The Official Sholem Aleichem Website

Welcome to the first comprehensive website dedicated to Sholem Aleichem [1859-1916], the most popular and iconic Jewish writer of his generation.

As you explore this site you’ll discover more about the remarkable life and equally remarkable afterlife of the man whose works have travelled continents, inspired generations, and provided the material for the legendary Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.

This site’s launch marked the 100th anniversary of Sholem Aleichem’s death. In his ethical will, Sholem Aleichem requested that people gather on this anniversary to read his stories together. We invite you to use the hashtag #sholemaleichem to join the conversation and honor his request to be remembered through his works.

My partners on this site and I would love to hear from you. Please read our Call to Action! and don’t hesitate to contact us to share your reflections on Sholem Aleichem, ask questions or find out how to get involved.

–Jeremy Dauber
Professor of Yiddish Literature
Director of the Columbia University Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies

The clip above is the trailer for Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness directed by Joseph Dorman. Visit for information on how to view this important documentary.