Sunday, September 5, 2021

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents Kibbitz and Schmooze: Exploring The Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents an informal Yiddish class, Kibbitz and Schmooze: exploring The Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten. This program is perfect for those interested in sharing their knowledge and love for the Yiddish language. 

WHEN: Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 7 to 8 PM
in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. 
free (donations are always welcome).
Facilitated by JHMOMC Board President Larry Gurman
For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Museum at 732-252-6990 or visit our website at You will receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.

What is Yiddish? It is more than the language parents used, so children would not understand their parents’ conversation. "Yiddish" is derived from the German word for "Jewish," and the origins of the language have ties to elements of Hebrew, Jewish-French, Jewish-Italian, and various German dialects. Yiddish is the language of the Ashkenazim, central and eastern European Jews and their descendants, and is written using Hebrew letters. 

Leo Rosten [1908-1997] described The Joys of Yiddish (McGraw-Hill) as, "A relaxed lexicon of Yiddish, Hebrew and Yinglish words often encountered in English, plus dozens that ought to be, with serendipitous excursions into Jewish humor, habits, holidays, history, religion, ceremonies, folklore and cuisine; the whole generously garnished with stories, anecdotes, epigrams, Talmudic quotations, folk sayings, and jokes—from the days of the Bible to those of the beatnik."

Funding has been made possible in part by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum, now open to visitors by appointment with masks and vaccination, and is handicapped and assistive-listening accessible.

The Museum’s Board of Trustees denounces racism and all forms of violence against any group, ethnicity, or race, and stands in support of any targeted community.