Jewish Life

At the Yiddish Book Center

Yiddish Book Center is located at 1021 West St. in Amherst, Mass. All events are at the center, except where noted. For information:

Community Open House

April 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

A day filled with events and activities, including the 2023 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture, “In the Midst of Civilized Europe: Jews and Ukraine in Times of War, presented by Jeffrey Veidlinger,” and the opening of our newest exhibit, Ray Faust: A Life in Paintings. All events are free, including a family scavenger hunt from 10 am12 noon

Have I Got a Story for You”

A talk with editor Ezra Glinter   

Thursday, March 16 @ 7 p.m. on Zoom

The Forward, founded in 1897, is the most renowned Yiddish newspaper in the world and has published some of the most acclaimed Yiddish fiction writers of all time. In this talk, Ezra Glinter will discuss how he combed through the archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s 125-year history. Presented as part of the 2023 Great Jewish Books Club. 

“When Yiddish Was Young in Israel,” a talk with Shachar Pinsker  

Thursday, March 23 @ 7 p.m. 

Focusing on “Yung Yisroel” (Young Israel)—a group of Yiddish writers in 1950s–1960s Israel—Shachar Pinsker will examine the history of Yiddish as it played out in cultural production and the writers in Israel who continued to write and publish in Yiddish.  Presented as part of the 2023 Decade of Discovery theme, Yiddish Around the World.

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