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BEYLE, a documentary short film, explores the life and legacy of Yiddish activist and artist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman.
BEYLE, a documentary short film, explores the life and legacy of Yiddish activist and artist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman.
BEYLE, a documentary short film, explores the life and legacy of Yiddish activist and artist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman.
239 backers pledged $20,619 to help bring this project to life.

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BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy–A Yiddish Book Center Film

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BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy is a documentary short film about the life and legacy of poet, artist, and activist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Beyle's poems and songs are part of the fabric of postwar Yiddish culture. Beyle, who was recognized as a Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, had a lasting impact on many Jewish artists and scholars as well as on her family, many of whom who continue speaking, writing, and working in Yiddish to this day.

The film BEYLE seeks to present Beyle’s story in a way she would have expressed it, through many mediums: song, poetry, painting, and our own addition of parallax animation. The film includes exclusive interviews with Beyle, her son Itzik Gottesman, her granddaughter Esther Gottesman, Yiddish language instructor and scholar Asya Vaisman-Schulman, and several Bainbridgivke residents. Flowing through these stories are Beyle’s drawings, paintings, poems, recordings of her songs, and family photos that follow the timeline of her life. The film seeks to answer questions about what it means to be a Yiddish writer, to be the descendants of a Yiddish writer, and to create and transmit a history and culture.

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Born in 1920, Beyle was raised in Czernowitz by her father, a proud Yiddishist, and her mother, an admired folk singer. She inherited a love of song and poetry, a vast memory for words and stories, and a unique, protective love of Yiddish.

After surviving the Holocaust in Europe, she sought to build a secular Yiddish-speaking community that would continue for generations. She raised her children in Yiddish in a small pocket of New York City—which became known as “Bainbridgivke”—alongside other families committed to passing the language and culture down to their children.

Beyle was an influential teacher and writer in her community. She first began to write songs, plays, and poems so her children would have materials to read in Yiddish. Once her children outgrew children’s literature, she began to write for herself and a general audience. She published her debut poetry book Steshkes tsvishn moyern (Footpaths amid Stone Walls) in 1972. She published several collections of poems and artwork as well as CDs of her songs performed by herself and other Yiddish singers and performers. In 2005 she received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for her vast and vibrant artistic contributions.

We’ve been working on this short film for several years already, but your donations will enable us to complete it. Here is a rough estimate of how we plan to spend the money from this Kickstarter campaign:

Editor’s time: $2,800–$4,000

Directors’ time: $3,200–$5,000

Staff time: $2,000–$5,000

Daylong art shoot in NYC: $1,000–$2,000

Interview shoots (U.S., Scotland, and Germany): $3,000–$6,000

Sound and color mix: $1,000 

Translation and subtitling: $800

DVD and swag production and shipping: $1,500+

Marketing and distribution: $2,000+

Kickstarter fees: $1,500+ 

TOTAL: $18,000+

Your pledge is tax deductible for US residents! The amount of your contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the difference between your pledge minus the fair market value of the reward. If our project is completed and the goal is met, you will be asked to fill out a survey so that we can send you your reward and/or donation receipt. The Yiddish Book Center is unable to recognize your gift unless the informational survey is completed. Please allow an additional 4–6 weeks for your reward to ship internationally. Note: we are not responsible for international customs fees.

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture.

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of more than 750 in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity. Our oral history and short film series Beyond the Books: Yiddish Writers and Their Descendants examines the lives and legacies of Yiddish writers through an intimate lens.

All photographs and artwork by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, and courtesy of Itzik Gottesman.

Risks and challenges

No matter the outcome of this Kickstarter fundraising campaign, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project will continue to record high-quality video oral history interviews with people of all ages about the changing nature and legacy of Yiddish language and culture and make them available to the public online. We will continue to edit engaging videos that will inform and engage discussion about modern Jewish culture.

The Yiddish Book Center will seek funding to complete BEYLE, but we will not be able to finish and release it until we have the funding in place.

Regarding rewards: Delivery dates for the film are tentative. Depending on how our plans develop in terms of film festival submissions, the film may not be released to the general public right away. We will keep all backers updated on our plans and timeline as they develop.

As with any product, it’s possible to encounter production delays. We are confident that we’ll be able to deliver the rewards within the estimated timeline. Should any issues arise, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

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    Onhenger - Admirer

    A sheynem dank, thank you for funding Beyle! At this donation level, you will receive exclusive updates on the film!
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    Gib a kleyn bisl - Give a Tiny Little

    Home stretch goal! Thank you for helping us get to the finish line.
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $16.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

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    Mitforer - Traveling Companion

    Zeyer klug! (Wise move!) At this level you will receive a digital copy of Beyle, and a special thanks on social media.
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    Zeyer klug! (Wise move!) At this level you will receive our exclusive Beyle portrait totebag, set of postcards, and a digital copy of the film!
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    • Digital copy of Beyle
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    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
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    An early bird special! In addition to our exclusive Beyle totebag and postcards, you will receive a Yiddish Book Center membership, and a physical copy of the completed film!
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $26.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

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    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Totebag
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
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    Breythartsiker - Supporter

    At this level you will receive a beautiful totebag, printed with a self-portrait by Beyle, filled with your welcome package to a Yiddish Book Center membership, the film, and a postcard set.
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    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
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    Patron - Patron of the Arts - CD #1

    (11 limited) Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman music CD Zumerteg, Totebag, postcard set, Yiddish Book Center membership, digital copy of Beyle, thank you on website, thank you on social media
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $36.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

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    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
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    Patron - Patron of the Arts - CD #2

    (35 limited) Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman music CD Af Di Gasn Fun Der Shtot, Totebag, postcard set, Yiddish Book Center membership, digital copy of Beyle, thank you on website, thank you on social media
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $36.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Totebag
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
    • Af di gasn fun der shtot (Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman music CD)
    • A sheynem dank - thank you on our website!
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    Patron - Patron of the Arts - CD #3

    (14 limited) Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman music CD Bay Mayn Mames Shtibele, Totebag, postcard set, Yiddish Book Center membership, digital copy of Beyle, thank you on website, thank you on social media
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $36.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Totebag
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
    • Bay mayn mames shtibele (Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman music CD)
    • A sheynem dank - thank you on our website!
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    Patron - Patron of the Arts - CD #4

    (17 limited) Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman music CD Fli, Mayn Flishlang!, Totebag, postcard set, Yiddish Book Center membership, digital copy of Beyle, thank you on website, thank you on social media
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $36.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Totebag
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
    • Fli, Mayn Flishlang! (Beyle Schaecher-Gottesman music CD)
    • A sheynem dank - thank you on our website!
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    Hartsfraynd - Close Friend - Amherst

    (2) tickets to gala screening event at the Yiddish Book Center, totebag, postcard set, Yiddish Book Center membership, digital copy of Beyle, physical copy of Beyle (DVD or thumbdrive), thank you in credits, thank you on website, thank you on social media.
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $26.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • (2) tickets to gala screening event at the Yiddish Book Center
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Totebag
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • A sheynem dank - thank you on our website!
    • A hartsikn dank - thank you in the credits of the film!
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    Hartsfraynd - Close Friend - NYC

    (2) tickets to gala screening event in New York City, totebag, postcard set, Yiddish Book Center membership, digital copy of Beyle, physical copy of Beyle (DVD or thumbdrive), thank you in credits, thank you on website, thank you on social media.
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $36.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Totebag
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • (2) tickets to gala screening event in New York City
    • A sheynem dank - thank you on our website!
    • A hartsikn dank - thank you in the credits of the film!
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    Korev - Family Member

    A groysn dank! At this reward level, you will be invited to dinner with Beyle's family in New York. You will also receive tickets to both gala screenings, a credit at the end of the film, and all other rewards!
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $26.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • (2) tickets to gala screening event at the Yiddish Book Center
    • (2) tickets to gala screening event in New York City
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
    • Totebag
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Dinner with the family
    • A sheynem dank - thank you on our website!
    • A hartsikn dank - thank you in the credits of the film!
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    Oyshalter - Underwriter

    Listed as executive producer in credits, Dinner with the family, (2) tickets to premiere events, set of (4) Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman music CDs, set of “Beyond the Books” and Beyle film DVDs totebag, postcard set, Yiddish Book Center membership, digital copy of Beyle, thank you in credits, thank you on website, thank you on social media.
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    The estimated value of goods and services at this level is $26.95. The remainder of your contribution is tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • (2) tickets to gala screening event at the Yiddish Book Center
    • (2) tickets to gala screening event in New York City
    • Yiddish Book Center membership
    • Beyle film (DVD or thumbdrive)
    • Totebag
    • Postcard set (3-5 postcards)
    • Digital copy of Beyle
    • Dinner with the family
    • A sheynem dank - thank you on our website!
    • A hartsikn dank - thank you in the credits of the film!
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Funding period

- (30 days)