"Shloyshim" Radio Program on "The Yiddish Voice" in Memory of Hasia Segal

Hasia Segal, co-founder and co-host of the Yiddish-language radio show “The Yiddish Voice,” passed away on Jan. 16 in West Palm Beach, Fla. at age 103. A special “Shloyshim” memorial radio program will be presented on “The Yiddish Voice” on WUNR-AM 1600, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15th in her honor. Visit yiddishvoice.com for more information.

Hasia co-founded “The Yiddish Voice,” which is still on the air, in 1994, in addition to creating its predecessor, “The Yiddish Hour,” in 1990.

She was the only child of Fayve (Shrage-Fayve) and Sheyne (Sheyne-Yente) Chernis. Born in 1913, she was raised in Ponyevezh, Lithuania, where she graduated the Tarbut Hebrew-language elementary school and Gimnasia Ivrit, a Hebrew-language private high school. Hasia then studied biology at the University of Kovne. In April 1939, she moved to Boston with her husband Elye, their infant daughter Ruth, and her parents. A second daughter, Esther, was born within a few years.

Hasia taught Yiddish at the Workmen’s Circle school in Dorchester for many years beginning soon after her arrival in the US.  Both of Hasia's daughters attended and graduated from the Boston Workmen's Circle's Shule. In the 1980's, Hasia's daughter Esther and husband Elye both taught Yiddish to adults at the Workmen's Circle in Brookline, where Esther also served as the office manager for many years.  As members of Workmen's Circle Branch 716, Hasia and Elye frequently led the community Seders, for which most songs and recitations were entirely in Yiddish.

Hasia worked as a Hebrew school teacher at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill for 35 years until her retirement.  Throughout her years in Boston, she was a leading participant in local Yiddish radio and in Yiddish cultural organizations; in women’s and general Zionist groups; and in Jewish and Hebrew education, as a professional and a continuing student at Boston Hebrew College. She was a celebrated performer at public events, including PBS’s shows “Taste of Passover” and “Taste of Hanukkah,” recorded in the 1990s alongside the late Theodore Bickel at the New England Conservatory, for which she wrote and performed hilarious matzah ball and latke cooking demonstrations.

She moved a few years ago to West Palm Beach, where she continued to teach and entertain in retirement communities. She continued to create interviews and other presentations for “The Yiddish Voice” until very recently.

Hasia was predeceased by her husband Elye and parents. She leaves behind her two daughters, Ruth Shulman of Israel and Esther Ritchie of Florida, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her funeral took place Jan. 22 at the Chevra Shas Cemetery in West Roxbury.

The family has requested that donations in memory of Hasia be sent to “The Yiddish Voice” at the address Yiddish Voice c/o WUNR Radio, 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111.


Above article by: David Braun and Mark David
David Braun is a co-host and writer for "The Yiddish Voice", and Mark David is the host and producer of "The Yiddish Voice