Wednesday 18 May 2016


            She was born in New York.  She graduated from the Sholem Aleichem Middle School in Yiddish.  She acquired her secular knowledge in English-language schools.  In 1948 she graduated from Brooklyn College.  Over the years 1946-1948, she took courses in Jewish history at YIVO.  She contributed to the journal Yugnt-ruf (Voice of youth), formerly Ilpi [acronym for “Y. L. Perets Yugntklub”], published by the latter (Y. L. Perets youth club) in Philadelphia.  In 1948 she received a stipend from YIVO to study Yiddish linguistics and folklore at the University of California, Los Angeles.  That year she collected and analyzed specimens of Yiddish dialects in New York.  Over the years 1949-1950, she collected and analyzed Western Yiddish folkloric materials in Switzerland and Alsace.  She contributed an essay, “Dray lider fun di pogrom-tsaytn in rusland” (Three poems from times of pogroms in Russia), Yivo-bleter (Pages from YIVO) 33 (1949), pp. 239-43, in New York; and “Four Yiddish Variants of the Master-Thief Tale,” in The Field of Yiddish: Studies in Yiddish Language, Folklore, and Literature (New York, 1954), pp. 199-214.  From 1952 she studied anthropology (with a specialization in folklore studies) at Columbia University; her M. A. thesis was entitled “The Prophet Elijah in Modern Yiddish Folktales,” completed in 1956.  She was co-editor of Yidisher folklor (Yiddish folklore), published by the “Y. L. Cohen Folklore Club” at YIVO.  With her husband, Professor Uriel Weinreich, she contributed to the compilation: Say It in Yiddish, with over 1,000 English phrases in Yiddish for travelers (New York: Dover, 1958), 183 pp.; and to Yiddish Language and Folklore: A Selective Bibliography for Research (The Hague: Mouton, 1959), 66 pp.  She published in English a work, “The Americanization of Passover,” in the collection: Studies in Biblical and Jewish Folklore (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1959).

Source: Y. Varshavski, in Forverts (New York) (December 21, 1958).
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