Dr. Khane-Faygl Turtletaub spoke only Yiddish until she was five-years old. Her father’s deep love of the language was contagious. Her home was filled with Yiddish newspapers and radio programs.
How wonderful to speak Yiddish.
People were always amazed that she spoke Yiddish, and soon, she also began to think it was wonderful. While attending graduate school, she taught English at Cuyahoga Community College. One day she offered to teach a Yiddish class, and both she and her students LOVED it. During her sabbatical, Dr. Turtletaub decided to make teaching Yiddish her full-time career: She had found her true passion!
A Yiddish Teacher
Dr. Turtletaub taught Yiddish at Northwestern University for 15 years. She has been on the faculty of the Teachers Institute for Women at Hebrew Theological College; Oakton Community College; Harold Washington College; Spertus Institute; and the Dawn Schuman Institute for Jewish Education.
A Bi-lingual Author
Khane-Faygl and her late husband Stan co-authored the musical comedy, Love in the Catskills. She has edited and been featured in Breaking Ground: the Careers of 20 Chicago Jewish Women by Beatrice Shapiro.
To date, Dr. Turtletaub has had over 30 stories published in Yiddish, one of which was published in an anthology of modern Yiddish writers, entitled Vidervuks. She continues to be a featured author for the international Yiddish newspaper, The Forverts.
She holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland and a post-doctoral National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. She founded and directed the Society for Yiddish Culture and served as the president of the Chicago G.E.T. organization.