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).
We took many photographs from this wonderful week and I have shown and described only a few representative ones below:
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
A discussion on Perets by Eliye.
Relaxation: 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
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 missing word.
Izzi (known as Srulik