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, usually at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. (See program listings for details.)
September 2019 through May 2020 (sometimes modified by holidays), 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.

28th Year of the Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl
2019 - 2020 CALENDAR Light refreshments follow each program.
L'Shanah Tovah to all our

1:30 p.m

September 15, 2019

Sabes JCC

The Yiddish Vinkl partners with
Sabes Jewish Community Center
Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
screening the film

Black Honey

This documentary shows the twists and turns of the life of acclaimed Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkover -- poet, partisan, and ardent defender of Yiddish language and culture. Writing kept him same - from the time he and his family lived in Siberia, then the Vilna ghetto, the forest after the Nazi invasion of Russia, and finally in Israel.
The new York Times called him "the most important writer of the Holocaust period."

Film: Hebrew, Yiddish and English subtitles.
Plus - Live readings of his poetry

Reception follows the performance.

Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
runs from September 14 to 28,
with post-Festival screenings in October
for more details.

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

Sutzkever as PartisanPoet

Avraham Sutzkever with his wife, Freydke, and daughter, Mira, in an undated photo.
(Courtesy of Go2Films.)

10:00 AM

October 13, 2019

Sabes JCC


Mark StillmanLeo Dworsky
Sima Shumilovsky
Rita Lusky
Sue Lund Photography

What does  (mekhaye) mean in Yiddish?

 Ah..... A Mekhaye

A Marvelous Morning of Music

 Come and enjoy a morning concert with favorite local artists.

 -- Our own member, Pianist, Rita Lusky, tickles the ivory keys with grace and beauty
and lovely Yiddish melodies.

 -- Mark Stillman, our favorite accordionist and ethnomusician, delivers songs that will make you want to clap, tap your feet, sing along, or get up and dance.

-- Sima Shumilovsky, vocalist will deliver some of our favorite songs with her expressive style.

 -- Special guest, a yunger mensch ( ), a high school junior, Leo Dworsky, will amaze you with his beautiful Hazzanic voice and presence.

Paid up members, free.  Guests, $5.00

10:00 AM

November 10, 2019

Sabes JCC
Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl, University of Minnesota Press and
Sabes JCC



Jay Weiner

His new book,
Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesotas Greatest Public Historian profiles one of our most beloved Vinkl members. The book highlights the thoughts and writings of the late Professor Berman, one of the most popular History Professors from the University of Minnesota. He was friends with many important political figures here in Minnesota.

There will be a slide show, videos and time for questions from the audience.  
Copies of the book will be available
for signing.

Rita Lusky provides a musical piano interlude.

Presentation will be in English.

This event is free to all members of the community.
Light refreshments follow the program.

Professor Berman book
Berman and Weiner
10:00 AM

December 8, 2019

Sabes JCC
Khanuke Khappenings

Party! Games! Treats!
Something for everyone ...

Light refreshments follow the program

Paid up Vinkl members, free.  Guests, $5.00

January, 2020

Sabes JCC
 No Program this month


February, 2020

Sabes JCC

No Program this month

10:00 - 12:00

March 8, 2020

Sabes JCC

Leyanens fun Fidler Afn Dakh

(Readings from Fiddler on the Roof)

 Join us in laughter and song as undzer mitglider (our members) present freylekh (joyous) staged readings from this popular play in the Village of Anatevka. Well meet the foter (father) Tevye, is vayb(wife) Golde, and some of their tekhters (daughters).

Participants are Neal Gosman, Dr. Ralph Levitt, Dorothy Marden, Dianne Silvermann, and Ralph Wittcoff.

Featuring exceptional musician, Mark Bloom on keyboard.

Light refreshments follow program.

Free to paid up members. Guests, $5.00

Please note: Daylight Savings Time - Set your zayger (clock) ahead one hour.

Sholem Alechem and Family
Sholem Aleichem with his wife and three of their children in 1889 (Yivo Institute)

April, 2020

Sabes JCC


 Program details pending

Light refreshments follow the program

Paid up Vinkl members, free.  Guests, $5.00


May, 2020

Sabes JCC

No program scheduled at this time
Summer 2020 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.
See the 2018-2019 calendar here.
E-mail us at:
post (at) minneapolisyiddishvinkl (dot) com
Minneapolis photo by William Wesen 2006