YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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July 3, 2013

Skill Level  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, right here in Chelsea in New York City, has the largest collection of Yiddish-language materials in the world!

Founded in 1925 in Vilna, Poland, it relocated to New York City 15 years later. Its mission is “to preserve, study and teach the cultural history of Jewish life throughout Eastern Europe, Germany and Russia.” The staff I have met are friendly, welcoming, and dedicated to the organization and its mission.

YIVO is very central to Yiddish studies in the world. I know this just three days into my Yiddish unit, because my various non-YIVO materials keep referring to it. 

Yiddish Books at the YIVO Library
Yiddish Books at the YIVO Library

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY, 10011




Comments (2)

Mike • Posted on Thu, July 02, 2015 - 2:15 am EST

Is this where all the books that Aaron Lansky rescued and wrote about in his book Outwitting History?

BTW, I can recommend that book with two thumbs up. Very well written and very emotional.

Ellen Jovin • Posted on Tue, November 07, 2017 - 9:56 pm EST

Hi Mike, that’s actually the Yiddish Book Center. I am hoping to visit it sometime within the next year or so. I love the book “Outwitting History” so so so so so much. You have great taste. URL for the center is

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