Arbeter Ring

Arbeter Ring   an American-Jewish social organization. It was founded in 1900 by the immigrants from Eastern Europe – the socialist activists. One of the directions of its activity was the worker self-help, second, equally important, was the promotion of the Yiddish culture: the books were issued, choirs and dramatic circles created, the educating courses for adults were conducted, and since 1916 a network of the afternoon schools for children in Yiddish were created. Initially, it was politically influenced by the assimilationists, but it became quickly dominated by the Bund. During World War I it created the People's Relief Committee; since 1934 it became a part of the Jewish Labor Committee. Currently, the organization is divided into six districts: Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. It carries on a very active publishing, educational and cultural activity: it owns the theater "Fołksbine,” and several choirs. It also publishes the newspaper "Jewish Currents".

The term was created within the framework of the project Zapisywanie świata żydowskiego w Polsce [recording the Jewish environment in Poland], whose author is Anka Grupińska, a well-known Polish journalist and writer, specializing in the modern history of the Polish Jews. The project, initiated in 2006 by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, consists in recording interviews with Polish Jews from all generations.
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