National Yiddish Book Center

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The National Yiddish Book Center is a cultural institution dedicated to the preservation of books and documents in the Yiddish language. Its headquarters is in Amherst, Massachusetts adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College. The center's extensive Yiddish library was accumulated from 1.5 million donated volumes. It is a non-profit institution, and its cultural programs are funded by memberships and grants.

The Center was the first organization dedicated to the preservation of Yiddish language and culture; all the major Jewish organizations initially refused to fund or aid it, claiming that Yiddish was a dead language, before the Center's great success provided evidence to the contrary.

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