Jewish Language Project

Jews around the world have spoken dozens of languages, including Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Italian, Judeo-Tadjik (Bukharian), and Judeo-Malayalam. Because of migrations and other historical events, many of these languages are on the verge of extinction, and most Jews today are unaware of their existence. It is imperative that we document and raise awareness about these languages in the next decade – for the sake of the elderly Jews who are their last speakers and for the sake of Jewish children who would benefit from knowing about their multifaceted heritage.

The HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project addresses these problems by creating online content and by raising and distributing funds for research and cultural production. This initiative was launched in 2020, building on and encompassing several projects led by Professor Sarah Bunin Benor.

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