News

January 4, 2019
As many of you know, the Mayrent Institute has been running on a skeleton crew for the previous 16 months with me as the only employee. Running a public outreach and research institute dedicated to preserving and teaching Yiddish culture has been an incredible challenge in every sense of the word, one that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from immensely.
January 31, 2018
A new website highlighting selections from our collection of 6000+ historical Yiddish sound recordings We’re excited to announce the launch of a newly redesigned Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture website, mayrentinstitute.wisc.edu.
September 25, 2017
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections awarded a Certificate of Merit for Best Historical Research in Record Labels to Henry Sapoznik of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture and Richard Martin of Archeophone Records for their research and historical essays accompanying Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders, 1901-1905.
September 25, 2017
Henry Sapoznik, director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, has retired from the University of Wisconsin–Madison after seven years of service. Since its founding, the Institute has become a nationally renowned center for Yiddish music scholarship while also fostering a vibrant community in Madison, Wisconsin.
March 30, 2017
Victor Packer was born in Bialystock, Poland, in 1897 and grew up with that city’s emerging Yiddish theater. While still a child, he took part in amateur theatricals of the works of writer Sholom Aleichem. In his teens he formed a multi-lingual vaudeville troupe (Yiddish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian) which helped quell that city’s anti-Semitism.
June 23, 2016
Our latest segment of In Record Time, produced for the nationally-syndicated WPR program To the Best of Our Knowledge, features Mayrent Institute director Henry Sapoznik telling the curious story of Char
May 20, 2016
Mayrent Institute director Henry Sapoznik spent 2015 as a Yiddish Book Cente
March 23, 2016
The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures and 
March 3, 2016
The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture is proud to announce our partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” This nationally heard Peabody award winning show explores in-depth a range of ideas through interviews, debates, documentaries and, of course, sound.