As a language that originated by crossing linguistic, geographical, and cultural boundaries and that has served Ashkenazi Jewish civilization for one thousand years, Yiddish serves as a locus of both Jewish studies and culture studies. In this spirit of the intersection of cultures, the Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Tel Aviv University seeks to further research that situates Yiddish within the framework of contemporary humanities research.
The Institute is dedicated to the advancement of research and teaching in Yiddish studies in diverse fields. It initiates and funds courses on Yiddish language and literature in programs and departments at Tel Aviv University, offers scholarships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students engaged in Yiddish-related research, organizes national and international forums and conferences, hosts guest lecturers, promotes scholarly publications on Yiddish, and initiates projects in cooperation with other institutions in Israel and abroad.
Established in 2005 by a generous endowment from the Goldreich Families and donations from their friends, the Institute has established in 2006 an annual month-long International Yiddish Summer Program, co-sponsored with Beth Shalom Aleichem. The summer program hosts an average of between 80-130 students from all over the world. Since 2012, the summer program is sponsored by the Naomi Foundation.
An endowment from the Abraham I. Lerner Fund enables the Institute to fund language courses year-round and to award prizes to students. Through the newly established Anna and Max Webb Family Chair for Visiting Scholars in Yiddish, the Institute hosts visiting lecturers from abroad in Yiddish literature and culture. To facilitate teaching and research in Yiddish, the Institute is preparing the Erdman electronic archive of Yiddish scholarly source materials. To promote Yiddish research in relation to other fields and disciplines, the Institute initiates and co-sponsors conferences on diverse subjects such as "Yiddish and Science" and "Yiddish—Between Languages and Theories", "Yiddish and German in Dialogue".
Professor Hana Wirth-Nesher: Founding Director and Head of the Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture
Michal Bondy: Managing Director
Talila Eylon: Summer Program Coordinator