AS YOU WILL DISCOVER, YIDDISH IS MORE THAN A LANGUAGE.

“Preservation through innovation” since 1999    A California Non-Profit 501 C(3) Organization

פֿאַר װאָס ייִדיש?  פֿאַר װאָס איצט?

Why Yiddish?  Why Now?

Yiddish, as we have discovered, is more than a language.  It is our connection to the movements of our people—to the historical lessons which must not be un-learned or forgotten—and to the present-day movements of our Jewish life…

װאָס טוט אויף דער ייִדישער אינסטיטוט?

What Does the CIYCL Do?

CIYCL engages the best experts and creative talents today and invites people of all ages to sample (in a bi-lingual and hence accessible format) the riches of Yiddish culture:  its abundant sounds, wisdom, and written works.

UPCOMING YIDDISH EVENTS

You’re invited!

FEATURED CIYCL STAFF

Rathana Keo (CIYCL Chief Assistant) graduated UCLA with a B.S in Chemistry but was also a student of Yiddish. He has worked for CIYCL since August 2015. His Yiddish has allowed him to do a range of tasks, most importantly, editing and subtitling interviews of prominent Yiddish figures in LA (*Last Golden Links – Yiddish Treasures*). Working with these interviews has inspired him to begin a project of interviews of native Cambodian speakers in LA who had firsthand knowledge of the Khmer culture prior to the Khmer Rouge regime which destroyed it.