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Yiddish Book Center programs offer a rich tapestry of culture and history

The Yiddish Book Center has announced its virtual public programming lineup for spring 2021. A rich tapestry of art, history, and language, the series features presentations from preeminent authors, artists, scholars, and more. All programs are free and air on Facebook and Zoom.

Registration is required and audience members may submit questions in the Q&A. All programs are archived on the Yiddish Book Center website at yiddishbookcenter.org/vpp-recordings. 

For more information and to register, visit the Yiddish Book Center programs calendar at yiddishbookcenter.org/virtual-programs-calendar.

SPRING 2021 (subject to change)

Ideals and Contemporary Realities
Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m.

Professor and author Jonathan Sarna discusses presidential elections from the Civil War to the present, demonstrating that “Jewish politics” has a long and significant history that has shaped both Jews and American politics for over 150 years.

Jews and Jazz: Before the Beginning
Thursday, June 3, 7 p.m. 

Author, producer, and performer Henry Sapoznik examines the nascent “jazz” offerings of pioneering performances of recording klezmorim, the earlier generation of European-born Jewish musicians.

Modicut Yiddish Puppet Theater, 1925–1933
Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m.

This lecture from scholar Eddy Portnoy, featuring photos, illustrations, and a short film, will detail the compelling history of this unusual Yiddish puppet theater.

Cooking in Yiddish: Highlights from the Yiddish Book Center’s Collection 
Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m.

Yiddish cookbooks tell fascinating stories about their authors, publishers, and intended readers. Drawing on gems in the Yiddish Book Center’s collection, this talk with scholar and cookbook collector Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett will explore what this unique literary genre can reveal about Jewish life.

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