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Yiddish Book Center

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1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256.4900 www.yiddishbookcenter.org/

The world’s first Yiddish museum, the Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits; two performance halls with a year-round schedule of public and educational programs; the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music; an English-language bookstore; and a million Yiddish books. 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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February 2020

Yiddish Book Center, a Film

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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FILM | Make Me a Match "Have I got a nice Jewish girl/boy for you!" has been a familiar rallying cry among the Jewish people for over 5000 years. How these matches are made today would startle Abraham and Sara -- or would it? Filled with hope and humor, trials and tribulations, Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell's entertaining documentary captures the passion of Jewish singles looking for a match in today's America and the extent to which they will…

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Yiddish Book Center, a Film

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Burning Child is a film journey into Vienna's interior, built architecture from the city's past, the city's secret hidden beneath its foundations. It is the space of the psyche mapped in Vienna. From around 1900, when it became Central Europe's capital, to the present day, Vienna has inspired fateful dreams of home. Its famous denizens--Freud, Wittgenstein, Klimt--designed interiors that shaped the modern home. Through interviews, testimony, and archival footage, the film presents the Viennese interior against the backdrop of Austria's…

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Yiddish Book Center, a Film

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Burning Child is a film journey into Vienna's interior, built architecture from the city's past, the city's secret hidden beneath its foundations. It is the space of the psyche mapped in Vienna. From around 1900, when it became Central Europe's capital, to the present day, Vienna has inspired fateful dreams of home. Its famous denizens--Freud, Wittgenstein, Klimt--designed interiors that shaped the modern home. Through interviews, testimony, and archival footage, the film presents the Viennese interior against the backdrop of Austria's…

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March 2020

Yiddish Book Center, Talk

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish  Edited by Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions are explored in this stunning and rich anthology of the interplay of Yiddish and American culture, edited by award-winning authors and…

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Yiddish Book Center, Talk

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish  Edited by Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions are explored in this stunning and rich anthology of the interplay of Yiddish and American culture, edited by award-winning authors and…

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Yiddish Book Center, Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival | The Adventures of Saul Bellow, sneak peek, with director Q&A | Saturday, March 28 @ 7:30 p.m. PVJFF | The Adventures of Saul Bellow is the first-ever documentary film on the man described by James Wood as the 'greatest of American prose stylists in the 20th century'. Click to read more and purchase tickets. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival | Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles | Thursday, April 2 @ 7 p.m. PVJFF | The origin story behind one of Broadway's…

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July 2020

Yiddish Book Center, Yidstock

July 9 - July 12
Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music brings the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center. The 9th annual Yidstock takes place—rain or shine—July 9-12. For a full schedule of Yidstock events, including talks and workshops, visit yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock. I look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a great four days of concerts and events!  

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