On March 12, KJJC celebrated Memorial Day of Yihil Shreibman dedicated to his 95th Anniversary.
Eminent Yiddish writer who passed away two years ago in the age of almost 93 years is still with us; we read his books and remember his wisdom and kindness.
People who gathered in the Theater Hall listened for Shreibman’s miniatures, songs and poems in Yiddish, reminiscences of his colleagues, Moldovan writers, his friends and widow Marina, who works on archive, books publishing, and keeping memory of her famous husband.
“I remember Yihil very well, we were rather close, and I want to stress that even during difficult Soviet times he kept his Jewishness and fidelity to Yiddish language”, said Shabs Roif, Chair of Association of Holocaust Survivors.
“I heard Yiddish from my great-grandma but then I did not understand a word. Now in our Jewish lyceum we learn Yiddish and this started after Yihil Shreibman came to the school and began giving us lectures of mame-loshn”, told 10-years old Maria. “Now I can read his books and even write by myself a little.”
“When we come to this wonderful center we, non-Jews, feel a kind of envy”, confessed Vasile Galaicu, famous local writer in Romanian. “It is a wonderful home, and the most important is that it breathes with the Jewish spirit, spirit of your great and wonderful people, one of whom was Yihil Shreibman”.