Sandy (in Yiddish, Sosye) is the founder and producer of Vaybertaytsh, a feminist podcast for the Yiddish-speaking and Yiddish-curious.
Vaybertaytsh has a growing network of 6,000 listeners per month from over fifteen countries, reaching Yiddish enthusiasts of all ages, backgrounds, religious communities, and gender identifications. The majority of the show's listeners are under age 40.
The early seeds for Vaybertaytsh were planted when Sandy started learning Yiddish in 2013. As her interest in the language and its culture grew, she envisioned a new platform for creating modern Yiddish-speaking media for the twenty-first century. A lover of podcasts and public radio, she looked towards podcasting as the ideal form of media for a young and growing generation of Yiddish speakers who are eager to create and consume content, and to expand Yiddish cultural production beyond the printed word.
Vaybertaytsh premiered in September 2016. The show has featured episodes with Yiddish-speaking women from many walks of life, including a Hasidic feminist, a globetrotting midwife, a fair-trade fashion entrepreneur, a formerly Hasidic activist for trans rights, a scholar of Soviet Jewish history, and more. In November 2017, Sandy was chosen as one of the Jewish Daily Forward's 50 most influential, accomplished, and interesting Jews of 2017 for her work on Vaybertaytsh.
To learn more about the show and to have a listen, visit the website here. The show is now in the process of becoming a non-profit organization, working with our fiscal sponsor Yugntruf: Youth for Yiddish.