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November 2020

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May God Avenge Their Blood: a Holocaust Memoir Triptych presents three memoirs by the Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks (1912-1974). Taken together, the triptych brings the reader on a wide-ranging journey from Hasidic life in a Polish shtetl before the Holocaust to the chaos of the early days of World War II and then to the horrors of Nazi captivity and its aftermath. This translation by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub brings the extraordinary memoirs of an important Yiddish writer to English-language readers for the…

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August 2020

Remembering Moshe Leyb Halpern Modernist Yiddish Poet

REMEMBERING MOSHE LEYB HALPERN MODERNIST YIDDISH POET אַנדענק פֿאַר משה לײב האַלפּערן Join us on Facebook Live this Sunday, August 30, from 11 AM – 12 (2-3 PM EST) for an artistic tribute to the groundbreaking Yiddish modernist poet, Moyshe Leyb Halpern (1886 – Aug. 31, 1932). Organized by the Congress for Jewish Culture and the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language. Featuring Mike Burstyn, Raphael Crystal, Daniel Kahn, Miri Koral, Yeva Lapsker-Kahn, Ruth Levin, Sasha Lurje, Miryem-Khaye Seigel, and Michael Wex in a musical and spoken…

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April 2020

Holocaust Resistance in Yiddish Poetry & Song

“And The Words Belong to the People” – Holocaust Resistance in Yiddish Poetry & Song Featuring Mike Burstyn Miri Koral A Facebook Live Event in Commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Hosted by the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust LINK FOR JOINING on April 21. . . . Perhaps these words will endure, And live to see the light loom — And in the destined hour Will unexpectedly bloom? And like the primeval grain That turned into a stalk — The…

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February 2020

Coming to America – Reading Groups for Public Libraries—Yiddish Literature in Translation

Join us as we kick off a special five-part book discussion series focusing on the immigrant experience through the lens of Yiddish literature. The Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading and Discussion program at the LA City Public Libraries aims to engage teens and adults in thinking about immigrants’ experiences when encountering America: In what ways do immigrants change America, and in what ways does America change immigrants? Studio City Branch will host a discussion of Enemies, a Love…

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January 2020

How a Trove of Yiddish Letters Led to a Journey of Discovery

How a Trove of Yiddish Letters Led to a Journey of Discovery Talk and Book Signing with Dr. David Slucki, Ph.D. Q & A with Dr. Holli Levitsky, Ph.D. A year after his father’s untimely death while visiting Los Angeles, David Slucki, a native of Melbourne, Australia, was handed a cache of Yiddish letters written by his grandfather to a brother in LA after the Holocaust. Fortunately for David, he could understand them! Because these 30 years of letters opened…

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June 2019

Yiddish Poetry Beat to Live Music

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May 2019

Art of Yiddish

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The Art of Yiddish: Saving a Singular Endangered Language and Culture, Talk by CIYCL Director Miri Koral

The Art of Yiddish: Saving a Singular Endangered Language and Culture, Talk by CIYCL Director Miri Koral, at Encino/ Tarzana, Library Branch.

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April 2019

God of Vengeance, A Dramatic Reading

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language and Wilshire Boulevard Temple present theatre dybbuk’s only dramatic reading of God of Vengeance, the widely translated, modernistic, and oft-revived drama by Sholem Asch that inspired Indecent, the award-winning Broadway show coming to Los Angeles this June. God of Vengeance depicts a Jewish brothel owner’s efforts to redeem his only child from the sins of her parents, and is also a surprising (some would argue shocking) coming of age story. A dramatic reading…

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March 2019

The Art of Yiddish: Saving a Singular Endangered Language and Culture

Yiddish is the Germanic-based language spoken by most Jews in the world for a millennium and has been the vehicle for an as-yet unparalleled global Jewish artistic expression. But today, that minority language whose humor, wisdom and poignancy thoroughly inspired American popular culture, is in danger of extinction. In this program, Miri Koral, Founding Director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, will discuss what makes this 1,000-year-old language so unique and what is being done to safeguard…

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