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 one Sunday of each month (sometimes modified by holidays), either at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. (See program listing for detail)
September 2014 through June 2015, 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.

2014 - 2015 CALENDAR Light refreshments follow each program.

September 14, 2014

2:00 p.m. 

Sabes JCC Theater

L'Shanah Tovah to all our Khaverim


Maggie Burton, vocalist, in concert with pianist Charles Lilienfeld share Yiddish favorites, Chazzanic renderings, show tunes, and Yiddish Art songs. 

Burton has been a featured guest vocalist with the International Association of Yiddish Clubs, Shira Chorale, The Dallas Brass, the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale . She has performed with the Minnesota Opera , Dale Warland Singers, the Morris Park Players and the Gillbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera company.

Mr. Lilienfeld, a pianist and composer is in demand as an accompanist, and is often a featured artist with the Thursday Musical.

Paid up members, free.  Guests, $5.00.

     Maggie Burton
Maggie Burton

October 12, 2014

10:00 a.m. 

Sabes JCC Theater

yiddish history

Yiddish Historical Perspectives

Professor Hy Berman

Markle Karlen leads us in a vocabulary lesson. 

Jerry Siegel will do a sing-along with song books for all.

November 9, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Sabes JCC Theater

Yiddish Film

G-d, Man and Devil (Got, Mentsh, un Tayvel)

USA, 1949
77 minutes | B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles

Director: Joseph Seiden 
Music: Sholem Secunda

Restoration and new English subtitles:
The National Center for Jewish Film

Based on a play by Jacob Gordin, God, Man and Devil centers on a wager between God and Satan that has dire consequences. Beware, the film cautions, when money sounds sweeter than music.

"... an all-star version of Jacob Gordin's God, Man and Devil was likely the costliest production of Seiden's career, and, thanks to his choice of material, also the best."
- J. Hoberman, Bridge of LIght

Michel Michalesko, Berta Gersten, Gustav Berger, Lucy Gehrman, Max Bozyk, Shifra Lehrer, Leon Schechter, Esta Salzman, Joshua Zeldis 

December 2013

Winter Break
No program.

January 2014

Winter Break No program.

February 8, 2014

10:00 a.m.

(To be announced)


March 1, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Purim Shpiel
Live Music
Judith Eisner and her Klezmorim

special guest Puppeteer Margo McCreary

the Sabes JCC Inclusion Young Adults,

Yiddish Vinkl's  actors and merrymakers.

There will be a colorful, "freylakh" production so come hiss and boo for Heyman and clap and cheer for Mordecai and Esther.

Hamentashen and Groggers too!

April 19, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Menorah Journal

Program change:

The Menorah Journal

"A prestigious publication of Jewish opinion - aiming to provide a forum for positive, intellectual relationship to Jewish tradition and belief."

Published 1915 - 1962

Professor Hyman Berman


Dorothy Marden
Dr. Markel Karlen

Music by

Rita Lusky and Judith Eisner


Doug Cole

May 17, 2015

2:00 p.m.


Program change:

The Sorcerer's Appentice

Music and Yiddish Narration of the complete work

"A first, not to be missed"


Readings from Moyse Nadir,

Celebrated as a "Language Master" and A Master of Satire

Moyshe Nadir 1885-1943

Moyshe Nadir 1885-1943

June 2015

(To be announced)
Summer 2014

Yiddish Research Bibliography and Guide

Revised 8/27/2014 - AmandaSeigel (at) nypl (dot) org

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

See the 2010-2011 calendar here.
See the 2011-2012 calendar here.
See the 2012-2013 calendar here.
See the 2013-2014 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