Plenary Sessions


Philip Fishl Kutner: Editor of Der Bay
  Conference Orientation

• People’s Yiddish Stage: 5 Acts
Paul Melrood: The WEVD Yiddish Radio Hour
Frank & Troim Katz Handler: Yiddish Humor
Cookie Blattman: The Tamarac Belle
"Lil Rev": My Favorite Yiddish Songs
Hilda Rubin & Frieda Enoch: Di Shpolers Yiddish Skits

The 11th IAYC Lerner Memorial Lecture

Jonathan Sunshine: Introduction
President of Yiddish of Greater Washington
• Dr. Motl Rosenbush:  IAYC Vice President
Yiddish Was a Major Language of Europe

The Greater Cleveland Federation Lecture

Pauline Leber: Introduction
IAYC Cleveland Conference Committee
Prof. Kathryn Hellerstein: University of Pennsylvania
The Poetry of Kadya Molodowsky

Friendship Circle of Cleveland Lecture

Rabbi Yossi Marozov: Greetings
• Helen Smolkin: Introduction
IAYC Committee, Toronto
• Gerry Kane: The Canadian Committee for Yiddish, Past President
Tsu gast baym zeyde mendele

The Henrietta Wexler Program

Cantor Kathryn Sebo:
Yiddish, Broadway and Beyond
• Closing Ceremonies & Luncheon
• Next IAYC Conference, Announcement
Introduction of Conference Chair


There will be 15 lectures/workshops Saturday and 15 on Sunday. At each of the sessions each day there will be 5 concurrent lectures/workshops that will range from all Yiddish to English/ Yiddish to mostly English. Each of the lectures will be different.

Lecturers & Workshop Presenters

Roz Baker – Programming for Yiddish Clubs—A Workshop
Miriam Beckerman – Yiddish Translator’s Workshop
Cookie Blattman – Di Yidishe Shtunde
Sabina Brukner – Making Yiddish Relevant in Today’s Jewish Life:  The KlezKamp Experience
Adrienne Cooper – New Yiddish Songs from Around the World
Vivian Felsen & Prof. Yoshiji Hirose – Yidish in Yapan
Dr. Raphael Finkel – Oysgeblozn fun finger: mir shafn a nay folkslid
Rina Frankel – The 3 Great Classic Yiddish Writers: Similarities & Differences
Sonia Pressman Fuentes – How Being an Immigrant Affected My Life
Daniel Galay - Yiddish in Israel - Present and Perspectives
Ruth Goodman – Jewish Life in the Middle-Ages, Video, Power Point
Troim Katz-Handler – The Songs of Mordecai Gebirtig
Frank Handler – Vladimir Medem: Non-Jewish Jew and Yiddishist
Debbie Herman - Using Yiddish Creatively
Prof. Yoshiji Hirose A Japanese Professor in Search of Yiddish, a “Meshugener”? 
----The Symbolic Meaning of Yiddish in Pearl Abraham's Novels
Heather Klein – Cantors and Opera Singers from the Shtetl to La Scala
Frank Krasnowsky – Jewish History through Yiddish Music
Marcia Gruss Levinsohn – Yiddish Kids in Action
Rabbi Yossi Marozov - Khap a shmues mit mayn kleynem yingl--Berel
Sean Martin
– The Jews of Krakow, Poland
Cantor Hale Porter – Yiddish Theater’s Influence on Music & Culture in America
Dr. Arnold Reisman – Turkey's Rescue of Jewish Intellectuals 1933-1945
“Lil Rev” – The History of Jewish Music
Dr. Motl Rosenbush -Dos naye yidishe verterbukh
Hilda Rubin – Lomir Shpiln Teater: Di Khelemer Naronim
Jack Saul – Jews in Vaudeville
Helen Smolkin – Learning Yiddish Through Music
Bert Stratton – Mickey Katz From Cleveland
Harold Ticktin – Bolsheviks and Bundists
Annabelle Weiss – Born to Kvetch by Michael Wex—A Critique

Evening Programs

Katz Family Opening Night

Chairman Harold Ticktin Greetings
IAYC Pres Paul Melrood Greetings
Charles Gruenspan Blessings

• Kum Lakh Mit Undz
Reuben & Dorothy Silver

• Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band
Bert Stratton, Emcee & Leader

Workmen’s Circle Gala Evening

Paul Melrood Greetings
President of the IAYC
Peter Pepper Greetings
President of the Workmen’s Circle

Roz Baker Scholarship Awards
Sabina Brukner, Sean Martin & “Lil” Rev Recipients

• Lifetime Yiddish Service Award
Annabelle Weiss Introduction
Simon Swirsky Recipient

A Besere Velt: Yiddish Songs for Our Times

• Workmen’s Circle National Troupe: Featuring
• Zalmen Mlotek
• Adrienne Cooper
• Joanne Borts,
• Heather Klein  

Yiddish Concert at Cain Park

• Arbeter Ring Klezmer Orchestra
Dir: Norman Tischler, Vocalists:
Lori Cahan-Simon & Martin Moskow
• Yiddish Swingtet:
Featuring: Greg Wall, Joanne Borts, & Susan Watts