16 August: Yiddish Guerrilla Histories

16 August 2023, 8 pm

History is written by the powerful. But what happens when the powerless insist on preserving and interpreting their own experiences: sharing them in secret gatherings, publishing them in underground newspapers, and burying the archives in milk cans for survivors to read? What does it mean to write collective and creative chronicles in a language with no army or navy? What makes our stories into histories?

Yiddish Guerrilla Histories will dig up and translate a few of these defiant acts of memory from 1914 to 2023, including poems, songs, and sagas, and share them with a trustworthy audience.

Reading and presentation in English and (translated) Yiddish

With special guests Sarah Silberstein Swartz and Zohar Weiman-Kelman, as well as Berlin’s own Guli Dolev-Hashiloni, Katerina Kuznetsova, Michaela Kobsa-Mark, Jake Schneider, Ro van Wingerden, and Janina Wurbs

Featuring the Yiddish writings of Rokhl Oyerbakh, Anna Margolin, Malka Lee, Leyb Kvitko, and Irena Klepfisz, Yente Mash, and Chava Rosenfarb, plus some music

A project of Yiddish.Berlin, curated by Jake Schneider

Mareschstraße 1
12055 Berlin-Neukölln (Rixdorf)

Free admission, donation to support the presenters encouraged

Upcoming events in May and June

Hilde Haberland trinkt aus Tasse
Hilde Haberland, photo: Peter Ossenberg

20 Mai, 8:15 pm
Hilde Haberland sings Yiddish songs accompanied by Olaf Helbing on piano.

Der Schnapphahn
in der Babinischen Republik
Dresdener Straße 14
10999 Kreuzberg

Free admission, donations appreciated

Veranstaltungplakat für den Vortrag Queer Yiddish
Theater. Film. Lit. Art. Music. Drag. Since 1877.
B-Lage Berlin-Neukoelln. 22 May 2023. 8pm.
Presentation in English & Yiddish by Jake Schneider of Yiddish.Berlin
Queer Yiddish | Jake Schneider

22 May, 8 pm
Queer Yiddish with Jake Schneider (in English with Yiddish examples)

Mareschstraße 1
12055 Neukölln / Rixdorf

25 May, 4:30–5:15 pm
Livestreamed on Di Rozeve Pave’s YouTube channel (in Yiddish, will not be recorded)

Cabaret Acts, Kosher Meat, Revolutionaries, Suspenders, Jewish Books, Record Studio, Prayer Rooms, Eggs & Cheese

*Guided tours by appointment only* with Jake Schneider

Musical interludes featuring Esther & Yankev Moscowitz and many more
Image by Jake Schneider

28 May, 7:30–9:30 pm
1 June, 8–10 pm
22 June, 8–10 pm

“Visit Berlin’s Yiddishland”: Twilight tours of the Jewish Scheunenviertel with Jake Schneider featuring music and family stories. More info…


Veranstaltungsposter zu Shtetl Berlin, 4. bis 7. Mai 2023, Berlin

Is it Hanukkah already? No, this year our friends’ legendary SHTETL BERLIN festival is happening in the spring. Don’t miss the opening 95th Neukölln Klezmer session on Thursday. Make sure to catch Shabes in Shtetl Friday night (including some poems from Yiddish.Berlin). Dive into the workshops, dance at Tantshoyz biz in vaysn tog arayn, then roll out of bed for the very first Shtetl Pub Crawl (where some of us will be speaking Yiddish). Which is only a warm-up for the grand Festival Finale. See you there!

8 April: Yiddish.Berlin Reads Avrom Nokhem Stencl

Cover des Skizzenbuchs von Rachel Lichtenstein zum jiddischen Dichter Avrom Nokhem Stencl
Cover of Rachel Lichtenstein’s sketchbook about A.N. Stencl

With a mixed program of and about Avrom Nokhem Stencl, Yiddish.Berlin presents some of its first impressions of Stencl’s Berlin period. Together with the author, we will wander through 1920s Berlin homeless shelters. We will also listen to some of his poems in the original Yiddish and brand-new translations, anecdotes from his life, and a few exclusive excerpts of Rachel Lichenstein’s unpublished book about the poet. An evening in Yiddish, English, and German.


Arndt Beck | Horst Bernhardt | Hilde Haberland | Rachel Lichtenstein | Jordan Lee Schnee | Jake Schneider

Galerie ZeitZone
Adalbertstrasse 79
10997 Berlin

9 April: Public reading circle (leyenkrayz)

Titelblatt von Avrom Nokhem Stencls Langgedicht "Afn rog" (An der Ecke), Berlin 1935
Cover page of A.N. Stencl’s long poem Oyfn rog, Berlin 1935

Years before Yiddish.Berlin was established as a group in 2019, Berlin had a Yiddish reading circle, which Tal Hever-Chybowski started at the Polish-German bookstore BUCH|BUND. After Tal’s departure, Ilay Halpern kept the circle going; finally, Arndt Beck took it over in late 2016. Until 2020, a small group of Yiddish speakers met nearly every Sunday to read and discuss Yiddish writing, mostly prose, by a wide range of authors.

After a pandemic pause, the reading group resumed a while back and now meets every Sunday at Galerie ZeitZone. Most recently we have been focused on the Berlin writings of Avrom Nokhem Stencl.

To mark the exhibition celebrating Stencl’s life and work, we are now inviting those without a Yiddish language background to attend the reading group as guests and listeners for the first and possibly only time. But above all, Yiddish readers of all levels are encouraged to join us for the reading and discussion.

At this special session, we will be reading and discussing Stencl’s long poem “Oyfn rog” (At the Junction), which he published in Berlin in 1935. The poem, like most of Stencl’s Berlin-era work, has not been translated into any other language. Plenty of copies will be available on the day, but if you would like to prepare in advance (which is not necessary), you can find the poem here:

Avrom Nokhem Stencl, Oyfn rog, Berlin 1935 (pdf)

9 April 2023, 4pm

Galerie ZeitZone
Adalbertstrasse 79
10997 Berlin

11 April: Third Seder, Shmues un Vayn style (for Yiddish speakers)

Image by Jake Schneider

For more than a year now, our “Shmues un Vayn” (Conversation and Wine) group has been meeting around twice a month at Berlin bars, parks, apartments, bookstores, and courtyards with a very simple concept: to socialize while speaking only Yiddish over a glass of wine or beer. Attendance ranges from six (cozy) to twelve (average) to forty (last summer’s street party). Apart from the occasional board game or impromptu Yiddish singalong, our structure is deliberately loose and open-ended.

One rare moment of structure came last April, a few months after the group’s founding, when member Laura Radosh hosted a “Passover Salon” at her apartment. We read each other Yiddish poems new and old, sang some Ashkenazi Passover classics, and recited together from an old Bundist Haggadah. Without realizing it, we were revisiting a half-forgotten tradition that started in 1910: the “third seder.” In addition to the two ritualized seder evenings that open the festival of Passover, this third one is an open-ended, secular space for reflection, modern interpretation, and creative expression.

This year, during the exhibition celebrating the poet Avrom Nokhm Stencl, we have decided to hold another third seder (deliberately this time) at Galerie Zeitzone, as the twenty-fifth meeting of Shmues un Vayn. Yiddish speakers of all levels are invited to join us and share a song, poem, joke, text, artwork, or other contribution – new or discovered – on the themes of Passover: oppression and liberation. Or simply come, listen, and chat with us in Yiddish. In honor of the holiday, there will be plenty of wine. And while there, you can take a look at the exhibition.

If you have other plans that night, but speak some Yiddish and are interested in attending Shmues un Vayn in the future, email us at nayes [at] yiddish.berlin to receive future invitations. We have also organized satellite gatherings in Tel Aviv and New York and hope to spread the concept to more cities soon.

11 April 2023, 7 pm

Galerie ZeitZone
Adalbertstrasse 79
10997 Berlin

7 April: Opening of the exhibition AVROM NOKHEM STENCL

7 to 12 April 2023 | Rachel Lichtenstein | Manchester Writing School | Manchester Poetry Library and Yiddish.Berlin present:

Stencil with the face of the Yiddish writer Avrom Nokhem Stencl, with descriptions in Yiddish language for an exhibition in Berlin.
A.N. Stencl, stencil: Arndt Beck, design: Alex Kostenko

Avrom Nokhem Stencl (1897—1983)

Yiddish Writer — Poet of Whitechapel — Berlin Bohemian


Else Lasker-Schüler called him “Hamid,” Arnold Zweig wrote a foreword for him, and Thomas Mann praised his poetry: Avrom Nokhem Stencl, a Berliner from 1921 to 1936, was one of the most acclaimed modern Yiddish poets in Weimar-era Germany, and he laid the foundations of his multifaceted and prolific poetic work in Berlin. Together with writer and artist Rachel Lichtenstein, the Manchester Writing School, and the Manchester Poetry Library, Yiddish.Berlin is setting the stage for an almost forgotten Berliner.

The exhibition gives an introduction to Stencl’s eventful life and includes multimedia work from Rachel Lichtenstein’s research including artwork, a film and radio programme, which are available in the gallery.

7 April 2023, 8 pm: Exhibition opening with a film screening about Stencl and in conversation with Rachel Lichtenstein
8 April 2023, 8pm: Yiddish.Berlin reads Avrom Nokhem Stencl
9 April 2023, 4 pm: Reading circle (leyenkrayz) open to the public
11 April 2023, 7 pm: “Third Seder,” Shmues un Vayn style (for Yiddish speakers)

8 to 12 April 2023, open daily from 4 to 6 pm, at the events, and by request

Galerie ZeitZone
Adalbertstrasse 79
10997 Berlin

Logo Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Poetry Library

29 December: H.J. Psotta’s 10th Yortsayt

Ein vertikal geteilter Hintergrund, links weiss, rechts schwarz. Vor dem schwarzen Hintergrund steht ein Mensch mit ausgestrecktem Arm vor dem weißen Hintergrund und auf der Hand sitzt eine Dohle.
H.J. Psotta, about 1975, photo: Aquiles Rösner.

(Slide) lecture with Arndt Beck

It is exactly 10 years since Helmut J. Psotta died largely unnoticed. Arndt Beck remembers an idiosyncratic artist who gathered important experiences of his development in Latin America, gives insights into his own work with the estate and exemplifies some backgrounds and motifs in Psotta’s work.

The exhibition is open from 6 pm — for the last time.

Arndt Beck, works as a freelance artist mainly in photography, drawing and text. As the heir of H.J. Psotta, he represents his work as if it were his own. He has also been working intensively with Yiddish for several years and is one of the initiators of yiddish.berlin.

Thursday, 29 December 2022, 8PM
during the exhibition MIR ZENEN DO! [photos]
open from 6PM.

Presentation in german language.

Hasselwerder Str. 22
12439 Berlin-Schöneweide

Admission free — Donations welcome

With the kind support of the Partnership for Democracy Schöneweide with funds from the federal program Democracy Live!

14 December: New Yiddish Song

Sveta Kundish & Patrick Farrell, photo: Tanja Katharina Lindner.
Sveta Kundish & Patrick Farrell, photo: Tanja Katharina Lindner.

Concert with Sveta Kundish & Patrick Farrell

Opening Concert of “Nisht-keyn-Festival” by SHTETL BERLIN.

For almost a decade, Sveta Kundish & Patrick Farrell have been developing contemporary Yiddish art song almost effortlessly. Farrell’s compositions breathe with great depth and uniquely plumb the interplay of accordion and song. Together Kundish & Farrell distill and interpret lider from the rich trove of Yiddish poetry.

A response to their recently released debut album as a duo, Nem Mayn Vort:

Kundish & Farrell are bringing an entirely new perspective to the world of Yiddish music with their fierce focus on both text and musical composition, their equal dedication to traditional and contemporary musical practice, and their rare virtuosity as performers. “Nem mayn vort” is a remarkable document of their artistry.

DanZone Records

Sveta Kundish is a singer who performs a wide variety of Jewish music throughout Europe. She appears with Voices of Ashkenaz and Trickster Orchestra among others, and is a regular faculty member at Yiddish Summer Weimar. Born in Ukraine and later moving to Israel, Kundish holds degrees from Tel Aviv University and the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, and in 2017 completed a degree in Cantorial Studies from the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Potsdam, Germany. Kundish currently works as the first female Cantor in the history of the Jewish Communities of Lower Saxony, Germany.

Patrick Farrell is an accordionist, composer and bandleader from Brooklyn, New York. An artist of “sharp wit and blistering speed” (NY Music Daily), he is at home in many different musical styles. Farrell has played as a guest with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express. He is also a composer, musical director, and accompanist for various theater and dance companies.

Wednesday, 14 December 2022, 7PM
during the exhibition MIR ZENEN DO! [photos]

Hasselwerder Str. 22
12439 Berlin-Schöneweide

Admission free — Donations welcome

With the kind support of the Partnership for Democracy Schöneweide with funds from the federal program Democracy Live!