Babiniec – women in Yiddish culture

The exhibition ‘Babiniec – women in Yiddish culture’ shows how Jewish women could be active in religious and secular Yiddish culture.

Yiddish language has been marginalised for centuries – it is the language of the homestead, intimacy, mame-loshn (mother tongue). Paradoxically enough, its lower social status towards Hebrew language enabled women to be active within its scope. Thus, we will show Jewish women as recipients, creators and patrons of old Yiddish literature and culture. The exhibition will also highlight the feminine experience of modernity – the participation of Jewish women in avant-garde movements, their contribution to the development of Jewish theatre, film and education and the promotion of emancipation and feminism. It will also be an opportunity to see and listen to contemporary women speaking Yiddish.


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