Kvell and Kvetch

May 2018

Recognize that expression? It is Yiddish for “Beaming with Pride and Complaining.” It’s also the nickname for the most popular class offered at the Palace, the award-winning senior living mid-rise on Andalusia Avenue just south of Miracle Mile. Turns out that many of the residents had grandparents and parents from Eastern Europe and were exposed to Yiddish as children. As publicist Janis Ehlers notes, Yiddish has been making a comeback thanks to shows like HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” So, thank you Larry David for using the words like klutz, mensch, nosh, schlep, schmooze and schmuck. Oy vey!