The Plenary Sessions


Philip Fishl Kutner: Editor of Der Bay 3 P.M.
  Conference Orientation

• Founding Session of the International Association of Yiddish Teachers 3:30 P.M.
Panel Moderator: Archie Barkan, Using Music in Teaching Yiddish
Panelists: Cookie Blattman, Elisheva Edelson, Cindy Paley, Lori, Cahan Simon

The 12th IAYC Lerner Memorial Lecture

Hilda Rubin : Introduction 9:15 A.M.
Director /Producer of Di Shpilers
Boris Sandler: Editor of Forverts
• Di evolutsye fun der yidisher literatur nokh der tshernovitser konferents


Brian Marks : Introduction 9:00 A.M.
Editor of SAJAC - South African Jewish American Committee
• Prof. Iosif Vaisman : George Mason University
"The World Wide Shtetl: Yiddish on the Internet "


Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle) So. Cal. Lecture 9:00 A.M.
• Dr. Eric Gordon: Executive Director

• Yale Strom: World's Leading Yiddish Musicologist/Ethnographer
Labushnik Loshn: The Secret Language of the Klezmers

Yiddishkayt LA Program
• Dan Opatoshu:
Executive Director

• Cindy Paley – Recording Artist & Cantorial Soloist
"Lomir Zingen!" A Community Sing Along with Cindy Paley

Announcement of the Next IAYC Conference Site

Lunch & Recognition of Delegates

Socializing (Networking, Networking, Networking)

Lectures - Workshops

There will be 27 lectures/workshops PLUS 4 Yiddish Teacher Panels. They will range from all Yiddish to mostly English.

• Roz Baker – Programming for Yiddish Clubs—A Panel with 4 club leaders
Archie Barkan: (Moderator of Panel and 4 Yiddish Teachers) Using Songs in Teaching Yiddish
Sabell Bender“Oy He Left Me For My Sister”—Melodramas and Shund
• Prof. Chaim Berman –
Evolution Yiddish Schools and the Labor and Radical Movements
• Kolye Borodulin – Experiments with Culture in Birobidzhan
• Dr. Itzik Gottesman – Khanike and Christmas in Yiddish Folklore
• Dr. Zack V. Chayet
– Di Yidn fun Meksike
• Adrienne Cooper
– Yiddish Songs of War in Women's Lives
Debby DavisThe Life and Music of Molly Picon
• Viaina Felsen – Chernovits un di idishe imigrantn in amerike
• Sonia Pressman Fuentes
– Mayne Yidishe Tate-Mame
Dr. Amelia Glaser – Remembering the Old Country in the Old Country
• Troim Katz Handler – The Songs of Mark M. Warshawsky (1840-1907)
• Frank Handler – Esther Frumkin, Yiddishist, Feminist, Bundist
Hershl Hartman – The Yiddish Surge in Current Hollywood Films
• Naomi Karz Jacobs – Los Angeles Girl Starts Jewish Theater
Miram KoralThe Passionate Ones: Yiddish Women Poets
Peter Louis – The Jews of South Africa
Prof. Meinhard Mayer – Yiddish and German Poets from Czernowitz
• Cantor Hale Porter – Yiddish Theater’s Influence on Music & Culture in America
Ron Robboy – On the Trail of Der Yidisher Kauboy
Hilda Rubin: (Moderator of Panel and 4 Yiddish Teachers) Curriculum Content
Prof. Joel Schechter – Yiddish Theater in the 1930s in America
Dr. Julius Scherzer – Growing Up in Czernowitz
• Harold Ticktin – The Roots of Jewish Humor
Prof. Robert Zelickman – The History of Recorded Klezmer Music 1908-2008
Rokhl Zucker – Yiddish Radio (Haynt)
Dr. Barney Zumoff – My Experience as a Yiddish Translator

Teacher Panels

Teacher's Panel I - Teaching Yiddish Through Song 3:30pm

Archie Barkan – Moderator, Woodland Hills, CA
Cookie Blattman – Tamarac, FL
Elisheva Edelson – San Diego, CA
Cindy Paley – Sherman Oaks, CA
Lori Cahan Simon – Beachwood, OH

Teacher's Panel II – Curriculum Content

Hilda Rubin
– Moderator, Rockville, MD
Frida Cielak – Mexico City, Mexico
Ruth Goodman – Wilmington, DE
Sheyndl Liberman – Los Angeles, CA
Prof. Iosif Vaisman – Arlington, MD

Teacher's Panel III – Pedagogical Methodology

Miriam Koral
Moderator Venice, CA
Yakob Basner – Seal Beach, CA
Kolye Borodulin – Staten Island, NY
Alva Ann Dworkin – Southfield, MI
Marcia Gruss Levinsohn – Silver Spring, MD

Teacher's Panel IV– Organizational Future

Adrienne Cooper
– Moderator New York, NY
Prof. Al Feldman – Scottsdale, AZ
Rachel Leah Jablon – Randallstown, MD
Cantor Hale Porter – Los Angeles, CA
Lori Cahan-Simon – Beachwood, OH

The Evening Programs

The Katz Family Opening Night

• Cantor Hale Porter: Blessings
Chairman Norman Sarkin: Greetings
IAYC Pres. Paul Melrood: Greetings

Jacob Lewin: Yiddish Actor — Konferentsn – A Satire
Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble
• Debby Davis:
Lead Singer

The Workmen’s Circle Gala Evening of Stars

Norman Sarkin Emcee
Conference Chair
Dr. Barnett Zumoff Greetings
Past President of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring

Sabell Bender: Introduction
Hershl Hartman: Introduction
• Lilke Majzner: Recipient
Chair of the Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club

Workmen’s Circle Gala Troupe of Stars
Adrienne Cooper: Yiddish Diva and Featured Star
Reyzl Kerkel: Yiddish Storyteller
• Heather Klein:
Soprano & Recording Star
• Mitch Smolkin:
Actor, Singer, Producer
Others tba


• Lawrence Family San Diego JCC Evening
• Jackie Gmach:
Program Director
• Roz Baker:
Michael Baker Awards Chair
Awardees to be Announced
• Norman Sarkin:
Chair - Bella Suchet & Debby Davis: Conference Co-Chairs
Introduction of the Conference Committee

Raquel Leisorek: Introduction
• Mayn Sheyne Meydl: Performed Live by the San Diego Yiddish Club

• Hot Pstromi Klezmer Group
• Yale Strom: Leader
• Elizabeth Schwartz
:: Featured Singer