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Yiddish in Sydney

Plus61JMedia and the Jewish Museum of Australia

2020 has signalled a new dawn for Yiddish. Hit Netflix series Unorthodox has beamed the language into millions of loungerooms for the first time. Video conferencing platforms have connected Yiddish speakers – from beginners to advanced –living in lockdown. A Yiddish translation of Harry Potter sold out in days.But in Sydney – the city that hosted Australia’s first ever Yiddish theatrical performances and was once home to the much-loved Yiddish Entertainment Group – the language has been on a long, slow decline. This two-part podcast investigates what became of the city’s small but passionate Yiddish community. And whether Zoom, streaming services and a renewed interest in the past, might hold the key to its future.