Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl
The Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl explores and remembers our roots and keeps our language (mamaloshen) alive through history, literature, music, news, films, and our life stories.  
This is a friendly, heymish group. All levels of ability are welcome.  Most of our programs are in Yiddish, but English is spoken as well. 

We meet the second Sunday morning of each month (sometimes modified by holidays), 10:00 a.m., October 2012 through May 2013, at
the Sabes Jewish Community Center
4330 Cedar Lake Road South
Saint Louis Parkl, MN 55416

(952) 381-3400

Membership is $15 per year for JCC members and $20 per year for non-members. 

Programs are open to the public and the cost for guests is $3 a time.  Usually once a year we have a concert and the cost is $5.00. 

Members receive a program flyer each month in the mail.

2012 - 2013 CALENDAR Light refreshments follow each program.
No Program this month due to Yontif
A zis and gut nay yor.

October 14, 2012

10:00 a.m. to

Sabes JCC

Tevye -- (Tevye the Milkman)
(USA, 1939)
The beloved musical "Fiddler on the Roof" is based on the stories about Tevye the Milkman.  Tevye was the first non-English language film to be named "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress and selected in 1991 for preservation in the National Film Registry.
This classic story is by Sholem Aleichem (the pen name of Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich) acknowledged and celebrated as a leading Yiddish author and playwright in the early 20th century.  He was called the Jewish Mark Twain.  (
When Twain heard the writer called "the Jewish Mark Twain", he replied "Please tell him that I am the American Sholem Aleichem."
It is a wonderful dramatization of the clash between tradition and modernity, parental authority and love, customs and enlightenment -- all foreshadowed by the anti-semitism of rural Ukraine. Several scenes stand out as classically memorable.
In Yiddish and restored with new English subtitles and made available by the National Center for Jewish Film. Directed by and starring Maurice Schwartz. 
96 minutes

November 11, 2012

200 p.m.

Sabes JCC

Cantor Michael Smolash

Joyous Yiddish Musical Concert

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the
Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl

with special guest artist,

Cantor Michael Smolash
of Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Michael Smolash has worked in musical theater across Canada and played starring roles in Forever Plaid, The Fantasticks, and The Producers in Toronto.  He is a member of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association, the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists, and the American Conference of Cantors. He has served as the  president of the Michigan Board of Cantors. He has written and arranged liturgical music and produced CD's and DVDs.  He is sought after for new commissions and gala concerts.
He premiered several new works for voice and orchestra by Stephen Glass; portrayed the role of King David in a new oratorio by Eyal Bitton, and was the featured soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  His outdoor summer services at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield have drawn 2,000.

Cantor Michael, an engaging young man, will share a celebration of his Yiddish roots with song and dance and a flair that will make this a freylakh musical experience for all who attend.  All ages will enjoy his beautiful lyric tenor voice. This extraordinary Yiddish musical event is not to be missed!

December 9, 2012

10:00 a.m. to

Sabes JCC

Yiddish Humor
A Freylikh Yiddish Vinkl
Mankoff New Yorker

January 13, 2013

10:00 a.m. to

Sabes JCC

History of Yiddish Composers and Authors
(more soon)

Third Sunday,
February 17, 2013

2:00 p.m.

Sabes JCC


Live music, Colorful, madcap merry-making
Judith Eisner and friends,

plus Lev Mailer and Vinkl members
act out story of Mordecai, Esther, Haman.

Music, dancing, audience participation.


A freylakh favorite with all ages, followed by

light sweets and hamentashen.

Purim Shpil             http://www.muchnikarts.com/        

March 10, 2013

10:00 a.m.

Sabes JCC

(Program to be announced)

April 14, 2012

10:00 am to

Sabes JCC

by AlexanderVaisman

A Program of Yiddish Song
Jerry Siegel

May 19, 2013

10:00 a.m. to

Sabes JCC
Shpil - Play - Staged Reading
"Toyt fun a Handler"
"Death of A Salesman"

Tuesday Shmuesday and
Yiddish Vinkl members will
read the play in Yiddish
with English synopsis for the audience
Very poignant and satisfying program
 to end our season.
(More information later.)

Summer 2013
Yiddish Dictionary Online -- ייִדיש ווערטערבוך אויפֿן וועב
A list of words and phrases sorted by Yiddish spelling, with Latin character spelling and English translation.

History: See the 2010-2011 calendar here.
See the 2011-2012 calendar here.

An outgrowth of the Yiddish Vinkl is the "Tuesday Shmuesday "group.  Anyone who can speak Yiddish is welcome. There is no charge. 
Members meet 11:30 a.m. at the Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

E-mail us at:
post (at) minneapolisyiddishvinkl (dot) com
Minneapolis photo by William Wesen 2006 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SaintAnthonyFalls.jpg