International Yiddish Conference & Retreat

Prof. Al Feldman

Prof. Al Feldman

Prof. Al Feldman

In all instances Al voiced his opinion that did not always agree with mine, but it was well thought out. His priorities were always dealing with getting the younger children involved in learning Yiddish through games. Professor Albert E. Feldman o”h. To his friends he was known as “Al”. Born in Boston, MA, Al had German classes in high school and college, and passed his doctoral exams in German. Other languages he studied included: Hebrew, classical Greek, Latin, Spanish,French, Russian and Italian. During WWII He was in the Army medical corps, 742 Amphibious Tank Battalion and remained in the service until 1946 when he was discharged at Camp Beale, California with the rank of Sergeant Technician 5th grade. At the International Humor Conference at Tel Aviv University in 1984, he presented a paper on Yiddish Humor and attended then attended the Tel Aviv International Board of Governors “Jewish Rediscovery of the New World” Study Cruise in 1998. Lectures were given on the history of the Jews and highlighted “Jewish Humor”. Al continued his interest in Yiddish and continued updating his backgroundwhen coming to Arizona with classes at the Jewish Community Center of the East Valley and with Morrie Feller at Temple Solel in Scottsdale, AZ as well as in Morrie’s leyen krayz. Al was an active International Association of Yiddish Clubs (IAYC) board member and a presenter at several of the conferences. He startedthe first Temple Solel Yiddish Club in 2000, and it is now a participating chapter of the IAYC. He was most proud of teaching Yiddish to preschool
and primary classes. Another first was his “Yiddish in English” a class at Scottsdale Community College. He wrote Yiddish and English short stories for children. Besides his interest in Yiddish, his hobbies centered on nature and history. His leaves his wife Irma of 58 years, children, grandchildren, and Thea, a great granddaughter.