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Yiddish Books at the YIVO Library

5 Yiddish, Bookstores/Libraries, Museums/Cultural, Organizations, Classes/Conversation, Conferences/Lectures, Kids

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, right here in Chelsea in New York City, has the largest collection of Yiddish-language materials in the world! Founded in 1925 in Vilna, Poland, it relocated to New York City 15 years later. Its mission is “…

An Esteemed New York Theater

Irish, Museums/Cultural, Organizations, Theater

The Irish Repertory Theatre, founded by Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, has a 25-year history in New York City. It seeks to acquaint American audiences with classic and contemporary Irish and Irish-American plays, and to to nurture new…

You Can Read Their Site in Irish or English

Irish, Organizations, Classes/Conversation

Founded in 1893, this organization promotes the Irish language in Ireland and globally. Its primary goal is “to reinstate the Irish language as the common tongue of Ireland.” Conradh na Gaeilge has more than 200 branches. The overwhelming majority of…

You Can Watch Video Clips of Endangered Languages Here

General, Websites, Organizations

Founded in 2010, the Endangered Language Alliance, or ELA, is an “urban initiative for endangered language research and conservation.”  Out of a small office on West 18th Street, in what is known as the Urban Fieldstation, dedicated ELA linguists…

Visit Their Website for Information on Upcoming Events!

Irish, Museums/Cultural, Organizations, Classes/Conversation, Kids

The Irish Arts Center has been around for more than 40 years. This cultural organization is “dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds,…

The Sign Out Front

5 Arabic, Organizations

This mission of this wonderful community resource, notes its website, “is to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community by providing services to help them adjust to their new home and become active members of society. Our…

CIDLeS Home Page

General, Websites, Organizations

Founded in 2010 and based in Minde, Portugal, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLeS) is “dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the linguistic and cultural heritage in Europe.”

Do You Think There's a Below-Average Number of Grammatical Errors on This Site?

English, Websites, Organizations

I think years ago I might actually have been a member of this organization, but I can’t remember for sure. In any case, they have a lovely mission statement: “The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use…

China Institute: Isn't This Pretty?

4 Mandarin, Museums/Cultural, Organizations, Classes/Conversation, Kids

China Institute was founded in 1926 by a group of American and Chinese educators, John Dewey among them. It resides in an Upper East Side brownstone from which it offers an array of lectures, symposia, films, exhibits, educational programs, corporate programs,…