Exhibit: Beyond the Forest: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004–2012 @ Yiddish Book Center
Mar 19 – Oct 15 all-day

A photographic series looking at the fragile renewal of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the early 21st century, by Israeli-American photographer Loli Kantor.

Yidstock @ Yiddish Book Center
Jul 13 – Jul 16 all-day

Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music brings the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great festival of music and related events. The sixth annual Yidstock takes place—rain or shine—at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, July 13-16, 2017.

For more information and to purchase tickets for individual events:

TALK | The Essential Klezmer, with Seth Rogovoy @ Yiddish Book Center
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Seth Rogovoy, Yidstock’s artistic director and the author of The Essential Klezmer, takes the audience on a multimedia journey through klezmer, from Old World shtetls to New World stages, providing historical context for the music you will hear during the weekend.

TALK | “Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud,” with Barry Holtz @ Yiddish Book Center
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Professor Barry Holtz of the Jewish Theological Seminary talks about his new biography of the brilliant and fascinating first century Rabbi Akiva, a Talmudic hero and one of the most important influences on Jewish history down to our own times.

After his talk, Barry Holtz will sign copies of the book.


FILM | “Portrait of Wally” @ Yiddish Book Center
Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Portrait of Wally, Egon Schiele’s tender picture of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for thirteen years the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. The documentary Portrait of Wally traces the history of this iconic image, from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover; to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna; to the post-war confusion and subterfuge and then the surprising resurfacing of Wally on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997.

FILM | “Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots” @ Yiddish Book Center
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots is Kenny Mann’s documentary about her parents’ extraordinary lives as Jewish refugee immigrants to Kenya during World War II, and about that country’s turbulent history through the mid-twentieth century. It is also about living multiple lives as a reluctant Jew, a white person in an African country, an anti-colonialist in a British colony, and a “fake” Brit in an Eastern European family.

FILM | “Dough” @ Yiddish Book Center
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A comedy/drama about the unlikely friendship between an old Jewish baker and a young Muslim. Curmudgeonly widow Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) obstinately clings to his way of life and his livelihood as the owner of a kosher bakery in London’s East End. With a dwindling clientele and the pressures of encroaching big box stores, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holde), who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his struggling immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves.