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December 2019

Fitting Fanfare: Celebrating Yiddish Author

Fitting Fanfare: Celebrating Yiddish Author Jacob Dinezon יעקבֿ דינעזאָן On His 100th Yortsayt צו זײַן 100טן יאָרצײַט Thanks to one man’s quest to restore a once-beloved and wildly popular Yiddish writer to his rightful place in the pantheon of Jewish literature, the world is once again celebrating the life and works of Jacob Dinezon. Dinezon championed ordinary heroes easily overlooked and he did not shy away from revealing the dark underbelly of Jewish society in 19th and early 20th century…

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August 2019

How To Translate Yiddish Humor Into Japanese… Without Losing Your Punchline!

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How to Translate Yiddish Humor into Japanese and Not Lose Your Punchline, talk by Prof. Yoshiji Hirose, back by popular demand

How to Translate Yiddish Humor into Japanese and Not Lose Your Punchline, talk by Prof. Yoshiji Hirose, back by popular demand.-

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June 2019

Yiddish Poetry Beat to Live Music

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Mina Bern, Last of the Yiddish Divas, Multi-media talks by Shane Baker

Mina Bern, Last of the Yiddish Divas, Multi-media talks by Shane Baker, Yiddish actor and Director of the Congress for Jewish Culture, NY, at Fairfax Library.

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Introducing Miss Mitzi Manna In Her First-Ever Final Farewell Tour!

Introducing Miss Mitzi Manna In Her First-Ever Final Farewell Tour!, LA’s first drag queen show, starring Yiddish actor Shane Baker, at the Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library.

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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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