The HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project Presents: Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language? - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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The HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project Presents: Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language?

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and – Jewish English? Is it possible that Jews today continue the centuries-old tradition of speaking distinctly from their non-Jewish neighbors? This talk looks at several features common among Jewish languages of the Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and – Jewish English? Is it possible that Jews today continue the centuries-old tradition of speaking distinctly from their non-Jewish neighbors? This talk looks at several features common among Jewish languages of the past and discusses whether American Jews use them. From the tradition of translating biblical and rabbinic texts to the incorporation of Hebrew words, most of these features are common among religiously engaged American Jews. A major exception is the use of Hebrew letters to write the vernacular. Through analysis of language, we can gain a better understanding of contemporary American Jews and how they compare to Jewish communities of the past.

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