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Since its creation in 2011, the Helix Fellowship has brought over 100 students, scholars, artists, and activists together to explore Central and Eastern European borderland cultures through the lens of Yiddish. Once fellows complete their time in residency, we facilitate and share new creative work inspired by their experiences.

In 2020, we launched the David Shneer New Yiddish Culture Grant — named in honor of the fellowship’s Faculty Adviser, lover of the intersection between study and creativity, and all around mentsh, David Shneer, who heartbreakingly passed away in November that year.

New Projects

Nothing There There (Topography)

Alexx Shilling, 2016-2017 Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellow

An embodied time-travelogue through Yiddishland, NOTHING THERE THERE (TOPOGRAPHY) is a multi-disciplinary dance performance that examines the bodily experience of visiting sites that for 1000 years teemed with Jewish life and Yiddish culture prior to World War II. Challenging the notion that there is “nothing there,” the piece aims to transpose the fragments and feeling states that showed what was and what is, there.


Twice a year, Yiddishkayt accepts applications from individuals and groups of artists and who have completed our flagship arts and culture residency — the Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship.

David Shneer Memorial Grantees’ work embodies the spirit of curiosity and creativity that David brought each year to the Fellowship as its Faculty Adviser.

See more projects supported by the David Shneer Memorial Grant

The David Shneer Memorial Grant is supported in part by Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation. To foster more new creative work rooted in Yiddish language, culture, and history, make a donation today here.