International Association of Yiddish Clubs
12th Conference Updates

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#1 IAYC Announces Its Exciting 12th Conference -- October 24-27, 2008
#2
IAYC to Launch IAYT
#3 Evening Programs at the IAYC 12th Conference
#4 Keynote Speakers at the IAYC 12th Conference

#5 Lecture/Workshop Presentations
#6 Conference Exhibitors and Vendors
#7 Third IAYC Yiddish Lifetime Achievement Award
#8 IAYC Schedule of Events

Contact Information

Chair: Norman Sarkin
E-mail: normansarkin@yahoo.com
Co-Chair: Bella Suchet
E-mail: herbybel@san.rr.com
Registration:
E-mail: fishl@derbay.org
Programming & Vending: Fishl Kutner
Ph: 650-349-6946 E-mail fishl@derbay.org

The XII IAYC Conference, La Jolla, CA, Oct. 24-27, 2008

Founding of the Internatioal Association of Yiddish Teachers

Founded October 27, 2008 at the International Association of Yiddish Clubs Conference at the Marriott Hotel in La Jolla, California.

Yiddish Teachers' Panels at the Conference

Teachers' Panel I  - Teaching Yiddish Through Song

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

Teachers' 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

Teachers' 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

Teachers' 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

*Unable to attend

IAYC Schedule of Events

FRIDAY

IAYC Conference Registration – (Lobby ) 1:00pm - 8:00pm. 
Hospitality Rooms –1pm - 11pm  

Fishl Kutner - Orientation Session 3pm

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

Evening Program/Entertainment
Katz Family Sponsor

Banquet 6pm

Cantor Hale Porter – Shabes Blessings
Norman Sarkin – Conference Chairman and Host
Paul Melrood – President IAYC

Jacob Lewin – Yiddish Actor 8pm
Konferentsn – A Satire

Second Avenue Klezmer Ensmeble in Concert
Debby Davis – Leader & Vocalist
Celebration 350: From Seville to Second Avenue

SATURDAY

Dr. Ray Fink – Shabes Services – Hebrew Portion 7am - 8:15am
Dr. Merkel Karlen – Shabes Services – Yiddish Portion

Breakfast 7:30am - 9an
Exhibitors/Vendors 8am-6pm
Hospitality Rooms (Marina del Rey - 3rd Floor) –8am - 11pm 

Harry Lerner Memorial Lecture 9:15 am - 10:30am
Hilda Rubin – Producer/Director of Di Shpilers
Boris Sandler – Editor of the Forverts
Di evolutsye fun der yidisher literatur nokh der tshernovitser konferents biz haynt.

Intermission 10:30am - 11am

Concurrent Sessions I 11am - 12:15pm

Sabell Bender
“Oy He Left Me For My Sister”—Melodramas and Shund

Adrienne Cooper
Yiddish Songs of War in Women's Lives

Dr. Itzik Gottesman
Khanike and Christmas in Yiddish Folklore

Ron Robboy
On the Trail of Der Yidisher Kauboy

Prof. Joel Schechter
Yiddish Theater in the 1930s in America

Lunch 12:15 pm - 1;45pm

Concurrent Sessions II 2pm - 3:15pm

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

Prof. Chaim Berman
Evolution of the Yiddish Schools and the Labor and Radical Movements

Debby Davis
The Life and Music of Molly Picon

Vivian Felsen
Chernovits un di idishe imigrantn in amerike

Cantor Hale Porter
Influence of Yiddish Theatre & Music on U.S. Culture

Intermission 3:15pm - 3:45pm

Concurrent Sessions III 3:45pm - 5pm

Yiddish Club Programming - Panel
Roz Baker – Moderator, Minneapolis, MN
Prof. Al Feldman – Scottsdale, AZ
Joseph Grinberg – San Francisco, CA
Varda Grinspan – Fair Lawn, NJ
Racquel Leisorek – San Diego, CA

Troim Handler
The Songs of Mark M. Warshawsky (1840-1907)

Hershl Hartman
The Yiddish Surge in Current Hollywood Films

Miriam Koral
The Passionate Ones: Yiddish Women Poets

Prof. Robert Zelickman
The History of Recorded Klezmer Music 1908-2008

Workmen’s Circle Gala Evening

Banquet 6pm

Third Lifetime Yiddish Service Award
Paul Melrood
– Preseident, IAYC 7:30pm
Sabell Bender – Introduction
Hershl Hartman – Introduction
*Lilke Majzner* – Recipient

Workmen’s Circle Gold Star Revue 8:15pm
Barney Zunoff
– Past President, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring

Starring Adrienne Cooper & the W.C. All Stars
Featuring Reyzl Kirkel, Heather Klein & Mitch Smolkin

SUNDAY

Breakfast 7:00am - 8:45am
Exhibitors/Vendors 8am-6pm
Hospitality Rooms (Marina del Rey - 3rd Floor) –8am - 11pm 

SAJAC Lecture 9am -10:15am
South African Jewish-American Committee
Brian Marks
: Editor

Prof. Iosif Vaisman: George Mason University
"The World Wide Shtetl: Yiddish on the Internet”

Concurrent Sessions IV 10:45am - Noon

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

Hilda Rubin
The Yiddish Co-ops of he Bronx

Dr. Julius Scherzer
Growing up in Czernowitz

Rokhl Zucker
Der yidish radio (haynt) af yidish

Dr. Barney Zumoff
My Experience as a Yiddish Translator

Lunch on Your Own - Noon - 2pm
Hotel & Nearby Ethnic Restaurants

Concurrent Sessions V 2pm - 3:15pm

Kolye Borodulin
Experiments with Culture in Birobidzhan

Frank Handler
Esther Frumkin, Yiddishist, Feminist, Bundist

Naomi Karz Jacobs
Los Angeles Girl Starts Jewish Theater

Prof. Meinhard Mayer
The Yiddish and German Poets from Czernowitz

Harold Ticktin
The Roots of Jewish Humor

Concurrent Sessions VI 3:45pm -5pm

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

Dr. Zack V. Chayet
Yidish in Meksike

Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Mayne Yidishe Tate-Mame (My Jewish Parents)

Peter Louis
The Jews of South Africa

Dr. Amelia Glaser
Remembering the Old Country in the Old Country

Evening Program/Entertainment

Banquet 6pm

Lawrence Family San Diego JCC Program
Jackie Gmach –
Program Director 7:30pm

Roz Baker
Introduction of Scholarship Recipients

Norman Sarkin & Bella Suchet
Introduction of La Jolla Conference Committee

Mayn Sheyne Meydl – (My Fair Lady) 8pm
Raquel Leisorek - Introduction
San Diego Yiddish Club

Hot Pstromi Klezmer Group
Yale Strom – Leader
Elizabeth Schwartz – Featured Singer

MONDAY

Vendors and Exhibitors 8am Noon

Paul Melrood – IAYC President 9am
Introduction of IAYC Officers & Trustees

Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle) So. Cal. Lecture
Dr. Eric Gordon: Executive Director
Yale Strom – Ethnomusicologist
Labushnik Loshn: The Secret Language of the Klezmers

Yiddishkayt LA Program 10:45am - noon
Dan Opatoshu – Yiddishkayt LA Executive Director
Cindy Paley – Recording Artist & Cantorial Soloist
“Zing Along with Cindy” Group Singing and Dancing

Lunch & Recognition of Delegates 12:15pm- 1:30pm
Announcement of the Next IAYC Conference Site

Socializing (Networking, Networking, Networking)


3rd IAYC Lifetime Yiddish Service Award

"Poland was an island in Jewish history. There will never be anything like it again.”

Lilke Majzner was born in Lodz into the Nutkowicz family. Her parents were rooted in the Bund, the Socialist Jewish party that won a majority of the Jewish vote in Poland between the two world wars. She attended the Medem School of the Tsentrale Yidishe Shul Organizatsie, a day school sponsored by the Bund. where every subject, except a mandatory course in Polish language and literature, was taught in Yiddish.

Lilke's memories are filled with impressions of political organizing and school summer camps. The Depression was around the globe, anti-Semitism was rife in Poland, the Spanish Revolution broke out. The Soviets were sending their enemies to the gulag and worse. But it was a full, youthful life, lived entirely in Yiddish.

Driven from her family's home when the Nazis invaded in 1939, Lilke her brother Alec and father found refuge in the Piotrkow ghetto. There she met her neighbor, Szlama Majzner, who was also involved in clandestine political organizing. Lilke survived six concentration camps, Bergen Belsen at the end. She got word to Szlama in Buchenwald that she was still alive. Two days later he was at her side.

They lived in Belgium from 1945-1950—“a wonderful time, also a tragic time," says Lilke. As the Bund reorganized, she worked with children—many orphaned and with Cercle Amicale, a fraternal group. She was arrested after making a speech in Antwerp, and was in a Belgium jail before Prime Minister Spaak, a Socialist with Bund connections, got her out.

Szlama and Lilke came to Detroit where she attended Wayne State Univ. earning an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate. Both joined the Arbeter Ring, and she taught in its shule.

In 1955 they moved to Los Angeles and became active in the Bund and in the Yiddish-speaking Artur Zygelboim Branch of Arbeter Ring. They attended lectures at the LA Yiddish Culture Club, and Lilke began lecturing there. At the same time, she attended the University of Judaism, received her teaching credential, and taught in the Workmen's Circle schools,

She became president of the L. A. Yiddish Culture Club, where she works tirelessly for the furtherance of Yiddish. Her articles are in the Forverts and in the Kultur un lebn.

List of Vendors and Exhibitors

A Czernowitz Poet
Arbeter Ring/The Workmen’s Circle

Arbeter Ring NoCal District
Arbeter Ring SoCal District
Arele

California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language
Cookie Blattman
Adrienne Cooper
Debby Davis
Der Bay
Elisheva Edelson
Vivian Felsen
Forverts
Freiheit Gezang Farein Display

Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Dr. Amelia Glaser
Ruth Goodman
Troim Katz Handler
Hatikvah Music International
Hot Pstromi
International Association of Yiddish Clubs
Naomi Karz Jacobs
Heather Klein
Lawrence Family JCC
League for Yiddish|
Marcia Gruss Levinsohn
Los Angeles Freiheit Gezang Farein
Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club
Survivor Mitzvah Project
Museum of Family History
Cindy Paley
Prof. Joel Schechter
Dr. Julius Scherzer
Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble
Lori Cahan-Simon
Mitch Smolkin
Yale Strom
Vilnius Summer Institute
Vilnius Jewish Library Project
West Coast Jewish Theater
Yiddishkayt LA
Dr. Barnett Zumoff

Conference Presenters

In previous issues we have covered the:

• Keynote Speakers: Boris Sandler: Editor of the Forverts - Prof. Iosif Vaisman: George Mason University - Yale Strom: Ethnomusicologist

• Entertainment: Archie Barkan, Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble, Workmen’s Circle Gala Revue of Stars, Hot Pstromi Klezmer Group, Mayn Sheyne Meydl (Live), Jacob Lewin, Cindy Paley

• Formation of the International Association of Yiddish Teachers IAYT (4 panels with a moderator & 4 Yiddish teachers in each panel)

Presenters

Roz Baker: (Moderator of Panel and 4 Club Leaders) Yiddish Programming Ideas
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 of Yiddish Schools and the Labor and Radical Movements
Kolye Borodulin: Experiments with Culture in Birobidzhan
Dr. Zack V. Chayet*: Di Yidn fun Meksike
Adrienne Cooper: Yiddish Songs of War in Women’s Lives
Debby Davis: The Life and Music of Molly Picon
Sonia Fuentes: Mayne Yidishe Tate-Mame (My Jewish Parents)
Dr. Amelia Glaser: Remembering the Old Country in the Old Country
Dr. Itzik Gottesman: Khanike and Christmas in Yiddish Folklore
Troim Katz Handler:
The Songs of Mark M. Warshawsky (1840-1907)
Frank Handler: Esther Frumkin, Yiddishist, Feminist, Bundist
Hershl Hartman: Yiddish Surge in Current Hollywood Films
Naomi Karz Jacobs: Los Angeles Girl Starts Jewish Theater
Miriam Koral:
The Passionate Ones: Yiddish Women Poets
Peter Louis: The Jews of South Africa
Prof. Meinhard Mayer: Yiddish and German Poets from Czernowitz
Cantor Hale Porer: Influence of Yiddish Theatre and Music on U.S. Culture
Ron Robboy: On the Trail of Der Yidisher Kauboy
Hilda Rubin: (Moderator of Panel and 4 Club Leaders) 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

Keynote Speakers in Plenary Sessions

Each morning starts with a plenary session (everyone in the Ballroom.} These lectures are by experts in their field. They will be recorded and the CD will be sent to member clubs as part of the IAYC packets.

Boris Sandler “Di evolutsye fun der yidisher literatur nokh der tshernovitser konferents biz haynt”

Boris Sandler was born in Beltz (Besarabia) and graduated from the Music Conservatory in Kishenev and wrote for the Moscow Yiddish magazine "Sovetish Heymland." Later he joined its editorial board. In 1989 he created a Yiddish Show on the Moldovian State Television - "On the Jewish Street."

He is the author of two documentary film scripts: From 1990 till his immigration to Israel in 1992, he was the Yiddish Editor of the bilingual journal “Undzer Kol" in Kishinev and President of the Yiddish Cultural Organization of Moldavia.

Sandler is author of 7 fiction books and was editor of the children's magazine “Kind un Keyt". His works have been translated to Russian, English, French, German, Hebrew and Rumanian. Since 1998 he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Yiddish Forverts and 1999- present editor of the Forward radio show.

Professor Iosif Vaisman "World Wide Shtetl: Yiddish on the Internet"

Professor Vaisman is one of hte foremost authorities about Yiddish on the Internet. His website Virtual Shtetl is one of the most informative and may be the best source of Yiddish information. He was born and raised in Czernowitz His daughter Asya is working on her doctorate in Yiddish at Harvard University. She was a scholarship winner and presenter at the Teaneck, NJ Conference.

Yale Strom “Labushnik loshn: The Secret Language of the Klezmers”

Yale is a director, composer, musician, writer, photographer and playwright. He is a pioneer among klezmer revivalists in conducting field research in Europe among the Jewish and Rom communities. His work focuses on all aspects of Jewish and Rom culture, from post-WW II to the present, especially the use and performance of klezmer music and is on staff at U.C. San Diego.

He is the world’s leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer. He has published 10 books, directed 6 films and leads the klezmer band--Hot Pstromi. He performs with his wife, Elizabeth Schwatz.

Evening Programs

After a day filled with learning, listening, watching and making new friends you will lean back and be entertained. Each evening will be filled with great entertainment.

Opening Night

Cantor Hale Porter will say the blessings and greetings will be given by IAYC President, Paul Melrood. Then Conference Chair, Norman Sarkin will introduce His Honor the Mayor.

Our entertainment begins this first night with master raconteur Archie Barkan. You will recognize him, for he will be the moderator of the first afternoon teacher’s panel. He also performed at a previous conference when the IAYC was at the UCLA Conference Center ten years ago.

Next Debby Davis and The Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble will perform. Several members of the band have been in the music department at U.C. San Diego. As a group they are a musician’s dream. In addition to being magnificent performers, both singer Debby and Prof. Bob Zelickman will be presenters.

Second Night

This will be a very special time, for it will be the third consecutive conference that the Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle has sponsored the Saturday Evening Gala Event of Stars under the leadership of Adrienne Cooper. Each year they have introduced young rising performers who are becoming names on the Yiddish Circuit. As they are added, their names will be placed on the IAYC updated list found on the website (listed below).

IAYC will feature its Third Lifetime Yiddish Service Award. We are proud to announcethat this year’s award will go to Lilke Majzner, leader of the LA Yiddish Culture Club, the #1 Yiddish club in the West and one of the best in the world. She follows in the footsteps of Chana Mlotek and Simon Swirsky.

Final Night

First we shall honor Norman Sarkin’s stellar La Jolla Committee.  A start for a great night of entertainment.

Raquel Leisorek’s San Diego Yiddish Club will perform Mayn Sheyne Meydl, which is the Yiddish version of My Fair Lady. There was a wonderful video made of the first performance and distributed to the IAYC clubs.

Closing out the evening will be Yale Strom, the leading ethnographer-artist of klezmer music who will perform with his wife Elizabeth Schwartz and his klezmer group.

Monday Closing Program

Yiddishkayt LA Program -
Dan Opatoshu:
Executive Director

Jacob Lewin: Yiddish Actor
Konferentsn – A Satire

Cindy Paley – Recording Artist & Cantorial Soloist
"Zing Along with Cindy”
Group Singing and Dancing

Announcement of the Next IAYC Conference Site

Lunch & Recognition of Delegates

Socializing (Networking, Networking, Networking)

IAYC to Launch IAYT

A New Organization

With the overwhelming success of the IAYC, it is time that the same principles that were learned in organizational Yiddish club formation, be applied in the realm of Yiddish teaching and Yiddish teachers at various levels.

IAYC Role in IAYT Formation

The sole interest is to have the venue for lighting the fire of the new organization. Once the conference is over the IAYT will be on its own. If it wishes to have future meetings at IAYC conferences, it gladly will be accommodated. However, until it is able to reach a critical mass, it should piggyback at other accommodating meetings such as Yugntruf’s Sof Vokh, KlezKamp, etc.

Teacher’s Program at the IAYC Conference
Formation of the International Association of Yiddish Teachers

To initiate this effort the IAYC will include a series of panels/lecture/workshops that will be open to all attendees without having to sign up beforehand. It will include successful Yiddish teachers at all levels.

The 7 teacher sessions will alternate panels of a moderator and 4 Yiddish teachers with a lecture by an outstanding Yiddish teacher. The panels will be; teaching Yiddish through song, curriculum content, teaching methods, organizational direction for IAYT and its website.

The Theme Approach

To identify the individual sessions for attendees, the program will list the areas of concern for each presentation/workshop. They will be: T for teachers, C for clubs, M for music and A for all others. Each of the sessions will attempt to have at least one in each category. Thus one could follow a thread or theme throughout all the sessions or pick and choose. You do not have to select beforehand!

Levels of Yiddish Teaching

There is a difference in teaching any subject when your student ages are; pre-school, elementary, teenage, college or adult/senior. Their attention span, retention ability, background experiences and motivation are criteria in creating specific syllabi. There is a wealth of learning materials and lesson plans that are available from the Arbeter Ring, YIVO and schools in Montreal and Toronto.

From Czernowitz to Cyberspace and Beyond

Yiddish, you have come a long way!

Little could the conveners of the Czernowitz Conference in 1908 have anticipated the obliteration of most of the Yiddish speakers of Europe, the founding of Israel with its concomitant reestablishment of the Jewish Homeland (and its diminishing Yiddish), or the powerful tool of the Internet in producing a “Virtual Shtetl.”

Our 12th IAYC conference will examine the last 100 years of Yiddish, and look into the future. We most likely can no more predict the next hundred years than the Czernowitz conveners could foretell the actual series of events that characterized the Yiddish world of the 20th century--but it will be very exciting.

Specifically, how will the IAYC mark this 100th anniversary of the first-ever Yiddish conference? What will be the ways in which the parent organization will assist the hundred local clubs celebrate this centennial? These resources will be emphasized at the conference as well as in the club materials to be sent out.

In anticipation of the worldwide interest in this theme, Der Bay has announced that it will act as the clearinghouse in listing any and all local major events commemorating the Czernowitz Conference. It is hoped that not only will it bring more attention to the event, but assist the planners in avoiding conflicting dates. It will also act as a resource to identify those key speakers and entertainers.

San Diego—Here We Come!

The 2008 12th IAYC Conference Site Selection Committee has come up with a winner. La Jolla is the premier section of San Diego, and the conference will be situated in the beautiful La Jolla Marriott Hotel located within a short walking distance from the Jewish Community Center, restaurants, boutiques, an exclusive outdoor mall and the skywalk spanning the busy twelve-lane highway. The setting is breathless.

La Jolla is the location of the world renowned Salk Institute, the University of California at San Diego, and the world-famous Scripps Memorial Hospital with its Research Center.

For scenery, the nearby shoreline is the most memorable of La Jolla's districts. La Jolla is home to one of the most spectacular waterfronts in Southern California, with remarkable caves, cliffs, beaches and sunsets.

Norman Sarkin (Chair), Bella Suchet (Co-Chair) and their committee are getting off to the fastest start of any conference to date. Norman came forward in Cleveland and said that La Jolla wants the next IAYC confernce!

Norman and Bella are Yiddish-speakers from South Africa and belongs to a S.D. South African Jewish Club. He said that because of Mexico City’s closeness we can anticipate a notable attendance from Mexico’s Yiddish-speaking community.

Major events will appear in the separate listing: www.derbay.org/calendars/kalendar.html

Last Updated on 10/26/08
By FISHL KUTNER

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