Yiddish Events


Trip to the Museum of Science in Yiddish

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Meet in the Museum Lobby.

Join fellow Yiddish speakers and students for an outing to the Museum of Science in Yiddish. All ages and levels of Yiddish welcome. RSVPs to Lily Weitzman at lweitzman@coa.edu would be appreciated. Please contact Lily for information about museum admissions.


Talk with Lisa Leff - The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7:30pm at the Workmen's Circle Building

Lisa Leff's investigative research into the life and work of Zosa Szajkowski, the Jewish historian and YIVO archivist, casts a complex and multidimensional perspective on his illegal transport of tens of thousands of documents from Europe to the United States between 1940 and 1961.  Leff’s exploration of the historical and sociological elements of the time, as well as the nature of archiving itself, forces the audience to move away from the traditional bifurcated paradigm of archival rescue or theft, to see the events in the nuanced context of changing times.


Poetry Reading with Sholem Berger

Monday, December 14, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Workmen's Circle Building

Zackary Sholem Berger will read from his newest book of poetry in English and Yiddish, One Nation Taken Out of Another (Apprentice House, 2014) - a joyride on a bassackward hybrid with an American brain, Yiddish heart, and all sorts of wandering limbs grafted onto the whole. It's midrash, whimsy, and polyglot extravagance. The evening will be in Yiddish and a smattering of English. Books will be for sale.


Lecture Series

For those who are ready for a challenge, we offer a series of lectures -- in Yiddish -- on a wide variety of historical, academic, and cultural topics. The lecture series draws on local experts as well as guest speakers from around the country. 

Past lectures include: 

Boris Sandler Presents his New Film: Boris Sandler, editor of the Yiddish Forward, prolific Yiddish writer and filmmaker, will show his new documentary film featuring  Yosl Birshtein, a writer of Yiddish stories set in Jerusalem. The film has English subtitles. Boris will introduce the film.  Q & A in Yiddish, English, Russian. 

Emanuel Ringelblum, Historian of the Warsaw Ghetto:  In observance of the 68th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April, 1943, Professor Sam Kassow of Trinity University will speak about the remarkable work of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Group in documenting life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Kassow is the author of Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (2007). He is an authority on Eastern European Jewish history and a fascinating speaker. Q and A in Yiddish and English.