Yiddish Children’s Literature: Professor Miriam Udel in Conversation with Jack Zipes and Meyer Weinshel
Join Miriam Udel in conversation with Jack Zipes and Meyer Weinshel for the release of her book Honey on the Page, a collection of Yiddish Children’s Literature, on Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm CST on Zoom. Register here.
Honey on the Page is an unprecedented treasury of Yiddish children’s stories and poems enhanced with original illustrations. Arranged thematically–from school days to the holidays–the book takes readers from Jewish holidays and history to folktales and fables, from stories of humanistic ethics to multi-generational family sagas. Featuring many works that are appearing in English for the first time, and written by both prominent and lesser-known authors, this anthology spans the Yiddish-speaking globe–drawing from materials published in Eastern Europe, New York, and Latin America from the 1910s, during the interwar period, and up through the 1970s.
Miriam Udel is associate professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, where her teaching focuses on Yiddish language, literature, and culture. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, as well as a PhD in Comparative Literature from the same institution. She was ordained in 2019 as part of the first cohort of the Executive Ordination Track at Yeshivat Maharat, a program designed to bring qualified mid-career women into the Orthodox rabbinate.
Udel’s academic research interests include 20th-century Yiddish literature and culture, Jewish children’s literature, and American-Jewish literature. She is the author of Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque (University of Michigan Press), winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature (New York University Press) was published October 2020.