Yiddish Book Center

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1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002

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The Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.

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  • Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context

    Paintings by the important but long-overlooked Soviet-era artist Felix Lembersky (1913-70), whose work was long suppressed for his refusal to...

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    Sun, Oct 19, 2014 - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

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  • Hungry Hearts

    Based on the short stories of Anzia Yezierska, the first writer to bring stories of American Jewish women to a...

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    Sun, Mar 8, 2015

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  • The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

    A Quaker bassist and a Reform Jewish trumpeter, Yiddish language, Hasidic dance, gospel music, and Woody Guthrie meet in this...

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    Sun, Mar 22, 2015

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  • Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream

    This spring, the century-old Streit's, the last family-owned matzo company in the U.S., will leave its long-time factory in...

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    Sun, Mar 29, 2015

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  • The Oven

    A monologue, written and performed by professor and author Ilan Stavans and directed by Matthew Glassman, in which Stavans recounts...

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    Sun, Apr 12, 2015

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  • Mamele

    A classic musical comedy about interwar Jewish life in Poland. Musical queen Molly Picon is a dutiful daughter keeping her...

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    Sun, Apr 19, 2015

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  • Community Open House

    A day of free events including a lecture by author David Bezmozgis ("The Betrayers"), the opening of the...

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    Sun, Apr 26, 2015

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  • The Oven

    A monologue, written and performed by professor and author Ilan Stavans and directed by Matthew Glassman, in which Stavans recounts...

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    Sun, May 3, 2015

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  • "Welcome to Kutsher's" & "Dirty Dancing"

    From the Borscht Belt Film Festival, a double feature: At 11 AM, "Welcome to Kutsher's," an award-winning documentary about...

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    Sun, May 10, 2015

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  • Mak'hela concert

    Mak'hela, whose name means "chorus" in Hebrew, is a Jewish choral group dedicated to performing works from all...

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    Sun, May 31, 2015

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  • A Walk on the Moon

    From the Borscht Belt Film Festival: This drama, which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, stars Diane Lane as an...

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    Sun, Jun 7, 2015

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  • Itzik & Mickey: Stories from Brooklyn and Beyond

    Myron (Mickey) Glazer and his wife, Penina Glazer, read from this newly published collection of twenty-four stories, essays, and vignettes...

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    Sun, Jun 21, 2015

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  • Annette Berkovits: "In the Unlikeliest of Places"

    n 2004, while sorting through her recently deceased father's things, Annette Berkovits found a box of tapes on which he'd recorded...

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    Sun, Jun 28, 2015

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  • From Shtetl to Swing

    Between 1880 and 1924, 2.5 million Jews fled persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe and migrated to America. With a fresh, playful eye,...

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    Sun, Jul 5, 2015

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  • Gallery Talk: "Echoes of the Borscht Belt"

    Marisa Scheinfeld's evocative, large-scale photos capture the dramatic decline of the once-thriving Catskills resort area known as the Borscht Belt,...

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    Sun, Aug 2, 2015

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