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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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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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