Of all the words which have migrated from Yiddish to English, none have the colorful backstory of a fictional woman whose name has come to mean “gossip” but who first found fame in 1913 as a woman who stood up for herself and gave as good as she got.
Join musicologist and performer Henry Sapoznik on a whirlwind tour of the “Yente Telebende” to reveal her brilliant prolific creator. B. Kovne. His one thousand Yente Telebende feuilletons in the pages of the Forward, numerous Yiddish theater stage show hits, and nearly 100 commercial 78 rpm records issued over nearly half a century bring the presence and power of Yente Telebende back to life. Result? Yente, was no yente.