About This Site


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What is this material?

The materials on this site are organized into resource kits, each one exploring a thought-provoking text or theme. Each kit includes primary and secondary sources—including poems, photographs, audio recordings, film excerpts, and songs—as well as a guide to using them in the classroom, making it easy for teachers to enrich and expand their curricula.

Who put this site together?

This site was born out of the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Teacher Workshop, funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation. From 2018-2020, we brought together educators from Jewish day schools across the country to read and discuss key works of modern Jewish literature and culture,  and to develop materials to use in their classrooms. Over 80 kits were initially published on this site, written and developed by teachers, for teachers. 

The original site was co-curated and co-edited by Josh Lambert and Lesley Yalen, with Sadie Gold-Shapiro and Rebecca White as the site's assistant editors. It is now managed by Jennifer Young, the Yiddish Book Center's educational programs manager.

What’s New?

We have recently re-curated some of the resources on this site, and are in the process of adding new kits featuring Yiddish writers Chava Rosenfarb, Rokhl Auerbach, and Irena Klepfisz. Please be in touch if you have any questions! Email us at teachers@yiddishbookcenter.org

A note about the resources


All materials on this site are intended for educational use only and are provided to users at no cost. We are eager to appropriately credit the creators and owners of any material we use, and we work hard to obtain permission for use when permission is required. If you are the creator or owner of any materials on the site and object to their appearance here or to their attribution, please contact us at teachers@yiddishbookcenter.org.


About the Yiddish Book Center

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.