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by Freidin, Gregory
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Part one of a three part lecture about how Isaac Babel continues to be one of the most influential Jewish modernist writers of our time, covering topics including Freudian thought and Russian imperialism.
Topic: Babelʹ, I. (Isaak), 1894-1940
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by Samuel D. Kassow
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Sam Kassow gives the (2003) Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: "Emanuel Ringelblum and Oyneg Shabbos Archive."
Topics: Eastern Europe, Jewish History
Adrienne Cooper and Marilyn Lerner perform "Enchanted Garden: Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino" as part of The Inaugural Helen Sunshine Memorial Concert on Mother's Day.
Topics: Jewish Music, Yiddish Music
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by David Roskies
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David Roskies gives a talk titled "The Art of Lamentation on Oyneg Shabbes and Yiddish Writing in Nazi Ghettos" as part of the series, Inside Oyneg-Shabes: Yiddish Writing in the Nazi Ghettos.
Topics: Yiddish Literature, Jewish History
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Aaron Lansky gives a talk titled "Hope and Fear: I. L. Peretz and Isaac Bashevis Singer" as part of the series, An Introduction to Modern Yiddish Literature.
Topics: Center History, Jewish Literature, Yiddish Literature
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by Ruth Wisse
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Ruth Wisse gives a talk titled "The Eternity of Vilna" as part of the series, Abraham Sutzkever: The Uncrowned Jewish Poet Laureate.
Topics: Jewish History, Yiddish Literature, Sutzkever, Abraham, 1913-2010
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by Leonard Glick; Aaron Lansky
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Leonard Glick gives a talk titled "Jews in the Thought-World of Christian Europe" as part of the Yiddish Summer Program 1999.
Topic: Jewish History
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by Robert Pinsky
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Robert Pinsky gives the (2006) Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: "King David: All Things Above and Below."
Topic: Jewish Literature
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Samuel Kassow gives a talk titled "Lithuanian Jewish Culture: The Collective Memory of Jewish Vilna" as part of the series, Vilna: Jerusalem of Lithuania.
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by Heinz, Annelise
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Mah-jongg has been part of American life since the 1920s, but how did a game from China become a notable feature of Jewish American culture? Curator Melissa Martens Yaverbaum interviews Annelise Heinz, the author of Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture. Together they explore the Jewish American roots of the game, as well as its complicated and unpredictable journey. This event was co-sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for...
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Ruth Behar gives the (2008) Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: "An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba on Jews in Cuba."
Topic: Cuba
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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by Ruth Wisse
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Ruth Wisse gives a talk titled "The Art of Memory" as part of the series, Abraham Sutzkever: The Uncrowned Jewish Poet Laureate.
Topics: Jewish History, Yiddish Literature, Sutzkever, Abraham, 1913-2010
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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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by Aaron Lansky
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Aaron Lansky gives a talk titled "Outwitting History."
Topic: Center History
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by Freidin, Gregory
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Part two of a three part lecture about how Isaac Babel continues to be one of the most influential Jewish modernist writers of our time, covering topics including Freudian thought and Russian imperialism.
Topic: Babelʹ, I. (Isaak), 1894-1940
Yiddish Book Center - audio
by Wisse, Ruth R., 1936
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Ruth Wisse gives a talk titled "The Modern Poet" as part of the series, Abraham Sutzkever: The Uncrowned Jewish Poet Laureate.
Topics: Jewish History, Yiddish Literature, Sutzkever, Abraham, 1913-2010
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by Moacyr Scliar
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Ilan Stavans conducts an interview with author Moacyr Scliar from "Sunday Conversations with Authors."
Topic: Jewish Literature
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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by 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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by 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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Jenna Weissman Joselit gives a talk titled "Intricacies of the American Jewish Experience" as part of the series, Home Sweet Heym.
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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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by Thane Rosenbaum
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Thane Rosenbaum gives a talk titled "Jewish Fiction: The New Voices."
Topic: Jewish Literature
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Naomi Seidman gives an untitled talk on the origins of modern Yiddish literature as part of the 2000 Summer Program.
Topics: Jewish Literature, Yiddish Literature
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Leonard Wolf gives a talk titled "Laughter Through Tears: Itzik Manger" as part of the series, Summer Program in Jewish Humor.
Topic: Yiddish Literature
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by Niktov
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Niktov performs a collection of Yiddish songs.
Topic: Yiddish Music
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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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by Paula Hyman
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Paula Hyman gives a talk titled "The Transformation of the Eastern European Legacy" as part of the series, The New Jewish Woman in America: The Transformation of the Eastern European Legacy.
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by Jenna Weissman Joselit
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Jenna Weissman Joselit gives a talk titled "Jewish American Family and Children" as part of the series, Home Sweet Heym.
Yiddish Book Center - audio
by Seth Wolitz
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Seth Wolitz gives a talk titled "Inheriting Sholem Aleichem: Lecture 1" as part of the series, Inheriting Sholem Aleichem.
Naomi Seidman gives a talk titled "Yiddish Literature's Return to Tradition" as part of the 2000 Summer Program.
Topics: Jewish Literature, Yiddish Literature
Aaron Lansky gives a talk titled "An Uncertain Legacy: The Translation of Yiddish Sensibility in Works of Cynthia Ozick and Philip Roth" as part of the series, An Introduction to Modern Yiddish Literature.
Topics: Center History, Jewish Literature, Yiddish Literature
Yiddish Book Center - audio
by Hyman, Paula, 1946-2011
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Paula Hyman gives a talk titled "The New Jewish Woman in America: Lecture 1" as part of the series, The New Jewish Woman in America: The Transformation of the Eastern European Legacy.
Topic: Jewish Women
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by Leonard Glick; Aaron Lansky
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Leonard Glick gives a talk titled "Social History of the Jews in Medieval Europe" as part of the series, Yiddish Summer Program 1999.
Topic: Jewish History
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,...
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Aaron Lansky gives a talk titled "Yiddish as Counter-Culture: An Introduction to Modern Yiddish Literature" as part of the series, Yiddish Summer Program 1999.
Topic: Jewish History
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Jeffrey Veidlinger discusses his newly released book, In the Midst of Civilized Europe, and explores how a Yiddish poet, a Yiddish linguist, a Yiddish children’s book writer, and hundreds of Yiddish-language testimonies awakened the world to the danger Jews were facing in Europe on the eve of the Holocaust.
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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...
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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by Leonard Lehrman
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Composer Leonard Lehrman and opera singer Helene Williams perform a concert of Yiddish songs titled "A Yiddishe Momme in Wagner's Backyard."
Topics: Jewish Music, Yiddish Music
Yiddish Book Center - audio
by Samuel Kassow
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Samuel Kassow gives a talk titled "The End of Jewish Vilna" as part of the series, Vilna: Jerusalem of Lithuania.
Topic: Jewish history
Aaron Lansky gives a talk titled "Trying to Pave the Way for the Future."
Topic: Center History
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by 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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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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by Andre Aciman
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Andre Aciman participates in an interview with Ilan Stavans from "Sunday Conversations with Authors."
Topic: Jewish Literature
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David Roskies gives a talk titled "The Time Capsules from Nowolipki Street: Inside the Oyneg-shabes Archive" as part of the series, Inside Oyneg-Shabes: Yiddish Writing in the Nazi Ghettos.
Topics: Yiddish Literature, Jewish History
Yiddish Book Center - audio
by 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...
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Grace Paley gives a talk at The Great Jewish Book Festival.
Topics: Center History, Jewish Literature, Jewish Women
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by Seth Wolitz
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Seth Wolitz gives a talk titled "Inheriting Sholem Aleichem: Lecture 2" as part of the series, Inheriting Sholem Aleichem.
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Topic: Jewish History
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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...
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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by Paula Hyman
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Paula Hyman gives a talk titled "The New Jewish Woman in America: Lecture 2" as part of the series, The New Jewish Woman in America: The Transformation of the Eastern European Legacy.
Topic: Jewish Women
Aaron Lansky gives a talk titled "From Europe to America: The Transformation of Sholem Aleichem's Tevye from Story to Film to Broadway Show" as part of the series, An Introduction to Modern Yiddish Literature.
Topics: Center History, Jewish Literature, Yiddish Literature
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by Jonathan Rosen
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Jonathan Rosen gives the (2001) Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: "Forward and Back: A Journey Between Worlds."
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by Aaron Lansky; Leonard Glick
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Aaron Lansky and Leonard Glick give a talk titled "Where does Jewish Culture Go From Here? : The Future of Amercan Jews" as part of the series, Home Sweet Heym.
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by Paula Hyman
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Paula Hyman gives a talk titled "The New Jewish Woman in America: Lecture 3" as part of the series, The New Jewish Woman in America: The Transformation of the Eastern European Legacy.
Topic: Jewish Women
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Isaiah Sheffer gives a talk titled "Dedication, Dreamers, and Demons."
Topics: Center History, Yiddish Literature
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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 articles have...
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...
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by Leonard Glick; Aaron Lansky
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Leonard Glick gives a talk titled "Transition to Modernity: Jews in 19th Century Europe" as part of the series, Yiddish Summer Program 1999.
Topic: Jewish History
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by Freidin, Gregory
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Part three of a three part lecture about how Isaac Babel continues to be one of the most influential Jewish modernist writers of our time, covering topics including Freudian thought and Russian imperialism.
Topic: Babelʹ, I. (Isaak), 1894-1940
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by 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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by 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,...
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by David Roskies
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David Roskies gives a talk titled "The Documentary Imperative" as part of the series, Inside Oyneg-Shabes: Yiddish Writing in the Nazi Ghettos.
Topics: Yiddish Literature, Jewish History
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by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
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Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett gives a talk titled "Creating a Polish Jewish Museum."
Topics: Jewish History, Eastern Europe
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The most recent title from the Yiddish Book Center's White Goat Press, 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...
Lisa Newman, host of The Shmooze, visits with some of the country’s best mail-order Jewish food purveyors. From grandma’s chicken soup, smoked fish, and pickles to the best babka, learn how you can get it all delivered right to your door.
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by Steve Nadler
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Steve Nadler gives the (2007) Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture: "Spinoza's Heresy/ The Excommunication of Spinoza."
Topic: Jewish History
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by Moacyr Scliar
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Ilan Stavans leads a discussion with author Moacyr Scliar who shares how his Brazilian and Jewish background influenced his writing.
Topic: Jewish Literature
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by Naomi Seidman
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Naomi Seidman gives an untitled talk on Yiddish femininity as part of the 2000 Summer Program.
Topics: Yiddish Literature, Jewish History
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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by Seth Wolitz
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Seth Wolitz gives a talk titled "Inheriting Sholem Aleichem: Lecture 3" as part of the series, Inheriting Sholem Aleichem.
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by Goodell, Stephen, 1939-; Stern, Guy, 1922-
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Stephen Goodell and Guy Stern give talks titled "Fighting the Fires of Hate."
Topic: Jewish History