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Charlotte Yiddish Institute records

Identifier: MS0643

Content Description

This collection consists of material related to the work of the Charlotte Yiddish Institute from its founding in 1978 to 2015. It includes correspondence, participant reflections, programs and news articles. There is also a small collection of Yiddish language teaching material. In addition, there is a series of photo albums and scrapbooks showing the Institute over the years.


  • Creation: 1979 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The Charlotte Yiddish Institute was founded in 1979 by Baila Pransky with help from Abraham Luski, it was an annual event taking place at the Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC. It was open to men and women dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and use of the Yiddish language and culture through lectures, workshops, concerts, religious services, etc. The Yiddish Institute offered scholarships to students enrolled in college and university Yiddish studies/language programs and contributed to many national and international Yiddish organizations and publications. It was sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Charlotte. The Yiddish Institute closed in 2015 after 37 years of operation due to the aging of the Yiddish-speaking community.



4 Linear Feet (3 record storage cartons and 2 oversize items (photograph poster and framed award))

Language of Materials



Papers documenting the activities of the Charlotte Yiddish Institute. Includes correspondence, news articles, Yiddish teaching material, scrapbooks and photo albums. The Charlotte Yiddish Institute was founded in 1978 by Baila Pransky and Abraham Luski and is an annual event taking place at the Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.


The collection is arranged into the following three series: Correspondence and News Articles, Yiddish Teaching Materials and Photo Albums, Scrapbooks and Memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated in 2023 by Daniel Pransky.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2023 by Andrew Pack.

Charlotte Yiddish Institute records
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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