Yiddish books, translations,
cds, songbooks


When you buy a digital download here, I email you the files myself (or send a download link) within a day. When you buy a paperback, it's mailed to you directly from Amazon's CreateSpace. I can sell at a discount because I get a discount myself.

SONGBOOKS

Sheet music and mp3 files of individual songs available at my YiddishTheaterSongs.com (there's an index of available sheet music including melodies, chords, transliterations, and translations).

Songbook: Yiddish Songs of the Gaslight Era

Yiddish Songs of the Gaslight Era: a sampling of sheet music for broadsides sold by peddlers on the Lower East Side. 39 of my favorite songs from the Morris Rund collection, written 1895-1922, many being parodies of famous American songs of the time. 154 pages - facsimile covers, the sheet music with chords, transliterations and translations of the lyrics. Table of Contents - songlist...
Digital download - $5.00

Or click here to buy the paperback for $9.90 plus shipping: Yiddish Songs of the Gaslight Era directly from Amazon's CreateSpace.

There are two companion cds (these two are digital-only):

  1. Vos hot men tsu mir? (click to preview the songs)
  2. Der East Side fun amol (click to preview the songs)

Songbook: Yiddish Songs from Warsaw Poland

Yiddish Songs from Warsaw 1929-1934: the Itsik Zhelonek Collection. Three years in the making, this 230-page book contains sheet music, chords, lyrics (transliterated and translated) and sources of almost 120 wonderful songs published in Warsaw, Poland by record-store owner Itzik Zelonek in the years 1929-1934. More details...
Digital download - $7.00

Click here to purchase the paperback (US domestic only) for $12.00 plus $4.00 shipping
(you can change your mind at any point in the process.)


If you live outside the United States or prefer to deal with Amazon directly, for $16 plus shipping you can purchase Yiddish Songs from Warsaw directly from Amazon's CreateSpace.
Buy the spiral-bound Musicians' Edition directly from Lulu.com for $25 plus shipping.


There are three companion cds (see also below):

  1. In Odess
  2. Lebedik Yankel
  3. Nervez


Songbook: American Yiddish Penny Songs by Morris Rund and others

American Yiddish Penny Songs by Morris Rund and others. The Hebrew Union College collection of Yiddish broadsides, 1895-1922: it was a box of more than 200 crumbling songsheets sold by peddlers on the streets of New York for a nickel each. I photoshopped the sheets back into legibility, added indexes and an introduction, and have a website (Yiddish Penny Songs, where I'm posting research on the the songs with recordings and translations. More details...
Digital download - $7.00

Click here to purchase the paperback (US domestic only) for $12.00 plus $4.00 shipping
(you can change your mind at any point in the process.)


If you live outside the United States or prefer to deal with Amazon directly, for $16 plus shipping you can purchase American Yiddish Penny Songs directly from Amazon's CreateSpace.


book of Yiddish folk and theater songs I Can't Complain
I Can't Complain (but Sometimes I Still Do) is the companion songbook to Jane Peppler & Aviva Enoch's cd by the same name. All the songs from the cd and sixteen more.

Click here for the I Can't Complain table of contents.

Digital download - $5.00

Paperback edition - $7.00 plus $4.00 shipping (US domestic only)



Menachem Kipnis folksong collection
Menakhem Kipnis made two collections of folk songs: 80 folkslider and 40 folkslider. This book contains both, all 140 songs, and has been reindexed. 308 pages. International purchases order here: 140 folks-lider gezamlt fun M. Kipnis at CreateSpace.

Click for the 140 Folkslider table of contents

Digital download - $5.00

Paperback edition - $9.40 plus $4.00 shipping and handling (US domestic only)


Mordechai Gebirtig folksong collection sheet music
Mordechai Gebirtig is perhaps the most renowned composer of Yiddish songs. Many of his songs, like Margaritkelekh, are now considered to be folk songs, but he was a towering figure in musical life of Warsaw between the wars. International purchases order here: Geklibene lider mit notn at CreateSpace.

Digital download - $5.00

Paperback edition - $7.00 plus $4.00 shipping and handling (US domestic only)


Yiddish Rhyming Dictionary by Nahum Stutchkoff

Books in both Yiddish and English

Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker Volume 3: 1915

Louis B. Miller and Sam Zagat's Gimpel Beynish cartoons from the Lower East Side Yiddish newspaper WarheitThis is Volume 3 of the series: this 220-page book starts where Volume 2 left off and goes to the end of 1915, a year during which American Jews watched World War I from afar with great personal interest and anguish. Gimpel also bought a house by (in) the sea in Coney Island, swapped it for a mansion (shack) in the Catskills, and got involved in the suffragette movement and its struggle for voting rights for women. Cleaned up and with translations by Jane Peppler. Because the Yiddish captions are so tiny, I retyped them entirely and the PDF file of the Yiddish is available for free, write me at jane@mappamundi.com.

Click here to read about Samuel Zagat and see sample cartoons from the book.

The paperback book is 8.5x11 in size and costs $11.90, order it here: Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker Vol. 3 at Createspace.

The digital download version (pdf file) costs $5, order here:

Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker Volume II: Gimpel Goes to War Twice

Sam Zagat's Gimpel Beynish Yiddish cartoonsThis is Volume II of the series: this 158-page book starts where Volume 1 left off and goes to the end of 1914, a year which saw the US go to war with Mexico (invading Veracruz) and saw the beginning of World War II. More importantly to Gimpel, his wife and little boys arrived from Russia and began the process of becoming Americans. Cleaned up and with translations by Jane Peppler. Because the Yiddish captions are so tiny, I retyped them entirely and the PDF file of the Yiddish is available for free, write me at jane@mappamundi.com.

Click here to read about Samuel Zagat and see sample cartoons from the book.

The paperback book is 8.5x11 in size and costs $9.90, order it here: Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker at Createspace.

The digital download version (pdf file) costs $5, order here:


Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker Volume I: Samuel Zagat's Yiddish Comic Strips 1912-1914

Sam Zagat Yiddish cartoonsThis is Volume I of the series: this 130-page book contains the first 252 Gimpl Beynish cartoons printed in the Warheit in New York City, starting in 1912, cleaned up and with translations by Jane Peppler. Luckless Gimpel Beinish (his name was spelled many ways, of course), a man at once pathetic, arrogant, and irrepressible, was a household name in Jewish households on the Lower East Side, songs and theater shows were written about him. Now you can have a look for yourself. Because the Yiddish captions are so tiny, I retyped them entirely and the PDF file of the Yiddish is available for free, write me at jane@mappamundi.com.

Click here to read about Samuel Zagat and see sample cartoons from the book.

The paperback book is 8.5x11 in size and costs $9.90, order it here: Gimpel Beynish the Matchmaker at Createspace.

The digital download version (pdf file) costs $5, order here:


Jewish tshirtsYiddish tshirtsGimpel Beynish tshirts available!

I thought it might be useful for learning Yiddish, and for Yiddish book clubs, to have books in pairs: the original Yiddish, and a translation, so you can follow along without having to look up all the words (I did it for you!). You can also email me with criticisms of my translations, a plus!

The Old Story: by Mendele Moykher Sforim in Yiddish
Here's the original Yiddish text for Di alte mayse (The Old Story) by Mendele Moykher Sforim in Yiddish, blown up for legibility so people can have both Yiddish and the translation in hand when they read.

Digital download - $3.00


Paperback edition - $6.00 plus $3.60 shipping (US domestic only)

The Old Story: by Mendele Moykher Sforim in Yiddish
Here is my English translation of The Old Story by Mendele Moykher Sforim - you can get it as a digital download or a real paperback (print on demand, I order from Amazon and they ship directly to you).

Digital download - $3.00

Paperback edition - $6.00 plus $3.60 shipping (US domestic only)



Alter: a novel by Jacob Dinezon in Yiddish
A couple of years ago I translated Jacob Dineson's novel "Alter" and here is the original Yiddish, blown up for legibility. It can serve as a companion for people who like having both Yiddish and translation in hand when they read.

Digital download - $5.00


Paperback edition - $8.00 plus $4.00 shipping (US domestic only)

Alter: a novel by Jacob Dinezon English translation
Here is my translation of Alter, a novel about a young man who seems luckless, then lucky, then... gets what he wants but at a high cost.
Digital download - $5.00

Paperback edition - $8.00 plus $4.00 shipping (US domestic only)


Yiddish facsimile reproduction editions

The text in these books is much larger than in the original editions.

Books by Sholem Aleichem, Der Tunkeler, Jacob Dineson, Shimon Dzigan, Mendele Mocher Sforim, Moyshe Kulbak, Chane Gottesfeld and more, click here

Compact discs - CDS of Yiddish music

Our record label is housed at Bandcamp, which allows you to listen to all the songs all the way through before deciding to buy! We have a lot of other cds there too. Skylark Productions at Bandcamp.

Funny Yiddish Songs

songs in Polish and Yiddish from the Jazz Age

Funny and sad Yiddish songs of the Jazz Age

Traditional and modern Yiddish songs of the prewar period

Songs of the Lower East Side in the gaslight era

Songs of the Lower East Side in the gaslight era

Folk and theater songs in Yiddish


Yiddish bumper stickers

yiddish bumper stickers

Oyb men est nit keyn beyner, tuen nit vey di tseyner. This is my favorite Yiddish saying: "If you don't chew bones, your teeth won't hurt." I had a small number of these made and you can order one for $4.00 postpaid, with an order of any other thing at all.

Yiddish sayings on bumper stickers

About me

Jane Peppler wins the grand prize at the Mexico City Idisher Idol 2015I am a Yiddish enthusiast living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and have been writing books and recording cds since the 1980s. In 2016 I gave a concert and a sing-along of Yiddish songs from interwar Poland at the intensive Yiddish language zumerkurs in Warsaw, and I gave a concert and a sing-along of the Yiddish songs of the Gaslight Era (from the Lower East Side) at the Workmens Circle "Trip to Yiddishland." In 2014 and 2015 I gave a lecture/concert on my research at the Library of Congress and at the American Jewish Library Jubilee and the International Association of Yiddish Clubs.

Also, I won the grand prize in the second annual Der Yidisher Idol Yiddish song writing and performance competition in Mexico City (click the picture to read the Yidish Forverts article about my win!).

I perform with the world music ensemble Mappamundi at concerts, workshops, festivals, and weddings. We're always looking for new places to present this wonderful music. See Cabaret Warsaw for information on our Yiddish (and Polish-Jewish) theater music performances.

To bring things back from the brink of extinction is my vocation. I have two donkeys, a flock of chickens, two children, one grandson, and a grand-dog.

What else would you like to know? email me at jane@mappamundi.com Jane Peppler

Yiddish Theater Songs (recordings and sheet music)

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For more information contact Jane Peppler at jane@mappamundi.com 919-606-2122