Yiddish Vokh (Week) - Summer 2006
We spent an amazing Yiddish immersion week
in Copake, New York organised by Yugntruf.
Around 150 participants (ranging
in age from around 4 months to over 80 years) ate, drank, spoke,
sang and participated in many varied sporting, social, cultural
and learning events - all entirely in Yiddish. Nili (known as
Nilke in Yiddishland) wrote a diary of events during this
week and wrote it entirely in Yiddish - presented here as a pdf
file: YiddishVokh.pdf (53K).
Refoyl's son Asher took a beautiful
sequence of candid photographs during Yiddish vokh which have
been collated on a page of Refoyl's website.
We also took many photographs from this wonderful
week and I have shown and described only a few representative
- Cultural and Learning Events:
- The reading of Yossl Birshtein's delightful
short stories by Sore Rokhl
- Analysing a historic talk given by Rabbi
Soleveitshik in 1961 presented by Meylekh
- Creating a Yiddish folkslid (with music)
in less than an hour by Refoyl.
Both the lyrics and the music of this beautiful song "Malkele
mayn lyalkele" are available as pdf files on Refoyl's
- A discussion on Perets by Eliye.
Taking a walk in the woods (shpatsir
in vald) (at much less than 15 mph!) with Tova'le from Argentina,
Albert from France, and Nilke from Ohio; and again a walk
in the camp with Meylekh and Shane in the background. Also
Nilke and Srulik relaxing
by the ozere (lake).
- Eating: A typical
lunch (Mitog moltseit) with "unzer
khaveirim": Lippe (from Argentina), Albert, Shaindl and
Yossel (from Baltimore). It was amazing to see how the elegant
polystyrene cutlery and leftover food was simply scooped up in
the tablecloth after each meal.
- The sad (umetik) parting: A final tea in "Tel Aviv" after midnight
- "freindshaft af eibik"
Shaindl and Nilke (standing) Lippe, Albert and Tova'le (seated)
and our well worn "Toyre" (Uriel's verterbukh) lying
patiently in front on the table, waiting for us to look up that
Izzi (known as Srulik in Yiddishland))