Miriam Hoffman “A Breed Apart” Florida
Miriam Hoffman is a renowned scholar with a 50-year career that includes 25 years of teaching the Yiddish language and Jewish culture at Columbia University. Her many books and weekly newspaper columns in The Forward have been read by thousands and her 700-page “Key to Yiddish” textbook is a standard curriculum for Yiddish educators around the world. A 2017 inductee to the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame, Miriam is also a founder of the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre and a highly acclaimed, award-winning playwright with works produced internationally. In her autobiographical book “A Breed Apart” Miriam Hoffman tells her personal story of survival and perseverance, through her childhood in Poland, wartime exile in Siberia, and eventual emigration to America in 1949, where she eventually joined the Yiddish faculty at Columbia and Oxford Universities. Her inspiring story highlights how she overcame various obstacles (anti-semitism, xenophobia, sexism) by embracing Yiddish culture and education. Presented with her son, Yiddish theatre actor Avi Hoffman.