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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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February 2019

EK Velt – An Incredible Dream at the Far Reaches of the World

עק װעלט׃ די פֿאַרכאַפּנדיקע מעשׂה פֿון ייִדיש אין ביראָבידזשאַן Please join us for the fascinating story of BIROBIDZHAN — a remote and forbidding territory in Russia’s far east, known as the Jewish Autonomous Region. Was it set up as Stalin’s diabolical or benevolent answer to the “Jewish question”? What has happened to it and its dream of a Yiddish-speaking land since? The only West Coast presentation by very special guest from NYC, native son and now beloved Yiddish educator Nikolai…

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AJRCA Community Lecture Series: Introduction to the Yiddish Language

Learn basic reading, writing, conversational skills, and basic grammar of a unique rich and juicy heritage language language, the 1,000-year language of Ashkenazi Jews. This course will utilize specialized handouts as well as a textbook. (More information to be shared at the first class session). PLEASE NOTE: All students are required to have prior knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet (printed and cursive). Class Length: 6 sessions on Wednesdays in late February, March and early April Class Dates: 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10 Meeting Time: 7:00-9:00pm…

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January 2019

SWEET & SOUR SAFE HAVEN: Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

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