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 on Sundays (sometimes modified by holidays), usually at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. (See program listing for detail)
September 2015 through June 2016, at

the Sabes Jewish Community Center
4330 Cedar Lake Road South
Saint Louis Park, 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. Admission costs as listed. 

Members receive a program flyer each month in the mail.

2015 - 2016 CALENDAR Light refreshments follow each program.

September 2015

L'Shanah Tovah to all our Khaverim
No programs in September due to yontif


A gut, Gezundt un Zeis Yor , a Yor fun Sholom
tsu alamen from the Minneapolis Yidish Vinkl

October 18, 2015

2:00 p.m. 

Sabes JCC

A Delightful Musical Double Header

Guest artist
Amanda(Miryem-Khaye) Seigel

a Yiddish, singer, songwriter, and actor from New York City.
(Note to you: Several years ago, Amanda lived here in Minnesota and was a young member of our Vinkl). 

Amanda became a fluent Yiddish speaker in her 20's. She has performed, lectured and taught at Klez Kamp in NY, Klez Kanada, Yiddish Australia in Melbourne,and the Seminarium jezyka i kultury jidys in Warsaw, Poland. She appears frequently with the famed Folksbiene Yiddish
Theater in New York City.
She recently released her solo album
A Toyznt  Zamen, A Thousand Tastes
Amanda will be accompanied
by pianist Thomas Bartsch.

Also appearing in a special performance is local and national
favorite, the talented ethno-musician,  
Mark Stillman
His freylakh tunes are always a crowd pleaser.

You do not need to speak or understand all Yiddish to enjoy these performances.

Tickets at the door $5.00. Reception with the artists follows the program.

November 1, 2015

12:00 noon

Sabes JCC

Yiddish Film

His Wife's Lover (Zayn Vaybs Lubovnik)

USA, 1931
80 minutes | B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles

Director: Sidney M. Goldin 
Music: Ludwig Satz, Abraham Ellstein

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

Billed as the "first Jewish musical comedy talking picture," His Wifes Lover stars the popular Yiddish theater comedian Ludwig Satz in one of his only surviving film performances. This fast-paced, song-filled comedy benefits from location camerawork of New York City's Lower East Side. With a script by a female author, Sheyne Rokhl Simkoff, His Wife's Lover revels in its role reversals and love triangles all the while exploring the gender issues of the day.

"Ludwig Satz, the gifted tummler who prefigures such mainstream American clowns as Sid Caesar and Jerry Lewis gets to strut his gallery of oafs and rakes."
- Richard Corliss, Time

$5.00 if you call JCC to reserve a seat; $10.00 at the door.

Ludwig Satz, Isidor Casher, Lucy Levin, Lillian Feinman and Zita MaKar, Michael Rosenberg, Jacon Frank, Anne Shapiro

December 2015

Winter Break
No program.

January 2016

Winter Break No program.

February 2016

10:00 a.m

Yiddish Folk Music
Reflections on Yiddish Life

How the songs of the Pale of Settlement reflected on poverty, social activism, traditions and celebrations, rules, life and rituals, and on the challenges in the latter half of the 19th century.

With - Dorothy Marden, Markle Karlen, pianist Rita Lusky, violinist Gitlele Eisner, and readers Paula Mailer and Lev Mailer.  
Come listen, learn, and sing along.


Klezmer musicians at a wedding, Ukraine, ca. 1925 from the YIVO Encyclopedia.

March 13, 2016

3:00 p.m.
Carnival of the Animals
By French composer Camille Saint Saens
a multi-media presentation with live music, readings, and projected pictures
Judith Eisner and Friends

with a ten piece orchestra that mimics the animal sounds in each of these classical movements (2 pianos, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 base, 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 xylophone).

In 1949 Ogden Nash wrote funny animal poems to accompany the music. Currently, Boris Sandler, editor of the Yiddish Forward newspaper, The Forverts, and one of the most significant contemporary writers of Yiddish, has composed poems in Yiddish to accompany the music. (Used with permission from his book Nisht Geshtroygn, Nisht Gefloygfn, illustrated by Itella Mastbaum.)

Lev Mailer, drama coach and former screen actor will narrate in Yiddish;
Minnesota Public Radio host Mindy Ratner, will narrate in English.

Technical assistance by Doug Cole


April 3 2016

10:00 a.m.

Albert Einstein
Sigmund Freud
Karl Marx
Leon Blum
Moses Mendelssohn
Theodore Herzl

Visible and Invisible Boundaries:
Presentation and Panel Discussion of Jews who in their lifetime became national and international public figures outside the Pale of Settlement  

 - Three assimilated Jews whose thought determined no less than the Direction of the 20th century;

 - The first Jewish Prime Minister of a major European country on two separate occasions

 - Celebrated as the Herald of Jewish Enlightenment/Reform, or NOT

 -  Quitting Assimilation - Becoming a Nationalist

 - Discussion Yours and Panel to follow Presentations

Rita Lusky,Piano Shpiler

Panelists:  Doug Cole, Neal Gosman, Florence Littman and Ralph Wittcoff

English and Yiddish

Dorothy Marden, Forzitser

Yidishkeit - Friendship - Refreshments


May 22 2016

1:00 PM to 3:00PM

Our Own Stories,


We Share and Celebrate These,

Our Timeless

Yiddish Treasures


Annalee Odessky - Forzitser

needle trades workers - NYPL digital gallery

Needle Trades workers - NYPL Digital gallery

June 2016

No program scheduled
Summer 2016

Yiddish Research Bibliography and Guide

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

Yiddish Dictionary Online -- 
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.
See the 2014-2015 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