Eli Benedict (IL/CAN; Yiddish language)

is a scholar, artist, and activist for Yiddish. He grew up in a Hasidic community in Israel and studied in yeshivas and kollels. Today, Eli serves as the CEO of "Yung Yidish,” the Yiddish Museum in Tel Aviv. He also serves as the program director and recruitment at the League for Yiddish.

He is part of a research team at UCL (university College London) that studies Hasidic Yiddish and Ashkenazi Hebrew. Eli's research interests include Ashkenazi culture, Hasidic culture, Yiddish, and Jewish dance. He is a folklore stage artist, a singer, dancer, and teacher of traditional performing arts.



Photo: Zöe Belk

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