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 2016through June 2017, 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.

25th anniversary celebration of the Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl
2016 - 2017 CALENDAR Light refreshments follow each program.

September 18,  2016

2:00 p.m. 

Sabes JCC


Premiere Performance
Yiddish Poetry and Music by Women
a collaborative work of
chamber music and poetry.

The concerts feature new, commissioned music by prominent local composers Diane Benjamin, Miriam Gerberg, Shelley Hanson, Sherry Ladig, and Sarah Miller,

Based on text of early 20th century Yiddish women poets.  
Though under-recognized, the poets, most of whom survived the Holocaust,
express their complex feelings of loss, despair, renewal and hope.  Woven
throughout the work is original narration by writer Alison Morse, drawn from
the lives of the poets and interviews with Twin-Cities women whose first
language was Yiddish. The chamber ensemble women performhers, string
quartet, clarinet, and piano, will accompany Beth Altof, soprano soloist.

All text will be translated into English.

This project was made possible in part with the support of Rimon: The
Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish
It was also made possible by Friends of the Yiddish Vinkl and private donors.

Poets: Rokhl Korn Ana Margolin Kadya Molodowsky Dora Teitelbaum Reyzl Zikhlinski
Musicians: Beth Altof, soprano Stella Anderson, viola Judith Eisner, violin Isla Hejny, clarinet Jeana Ogren, piano Marla Okner, violin Molly Wilbur-Cohen, cello
Narrator: Alison Morse

A second performance will take place
Sunday, November 13, 2:00 pm
at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, 55105.

L'Shanah Tovah to all our Khaverim

1:00 p.m

October 23, 2016

Sabes JCC

The Chew on Jewish Cuisine

Vinkl members will give some readings and a  "schmaltzy" skit.

The program will have, some history, origins and humor regarding Jewish Food, courtesy of Sholem Aleichem (chickens go on strike against Kapores), a piece on  tsimmes by Michael Wex, and vocabulary courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Foods.  Introduction of program will be in English.

Participants, are Ruth Kaiser, Markle Karlen, Sylvia Keller, Dorothy Marden, Lev Mailer, Nancy Smith, and Ralph Wittcoff.

Naturally, a nosh follows the meeting.

Jewish cuisine

10:00 a.m

November 20, 2016

in the "Beit" Room at the Sabes JCC

We are screening the musical comedy film,


starring Molly Picon

Mamele is the story of Havche and her family living in Lodz, Poland just prior to World War II. Its a Cinderella story, with Havche or Mamele playing the role of daughter, mother and caregiver to her large family. The word mamele roughly translates as little mother in Yiddish, and Havche, played by Molly Picon, takes on this role following her mothers passing.

Black and White restored film
in Yiddish with English subtitles.
1 hour 37 min.
Paid up Vinkl members, free. Guests, $5.00
Light refreshments follow film.

December 2016

Winter Break
No program.

January 2017

Winter Break No program.

10:00 a.m

February 12,  2017

Sabes JCC

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A Look at Hellenistic Judaism

An account of one of the most challenging periods of Jewish History

Tragedies and transformations that would forever change the course of Jewish life -- Hellenistic philosophy in Judaism; pograms in Alexandria, the destruction of the Temple; the end of Jewish Sovereignty in Eretz Israel; the emergence of the Jewish sect of Christianity; the Jewish catacombs.

Philo of Alexandria, Egypt - Neal Gosman
Josephus Flavius the Jew - Ralph Wittcoff
Flavius, Good Jew/Bad Jew - Dorothy Marden
 Jewish Catacomb inscriptions

Rita Lusky will provide piano music. 

First Sunday of the Month
10:00 a.m

March 5, 2017

Sabes JCC

Music, Memories, & Mandelbrot
  A 25th Anniversary Program

celebrating our core members and honoring the memories of
Vinkl members
Jerry Siegel z"l and Eileen z"l.

Jerry was an author, essayist, Yiddishist and our guitar-wielding song leader.
He and Eileen started Keren Or, a creative arts program for teens in memory of their daughter Karen who preceded them in death.   

We will
view film clips of Mayn Tayere Meydl and see Jerry in song and dance with other Vinklers and hear short readings of pieces he wrote. Speakers include David Siegel, Alison Morse, Bob Wolk and other Vinkl members.

Our Vinkl leadership was started with a bagel and a schmear by
our Founding Fathers and Mothers-- Dr. Mike Baker z"l , Roz Baker, Markle Karlen, Sophie Teener,
and others. 

We'll go down memory lane with Dr. Karlen.
Rita Lusky will read and provide
piano music. 

Light refreshments follow program 
$5.00 for guests. Free for paid
up Vinkl members and Keren Or participants.

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First Sunday
10:00 a.m

April 2, 2017

Sabes JCC

A zisn peysakh! Young immigrants with matzos, 1953. HIAS Records. Photo by Mike Zwerling.


A morning to listen, learn, laugh, sing and enjoy with the Vinklers.  Annalee Odessky presents an easy starter lesson for those of you who have been wanting to speak a "bisl" (little) Yiddish.
Markle Karlen presents Passover vocabulary words and some easy phrases.
Barbara Davis and her dad Lionel Davis, on piano, will sing Yiddish songs "Zog Marano" and "Afn Nil".
Lionel will also play an original composition. 

Passover video vignettes round out  this joyful morninfollowed
by nosh and camaraderie.

$5.00 for guests. Free for paid up Vinkl members.

10:00 a.m

May 14, 2017

Sabes JCC


"Life Stories"

Go down memory lane with Vinkl members as they share personal stories.

Come and hear poignant family accounts and anecdotes-- some with humor, some with love, some with struggles, some with adventure--all with Yiddishkeit!
This was a very special and successful program last May, don't miss it this Spring.


$5.00 for guests. Free for paid up Vinkl members.

Note: This will be our last program this season. The Yiddish Vinkl starts up again in the Fall.

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June 2017

No program scheduled
Summer 2017

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.
See the 2015-2016 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