Archive of ethnographic interviews with elderly Jews in contemporary Eastern Europe. Includes online exhibits and videos, searchable by name, subject and place.
Ben-Amos, Dan. "Jewish Folklore". Oxford Bibliographies Online. Accessible with a Library card and PIN.
Elswit, Sharon. The Jewish Story Finder: A Guide to 363 Tales, Listing Subjects and Sources. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2009.
Folktales are listed by theme. Each story is summarized, variant versions noted, and detailed bibliography given. A story title index allows another way to search.
Image: Peacock cigarette card. NYPL Digital Collections.
Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore. Raphael Patai, founding editor; Haya Bar-Itzhak, editor. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2013. Includes some Yiddish folklore, although coverage and transliteration is uneven.
Gottesman, Itzik. Defining the Yiddish nation : the Jewish folklorists of Poland. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2003.
Study of folklore and ethnography in Poland; includes bibliographical references and index.
Nigal, Gedalyah. Leksikon ha-Sipur ha-Hasidi. Jerusalem: ha-Makhon le-heker ha-sifrut ha-hasidit, 765/2005.
Comprehensive Hebrew-language encyclopedia of Hasidic literature, authors, characters, tales, ritual concepts, places, and works.
This is a collection of Jewish folklore mostly in Yiddish and Tartu in 1926-1938 for the Estonian Folklore Archives. The site (in Estonian) includes anecdotes, songs, curses, riddles, and sayings. Visit Part 1 and Part 2. Find more information in English here.
Weinreich, Uriel and Beatrice. Yiddish Language and Folklore: a Selective Bibliography. Gravenhage: Mouton, 1959.
Weinreich, Beatrice, ed. Yiddish Folktales. Trans. Leonard Wolf. New York: Pantheon Books/YIVO, 1988.
Folktales arranged thematically; includes a bibliography, glossary of Yiddish words, and scholarly introduction.
Yassif, Eli. Jewish Folklore: an Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1986.
Yiddish Wit and Wisdom
Collection of Yiddish expressions and idioms in Yiddish and transliteration.
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Image: Photo of Molly Picon and Sam Levene in Paris is Out! 1970, NYPL Digital Collections.