Founding Director and CEO of CIYCL
Miri Koral has a passion for Yiddish which she has exercised for over 25 years as an educator, translator, prize-winning bilingual writer, dialect coach for tv and film, events producer, and international speaker.
In 1999 Miri founded the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language (CIYCL) in response to the critical need to foster in Los Angeles and beyond a more encompassing and engaging grasp of the rich depth and breadth of the endangered Yiddish heritage. For over two decades, CIYCL has long since achieved a reputation for offering the most active, high quality and comprehensive Yiddish cultural and educational programming on the West Coast.
Miri is also the Continuing Lecturer in Yiddish at UCLA where she has been teaching language, literature, and film for over 20 years. She teaches Yiddish language at all levels online for the Workers Circle, YIVO, and privately as well.
Her original Yiddish works and English translations have appeared in numerous print and on-line publications. Her most recent book-length translation is a biography entitled, Jacob Dinezon, the Mother Among Our Classic Yiddish Writers, by Shmuel Rozhanski (Jewish Storyteller Press (2016).
She holds degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University and is a native Yiddish speaker.