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MOSHE SHKLAR - משה שקלאַר
October 16, 1920 (Warsaw)  - August 11, 2014 (Los Angeles)

Portrait by Silvia Wagensberg.

דער קאַליפֿאָרניער אינסטיטוט פֿאַר ייִדישער שפּראַך און קולטור און ייִדיש־ליבהאָבערס איבער דער גאַנצער װעלט באַקלאָגן די פּטירה פֿונעם באַליבטן און באַװוּסטן ייִדישן דיכטער משה שקלאַר 

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language and the Yiddish-appreciating community world-wide mourn the recent passing of the beloved and renowned Yiddish poet and long-time Yiddish cultural activist, Moshe Shklar, z'l.

For an affectionate portrait (In Yiddish and English) and a few poems of Moshe Shklar, please click here.
Bad News and Good News:
The LA Times reports on the changes to our LA Yiddish-speaking community, quoting CIYCL Director Miri Koral
It takes passionate activists to keep Yiddish on the cultural map of our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic metropolis.
One-of-a-kind poster.

Special offer available only through the CIYCL website,

Celebrates 19 Yiddish authors through visual imagery, biographical information, and evocative quotations. 27" x 30", in full-color, printed on heavy stock with a laminated finish, unframed.

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

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We are The California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language (CIYCL). Since 1999 we have been challenging the fog of lost memory and ignorance about Yiddish culture. We work against the tide that separates most Jews alive today from their own remarkable heritage and that has put Yiddish at risk of expiring. We cherish and illuminate a vast legacy - a heritage which cannot be replicated. We are a spark of historical memory for the local and broader Jewish community, one that reaches beyond the normative Holocaust or Israel-related endeavors to keep alive the heart-and-soul culture that fed our people during a 1000-year long and vital period of our history. Our motto is "preservation through innovation."

CIYCL is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.