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)
Octoner 2018 through May 2019, at

the Sabes Jewish Community Center
4330 Cedar Lake Road South
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

(952) 381-3400

Membership is $20.  ($15 for Sabes JCC members)

Programs are open to the public. Admission costs as listed. 

Members receive a program flyer each month in the mail.

27th Year of the Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl
2018 - 2019 CALENDAR Light refreshments follow each program.
L'Shanah Tovah to all our

2:00 p.m

October 21, 2018

Sabes JCC

manda Miryem-Khaye Seigel and
Shane Baker
In Concert

a Program of Yiddish Theater and Song

Amanda Seigel has been called the "voice that reminds us most of the reincarnated Molly Picon". A Yiddish singer, songwriter and actor, she has performed with many luminaries of the Yiddish and Klezmer scene.

Shane Baker is the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today. Mentored by the last great stars of the European Yiddish theater. Baker is an Off Broadway regular and has brought Yiddish theater to every inhabited continent.

Thomas Bartsch, pianist

Reception follows the performance.

This concert is funded in part by 
Temple Israel, The Rosalyn and Michael Baker Yiddish Program Endowment and The American Jewish World

Paid up Vinkl members, free.
Membership is $20 and covers a full year of Vinkl programs.
Guests fee is $10.

Amanda Miryem-Khaye SeigelShane Baker

10:00 a.m

November 11, 2018

Sabes JCC

Uncle Moses
The Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl will screen the film

"Uncle Moses"

   Restored 1932 film with legendary actor Maurice Schwartz Yiddish with English subtitles.
Factories and tenement life in the Lower Eastside of New York.  An immigrant becomes a wealthy factory owner in New York City and hires landsmen from the old country.  He wants relationship with the 'radical' daughter of one of his employees.  Complications arise.

Light refreshments follow the program

Paid up Vinkl members, free.  Guests, $5.00

10:00 a.m

December 9, 2018

Sabes JCC

                                                  HAPPY HANUKKAH
                   HAPPY KHANUKAH

No matter how you spell it, the Yiddish Vinkl presents a freylach morning: 
     A Happy Chanukah skit, songs and more for you and all our Vinklers

                               Come and enjoy a freylakh morning

Light refreshments follow the program

Paid up Vinkl members, free.  Guests, $5.00

January 2019
Winter Break No program.

February 2019
Winter Break

March 10, 2019

Sabes JCC


10:00 a.m.

April 14, 2019

Sabes JCC

Ship passenger list
They Came To The Goldene Medine
& Then WHAT Happened

A program told by Vinkl Members of family histories negotiating their immigrant status and assimilation, its contradictions and opportunities. The immigrant encounter with America.
Paricipants include: Surrie Desnick, Dr. Markle Karlen, Dr. Ralph Levitt, Lev Mailer, and Dorothy Marden.
Music  - Rita Lusky and Mark Stillman.

Light refreshments follow the program

Paid up Vinkl members, free.  Guests, $5.00


2:00 p.m.
May 19, 2019

Sabes JCC Theater


Bar Mitzvah
A Musical Melodrama with Shock, Tears and Laughter!

This early Yiddish film gem stars Boris Thomashefsky.

Its the only film Thomashefsky, popular Yiddish Theater star, has appeared in. The film is a masterwork of the shund," the bread and butter style of the Yiddish Theater.  Critics have said...."aside from its unequivocal documentary and historical value, its a great piece of kitsch...

 The main character Israel believes his wife has died at sea and remarries a scheming gold digger.  His wife returns, after bring gone for years, on the eve of their sons Bar Mitzvah....emotions run high!     

Film made in America, Black & White, Yiddish with English Subtitles,

1 hour, 15 min.
Restored by NCJF National Center for Jewish Film

Light refreshments follow the program
Paid up members: Free                                               Guests: $5.00

Bar Mitzvah film2 

Bar Mitzvah film1

June 2019

No program scheduled at this time
Summer 2019 Break

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.
See the 2016-2017 calendar here.
See the 2017-2018 calendar here.
E-mail us at:
post (at) minneapolisyiddishvinkl (dot) com
Minneapolis photo by William Wesen 2006