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Announcing the Brayndl Prize

In honor of the digitization of the YIVO Yiddish Folk Song Project, which was designed by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (aka Brayndl), Inside the Yiddish Folksong announces an annual prize for an essay that analyzes the performance and/or transmission of the Yiddish folksong.


The YYFP blazed new trails in this field 50 years ago. Rising interest in the topic inspired our group to encourage new thinking with this prize.


Essays should be 10,000-20,000 words and be submitted by September 15, 2023. The Brayndl Prize consists of a $100 cash award, an historic Jewish cookbook from the BKG collection,  and publication at or in a peer-reviewed journal.


Michael Alpert

Zev Feldman

Itzik Gottesman

Ethel Raim

Pete Rushefsky

Mark Slobin

Josh Waletzky


Questions? Contact Clara at

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