Asper Jewish Community Campus
123 Doncaster St
Winnipeg, Mb R3N 2B4

204 477 7476

 

The library is located on the main floor

 




Yiddish Vinkel

Dos Yiddish Vinkel, (the Yiddish Corner) in the Kaufman Silverberg Library contains a wide selection of material in the Yiddish language, as well as English translations of works originally written in Yiddish, books in English about Yiddish language and literature, and materials for learning Yiddish.

Many of these books were part of the collection at the Jewish Public Library, which served as the Jewish community library in Winnipeg from its founding in 1922 until it was amalgamated into the Kaufman Silverberg Library at the Asper Jewish Community Campus in 2000. During those yeas a large collection of several thousand Yiddish books was acquired by the Library. Many of the books were donated from the private collections of Winnipeggers who were anxious to share the literature which had formed an important part of their lives with other members of their community, and who wanted to help the Jewish Public Library to preserve and to foster the enjoyment of Yiddish literature and culture.

After the collection of the Jewish Public Library was amalgamated with the collections of the community day school libraries in the new Kaufman Silverberg Library, many books from the old library were donated to libraries in Canada, the U.S. and Britain. A core collection of books was selected fill the shelves of Dos Yiddish Vinkel, a pleasant reading room in the new library. These books ar included in the catalog of the Kaufman Silverberg Library, which may be accessed online.

The collection provides a fascinating picture of the world of Yiddish publishing. It contains material on a wide variety of subjects, including Jewish religious books, volumes on philosophy, education, the Jewish labour movement, radicalism, children’s school books, history, and education.

The core of the collection is the extensive collection of literature, including novels, poetry, drama, and criticism. There is a collection of books by Canadian writers and a large section of world literature in Yiddish translation.
In addition to the book collection, the Yiddish Vinkel also contains
Yiddish newspapers (the English and Yiddish editions of the Forward), periodicals, and videos.

 

Library Catalog

 

New acquisitions:

Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books

YIVO Encyclopedia of the Jews of Eastern Europe