Eli Jany

PhD Student

I received my MA in Yiddish Studies from the University of Toronto in 2020, with a focus on the work of Soviet Yiddish playwright Moyshe Pintshevski during the Second World War. I’m happy to be back for more Yiddish and am currently working toward my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Anna Shternshis. My research focuses on life writing of disabled Yiddish-speaking Jews in interwar Poland.

I am passionate about studying Yiddish archival documents and enjoy working as a Yiddish-to-English translator and a transcriber of Yiddish-language oral histories. I also love to teach and have really appreciated the chance to work with the amazing group of Yiddish learners at UofT. If you’re reading this because you’re considering taking Yiddish, please join us; you won’t regret it! Outside of Yiddish-related stuff, I’m into fibre arts, cats, and eating (and sometimes making) baked goods.


Academic Background

MA in Yiddish, University of Toronto, 2020

MSW, University of Toronto, 2019

Honours BSc in Biology, McMaster University, 2015


Leshchinsky, Yankev. The Last Years of Polish Jewry, Volume 1: At the Edge of the Abyss: Essays, 1927–33. Edited by Robert Brym. Translated by Robert Brym and Eli Jany, Open Book Publishers, www.openbookpublishers.com/books/10.11647/obp.0341

Sarah Reisen. “Three Poems.In geveb, May 2020: Trans. Eli Jany.


Panel Chair, “Self-Making, World-Making,” 2020 Schwartz-Reisman Graduate Student Conference in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.


  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship – 2023-24
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral, 2020
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship, 2020
  • Granovsky-Gluskin Graduate Scholarship in Jewish Studies, 2019