Dr. Miriam Isaacs has conducted her most important research and published numerous academic articles on issues of language loyalty in the Displaced Persons Camps and on Yiddish use by contemporary Hasidim.  Besides teaching in universities, Dr. Isaacs has taught Yiddish in many international venues in adult education and study abroad. She also teaches for assorted organizations focused on cultural perpetuation. She has published memoirs on being a child of Holocaust survivors.


Dr. Isaacs has been teaching her native Yiddish language and culture for the past fifteen years at the University of Maryland, College Park, and before that in various locations in Israel and New York State. She has a doctoral degree in linguistics and has focused on questions of language and society.  Born in a German DP camp to survivor parents, she was raised first in Montreal and then in Brooklyn. She has now made Washington, DC her home.

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