The An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture represents the continuation of CTMD’s pioneering work since the mid-1970s to research, preserve and revitalize the practice of Jewish performing arts traditions of New York City.
The Institute takes its name from the renowned Yiddish folklore scholar/author Shlomo Zanzvil Rappoport, better known under his pen name, Semyon An-sky. Between 1911-1914, An-sky led a team of experts on a remarkable trip to systematically collect Jewish folklore through the Ukrainian regions of Volhynia and Podolia. The An-sky Expedition resulted in the greatest treasure trove ever collected of the folk culture of the Jews of Eastern Europe. This invaluable collection has preserved remarkable documents of Ashkenazic civilization that would have otherwise been lost forever — sound recordings of rabbis and rebbes, klezmer music, folk songs, illuminated wedding contracts and prayer books, and other significant examples of Judaica.