Matthew Birnbaum


Matthew Birnbaum, 19, left, leads a class in singing a song during a Yiddish class at Emory University Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 in Atlanta. This isn’t music appreciation or even a class at a synagogue. It’s the first semester of Yiddish at Emory University in Atlanta, one of just a handful of such program at colleges across the country studying the Germanic-based language of Eastern European Jews. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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