Miriam Borden Toronto
Herring has filled Jewish hearts, minds, and bellies for centuries, and has been described by writer Michael Wex as the “national fish of Yiddishland.” But what, if anything, is Yiddish – or indeed Jewish – about herring? What accounts for herring’s perennial popularity in our contemporary consciousness? And what is green, hangs on the wall, and whistles? Miriam Borden is a researcher, Yiddish translator and tour guide of Kensington Market with the Ontario Jewish Archives. She has written about 20th century Jewish Torontonian culture in the Canadian Yiddish press, and curated two exhibitions on Yiddish at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library (most recently, “Komets-alef: o! Back to School at the Yiddish Kheyder”). She is a PhD student in Yiddish at the University of Toronto.