The Shmooze

Bringing Back Yiddish...One Email at a Time

By Elissa Strauss

Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Last summer brother and sister Yiddish enthusiasts Shaul and Shulie Seidler- Feller decided they wanted to spread their love of the mameloshn, so they started the Yiddish Word-of-the-Week project. Mainly a listserv, but also a Web site in development, the project includes weekly mailings that feature a word of the week with an English translation, a link to hear it spoken, synonyms in Yiddish, the etymology, phrases and expressions in which the word is used and even a photograph tied to the word that Shulie, who has contributed photographs to the Forward, shoots in New York’s Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods.

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