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Women’s Voices in Yiddish Folksongs

A new project analyzing the Yiddish folksong tradition takes advantage of major collections that are now a click away online. Itzik Gottesman, one of the project’s creators, is a grandson of Lifshe Schaechter-Widman and son of the poet and artist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. He says, “Not only can much about Jewish life in Eastern Europe and immigrant life be learned from these singers, but the women’s voice, so suppressed in traditional Jewish life, takes front and center when it comes to the Yiddish folksong.”