[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements--Yitskhok Niborski from Paris Medem Yiddish Scene on the Yiddish Voice, Weds June 26, 2019

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From: Mark David
Date: June 25, 2019

Yitskhok Niborski from Paris Medem Yiddish Scene on the Yiddish Voice, Weds
June 26 2019

Yitskhok Niborski from Paris Medem Yiddish Scene on the Yiddish Voice, Weds
June 26 2019

The Yiddish Voice continues its series of interviews with Yiddish
activitsts at the Paris Yiddish Center-Medem Library on Wednesday June 26
2019 at 7:30 PM with an interview with Yitskhok Niborski, airing in Boston
on WUNR 1600-AM Wednesdays at 7:30 PM and live-streamed via yv.org.

Yitskhok Niborski was born in Buenos Aires in 1947 and raised in a
Yiddishist, secular family. He attended the Yiddish schools that then
thrived in Buenos Aires and the Yiddish teachers' training academy
(Lerer-Seminar) with specialization in Yiddish literature. He moved to
Paris in 1979 to take up a position as Director of the Medem Library while
also teaching at the prestigious Ecole Nationale des Etudes Orientales. He
remained at the head of the Medem Library for over thirty years, helping to
turn the Medem Library-Paris Yiddish Center into one of the most active
Yiddish institutions in the world. He has devoted his entire adult life to
Yiddish education: in elementary schools, in classes for adults, and in
universities. He participated in publishing several Yiddish dictionaries
and textbooks, nobably the "Verterbukh fun Loshn-koydesh shtamike verter in
Yidish" (first edition 1997) and the "Dictionnaire Yiddish-Français"
("Yiddish-French Dictionary") (2002), both published by the Medem
Library-Paris Yiddish Center. He has also written and published over twenty
poems in Yiddish.

Other interviewees in this series are Ri J. (Reyze) Turner, whose interview
was aired on June 12 2019, and Gilles Rozier, whose interview will be aired
on an upcoming program, to be announced.

The interviews are conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, He is Professor Emeritus
of History at Washington University in St. Louis, and is perhaps best known
as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the "Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary"
("Arumnemik Yidish-English Verterbukh"), as well as a translator of Yiddish
texts and creator of new subtitles for classic Yiddish movies. The
Dictionary is based on the "Yiddish-French Dictionary" edited by Yitskhok
Niborski and published by the Medem Library/Paris Yiddish Center. Sholem's
connection with the Medem Library goes back many decades, beginning with
his Fulbright Fellowship in Paris as a graduate student.

The Yiddish Voice (Dos Yidishe Kol / דאָס ייִדישע קול), Boston's weekly
Yiddish-language radio show, is heard in the Boston area every Wednesday on
WUNR 1600 AM from 7:30 to 8:30 PM (Eastern) and live-streamed on the
Internet at www.yiddishvoice.com, and via Apple Podcasts at the following

For more information visit www.yiddishvoice.com, email radio at yv.org, follow
@TheYiddishVoice on Twitter, or call 617-730-8484.

Mark David

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