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. Established in 2010, it is named for Sherry Mayrent, an avid collector of historical Yiddish recordings.

The Mayrent Institute has a three-part mission:

  • To provide programming that offers all members of our community opportunities to learn more about Yiddish culture, history, language, music, and art;
  • To support scholarly inquiry about Yiddish culture through classes, lectures, and symposia; and
  • To work with the UW-Libraries and Mills Music Library to make the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, a repository of more than 9000 historical recordings of Yiddish music, accessible for study to those on and off the UW-Madison campus.