Oct
22
Sun
Community Open House @ Yiddish Book Center
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of events for the whole family.

Featuring The Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert:
Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble

All events are free and open to the public.

For the entire schedule: http://bit.ly/2hify0N

Oct
29
Sun
TALK | “Pioneers: The First Breach,” with Rose Waldman @ Yiddish Book Center
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Rose Waldman will talk about this newly translated work in which history lends a human voice in S. An- Sky’s humorous novel about a young man seeking to
 be a part of the great Jewish enlightenment sweeping across Europe. Waldman holds an MFA from Columbia University and was a 2014 and 2016 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow. A book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public.

Nov
5
Sun
TALK | “What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home,” with Mark Mazower @ Yiddish Book Center
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home with Mark Mazower, professor of history at Columbia University in conversation with Yiddish Book Center Bibliographer and Editorial Director David Mazower.

Mark Mazower, author and acclaimed historian, explores the struggles of twentieth-century Europe through the lives, hopes, and dreams of his own family. His warm, intimate memoir follows his family through the siege of Stalingrad, the Vilna ghetto, occupied Paris, and even into the ranks of the Wehrmacht. A book signing will follow.

Nov
19
Sun
FILM | “Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana” @ Yiddish Book Center
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

An exploration of the background and day-to-day lives of Jews living in Sefwi Wiawso, a district in Ghana. This documentary explores the importance of connections,
as the Sefwi Jews reach out to others worldwide, and bears witness to their ongoing struggle for acceptance and growth.

Canada, 2017, 84 mins., directed by Gabrielle Zilkha, English. 

Dec
3
Sun
Author Talk: Have I Got a Story for You with Ezra Glinter
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Ezra Glinter has combed through the Forward’s archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s 120-year history, digging up such varied works as wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction, and satirical sketches about immigrant life in New York. Glinter’s introductions to the thematic sections and short biographies of the contributors provide insight into the concerns of not only the writers but also their avid readers. The collection has been rendered into English by today’s best Yiddish translators, who capture the sound of the authors and the subtleties of nuance and context.

Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center. This author talk is part of Literatour, a yearlong celebration of Jewish books presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center.

Dec
17
Sun
FILM | “Body and Soul: An American Bridge” @ Yiddish Book Center
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The early performance history of the jazz standard “Body and Soul.” Composed by Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman; trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong ushered the song into the jazz canon the following year.

USA, 2016, 58 mins., directed by Robert Philipson, English.