Yiddishland California is the physical home of the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA), whose mission is to preserve and advance Yiddish language and culture within the U.S. and beyond. While La Jolla experienced a spate of housing discrimination against Jews from the 1920s to the 1960s, Yiddishland now functions as a Jewish cultural center, classroom, and art gallery featuring many works of Seymour Rosenthal, a Bronx artist whose work depicts the intersection of Judaic spirituality and American working-class struggle. Events include Jewish Cabaret, Polish, Yiddish, and Hebrew language lessons, concerts, and lectures. While it’s inspired by the distinctly Jewish shtetls of Central and Eastern Europe, Yiddishland is expressly secular and seeks to engage anyone interested in Yiddish language and culture.
At our store
When you first walk into Yiddishland you will be surprised to see the many paintings and pictures that we have to display. In addition, we also have books in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English that can be found on our bookshelves.
Our Yiddish Vision: