The Ruth Rubin Legacy
Archive of Yiddish Folksongs






The inspiration for this musical project formed in 2014 by Eleonore Biezunski was retrieved from the repertoire of Yiddish songs and Klezmer that have lain practically dormant among folklore archives (Ruth Rubin, Moshe Beregovski, Zusman Kisselgof). Each of these songs is a short story in a great history of lived experiences, of battles fought, of hopes for the future. The songs collected by Ruth Rubin (1906-2000) are vivid portraits of the popular imagination; of a world inhabited by young rebellious women, furtive lovers, men cheated in love, workers and craftsmen, thieves and revolutionaries, and who each in their turn sing, soothe, chant, intone or harangue, sometimes all within the same song. Profundity is balanced by playfulness, distilling an immediacy which can at times be disconcerting.


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“Yerushe,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed May 22, 2024,
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