Mayrent Institute Projects

The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture is dedicated to studying and preserving historical Yiddish music and culture, teaching it to new generations, and supporting scholarship and programming that explores it as an important facet of Jewish and American life.

Our current offerings include the following events and resources:

  • A Biselle KlezKamp: A free one-day event with classes and workshops on Yiddish held mid-summer.
  • Sound Salons: Informal discussions about Yiddish music as well as other American folk and vernacular musics; these events are co-sponsored by Mills Music Library.
  • The Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings: A collection of over 9000 rpm records reflecting all aspects of Jewish-American life. This collection is held by the UW-Madison Mills Music Library. It is currently available for on-site use only but the library is in the process of developing an exciting tool for online access.
  • World Records: The Mayrent Collection of Yiddish 78s and the Future of Historic Sound Recordings: A public symposium that highlights the content of the Mayrent Collection, places it in the context of other American ethnic musics recorded on historical media, and considers questions about preservation of and access to historical media in the 21st century. March 14-15, 2013 on the UW-Madison campus.

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