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Yiddish Book Center, Exhibits

September 1

The Center is now open to visitors Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re in the area or passing through New England, please plan a visit. Currently on exhibit is Through the Hat and Tales from the Golden Medina, a collection of works by New York City artist, Steve Marcus inspired by underground comics and Jewish wisdom from the shtetl.

While you’re here, you can tour our newly reopened building, browse our stacks, immerse yourself in exhibits, take a shpatsir (stroll) through the Yiddish Writers Garden, share a brown-bag lunch in our picnic area, and shop in our English-language bookstore.

Plan your visit

Visiting Exhibit: Through the Hat and The Golden Medina

through fall 2021.

Through the Hat is a collection of works by Steve Marcus that includes over twenty-six wood-carved sculptures and ritual objects, more than a baker’s dozen hand-drawn works of art on paper and custom synagogue furniture. In his work, Marcus seamlessly weaves together his childhood memories of bagels and bialys, pickles and green tomatoes from the barrel, and paper-wrapped whitefish chubs with his personal journey and passion for his own roots and culture. Tales from the Golden Medina is an expansion of this collection inspired by underground comics and Jewish wisdom from the shtetl.

Read more about the exhibit

View The Golden Medina, a companion board book, in our store

Lost Synagogues of Europe

Lost Synagogues of Europe: a collection of early twentieth-century postcards on Jewish themes.

Unquiet Pages

An exploration of modern Yiddish literature, drawing on the Center’s collection of more than one million Yiddish books

The Lee & Alfred Hutt Discovery Gallery

An interactive exhibit celebrating Jewish cultural identity through personal stories, objects, and photographs

The Nancy B. Weinstein Kinder-vinkl Children’s Corner

Yiddish games for the gantse mishpokhe—the whole family

The Schepps Family Yiddish Print Shop

In our recreated Yiddish print shop, see a Yiddish linotype machine and learn about the important role of the Yiddish press.

Discover Something New in Our Oral History Collection

Explore the full collection of thousands of interview highlights and hundreds of full-length oral history interviews. Use the search feature to find more stories about Jewish celebrities who grew up with Yiddish such as Leonard Nimoy and Fyvush Finkel or other topics of interest.

Explore the collection


We are open to the public on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Shabbos (Saturday) and Jewish and legal holidays.

The world’s first Yiddish museum, the Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits on Yiddish and Jewish culture. We also offer a full schedule of virtual public events.


Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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(413) 256.4900
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