Yael Chaver is a native of Israel and a long-time resident of Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in Yiddish from U.C. Berkeley, and recently retired from that institution after seventeen years as a lecturer in Yiddish language, literature, and culture for the Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of German. She teaches Yiddish and Yiddish culture in the community, with special emphasis on the intersection of Yiddish and Hebrew. Yael is the author of What Must Be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine (2004), has written many scholarly and popular articles, given presentations on these and related topics, and translates Holocaust memorial books from Hebrew and Yiddish into English.