Languages and Literatures


Zelda K. Newman


Academic Interests:

  • Linguistics, Hebrew, Yiddish and their Inter-face, Yiddish culture


  • Yiddish language, Yiddish literature, Hebrew literature

Grants and Honors:

  • Phi Beta kappa, NDEA grant for graduate study, YIVO grant for study of Yiddish at Columbia University
  • PSC-CUNY grant to study the Yiddish of Hassidic women (2011)


  • Newman, Zelda (2012) "The Molodowsky-Korn Correspondence" in Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, volume 8, number 1.
  • Recordings of the speech of young Hassidic men on, posted in 2010
  • Newman, Zelda. (2010) “’Bayit Birkhov Grand”: Makhaze Nishkakh shel Kadya Molodowsky”, co-authored with Noga Rubin. Bama U-Masakh
  • Newman, Z. K. (2009). Back for the future, forward for the past: Tense and time in modern Hebrew. Hebrew Studies, L, 149-157.
  • Newman, Z. K. (Translator). (2009). Rivke Basman Ben-Hayim. In M. Bemporad & M. Pascucci (Eds.), Step by step: Contemporary Yiddish poetry (pp. 39-57).
  • Newman, Z. K., & Rubin, N. (2008, Summer). Shir Yefefe al Shalosh Nashin: Shir Le-furim. Chulyot: Journal of Yiddish Research, 11, 157-172.
  • Newman, Z. K., & Rubin, N. (2008, November). Pious wrappings, troubling insides: Four different genres of Ashkenazic literature. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 7(3), 269-282.
  • Newman, Z. K. (2008, May). Kadya Molodowsky: Clearing the mist. The Mendele Review, 12.011(202).
  • Newman, Z. K. (2008) "Layered Buttoned and Zippered: The Importation of Hebrew into Dos Yidishe Vort", in Journal of Language Contact-Varia, 1, pp. 1-16.

English language translator of the Yiddish poet, Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim:

  • Newman, Z. K. (2011) blog on Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim, see:
  • Newman, Z. K. (2010, winter). “My Desert is Hotter Than Yours: Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim”, " in Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, volume 6, number 2.
  • Newman, Z. K. (2010, winter) "Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim: A Quiet Yiddish Israeli Voice" in Midstream, pp. 13-16.
  • Newman, Z. K. Encyclopedia article on Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, Paula E. Hyman and Dalia Ofer, eds. on CD-ROM, see also Newman, Z. K. http:///
  • Newman, Z. K. (2004) "A Smile Learned in Sadness: The Poetry of Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim, in Yiddish After the Holocaust, J. Sherman, ed, pp.266-285.


Newman, Z. K. (2011, Sept.) "In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern" by Jeremy Asher Dauber, in H-Judaic.

Creative Writing:

Newman, Z. K. (2010, spring) "The Raven Never Flitting", in Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal" volume 15, number 1,

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