A GLOBAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR JEWISH CULTURE
Yiddishkayt Initiative (YI) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that celebrates and promotes Jewish history, life, and culture and their positive and far-reaching impact on the world. From performing arts, publishing, and education to language, philosophy, and literature, YI offers a global clearinghouse of Jewish culture and entertainment. We work with a wide range of organizations, including Federations, JCCs, synagogues, Hadassah chapters, Hillel chapters, men’s groups, women’s guilds, special interest clubs, youth groups, summer camp programs, and educational institutions.
YI LOVE JEWISH CULTURE!
“Culture is not only the product of Jewish life, but it’s also a portal into Jewish life. It connects people to community — for those of us who work in the community, it’s very exciting to see how culture touches people.”
“It’s important for the next generation of Jewish people to keep our legacy alive — through our culture, through whatever religious connotation they have. Sometimes that means just seeking out pockets of Judaism in your social life, like meeting up with friends for a Shabbat dinner, but keeping our identity strong is ultimately their responsibility.”
“For thousands of years Yiddish was the language of Jewish knowledge and culture…and to forget that is to forget our past and then we will lose a part of our heritage, and that would be a terrible travesty. Everything about the Jewish culture has to be absorbed and articulated and passed to the next generation.”
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