Educational Program on Yiddish Culture - When These Streets Heard Yiddish

The Educational Program on Yiddish Culture is an educational resource from 2004 developed by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. "When These Streets Heard Yiddish" is the accompanying educational website.

About the Educational Program on Yiddish Culture (EPYC):

"The Educational Program on Yiddish Culture (EPYC), a project of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, is an educational curriculum that aims to familiarize students with the Yiddish-speaking Jewish culture that flourished throughout Eastern Europe in the last 500 years.

The EPYC package has been designed for educators as a 'traveling library', encompassing the story of Eastern European Jewry, its culture and its history. It contains a diverse array of educational resources, including background material on the history of the region for teachers, a classroom-ready case study of one Jewish community, and two distinct curriculum manuals with lesson plans for direct classroom implementation."

For more information for teachers and how to download the package click here.

About "When These Streets Heard Yiddish":

"The EPYC website "When These Streets Heard Yiddish", is a multimedia companion tool to the package, enabling teachers and students to get acquainted with the great Yiddish culture of Eastern Europe by exploring archival photographs, sound recordings, and educational essays at their own pace.

When these streets heard Yiddish is an extensive resource containing information and images about Jewish life in Eastern Europe before World War II. There is a great deal of material here, and there are many ways you can access it. The site is broken down into three sections:

  • Culture - which explores music, food, language, politics, religious life, youth culture, and Jewish life during the Shoah (Holocaust);
  • Lives - which looks at the everyday aspects of Jewish life in Eastern Europe; and
  • Places - which describes the different kinds of places Jews lived, from cities to shtetlekh (small towns) and derfer (tiny settlements).

Of course, there is overlap among these sections, and to really understand Eastern European Jewish life you will need to explore topics that span all three. To help you out, we have identified a few key issues in the study of Eastern European Jewry; use them as examples of what can be done to best utilize the site. Click on one of the links below to examine these key themes and see how they relate to the lives, places, and culture of Eastern European Jewish life.