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Yiddish Book Center, Remembering Mom

May 8, 2021 - May 9, 2021

Hear the stories of how we remember our mothers.

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Annie (Anye) Kaufman, pattern-maker and member of Yugntruf, describes how her mother struggled to speak Yiddish with one of her teachers, but how she and her mother now converse entirely in Yiddish.

Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

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Micha Eisenstorg remembers his mother singing him lullabies in Yiddish and Polish when he was young.

Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Emile Karafiol, attorney, tells a story his mother told him, about how she went on a hunger strike to convince her orthodox family to let her go to school.

Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Irv Zuckerman talks about the courtship with his wife, and how his mother didn’t approve at first.

Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
Yaakov Wasilewicz – Jewish musician – describes how his mother learned religious practices and how she passed them down to the Jews of Czestochowa. He also describes her role as the head of a secular Jewish organization, through which, his mother…
Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Emile Karafiol, attorney, explains that his mother – who spoke Yiddish and read Yiddish newspapers – thought that the language was destined to die out.

Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

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Sadie Espar, z”l, librarian from Detroit, Michigan, fondly remembers her mother preparing for Shabes, and their tradition of reading the Bintl Brief together on Saturday mornings.
Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Sheila Horvitz, history teacher and lawyer, shares how her mother began the Yiddish Vinkl at her synagogue, her mother’s notoriety in the Yiddish community, and her mother’s complicated feelings towards Israel and the use of Hebrew.
Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Fred Irving – WWII veteran and retired ambassador – discusses the values he got from his mother and the aspects of Jewish culture he finds important.
Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Irv Zuckerman recalls how his mother wouldn’t let him be rough with other kids, which resulted in his clumsiness during his service in the army.
Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Chana Wilson, author, activist, psychotherapist and former radio and television producer, explains how her coming out as lesbian inspired her mother to come out, too.
Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Eve Jochnowitz, scholar of Ashkenazi foodways, talks about what foods she loves to cook. She also talks about her mother and her grandmother’s cooking style.
Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts
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Hyman Batalion, Yiddish speaker and Montreal native, and a long-time vegetarian, reflects on the food (including a lot of meat) his mother used to cook when he was a child.

Part of Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Details

Start:
May 8, 2021
End:
May 9, 2021

Venue

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