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the stoppage of mass immigration from European Yiddish-speak-
ing centers, and because of the increasing inroads of English
as the normal speech in the American Jewish home. This decline
brought about the amalgamation of the
and the
in 1954, leaving this merged newspaper and the
as the only dailies for the multimillion Jewish population
of New York. While no community in the United States outside
New York has been able to support a Yiddish daily for any
length of time in recent years, Yiddish newspapers still continue
to be published in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Mexico City,
Buenos Aires, Paris, and Tel-Aviv. In addition, numerous Yiddish
periodicals still bring reading material of highest quality to
Jews on all continents. Among these periodicals,
Die Zukunft
published in New York, and
Die Goldene Keyt
published in
Tel-Aviv, appeal to readers in many lands.
While pessimistic voices, foretelling the doom of the Yiddish
press, continue to be heard down the decades, there are now
also cautious optimists who hold that the decline of Yiddish is
being arrested and that the first glimmerings of a new dawn of
Yiddish creativeness are discernible. The years following the
present centennial will test the viability of the Yiddish press as
indeed of all other surviving Yiddish cultural institutions.