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Expeditions to the Last Shtetl Jews - $20,000
Research expeditions throughout Eastern Europe locate and interview the last generation of survivors in the regions native to their families for centuries. These are precious, historically fleeting, opportunities to tape in-depth interviews with survivors - in their native local Yiddish, preserving the language, folklore, and oral history. The average cost of a 10 / 15-day expedition is US $20,000, including transportation, lodging, digital videography, administration, and honoraria to survivors who are interviewed.
As funding becomes available, the digitally preserved treasures of the last Yiddish in its native Eastern European homeland will form part of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute archives.
Fund to Help Poor Survivors - $90
The courageous survivors in many far and out of the way places in Eastern Europe are often isolated and without adequate support. Donations are accepted via the On-Site Survivor Support Mitzvah Project.
Academic Courses - $2000
Each semester-long course taught by a locally resident scholar costs $2,000. Higher sums are required for visiting lecturers and professors from abroad.
Library Enrichment - $50
The Institute's library urgently needs to purchase hundreds of research volumes, the average cost of which is US $50. The library must be cataloged and computerized, allowiing for fast and easy location of each volume, and simplifying inventory assessment.
Summer Program Scholarships - $3,000
$1,000 enables the four-week summer program, held each year in August, to offer a full-tuition waiver to qualified students from western countries. The full scholarship of $3,000 covers tuition as well as residence, travel, visa, and maintenance requirements of qualified students from Eastern Europe.
Yizker Bikher Collection - $48,000
There is a pressing need to build up the collection of Yizker-bikher, the special volumes issued to commemorate communities destroyed in the Holocaust. Reprints of these Yizker-bikher with partial support of the National Yiddish Book Center in the U.S. makes each volume available at $80, with the entire collection at US $ 48,600.