Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl
The Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl explores and remembers our roots and keeps our language (mamaloshen) alive through history, literature, music, news, films, and our life stories.  
This is a friendly, heymish group. All levels of ability are welcome.  Most of our programs are in Yiddish, but English is spoken as well. 

Due to COVID-19 related safety reasons, in-person meetings have been suspended.

The Vinkl is not meeting until the  pandemic is under control and a safe vaccine is available for all of us. Until then, we send you varmeh grusen (warm wishes) for a a gutn, gezundte yor, un a Chag Sameach, a Happy Sukkot.

In normal years,
We meet on Sundays, usually at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. (See program listings for details.)
September 2020 through May 2021 (sometimes modified by holidays), at

the Sabes Jewish Community Center
4330 Cedar Lake Road South
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

(952) 381-3400

Membership is $20.  ($15 for Sabes JCC members)

Programs are open to the public. Admission costs as listed. 

Members receive a program flyer each month in the mail.

29th Year of the Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl
2020 - 2021 CALENDAR
L'Shanah Tovah to all our

September 2020

Verter fun der Vokh - Corona Virus from

washing hands for 20 seconds

October 2020


Dybbuk bride ance


All films are FREE.

The Minneapolis Yiddish Vinkl is partnering with the Minneapolis Sabes JCC,
the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and the St. Paul Jewish Federation
to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of  Anskys  "The Dybbuk
It can be streamed  in your home on-line any time of your choosing from
Oct 28 to Nov. 1, 2020.

Please click on blue link and register for a Free ticket,  an ALL FESTIVAL PASS

There are a rich and interesting assortment of films, film shorts, and documentaries.
Please let your family and friends know about this.

November  2020


Joel Engel's "Jewish Folksongs" Volumes I & II

Tuesday Nov 10, 2020
Noon CST

A performance of Joel Engel's Jewish Folksongs (Volume I, 1909/ Volume II, 1912).
These 20 arrangements, which frame the folksongs with classical piano accompaniments, proved to be very influential.
They inspired the Society for Jewish Folk Music and the composers affiliated with it to create a vast oeuvre of similar work. Engel's work also provided a source for a variety of other composers who used Yiddish folksongs in their music including, famously, Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes whose second theme is taken from the second song of this cycle.
These 20 songs will be performed by singer Lucy Fitz Gibbon with pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, with a special guest appearance by Yurie Mitsuhashi.

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Register here:
Joel Engel's Jewish Folksongs



November 22, 2020

11:00 AM

Annalee Odessky is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Yiddish Vinkl Virtual Meet and Greet
Time: Nov 22, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

email for Log-In and Password

January 2021

 Program details pending

February, 2021

  Program details pending

March 2021

Program details pending

April, 2021


Program details pending

May, 2021

No program scheduled at this time
Summer 2021 Break

Yiddish Research Bibliography and Guide

Revised 8/27/2014 - AmandaSeigel (at) nypl (dot) org

Yiddish Dictionary Online -- 
A list of words and phrases sorted by Yiddish spelling, with Latin character spelling and English translation.

See the 2010-2011 calendar here.
See the 2011-2012 calendar here.
See the 2012-2013 calendar here.
See the 2013-2014 calendar here.
See the 2014-2015 calendar here.
See the 2015-2016 calendar here.
See the 2016-2017 calendar here.
See the 2017-2018 calendar here.
See the 2018-2019 calendar here.
See the 2019-2020 calendar here.
E-mail us at:
post (at) minneapolisyiddishvinkl (dot) com

Minneapolis photo by William Wesen 2006