You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy Yiddish Merchandise!
Since we are using endangered languages in my artwork, it seemed natural to include Yiddish, my parent’s mother tongue. Before WW2, there were 11 million Yiddish speakers in Europe. Now, seventy-five years after the Holocaust, there are only 150,000 people speaking Yiddish at home. Most of these are members of Hassidic communities and younger students studying at the 20 US college programs that currently offer Yiddish studies.
Even though the resurgence of interest on a college level (and even through Duolingo!) is exciting, the jury is out as to whether there will be enough younger speakers to keep this language alive into the next century.
As a tribute to my parents, both recently deceased, and their generation of native Yiddish speakers, we have designed a new line of merchandise featuring Yiddish and inspirational quotes by Jewish notables including Anne Frank, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Albert Einstein.