Mar
19
Sun
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.

Apr
2
Sun
Talk: The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, with Marisa Scheinfeld @ Yiddish Book Center
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld spent years documenting the history and decline of New York’s Catskills region, dubbed the Borscht Belt because of its popularity with Jewish vacationers. Her photographs are now collected in a book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, which she will sign after her talk.

In addition, the Brooklyn-based Matzo Project will be on hand to share samples of its artisanal matzo, in unique flavors.

Apr
4
Tue
Film and Director’s Talk: Finding Babel (2015) @ Yiddish Book Center
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm

Isaac Babel’s writings challenged the ideology of the early Soviet Union, resulting in his arrest and execution in 1940. On the 75th anniversary of Babel’s execution, Finding Babel follows his grandson, Andrei Malaev-Babel, as he journeys through Ukraine, France, and Russia, hoping to better understand Babel’s powerful artistic method and elusive persona. 

The New England premiere. Director David Novack will be on hand to introduce the film and take audience questions. 

Part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

 

Apr
25
Tue
Talk: The New American Reality, with Ilan Stavans @ Yiddish Book Center
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:21 pm

Anti-Semitism remains an inextricable part of contemporary life. In today’s America, it finds partners in unlikely places, from the government to college campuses to rural communities. In this series of three talks, each with a different focus, author and Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans considers the “new normal” in today’s United States and the ways anti-Semitism manifests in regions as diverse as Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The other talks in the series take place May 2 and May 9.

May
2
Tue
Talk: Anti-Semitism and the Left, with Ilan Stavans @ Yiddish Book Center
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The second in Stavans’s three-lecture series on anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism remains an inextricable part of contemporary life. In today’s America, it finds partners in unlikely places, from the government to college campuses to rural communities. In this series of three talks, each with a different focus, author and Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans considers the “new normal” in today’s United States and the ways anti-Semitism manifests in regions as diverse as Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The other talks in the series take place April 25 and May 9.

May
7
Sun
Film and Director’s Talk: “Rosenwald,” with director Aviva Kempner @ Yiddish Book Center
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the president of Sears. Influenced by the writings of Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African-American communities in the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists.

Aviva Kempner will be at the screening to introduce the film and take questions from the audience. An award-winning director, writer, and producer, Kempner makes films that investigate non-stereotypical images of Jews in history and celebrate the untold stories of Jewish heroes. Her works include Partisans of Vilna, the Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, and Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg. Kempner founded the Washington Jewish Film Festival in 1990. She’s received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.

May
9
Tue
Talk: The Future of Hate, with Ilan Stavans @ Yiddish Book Center
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Anti-Semitism remains an inextricable part of contemporary life. In this series of three talks, each with a different focus, author and Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans considers the “new normal” in today’s United States and the ways anti-Semitism manifests in regions as diverse as Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. (The other talks in the series take place April 25 and May 2.)

May
14
Sun
Mother’s Day Event: Chicken Soup in Chelm: Stories for Mom (and Everybody Else in the Family, Too), with Mark Binder @ Yiddish Book Center
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

A special Mother’s Day event: author and storyteller Mark Binder shares favorite funny stories of Chelm, famous in Jewish folklore as the home of naïve fools and the source of all foolishness and idiocy in the world.

 

May
21
Sun
Author’s Talk: Lucky Broken Girl, with Ruth Behar @ Yiddish Book Center
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Author Ruth Behar talks about her first novel for young readers. Based on Behar’s own childhood, Lucky Broken Girl is a multicultural coming-of-age story about a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl who is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers, as will her powerful story of strength and resilience. After her talk, Behar will sign copies of the book.

Jun
4
Sun
Film: The Green Park (2015) @ Yiddish Book Center
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The story of one hundred years of Jewish history told through the windows of The Green Park, a glamorous kosher hotel that opened in 1943 on the British Riviera. This legendary Jewish hotel was the ultimate holiday destination for more than forty years, and its history provides a rare and fascinating glimpse into Jewish life in Britain.