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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  • "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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  • When Comedy Went to School

    An entertaining portrait of the greatest generation of comics--a group that includes Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl,...

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    Sun, May 17, 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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  • "A Lens on Jewish Culture," with filmmaker Erik Anjou

    Erik Anjou, director of the documentaries "A Cantor's Tale," "The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground," and "...

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    Thu, Jul 16, 2015

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  • "Knish: Jewish Soul Food," with author Laura Silver

    Award-winning journalist Laura Silver, the author of "Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food," the definitive biography...

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    Thu, Jul 16, 2015

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  • The Klezmatics

    Blending instrumental and vocal virtuosity and experimentation with theatricality firmly rooted in klezmer and Yiddish tradition, the internationally acclaimed, Grammy...

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    Thu, Jul 16, 2015

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  • "Rockin' the Shtetl: The Essential Klezmer," with Seth Rogovoy

    A multimedia program tracing the evolution of klezmer from Old World to New World to Yidstock 2015 by author, music critic,...

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    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

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  • "Music in Jewish Life: The Legacy of Morris Hollender," with Hankus Netsky

    In the traditional Jewish world, music is a staple of everyday life. Hankus Netsky - a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist...

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    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

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  • Yiddish Dance 101 Workshop, with Steve Weintraub

    Internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher Steve Weintraub - often called the "Pied Piper of Yiddish dance" - will...

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    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

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  • Nigunim Workshop, with Frank London, Polina Shepherd, and Merlin Shepherd

    Nigunim - the wordless vocal melodies of the Hasidim, written by rebbes and other composers to induce spiritual and ecstatic...

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    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

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  • "Inside the YIVO Sound Archives," with Lorin Sklamberg

    Best known as the co-founder, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics, Lorin Sklamberg has also worked for more...

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    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

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  • The Yiddish Art Trio

    A supergroup comprising top stars of the new generation of klezmer musicians - clarinetist Michael Winograd, double-bassist and singer Benjy...

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    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

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  • Instrumental Klezmer for Kids Workshop, with Brian Bender

    An intermediate- to advanced-level instrumental workshop for aspiring klezmer musicians ages nine and up, taught by trombonist/keyboardist Brian Bender...

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    Sat, Jul 18, 2015

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  • "Yiddish Music in the Former Soviet Union," with Polina Shepherd

    Vocalist, pianist, composer, and choirmaster Polina (Skovoroda) Shepherd is one of the most prominent Yiddish artists to emerge from the...

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    Sat, Jul 18, 2015

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  • Build-a-Sher and Other Dance Sets Workshop, with Steve Weintraub

    Internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher Steve Weintraub - often called the "Pied Piper of Yiddish dance" - will...

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    Sat, Jul 18, 2015

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  • Instrumental Klezmer Workshop, with Brian Bender

    Trombonist/keyboardist Brian Bender of the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, Little Shop of Horas, and the Wholesale Klezmer Band leads an...

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    Sat, Jul 18, 2015

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  • "How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?" with Seth Rogovoy and Yidstock artists

    Yidstock 2015 gathers together many of the world's greatest Yiddish and klezmer performers, including those who were instrumental (pun intended) in...

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    Sat, Jul 18, 2015

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  • An Evening with Socalled and Special Guests

    Montreal-based Socalled is at the cutting edge of contemporary Yiddish music. A pianist, producer, composer, arranger, rapper, singer, and magician,...

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    Sat, Jul 18, 2015

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  • Lomir Zingen! Yiddish Song Workshop, with Asya Vaisman Schulman

    Learn Yiddish songs old and new--including love songs, children's songs, songs about food, and even songs about crows--with Asya Vaisman...

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    Sun, Jul 19, 2015

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  • Klezperanto

    A Yidstock favorite, Klezperanto returns with its all-star line-up led by the Pioneer Valley's own Ilene Stahl, one of the...

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    Sun, Jul 19, 2015

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  • "A 'Nice Jewish Boy,'" with Socalled

    Rapper, composer, producer, and pianist Socalled has been making records and touring the world for more than a decade and...

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    Sun, Jul 19, 2015

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  • Sklamberg & the Shepherds

    Sklamberg & the Shepherds brings together three of the world's leading performers of traditional Eastern European Jewish music: Lorin Sklamberg,...

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    Sun, Jul 19, 2015

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  • "What To Do with What We've Found: A Blueprint for the Yiddish Book Center's Next Great Adventure," with Aaron Lansky

    As the Yiddish Book Center turns 35, founder Aaron Lansky offers an exciting preview of our latest plans. Highlights include an...

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    Sun, Jul 19, 2015

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  • Yidstock All-stars with Frank London and Special Guests

    As has become Yidstock tradition, we bring the curtain down on the festival with an all-star jam session led by...

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    Sun, Jul 19, 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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  • Cooking Demonstration with Tina Wasserman

    Join Tina Wasserman, author of "Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora" and "Entree...

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    Sun, Aug 9, 2015

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