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  • What a spectacular shande, he of the unfortunately appropriate surname.

    Cathleen Falsani: Advice For The Gentleman From New York

  • It was a situation that summoned another long-established idiom, this one in Yiddish: it was “a shande for the goyim”—a communal embarrassment, suffered in full view of gentile America.


  • Liba Singer, daughter of Polish immigrants, had an illegitimate daughter, Annie, who as a shande (disgrace) was “adopted” by the family; the girl never guessed in her lifetime that “Aunty Liba” was her mother, something only her nine children by Samuel Henry Morris discovered.

    New Zealand: Modern (Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries).

  • The extent to which Yiddish actresses disregarded this shande with their choice of profession and choice of roles is evident in the extraordinary popularity of trouser roles in Yiddish theater and film.

    Yiddish Theater in Vienna.

  • As Eve Sicular writes: “The earlier transformation of the haskole (Enlightenment) movement had already opened the way for secular Jewish literature and theatre, but the idea of women in the public eye as performers was still considered a shande (disgrace) well into the twentieth century.”

    Yiddish Theater in Vienna.

  • It was considered a shande [humiliation] for an observant Jewish family to permit a young woman eighteen years old to attend college.

    Blanche Goldman Etra.

  • They accuse you, in the Yiddish formulation, of “making a shande for the goyim”: airing dirty laundry in public, making a display of disunity at a time when unity is so important.


  • And where would the players be if not for the yeoman's work of Marvin Miller, whose exclusion from the Baseball Hall of Fame is a shande?

    New Jersey Jewish News

  • Many Jewish leaders have been quick to express what a shande Madoff's alleged transgressions were.


  • Unsurprisingly, KinkyJews has its share of critics who find the organization to be a bit of a shande.



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  • It's a shame that no one defines shande. It's a shande that nobody speaks up.

    January 25, 2010