Yiddishkayt is the premier Yiddish cultural and educational center in Los Angeles, presenting a millennium of European Jewish life to new generations — creatively and inclusively and outside the confines of academic and religious institutions.
Since our inception in 1995, Yiddishkayt has embraced the multicultural richness of Los Angeles to strengthen consciousness and foster the growth of all things Yiddish and that reflect European Jewish culture’s contemporary legacy. With groundbreaking language education and cultural programs, inventive partnerships, large-scale events, and innovative online communications focusing on the creativity of Yiddish culture, Yiddishkayt charts a new way for Jewish culture to evolve and adapt in the twenty-first century.
- The art, culture, and language of Eastern European Jews—as they lived in Europe and in the places they settled—have a crucial role to play in the mosaic of cultures that form our communities;
- We must share the treasure of Yiddish and the diversity of historical Jewish culture, exploring neglected or disappearing ways of being Jewish, in order to help build a more inclusive and democratic society;
- The lessons of cultural history are more important than ever and learning about our shared cultural treasures opens us up to the riches, not only of our own past, but also of the cultures around us;
- The experience of Ashkenazic Jews throughout the world is a crucial bridge connecting our history to the present globalized world of displaced people, immigrants, and exiles;
- By approaching Jewish culture in the most pluralistic way possible, we understand what history teaches us about being a mentsh, a compassionate human being in an often hostile world.