Mon Apr 05 2021


11:00 am - 12:45 pm



Yente Telebende: The Bad Girl of the Yiddish World, with Henry Sapoznik

Lecture #43 in Joshua Horowitz’s series, The Promiscuous World of Jewish Music

Yente Telebende: The Bad Girl of the Yiddish World, with Henry Sapoznik

Monday, April 5, 11am Pacific Daylight Time/2pm New York/ 7pm London/ 8pm Paris/ 9pm Tel Aviv. Please confirm the local time !

Length: 1 – 2 hours

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Of all the words which have migrated from Yiddish to English, none have the colorful backstory of a fictional woman whose name has come to mean “gossip” but who found fame starting in 1913 as a woman who stood up for herself and gave as good as she got. 

The whirlwind tour of the massively popular “Yente Telebende” will reveal her brilliant prolific creator. B. Kovner and his hundreds of Yente Telebende feuillitons in the pages of The Forward, the numerous stage shows which were among the biggest hits in Yiddish theater and nearly 100 commercial 78 rpm records issued over nearly half a century all of which bring the presence and power of Yente Telebende back to life. 

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This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grants for the Arts, and The California Endowment.