AMHERST – Yiddish scholar Eitan Kensky has joined the staff of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst as director of collections initiatives.
Kensky will delve into the Center’s extensive collections— to find and curate material related to Yiddish literature and culture that the Center can share through various digital platforms, including its website and social media channels, as well as its English-language magazine, Pakn Treger.
In addition, Kensky will forge partnerships with other libraries to expand the Center’s Yiddish digital library, and he will manage the Center’s translation programs, including fellowships and publishing efforts. He will also teach in the Center’s educational programs.
Prior to joining the Center, Kensky was the preceptor in Yiddish at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in Jewish studies. He is a cofounder of the recently launched online Yiddish studies journal In geveb, and he writes about Jewish-American culture for the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Review of Books, and other publications.