By Josh Nathan-Kazis
Three generations ago, before the Holocaust decimated European Jewry, tens of thousands of students studied at more than a thousand secular Yiddish elementary schools dotted across Eastern Europe.
Today, there is only one secular Yiddish school in the world, and it’s in south Australia.
Next year, that could change, and in a dramatic way: Secular Yiddish education might be coming to a New York City public school.
A member of the New York City Council, Mark Levine, is proposing the creation of a dual-language Yiddish-English program in a New York City public school starting in the fall of 2020. The students would spend half of their day learning in English, and half learning in Yiddish.