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August 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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November 2020

SAVE THE DATE for the next LIVE Yiddish Cultural Event

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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January 2021

Rediscovering a Brilliant Modernist: Debora Vogel, Wandering Star of Yiddish Literature

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May 2021

Itzik and the Golden Peacock: Itzik 120 Years of Itzik Manger

Itzik Manger portrait by Arthur Kolnik A celebration of the famous Yiddish Bard on his 120th Birthday. An international ensemble of Yiddish performers and experts delightfully reveal why Itzik Manger (1901 – 1969) is such an enduring inspiration. Join Mike Burstyn, Shura Lipovsky, Dr. Helen Beer, Ruth Levin, Mendy Cahan, Binyumen Schaechter, Gitl Schaechter Viswanath, Shane Baker, Miri Koral, among others, for readings from Manger’s tongue-in-cheek poetry and prose, music, and even a mini song workshop! This presentation will be in Yiddish, with English subtitles as possible. Register…

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June 2021

From Hassid to Hollywood

Get the inside scoop on the upcoming Yiddish horror film The Chosen One It’s much easier to shave your beard than to shed who you are. LOok out! Award-winning screenwriter and now filmmaker Elazar Fine and his lead actors Luzer Twersky (Felix & Meira) and Malky Goldman (Unorthodox) are on the hotseat about making their new film in Yiddish, a horror flick no less! Click here tor more information Elazar Fine, Filmmaker Luzer Twersky, Actor Malky Goldman, Actor Co-sponsored (and…

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