Indiana University Bloomington


Dov-Ber KerlerDov-Ber Kerler holds the Dr. Alice Field Cohn Chair in Yiddish Studies and is Professor of Jewish Studies and Germanic Studies at Indiana University. His main fields of interest are the dialectology, sociology and linguistic analysis of Yiddish. He is the author of The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish (Oxford, 1999) and various papers and articles on Yiddish language, dialectology, and literary history. He is Co-editor of Oxford Yidish – Studies in Yiddish Language, Literature and Folklore (in Yiddish, Oxford 1995), and Yerusholaimer Almanakh, Annual for Yiddish Literature and Culture (Jerusalem 1993-1998); and Editor of History of Yiddish Studies (Chur - London - Paris - New York 1991), The Politics of Yiddish, Studies in Language, Literature and Society (Walnut Creek - London - New Delhi 1998), and the renewed Yerusholaimer Almanakh: periodic collections for Yiddish literature, culture and scholarship (Jerusalem 2003 and 2008).

Jeffrey VeidlingerJeffrey Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author most recently of In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine, an investigation into Jewish life in Ukraine based on the interviews in the AHEYM collection. His first book, The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage, won a National Jewish Book Award and the Barnard Hewitt Award in Theatre Studies. His second book, Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and the J. I. Segal Award. In 2006, Professor Veidlinger was named a Top Young Historian by History News Network. He was previously Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program and Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University. He continues to serve as co-director of AHEYM.

Moisei LemsterMoisei Lemster is Senior Bibliographer of "The Index of Yiddish Periodicals" project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Director of the H. Leyvik Yiddish Publishing House, and the Chief Archivist of the Association of Yiddish Writers and Journalists. Before immigrating to Israel in 2000, Dr. Lemster served as Director of the International Summer School in Yiddish Language and Jewish Culture in Chişinău; as a Senior Lecturer in Yiddish Language, Literature and Pedagogy at Moldova State University; and as a researcher in the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, specializing in the history of Bessarabian Jews. His monograph on the life and works of the great Yiddish fabulist and educationalist Eliezer Shteynbarg appeared in Chişinău in 1999 (in Russian). He is, perhaps, best known as an original Yiddish poet and the Host and Director of a bi-weekly Yiddish television series on Moldovan State Television that ran from 1992-2000.

Anya QuilitzschAnya Quilitzsch is Project Manager of AHEYM. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies and Media Studies from the University of Wales, and an MA in Jewish Studies from Harvard University. It was during these initial years of graduate study that Anya was first drawn to Yiddish language and culture. As a PhD candidate in Modern Jewish History at IU, her research interests include post-WWII Jewish life in Transcarpathia (southwestern Ukraine) between 1944 and 1980. She has been working for AHEYM as a Research Assistant, interview transcriber and annotator since 2009. She accompanied the primary researchers on their ethnographic expeditions in 2010 and 2011. Anya annotated the project's database (the Archives) and is responsible for curating the AHEYM website.

Former Researchers

Asya Vaisman was a Visiting Research Scholar at Indiana University and Project Manager of AHEYM from 2010-2012, in which role she developed and debuted AHEYM's initial website and represented the project publicly online and in scholarly venues. Asya holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Yiddish from Harvard. Her PhD research was on the Yiddish songs and singing practices of contemporary Hasidic women. Currently, she is the Director of the Yiddish Language Institute at the Yiddish Book Center and teaches at Hampshire College.

Sebastian Schulman is a PhD candidate in Modern Jewish History at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studies the transformation, transmission and survival of Jewish religion and culture in Soviet Moldova.  From 2010 to 2012, he was a Research Assistant for AHEYM, in which capacity he translated and annotated interviews and participated in an ethnographic expedition. He currently serves as Translation Projects Coordinator at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, where he directs several initiatives, including a graduate-level fellowship in Yiddish translation and a journal devoted to Yiddish literary works in translation. Sebastian is a Research Associate for the Program in Jewish Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

Margot Valles received her PhD from Indiana University in July, 2013. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Center for Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities. Her work for AHEYM included preparing materials for accessioning into the digital archive, translating interviews, accompanying the primary researchers on their expeditions and helping with a variety of other tasks. She worked as a Research Assistant with the AHEYM project from 2009 to 2011.  

Photography and Videography: Artur Frątczak, Pawel Figurski
Special Thanks: Alan Burdette, Anthony Guest-Scott,Dovid Katz, Anatoly Kerzhner, Ildi Kovacs, Ludmila Makedonskaya, Yuriy Shpuryk, Rita Shveibish, Janos Szabo, Efim Vygodner, Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm, Gábor Hosszú, Ákos Gőbel.