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The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture leads the initiative at UW–Madison to educate students, faculty, and the wider community about the vitality of modern Yiddish culture—music, literature, history, and art. Established in 2010, the Institute is named for Sherry Mayrent, an avid collector of historical Yiddish recordings.

The year 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the Institute and the beginning of Professor Sunny Yudkoff’s role as its new director. As we begin the fall semester, we hope you and yours are staying safe and well. The Yiddish term for goodbye is “zayt gezunt”—“be healthy.” For our current moment, let’s add “un blaybt gezunt”—“and stay healthy!”

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