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Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library
Feb 2, 2023 Rozenfarb, Chawa, 1923-2011
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Dec 8, 2022 Ellen Cassedy, Allison Schachter, and Jordan Finkin
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Discussion with translators Ellen Cassedy, Allison Schachter, and Jordan Finkin.
Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library
Dec 8, 2022 Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972
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2 volumes (694 pages) ; 22 cm
Topics: Menahem Mendel, of Kotsk, 1787-1859, Hasidism -- Poland -- Kock, Jews -- Poland -- Kock, Gur...
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Dec 7, 2022 Irena Klepfisz
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Introduction by Susan Bronson, executive director, Yiddish Book Center. Activist and poet Irena Klepfisz reflects on the original 1995 “Di froyen” conference, and the growing prominence of Yiddish women writers, translators, artists, and scholars from the beginnings of the modern feminist movement until today, in conversation with Agi Legutko.
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Nov 7, 2022 Madeleine Cohen, Sebastian Schulman, Daniel Kahn
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A reading, discussion, and musical performance of Aaron Zeitlin’s poem “Zeks shures” (“Six Lines”) in English translation by the Yiddish Book Center’s Translation Initiative for National Poetry Month. “Who needs a poem anyway—and especially in Yiddish?” That is the question posed by Aaron Zeitlin’s short Yiddish poem, “Six Lines.” This program will ask a related question: “Who needs a poem anyway—especially translated from Yiddish?” Join Madeleine Cohen, the...
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Deborah Dash Moore, editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, discusses women’s roles across literature and culture and the rise of feminism after 1973. Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. An American Jewish historian, her work focuses on urban Jews. She is the editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization. She also served as co-editor of The Posen...
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Nov 7, 2022 Susan Bronson, Amber Clooney, and Sophia Shoulson
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Thanks to the development of our Yiddish OCR (optical character recognition) software, anyone will now be able to search our digital Yiddish library collection in Yiddish. Join us for a quick sneak peek of this revolutionary breakthrough. Recorded live at the Yiddish Book Center on October 20, 2019.
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Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions are explored in the new stunning and rich anthology, How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish, edited by award-winning authors and scholars Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert. This talk was...
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Nov 2, 2022 Ben Katchor
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For The Dairy Restaurant, Ben Katchor retells the history of where we choose to eat—a history that starts with the first man allowed to enter a walled garden and encouraged by the garden's owner to enjoy its fruits. In this brilliant, "sui generis" book, Ben Katchor illuminates the unique historical confluence of events and ideas that led to the proliferation of the dairy restaurant in New York City. In words and his inimitable drawings, he begins with Adam entering Eden and eating...
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Whether it was on the Lower East Side of New York or in the shtetlekh of Eastern Europe, Yiddish speakers were voracious readers of Jules Verne (1828–1905), the 19th century’s most celebrated author of science fiction. With stories of adventure that crossed borders and investigated new technologies, these books had a direct appeal for Yiddish readers that were daily faced by the challenges of industrialization and mass immigration. But does Jules Verne en français really resemble his...
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Nov 2, 2022 David Mazower
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An illustrated talk by his great-grandson, Yiddish Book Center bibliographer David Mazower. A yeshiva student who became a provocative dramatist, bestselling novelist, and embattled prophet, Sholem Asch was Yiddish literature’s first modern celebrity. One of the best-known Jewish public figures for over half a century, Asch’s writings included bestsellers in English translation, and smash hits on the Yiddish stages of Warsaw and New York. His 1907 play God of Vengeance  resulted in a famed...
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To coincide with the publication of Ilan Stavans' Selected Translations: Poems 2000–2020  (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), which features around a hundred of his translations of poems originally written in nearly a dozen different languages (including Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish, Russian, German, Portuguese, and the indigenous tongue K'iche'), he reflects on the act and art of living a Jewish life in, through, and by means of translation. For over two decades, Stavans, the...
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Oct 31, 2022 Goldie Morgentaler
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This talk centers on Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb’s early years in Montreal in the 1950s, the vibrant Yiddish literary world that she encountered there, and the institutions, like the Jewish Public Library, that helped to nurture her career. It will also look at the portrayal of Montreal in Rosenfarb’s fiction. Goldie Morgentaler is Professor of English at the University of Lethbridge. She is the translator from Yiddish to English of much of Chava Rosenfarb’s work, including...
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Oct 31, 2022 Zackary Sholem Berger
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Sutzkever Essential Prose brings to light for English readers the largely unknown prose of a seminal Yiddish poet. Avrom Sutzkever wrote the works in this volume over a span of more than 30 years, blurring the lines between fiction, memoir, and poetry; between real and imagined; between memory and metaphor. Now, through Zackary Sholem Berger’s translations, English readers can enter into an array of compelling, haunting scenes drawn from Sutzkever’s vast imagination and from the unique life...
A panel discussion with Caraid O’Brien, Anna Rozenfeld, and moderator Alyssa Quint. Anna Rozenfeld speaks about the artistic career of famed Yiddish actress and singer Diana Blumenfeld (1903–61)—her work in prewar Poland and the Warsaw ghetto, and the role she played internationally after World War II, acting in the spirit of Yidishkayt and contributing to cultural salvation. Blumenfeld’s Yiddish voice—in person and on radio airwaves—took on a public profile of unity, reassurance,...
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Oct 31, 2022 Marjorie Agosin ; Ruth Behar ; Andrea Jeftanovic ; Perla Sneh ; Nora Strejilevich
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The House of Memory: Jewish Stories from Jewish Women of Latin America was the first anthology of Latin American Jewish women’s writing to be published in the United States. Marjorie Agosin, editor of the anthology, joined by Ruth Behar, Andrea Jeftanovic, Perla Sneh, and Nora Strejilevich, the Yiddish-speaking writers whose work was included in this ground-breaking collection. They talk about the anthology and read a few selections. Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022...
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Oct 31, 2022 Hal Robinson, Eleanor Reissa, Caraid O’Brien, Mikhl Yashinsky, and Frank London
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A prerecorded program of readings and songs from Yiddish works in translation by Yiddish writers from Ukraine including Blume Lempel, Mendel Osherowitz, Dora Shulner, and Sholem Aleichem. Translations by Ellen Cassedy, Sharon Power, Elena Hoffenberg, and Hillel Halkin. Readings by actors Hal Robinson, Eleanor Reissa, Caraid O’Brien, and Mikhl Yashinsky, with music by Eleanor Reissa and Frank London. The long and complicated history of Jews in Ukraine was not always a happy one, but it would...
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Oct 31, 2022 Yiddish Authors and Journalists Association in Israel
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In a lively discussion, the book’s co-editors Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert will talk about this momentous and diverse anthology of the influences and inspirations of Yiddish voices in America—radical, dangerous, and seductive, but also sweet, generous, and full of life. Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language...
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Oct 26, 2022 Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
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Translator Yermiyahu Ahron Taub in conversation about his latest work in translation, Dineh: An Autobiographical Novel by Ida Maze. Maze interweaves Dineh’s story with portraits of others, chiefly women and girls, in her community. We meet the mysterious seamstress Shprintse; Beyle, who leaves home to work as a maidservant in Minsk; and Hinde, who falls in love with a young nobleman, among numerous unforgettable others. Maze unflinchingly examines the lives of women, writing about class...
From the Jewish Provinces showcases a brilliant and nearly forgotten voice in Yiddish letters. An insistently original writer whose abrupt departure from the literary scene is the stuff of legend, Fradl Shtok composed stories that describe the travails of young women looking for love and desire in a world that spurns them. These women struggle with disability, sexual violence, and unwanted marriage, striving to imagine themselves as artists or losing themselves in fantasy worlds. The men around...
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Oct 26, 2022 Mila Goldberg
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Mila Goldberg, who recently donated her father’s Yiddish library to the Yiddish Book Center, tells the story of her father’s amazing library. Her parents were Polish Jews who married in April 1939, one month before the Nazi invasion. Forced to make a life-or-death decision, they fled east and became refugees in the USSR, where they were sent to a Siberian gulag and later lived in Central Asia. They had a bittersweet return to Poland and in their later life lived in Paris.  
From folk remedies to patient medical records to lectures, speeches, and pamphlets about contemporaneous medical practices, there are rich archival materials at YIVO that shed light on Jewish women’s health at the turn of the 20th century. This talk by director of the YIVO Archives, Dr. Stefanie Halpern, will share documents and ephemera from the newly digitized Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project that highlight Jewish women’s health and medicine in Eastern Europe. Presented...
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Oct 26, 2022 Rachel Mines
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The Rivals and Other Stories, by Jonah Rosenfeld and translated by Rachel Mines, introduces nineteen of Rosenfeld’s short stories to an English-reading audience for the first time. A major literary figure and frequent contributor to the Yiddish-language newspaper Forverts from the 1920s to the mid-1930s, Yiddish writer Jonah Rosenfeld was recognized during and after his lifetime as an explorer of human psychology. His work foregrounds loneliness, social anxiety, and people’s frustrated...
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Oct 26, 2022 Amanda Seigel
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Yiddish singer and scholar Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel presents a lively multi-media talk about Jennie Goldstein, whose myriad roles on and off the Yiddish (and English) stage included child star, melodrama queen, comedienne, lyricist, and theater proprietor. Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Decade of Discovery: Women in Yiddish. Cosponsored by the New York Public Library.
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Yermiyahu Ahron Taub discusses his latest work in translation, Dineh: An Autobiographical Novel by Ida Maze. The program will include a short introduction and reading from the work followed by a Q&A. Available in English-translation for the first time, Dineh, posthumously published, is autobiographical Yiddish-language novel by Ida Maze (1893-1962.) Dineh is a pastorale laced in beauty and sorrow and a bildungsroman told from the point of view of a young girl. Set entirely in what is now...
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What role did women play in the making of Jewish modernity? Standard accounts of modern history and literary culture describe the process of Jews becoming modern as a story of Jews becoming men. As a result we know too little about women writers, artists, and intellectuals who participated in transforming Jewish culture in the twentieth century. Allison Schacter offers a counter history of Jewish modernity by looking at the women writers, in the interwar period, who embraced the transgressive...
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Oct 25, 2022 Melissa Weisz, Malky Goldman, Rachel Botchan, Caraid O'Brien, David Mandelbaum
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A special talk-back and Q&A with Di Froyen co-writers Melissa Weisz and Malky Goldman, director Rachel Botchan, along with actor Caraid O'Brien and New Yiddish Rep's director, David Mandelbaum. (In English) Presented in partnership with the New Yiddish Rep and as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Decade of Discovery: Women in Yiddish. Di Froyen  tells the story of a woman from the Hasidic community of Brooklyn who has fled an abusive marriage and after being excommunicated and...
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Worlds Apart is a remarkable family memoir that tells the story of two brothers, Adolphe and Marcus. Separated at the turn of the twentieth century, Adolphe settles in Switzerland, whereas Marcus ends up in Moscow, inspired by his Communist believes. They would never meet again. In her first book, BBC journalist and author Nadia Ragozhina rediscovers the missing part of the family and pieces together the stories hidden for generations. The lives of Adolphe's and Marcus' daughters and...
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Oct 25, 2022 Ellen Cassedy; Jessica Kirzane ; Faith Jones
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A lively conversation with translators whose work focuses on women writers – lesser known writers and some unknown. They share the stories of the women writers they’ve discovered and shed light on the lives and work of these writers. Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Decade of Discovery – Women in Yiddish.
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Oct 25, 2022 Joel Berkowitz, David Mazower, and Caraid O'Brien
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In this roundtable discussion, in conjunction with a 2022 production at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, three commentators with a deep engagement with Asch discuss his extraordinary life and career – and why his plays still matter. In connection with the production at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre , this program is part of a series of public programs organized by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, supported in part by a generous Arts &...
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Oct 20, 2022 Piotr Nazaruk, Aaron Lansky, Lisa Newman
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A special talk to celebrate publication of the  The Glass Plates of Lublin . The book features selections from the 2,700 glass photographic plates discovered in the attic of a nineteenth-century apartment building in the former Jewish section of Lublin, Poland. Taken between 1913 and 1930, they capture the teeming life of Lublin before the war, at a time when Jews composed a third of the city’s population. The images include Jews and Poles, children and the elderly, young lovers, workers,...
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"The slim volume of Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry (1926) contains thirty-five short stories set in the Soviet-Polish War of 1920, but its modest size belies its significance. The pieces roughly follow the chronological order of the 1920 campaign and are threaded together by a first-person narrator, some secondary figures, and setting. Compact, the book casts a vast shadow, more typical of a novel or a war epic. As a work of art, it has remained unique. Neither Russian nor Russian Jewish...
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Founded in 1948 by Moses Asch, Folkways Records sought to record music that no other record company was interested in, including folk traditions from every corner of the world and the most experimental contemporary creations of avant-garde poets and composers. But Asch, the son of one of the world's most prolific and controversial Yiddish writers, Sholem Asch, also had another agenda: to document the music and spoken word poetry of Jewish immigrants who, by the time he started the label, had...
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Since its launch ten years ago, the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project has collected over 1,000 oral history interviews in seven different languages on six continents. In this multimedia presentation, the director of the Project, Christa Whitney, will reflect on a decade of collecting stories about Yiddish language and culture through interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds. Christa will share some of the most compelling stories in celebration of the Project’s...
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Sep 22, 2022 Itzik Gottesman, Beth Kaplan, Emily Leider, David Mazower
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How does Jewish identity play out in the families of Yiddish writers? What stories get passed down, and what are the burdens and pleasures of keeping alive the memory of an illustrious relative? This conversation brings together descendants of four famous Yiddish writers, all of whom migrated from Europe to America. Itzik Gottesman is the son of the well-known poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas, a specialist on East European Jewish folklore, and...
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Most fans don’t know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like...
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Sep 22, 2022 Christa Whitney ; Carole Renard
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Christa Whitney and Carole Renard will offer a virtual tour of the Wexler Oral History Project’s online collection and explain how to use the new enhanced features to the collection made possible through the 2017-2020 National Endowment for the Humanities grant that was completed in September 2020. Carole Renard is the Wexler Oral History Project’s Coordinator. She began working with the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project in 2016 as an intern processing interviews, and...
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The 1940s and '50s were a golden age for primers, workbooks, and educational material designed for children in Yiddish schools. The books and notebooks themselves have much to tell us—but so does what the users of these materials left behind: doodles, addresses, jokes, and other marginalia that provide a glimpse into the inner world of schoolchildren in an educational system that today exists only in memory. Miriam Borden has become a collector of these archival objects and recently won the...
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What was it like to leave a shtetl or city in Eastern Europe heading to an unknown land? How did expectations of “ di goldene medine (the golden land)” match up with first impressions when Jewish immigrants landed on American shores? Where did Yiddish-speaking immigrants find a sense of home and community once they arrived? In this multimedia presentation, Christa Whitney will share and discuss video excerpts of oral histories related to stories of Jewish immigration and adaptation...
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Sep 22, 2022 Melissa Martens Yaverbaum
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Melissa Martens Yaverbaum, executive director of the Council of American Jewish Museums and curator of Project Mah Jongg, will share the surprising backstory of mah jongg—a game more widely known than understood. Mah jongg made a lasting impression on American audiences, including generations of Jewish women starting in the 1920s. Yaverbaum will reveal the mysteries and meanings behind this cultural touchstone.
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How did Yiddish journalists and intellectuals respond to the persistent discrimination and violence against African Americans in the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? How did they understand the problem? In this talk, Tony Michels addresses these questions in order to gain a historical perspective on the Jewish encounter with race and racism in the United States. Tony Michels is the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History and director of the Mosse/Weinstein...
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Sep 22, 2022 Michal Goldman
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Against the backdrop of an international cooperative movement, At Home in Utopia  tells the story of the most militant of these apartment complexes, the United Workers Cooperative Colony, aka "the Coops." Built when the Bronx was still mostly fields and swamps, and linked to the garment factories “downtown” by the newly extended subway, the Coops was for a few years the largest cooperative “house” in America, accommodating 2,000 people, most of whom were Jews and many of whom...
The current brouhaha over immigration policy is nothing new. Neither is the defamation of immigrants as criminals or political undesirables. While American nativist animus today falls upon Mexican, Central American, and Muslim migrants, about 100 years ago this same hatred was aimed at the Jews. Taking aim with theirs poison pens, the artists of Der groyser kundes, the Lower East Side’s premier Yiddish satire weekly, attacked the Immigration Quota Acts of 1921 and 1924, which were enacted to...
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Once a thriving vacation spot in the Catskill Mountains, today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of the Borscht Belt's structural environment has been left to decay. This illustrated talk features Marisa Scheinfeld’s photographs of abandoned sites in the Catskill...
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Sep 21, 2022 Shachar Pinsker
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Join author Shachar M. Pinsker for a multimedia presentation on the place of coffeehouses in the creation of modern Jewish culture from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Shachar’s book, A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture , tells the story of the role of the coffeehouse as central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization, from Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, and Berlin to New York City and Tel Aviv, and why Jews became their most devoted...
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Sep 21, 2022 Josh "Socalled" Dolgin
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Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a pianist, accordionist, producer, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist, and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. One of the twenty-first century's most forward-looking young visionaries, he has lectured and led master classes in music festivals around the world—from Moscow to Paris, London to LA, and Krakow to San Francisco—and has performed on every continent. Josh’s multimedia presentation will consider Yiddish sheet music from the...
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Sep 21, 2022 Madeleine Cohen
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A young couple is separated by an ocean, long-lost siblings are reunited in the new country, and proud immigrant parents watch their child take on a profession they themselves could never have imagined. These are some of the transformations of personal relationships explored in works of Yiddish literature newly translated into English and recently published in the 2020 Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue: Yiddish Comes to America. This program will include readings by the translators of three...
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Sep 21, 2022 Erik Anjou
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Filmmaker Erik Anjou’s documentary, Deli Man , tells the story of deli owner Ziggy Gruber. In Houston, Texas, third-generation 'deli man' Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the US. His story—augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz's, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate 'n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage—embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods. Join us for an engaging conversation with Erik Anjou, who will share the story he...
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Sep 21, 2022 David Mazower ; Steven Payne
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The poet Bertha Kling attracted some of New York's leading Yiddish writers, artists, and musicians to her literary salon. They gathered every weekend for several decades in her apartment on 181st St. in the West Bronx. Join Dr. Steven Payne in conversation with Yiddish Book Center bibliographer and editorial director, David Mazower, for a virtual tour of Bertha Kling's neighborhood in the early-to-mid-twentieth century. We'll see the neighborhood and apartment buildings where Bertha Kling lived...
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Klezmer: Music and Community in Twentieth-Century Philadelphia  provides a lively and detailed overview of the folk musical tradition as practiced in Philadelphia's twentieth-century Jewish community. Through interviews, archival research, and recordings, Hankus Netsky constructs an ethnographic portrait of Philadelphia’s Jewish musicians, the environment they worked in, and the repertoire they performed at local Jewish lifestyle and communal celebrations.
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"Jewish Women of the World, Unite!" In 1908 a Yiddish newspaper summoned the Jewish immigrant women of New York's Lower East Side to unite—not to start a revolution but rather to observe the Sabbath. The Shabes Zhurnal , an effort led by Jewish rabbis and communal leaders, was chagrined at the blows immigration and adaptation had imposed on Jewish families and homed in on Jewish women as potential saviors. In this illustrated talk, drawing on cookbooks, memoirs, and advice columns,...
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Sep 21, 2022 Kenneth Turan
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Kenneth Turan is a retired film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio's Morning Edition , a former staff writer for the Washington Post , and director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. In this program, he will touch on aspects of some of the great movies that speak to the Jewish-American experience
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Brett Sokol, journalist and editor of Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980 , a vivid photographic portrait of the then-thriving and now-vanished Jewish community of retirees that existed on South Beach during the late 1970s, will be speaking about his newest book, Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet's Summer Camp 1977 . A companion to Shtetl in the Sun ,  Hello Muddah  chronicles the summer of 1977 at Camp Mountain Lake. From the parade of trunks as 300 predominantly...
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What Remains: The Suitcases of Charles F. at Willard State Hospital (SUNY, 2020) is about a poor, Yiddish-speaking, Russian-Jewish immigrant tailor who, in 1946, was institutionalized at Willard, the famous psychiatric hospital in Upstate New York. Charles F. spoke Yiddish with his doctors and talked to ghosts in Yiddish. Like thousands of other patients, he arrived at Willard, abandoned by his family, with only a few items in three suitcases. The suitcases were taken away from him by the staff...
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Sep 21, 2022 David Mazower
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An illustrated presentation about the cosmopolitan literary salon of Yiddish poet Bertha Kling. From the 1900s to the 1950s, the Klings' apartment in the Bronx was a gathering place for Yiddish writers, musicians, and actors, somewhere to hear the latest Yiddish modernist poetry, literary gossip, and news from Paris, Warsaw, or Hollywood. David Mazower—the Yiddish Book Center's bibliographer and editorial director—draws on rare family archives to explore this unique group of Bronx...
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Sep 21, 2022 Madeleine Cohen
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As editor Madeleine (Mindl) Cohen writes in her introduction to the 2020 Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue: Yiddish Comes to America, "While there are some extremely funny and touching moments in these newly translated works of Yiddish literature, there are very few rosy portrayals of 'di goldene medine,' the golden country of America." In this program, Mindl talks with The Shmooze's Lisa Newman about the issue's theme, its broader resonance, and the Yiddish writers whose work...
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Sep 21, 2022 Roger M. Sherman
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In Search of Israeli Cuisine  is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. The film profiles chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheesemakers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today—Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges from their food. The film has played in more than 160 festivals and special screenings around the world and has been shown in theaters across the United States and Canada. It is recommended to watch...
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Sep 21, 2022 Ilan Stavans
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Ilan Stavans presents a reading of his play "Kaddish for My Father," directed by Daniel Lombardo, which follows the son of a famous Mexican theater and telenovela actor who lies on his deathbed as he tries to come to terms with the emotional trail his father left behind and with the tension between the public figure and private man. The reading is followed by a brief Q&A.  About the playwright: Ilan Stavans is an internationally renowned writer whose books, translated into...
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Sep 21, 2022 Joshua N. Lambert
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In the first half of the 20th century, Jews went from being almost completely excluded from all jobs in American publishing to being preeminent throughout the book business, with many of the most prestigious and successful publishing houses (including Knopf, Simon & Schuster, and Random House) having been founded by Jewish families and led by Jewish editors. How did the prominence of Jews in publishing influence the history of American literature? And, how, in particular, did it shape a...
Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library
Aug 30, 2022 Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972
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Topics: Hasidism, Jews -- Poland -- Kock, Jews, Poland -- Kock
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Topics: Jews -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal, Juifs -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal, Jews,...
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Topics: Jews -- Israel -- Periodicals, Yiddish literature -- Israel -- Periodicals, Juifs -- Israël --...
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Aug 30, 2022 Medresh, Israël, 1894-1964; מדרש, י.
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Topics: Zionism, Jews, Canadian, Nineteen twenties, Jews -- Canada
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Aug 30, 2022 Błanksztejn, Chana
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Topics: Short stories, Yiddish, Women Writers
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Aug 30, 2022 Kosover, Mordecai, 1908-1969
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Topics: Yiddish language -- Study and teaching, Yiddish language
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Aug 30, 2022 Ayzenbud, Mosheh, 1920-
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Topics: Short stories, Yiddish -- Australia, Short stories, Yiddish, Australia
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Aug 30, 2022 Kazdan, H. Sh.
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Aug 30, 2022 Bauman, Mordechai
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Topics: Bauman, Mordechai, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives, Holocaust survivors --...
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The Yiddish Book Center's fortieth anniversary in 2020 also marks the fortieth anniversary of the Klezmer Conservatory Band (KCB), an internationally renowned Yiddish and klezmer music ensemble. Two of the major players in the flourishing international Yiddish cultural resurgence, the KCB and the Center have been celebrating together throughout the histories of both organizations, beginning with the band’s appearance at the Center’s milestone events in Amherst as early as 1981 and...
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Made in the mid-1980s, A Jumpin’ Night in the Garden of Eden was the first film to document the American klezmer revival. For nearly a millennium, vigorous and soulful klezmer had been part of the celebration of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, and in the early decades of the twentieth century it continued to flourish in America. Assimilated and commercialized, this quintessential expression of Yiddish culture was virtually extinct by the time some young musicians went looking for a way to set...
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Apr 5, 2022 David Novack
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Isaac Babel's writings are subversive masterpieces, challenging the ideology of the early Soviet Union, and resulting in his arrest and execution in 1940. On the 75th anniversary of Isaac Babel's execution, Finding Babel follows Andrei Malaev-Babel, his grandson, on a journey to come closer to some sense of truth. Hoping to better understand Babel's powerful artistic method and elusive persona, Andrei journeys through Ukraine, France and Russia; locations deeply tied to the story of his...
Award-winning journalist Javier Sinay investigates a series of murders from the nineteenth century, unearthing the complex history and legacy of Moisés Ville, the “Jerusalem of South America,” and his personal connection to a little-known period of Jewish history in Argentina.
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Apr 5, 2022 Ilan Stavans
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A meditation on the ways Shakespeare became a litmus test for Yiddish actors, playwrights, and translators, who infused him with a Jewish sensibility often defined by melodrama. Ilan Stavans is an internationally renowned writer whose books, translated into numerous languages, have been adapted into film, theater, TV, and radio. He is the author of the graphic novels El Iluminado (2013) and Angelitos (2017), the award-winning poem "The Wall" (2018), and the forthcoming meditation on...
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Apr 5, 2022 Anita Norich
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To launch this year’s Decade of Discovery, professor, literary scholar, and translator Anita Norich joined Lisa Newman, host of The Shmooze , to talk about how she and other scholars have been working for decades to bring the work of Yiddish women writers to the forefront of the Yiddish literary world through scholarship and translation.
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Apr 5, 2022 Eleanor Reissa
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In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor Reissa went through all of her belongings. In the back of her mother’s lingerie drawer, she found an old leather purse with a wad of dried up papers in a brittle baggie: fifty-six letters, handwritten in German by her father, in 1949 – only four years after Auschwitz – to her mother, also a refugee, already living in the United States. Forty years later, Eleanor finally had the letters translated. With her father’s letters...
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Apr 5, 2022 Amelia Glazer
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We close out the Yiddish Book Center’s 2021 Decade of Discovery’s Yiddish and Social Justice with a conversation about the roots of social justice in Yiddish literature and culture. An engaging conversation with scholars, authors, and cultural commentators: Alyssa Quint, Amelia Glaser and Tony Michels. Alyssa Quint is the Leon Charney Visiting Fellow at Yeshiva University and the editor of the history section at Tablet Magazine. She is the author of The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater ,...
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Apr 4, 2022 Deborah Ugoretz
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Jewish papercuts were often associated with customs and ceremonies of holidays and family life. In the late nineteenth century, Jews of Poland and Russia fashioned small papercuts for the holiday of Shavuot. Learn about the rich history of papercuts that are part of the Jewish tradition—from 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century marriage contracts (ketubot) and Esther Scrolls (Megilot) to North African and the Middle Eastern works called "menorahs" because the seven-branched candelabra...
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A Twitter account called ‘This Used to Be a Synagogue’ (@OldShulSpots) compares the locations of old synagogues with the pictures of the churches, luxury apartments, and salons that sit there today. Its creator, Amy Shreeve, dives into the bot's politics and creation, touching on Jewish culture in the Lower East Side around the turn of the century. Amy Shreeve is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin studying Rhetoric and History. Additionally, she is receiving certificates in...
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Apr 4, 2022 Piotr Nazaruk
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Piotr Nazaruk, curator at Poland’s Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre, shares the story behind the discovery of a treasure trove of thousands of glass plates that offer a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Poles before 1939.
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Among the minority of Jewish immigrants who ventured to the American South in the early twentieth century, a small number dedicated themselves to radical politics and secular Yiddish culture. By 1908 they had begun organizing in southern cities, establishing literary and dramatic groups, lending libraries, and chapters of the Arbeter Ring (Workers Circle). This talk by the director of history at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Dr. Josh Parshall, examines how southern...
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Leah Koenig is the author of six cookbooks, including The Jewish Cookbook . In this talk she explores how holiday foods are so much a part of Jewish culinary tradition and how recipes have been adapted and passed down through families for generations.
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Flamingos on wing, mountains in Crimea, and forest spirits may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of Yiddish literature, but scenes of nature do in fact abound in Yiddish story, poem, and essay as long as we think to look for them. Join our academic director and translation editor Mindl Cohen for a peek inside the 2021 Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue: Yiddish in Nature . The program will include readings by the translators of a selection of pieces included in the...
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Apr 4, 2022 Aaron Bendich
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Aaron Bendich, host of the Jewish music radio program Borscht Beat , which airs on WJFF Radio Catskill, pulls back the curtain on his process. He shares his journey into Jewish record collecting and radio hosting, plays song clips that reflect the breadth of Jewish music, and provides vital historical and cultural context for various recordings.
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While they may have shed the Yiddish language, Jewish singers and songwriters perpetuated the tradition of songs of social justice in the countercultural ferment of the 1960s. Musicians ranging from Bob Dylan to Phil Ochs to Janis Ian to Country Joe and the Fish wrote and sang songs that became anthems of the civil rights, antiwar, and women’s movements, among other expressions of political protest. YIDSTOCK artistic director Seth Rogovoy—the author of a book about Bob Dylan—explores how...
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Apr 4, 2022 Sveta Kundish ; Patrick Farrell ; Daniel Kahn
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Sveta Kundish is a singer who performs a wide variety of Jewish music throughout Europe. Born in Ukraine and later moving to Israel, Kundish holds degrees from Tel Aviv University and the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna and in 2017 completed a degree in cantorial studies from the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Potsdam, Germany. Kundish currently works as the first female cantor in the history of the Jewish Communities of Lower Saxony, Germany. Patrick Farrell is a US-born, Berlin-based accordionist,...
Based on recently discovered archival documents, this lecture examines amateur Yiddish music created during the 1940s in Nazi-occupied Ukraine. The program featured songs that document atrocities, as well as the stories of individuals who created the first Jewish eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust in Ukraine through music. Presented as part of YIDSTOCK 2021 and the Yiddish Book Center’s Decade of Discovery initiative, whose theme for 2021 is Yiddish and Social Justice. Anna Shternshis is...
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Most Yiddish cookbooks were published in the United States for Jewish immigrants, although at least three Yiddish cookbooks appeared in print in Europe, the first in 1898 in Vilna. Each cookbook tells a fascinating story—about their authors, publishers, and intended readers. Some cookbooks aim to bring gourmet cuisine to the kosher kitchen, others to promote a product, whether matzoh, Crisco, or kasha, and still others are devoted to vegetarianism or to Americanizing the diet of immigrant...
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Apr 3, 2022 Edward Portnoy
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In late 1925, cartoonists and book illustrators Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler—a wild and wonderful artistic duo—fell upon the idea of creating a Yiddish puppet theater. An immediate hit on the Lower East Side, their hilarious puppet plays were performed to sold-out crowds all over the United States, Europe, and the Soviet Union. Fusing Jewish tradition with high art and left-wing politics, Maud and Cutler created a unique Yiddish experience. This lecture from Eddy Portnoy, featuring photos,...
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When one thinks of 'Jews and jazz’ names come to mind such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz, and Mezz Mezzrow—American-born all. But what of the earlier generation of European-born Jewish musicians—klezmorim—who, upon arrival, were obliged to learn two new languages: English and jazz? How did they navigate through a new challenging soundscape in an effort to become viable parts of their new land? By examining the nascent “jazz” offerings of pioneering performances of...
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Apr 3, 2022 Caraid O'Brien ; Aaron Beall
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Artistic collaborators Caraid O'Brien and Aaron Beall reveal what goes into making a radio play with 27 actors during a pandemic, from translation to casting, recording, and editing. This lively, moderated conversation explores the symbolism and meaning behind playwright Sholem Asch's drama set in Poland during the flu epidemic of 1919, as well as the production history of this play that Hollywood screenwriter Ben Hecht called an experience "never to be forgotten." The conversation...
Jewish leaders used to insist that there was no such thing as “Jewish politics” in the United States: it does not exist and should not exist. The historical record going all the way back to Abraham Lincoln belies that picture. By focusing on presidential elections from the Civil War to the present, we will see that “Jewish politics” has a long and significant history that has shaped both Jews and American politics for over 150 years. Focusing on presidential elections through history,...
Over the past two centuries, migrations and other historical events have led to major changes in the linguistic profile of Jewish communities around the world. Yiddish is thriving in Hasidic communities, even as its use is diminishing elsewhere. Several long-standing Jewish languages have become endangered, as they are spoken primarily by older people, including Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and Judeo-Malayalam (Southern India). This talk by professor and scholar of Jewish languages Sarah Benor and...
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Apr 3, 2022 Faith Jones
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Over the past ten years, many misconceptions about Yiddish-speaking women have been overturned—particularly regarding women in the literary world. Whether in terms of how many women wrote, what they wrote, how they were viewed, or what their purpose may have been, our knowledge of women as writers and editors is sharply different now than it once was. In this program, librarian and translator Faith Jones discusses some of the interesting new developments and discoveries in the world of women...
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Apr 3, 2022 Rachel Rubinstein ; Alan Astro
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Not many in the US know that Latin America was the destination for tens of thousands of Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Jewish immigrants in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, nor that there were several lively centers of Yiddish culture, art, and education there. How did Yiddish writers engage with themes of race and racial difference across diverse Latin American contexts? Join Alan Astro and Rachel Rubinstein in a conversation about where in Latin America Yiddish literature and...
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Generations of Yiddish writers described racial injustice in America, their adopted home, taking on slavery, lynching, segregation, and everyday casual racism as literary subjects. America is once again confronting its long history and present reality of racial violence in a renewed wave of protests and calls for justice. What can the Yiddish writing of previous generations of protest reveal to us about our own moment? Join our panel of translators and scholars in a conversation about race and...
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Apr 3, 2022 Asya Vaisman Schulman ; Lorin Sklamberg
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Join us for an inside look at In eynem , the Yiddish Book Center's new Yiddish textbook for beginners, which has been called a "revolution in Yiddish language pedagogy." Asya Vaisman Schulman, director of the Center's Yiddish Language Institute and lead author of “In eynem”, talks with the Center's academic director, Mindl Cohen, about how the textbook combines multimedia resources, full-color illustrations, and cutting-edge pedagogical techniques to create a living, vibrant...
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Two award-winning, Jewish, Latina writers, Marjorie Agosín and Ruth Behar, come together to discuss their creative writing as poets, memoirists, fiction writers, and, most recently, authors of, respectively, the young adult novels The Maps of Memory and Letters from Cuba . Join us for a lively conversation about Agosín's and Behar's spiritual and literary ties to their homelands—Agosín was raised in Chile and Behar was born in Cuba—and how their thinking about memory, identity, and...
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The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902  recounts the inspiring story of immigrant women and the dramatic and effective mass consumer action they launched in turn of the century New York City. Scott D. Seligman is a writer and historian. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning The Third Degree: The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice  (Potomac Books, 2018) and The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo . His...
For over three decades, Ilan Stavans, the distinguished scholar of Jewish Latin America, built the world's richest historical and personal collection of Latin American Judaica: books, manuscripts, translations, music, photographs, and other items from colonial to contemporary Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, and beyond in Ladino, Yiddish, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Polish, Russian, and other languages. As he approached the age of sixty, he decided it was time to house the...