Yiddish Dictionary
ייִדיש װערטערבוך


Dr. Solon Beinfeld, Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis. Professor Beinfeld grew up in a Yiddish-speaking family. His father was a teacher for many years in the Workmen’s Circle Yiddish schools in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York. He taught Modern Jewish history for over twenty years at Washington University, and has written extensively on the Holocaust, making extensive use of Yiddish-language sources. He has taught Yiddish at the Workmen’s Circle in Boston, and has recently translated Girl with Two Landscapes: The wartime diary of Lena Jedwab-Rozenberg (New York: Holmes and Meier, 2002) and parts of the Kovno Ghetto diary of Ilya Gerber in Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002). He was senior consultant and historian to the Kovno Ghetto Exhibition project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and consultant to the Museum on the Ghetto archive holdings in the Lithuanian State Archives in Vilnius.

Dr. Harry Bochner, Linguistics, Ph.D. Harvard University, is the son of Holocaust survivors and grew up in a family where understanding Yiddish was a necessity. Study at Harvard and Columbia complemented this knowledge, and he has been involved in Yiddish cultural activities for over 20 years, teaching the language at Boston University and the Boston Workmen’s Circle. He is the author of Simplicity in Generative Morphology (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992).

Associate Editors

Barry Goldstein, Applied Mathematics, A.M., Harvard University. Mr. Goldstein is a dedicated amateur lexicographer and student of Yiddish. He is the author of numerous Yiddish literary works, including a translation of the “Treebeard” chapter from The Lord of the Rings, and a frequent contributor to the Yugntruf journal.

Yankl Salant is currently art director of the Yiddish literary and cultural journal Afn shvel. He has taught at the Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at YIVO/New York University,

Project Administration

Elizabeth Kessin Berman, A.M., Harvard University, complements the team of linguists as a seasoned administrator and grant writer. Trained in the art and languages of the Ancient Near East, Ms. Berman has been a curator of major international projects on Jewish history for over 20 years. She was on the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and worked on Yiddish-based projects, notably the exhibition and catalogue of Hidden History of the Kovno Ghetto.