Sum Cooper who was a devoted Yiddishist and loved to teach, speak and perform in Yiddish."
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
"In honor of the one and only Ruchele Ganef :-)"
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
Michal Govrin
$90
"Long live Yung Yiddish - our love and dream"
2020-12-29
Mark and Vera Ejlenberg
$180
"To support Yung Yiddish and Mendy for his incredible contributions to our culture"
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
"יישר כח ! זייער שיין, איך האב דיר ליב טייערע חברים"
2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
$36
2020-12-29
Yankale Klein
$54
"For the Life-Work of Mendy, the man and the legend. and for saving and preserving the Yidish treasure in Yung Yidish."
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
"Keep up the great work!!!!"
2020-12-29
Vera Szabo
"ש'כּוח, און זאָל װײַטער זײַן מיט מזל"
2020-12-29
Leonard and Sharon Cooper
$25
"We've been to and we love YUNG YiDiSH in Yerusalayim!!"
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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$18
"Yshar Coah Mendi!"
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
Ruth Levin
$36
"זאל זיין מיט הצלחה!"
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
Anonymous donor
$90
2020-12-29
Eda & Marvin Schiff
$90
"May this contribute to long life for Yung YiDDISH and the Yiddish language"
2020-12-29
In Honor of Yerakhmiel and Hinda Bryks
$360
"Shkoyekh Mendy for your devoted work. I have donated in honor and in memory of my father the Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks and my mother Hinda Bryks. Keep up your amazing work! Bella Bryks-Klein"
2020-12-29
Jenny Cherniavskaia
$60
2020-12-29
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$18
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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$18
2020-12-29
Shiffy
$36
"What a wonderful celebration, keep building and bringing together people, language and culture."
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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$180
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
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"Mit brukhe un hazlukhe"
2020-12-29
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"ישר-כח!"
2020-12-29
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2020-12-29
Dave and Karen
"Mazal tov!"
2020-12-29
David Mazower in memory of Sholem Asch
2020-12-29
Julie A Stone
2020-12-29
Blanka
$18
2020-12-29
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2020-12-28
Vivian Schul amselem
$50
"Good work. Congratulations and please: hold on!"
2020-12-24
Anonymous donor
$50
2020-12-24
GM
$90
2020-12-23
Bruce Oppenheimer
$54
2020-12-23
Anonymous donor
$90
"A very worthy cause and they do it right. Kol haKavod!"
2020-12-23
Anonymous donor
"May you continue your workk! It is incredibly important!!!"
2020-12-22
Itzik Gottesman and Emily Socolov
$36
2020-12-08
Wladimir Struminski
$54
"זאל זיין מיט מזל"
2020-12-08
Ziva Oded
$100
"Good luck! Great project"
2020-12-08
Miriam Wernick
$54
"A real treasure to be preserved for future generations"
2020-12-07
Maya Hadad
$10
2020-12-07
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2020-12-07
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2020-12-07
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2020-12-07
Noemi Schlosser and EmmanuElle Suzin
$54
"I would like to dedicate this contribution to Mendy himself, who is an inspiration and creative wizard if I ever saw one <3"
2020-12-07
Karin Wiek
$50
"איך בענק נאָך יונג יידיש"
2020-12-06
Anonymous donor
$90
"for Yung Yiddish for Chanukah so that it may shine"

Help us keep the shining light of Yiddish culture alive for this and the next generations in Israel

$11,348   raised
GOAL: $18,000

107

 Donors

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YUNG YiDiSH Library and Cultural Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv District, Israel

The YUNG YiDiSH Library and Cultural Centre in Tel Aviv is a non-profit organisation keeping alive the Yiddish language and culture for the next generations in Israel. We have been collecting Yiddish books from members of the public and from decommissioned libraries and making them available on open shelves to Yiddish-enthusiasts for over a quarter of a century. Currently, we are the only organisation in Israel who offers this service. We have existed for over a quarter of a century. We have amassed a library of about 60,000 volumes. The unique nature of our collection has permitted us to create numerous themed book exhibits. We continue to host book launches, art exhibitions, public lectures. For years, we have been running weekly Yiddish language classes, and weekly Yiddish conversation meetings. We have a full program of Yiddish cultural events, song evenings, cabarets, theatre performances, with artists from Israel and all over the world. We have about 8000 visitors a year, including student groups, Israeli and international tourists.

  • A plank of sturdy wood for a shelf
    13 claimed

    You give us wood for a shelf to hold 36 books. Wood that existed as a living being for decades. Your contribution brings nature into our library. With sturdy wooden shelving, our library will lasts for generations.You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop.

  • A pot of varnish like black honey to protect our bookcases
    10 claimed

    You give us a pot of varnish like black honey to protect our book cases from wear and tear. Remember we are an open access library, our books are taken off and put back on the shelves all the time! Your contribution will make our bookcases last for many generations. You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop.

  • A polished, ready shelf for our bookcase
    8 claimed

    You give us a cut-to-measure, varnished, fitted and polished wooden shelf ready to hold 36 Yiddish books telling their stories and histories for the next generations. You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop.

  • Shining light for our bookcases
    4 claimed

    Your contribution will keep the shining light of Yiddish culture alive by contributing state-of-the-art lighting for one of our bookcases. You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive a free concert ticket to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH!

  • A wooden beam to hold up our shelves
    10 claimed

    You give us a 4.5m-long wooden beam to hold up our shelves. You reach to the sky and stand firm! You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive a free concert ticket to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH!

  • A pair of wooden beams to support 18 shelves
    5 claimed

    You give us a pair of 4.5-m long wooden beams to support 18 shelves. Our books are relying on you! You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive a free concert ticket to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH!

  • Simple: a beautiful 2.5m wooden bookcase, varnished and fitted, ready for 900 Yiddish books
    2 claimed out of 36 available

    Pushet, simple! You give us a 2.5m tall made-to-measure, varnished, fitted, wooden bookcase. We need 9 of these and we can start building our dream library. Will put your name or the name of your choice on the bookcase to honour your contribution! You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive two free concert tickets to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH, and when you and your friend come, a l'khayim on the house to thank you!

  • A 4.5m-tall bookcase wooden bookcase, varnished and fitted, ready for 1,800 Yiddish books
    1 claimed out of 12 available

    You give us a 4.5m tall made-to-measure, varnished, fitted, wooden bookcase. We need 27 of these and we can start building our dream library. Your contribution will be named for you (or the name of your choice) so that Yiddish culture stays alive dor vador. You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive two free concert tickets to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH and when you and your friend come, a l'khayim on the house to thank you!! We will also send you a documentary video about the making of our new library.

  • A permanent exhibit space for educational content
    0 claimed out of 8 available

    Your generous contribution will allow us to create a permanent exhibit space. This will provide educational content about Yiddish culture for the next generations. The exhibit space will be named after you or the name of your choice, to mark your generosity. You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive two free concert tickets to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH and when you and your friend come, a l'khayim on the house to thank you! We will also send you a documentary video about the making of our new library.

  • You are a half-lamed vovnik!
    0 claimed

    Your contribution will allow for all the necessary changes to make our library truly interactive and state-of-the-art, ready for the current and subsequent generations. We will upgrade our catalogue, make it available online for readers from all over the world. We will digitize part of our collection. We will fully upgrade our climatization system. You give the books and the visitors the 21st-century experience and the fresh air they all need. Your contribution will not only ensure that our library will stand testimony for Yiddish culture for generations to come but also make it accessible to today's youth and to a global audience. Your contribution will be commemorated on a plaque by the entrance to YUNG YiDiSH! You are entitled to a free membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive two free concert tickets to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH, and when you and your friend come, a l'khayim on the house to thank you! We will also send you a documentary video about the making of our new library.

  • You are a lamed vovnik!
    1 claimed

    Your contribution will allow for all the necessary changes to make our library truly interactive and state-of-the-art, ready for the current and subsequent generations. We will upgrade our catalogue, make it available online for readers from all over the world. We will digitize part of our collection. We will fully upgrade our climatization system. You give the books and the visitors the 21st-century experience and the fresh air they all need. Your contribution will not only ensure that our library will stand testimony for Yiddish culture for generations to come but also make it accessible to today's youth and to a global audience. Your contribution will be commemorated on a plaque by the entrance to YUNG YiDiSH! You are entitled to a reduced rate membership of YUNG YiDiSH for a year! Our membership gives you borrowing rights and substantial discounts at all our events and in our shop. You will also receive two free concert tickets to come and enjoy an evening with us at YUNG YiDiSH, and when you and your friend come, a l'khayim on the house to thank you! We will also send you a documentary video about the making of our new library.

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