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Yiddish Research: Translation Resources

Yiddish research guide covering general resources, article and books, folklore, genealogy, linguistics, literature, music and dance, oral history, theater, film, radio, translation and student resources.

Translation Resources

Yiddish Translation


Women in Translation: Yiddish (New York Public Library) - Works by Yiddish women writers in English translation, including poetry, fiction, memoirs, religious writings, and cookbooks (2016).


Yiddish Translators (Yiddish Book Center) - List of professional translators

Yiddish Translators (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) - List of professional translators


Yiddish Translation Fellowships (Yiddish Book Center) - The Yiddish Book Center offers fellowships to translate Yiddish literature, and also publishes Yiddish literature in translation.


Notes on Translation


The New York Public Library does not provide translation services. Library staff can help you by searching the index or table of contents of a book for you, but not by translating passages. If you need to hire a professional Yiddish translator, consider the following characteristics:

  • Facility with written as well as spoken language
  • Experience with historical and/or current documents
  • Ability to decipher handwritten documents (if applicable)
  • Familiarity with different dialects of Yiddish
  • Educational and linguistic background in Yiddish and other languages
  • Professional qualifications - certificates, testimonials, scholarly affiliations
  • Cultural sensitivity and familiarity with subject area(s)
  • Proven record of successful past projects; client testimonials