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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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November 2018

Arctic Expedition: Der Nister, Lost and Found – Nov. 4

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October 2018

Kick off A Great New Year With Music and Poetry – Oct. 13

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August 2018

Searching for Mentshlekhkayt* Eli Weisel’s Transformation from Yiddish Journalist to American Novelist

װען WHEN: August 19, 4 PM װוּ WHERE: Santa Monica Synagogue 1448 18th St.(co. Broadway) Santa Monica, CA װיפֿל Admission: $12 General; $10 CIYCL & SMS Members FT Students: Free פּאַרקירן Parking: Free, enter off 18th St. To RSVP

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May 2018

A Celebration of Two Yiddish Bards: Mordechai Gebirtig and Chava Alberstein

Mordechai Gebirtig (1877 – 1942) was the most popular and beloved Yiddish songwriter of the 20th Century.  His songs express the heart and soul of each person and at the same time reflect the feelings and striving of the Jewish people as a whole.  So popular were his songs that many were mistaken for folksongs.  Among them are Reyzele (Reisl) — about  young love;  Yosl Ber — about joining the army, and   Undzer Shtetl Brent (Our Town is Burning)  They are by…

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April 2018

Two Great Events With Visiting Prof. Samuel Kassow

Etta and Milton Leve Scholar-in-Residence at UCLA’s Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies Events are Free and Open to Public but Pre-Registration Required: email: cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu or cal 310-267-5327 April 12, 4 PM UCLA Faculty Center History and Resistance: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Warsaw Ghetto April 16, 12 – 2 PM UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room Graduate/ Faculty Seminar : Culture and Resistance in Wartime Ghettos: Case Studies From Lodz, Vilna and Warsaw. Events Sponsored by: The Alan D. Leve…

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