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By Jenni Frazer

A New York City Council member has proposed opening a dual-language Yiddish-English programme in a city public school.

Mark Levine, who represents parts of upper Manhattan and is the chair of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, is working to open the programme in a kindergarten classroom in autumn 2020, according to the Forward.

The secular Yiddish-language programme would be the only one of its kind in the United States.

Levine told the Forward: “I’ve been inspired by young activists who are looking to keep this language alive, and keep its literature and theatre and culture alive by passing it on to the next generation”.

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