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Yiddish Book Center, Community Open House

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Our Community Open House on Sunday is open to all. Join us for free day of events including the opening of our new exhibit, Roots, Resilience and Renewal – A Portrait of Polish Jews, 1975-2016 photographs by Chuck Fishman and the 2022 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture with Author and Scholar Allison Schachter. Schachter will be discussing the role women played in the making of Jewish modernity.

The day’s events include the 2022 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture Women and the Making of Jewish Modernity presented by Allison Schachter at 2 p.m.  

All events are free and open to the public.

Full Schedule:

Black and white photograph of two men playing chess in a cafe.
Chess Players at the Jewish club in Lodz. Image by Chuck Fishman.

Roots, Resilience and Renewal – A Portrait of Polish Jews, 1975-2016 photographs by Chuck Fishman

Exhibit opening in the Yiddish Book Center’s Brechner Gallery.

Fishman first travel to Poland as a young college student and later as a professional photojournalist, in search of what remained of Jewish life and culture. His work speaks “to themes of resilience and renewal, exploring and elucidating the myriad faces and facets of recovery and re-generation.”  This new exhibition includes black and white photographs taken over a 40-year period.

12:00 p.m. Women in Yiddish

The Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project presents a compilation of oral history excerpts related to women in Yiddish. The short film will be followed by a Q&A with the Project’s director, Christa Whitney. Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Decade of Discovery: Women in Yiddish

1:00 p.m. From Rare Yiddish Books to Recent Arrivals

Bibliography and Collections Manager, Rachelle Grossman, provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the rare books from our collection along with some of the amazing Yiddish books found in amongst the mountain of recent donations.

2:00 p.m The 2022 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture, presented by Allison Schachter  

Allison Schacter

What role did women play in the making of Jewish modernity? Standard accounts of modern history and literary culture, describe the process of Jews becoming modern, as a story of how Jews became men.  As a result we know too little about women writers, artists, and intellectuals who participated in the transformations of Jewish culture in the twentieth century.

These women revolutionized the very terms of Jewish fiction at a pivotal moment in Jewish history, transcending the boundaries of Jewish minority identities. This talk tells their story and in so doing calls for a new ways of thinking about Jewish cultural modernity.

Allison Schachter is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, English, and Russian and East European Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she chairs the Jewish Studies Department. She is the author of “Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century” (Oxford 2013) and “Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919-1939” (Northwestern 2021). She is also a translator from Yiddish. “From the Jewish Provinces: The Selected Stories of Fradl Shtok” which she translated with Jordan Finkin, is just out from Northwestern University Press.

This event will be presented live at the Yiddish Book Center and streamed live, reservations for the free live event and registration for the free virtual streaming required.

What is the Yiddish Book Center? Well, we’re not really a library, or a bookstore (though we’ve got one of those). And though we offer a lot of educational programs we aren’t, strictly speaking, a school. Maybe the best way to get an idea of who we are is to take a tour of the Center and see all of the things we do. That’s something best done in person, but like everything else these days, you can do it virtually as well.

Take a virtual audio tour of the Yiddish Book Center


May 1
11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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