18 | Jul
04:00PM
18 | Jul
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

Yiddish New York

Between the 1870s and the 1920s, perhaps a million and a half East European Jewish immigrants settled in New York City. This lecture will examine the mutual influence of New York on Yiddish and Yiddish on New York in the years around the turn of the twentieth century.

Delivered in Yiddish.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Soyer


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22 | Jul
04:00PM
22 | Jul
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

Yiddish Theater in America – An Overview

This lecture will review the American Yiddish theater’s formative years, its performance style, and the intense bond between auditorium and stage.

Delivered in English.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Nahshon


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24 | Jul
06:30PM
24 | Jul
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

"A person is only forgotten when their name is forgotten" - The German Stolpersteine

In this talk, Michael Simonson, Archivist and the Director of Public Outreach at the Leo Baeck Institute, will introduce us to the history and current practice of laying Stolpersteine (literally “stumbling stone”) memorials in Germany. Drawing on his personal experiences working with those who wish to remember former Jewish citizens, Michael will highlight the stories of some of the Jewish families being remembered, elucidate the steps he took to track down living descendants, and discuss the reactions of those in the communities where these stones have been placed. An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at stolpersteine.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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25 | Jul
04:00PM
25 | Jul
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

What Yiddish is That?

Varieties of Yiddish are distinguished – some in professional but some only in informal usage. This lecture will identify what the several terms refer to and bust some myths where the terminology is misleading.

Delivered in Yiddish.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Braun


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29 | Jul
04:00PM
29 | Jul
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

The Keeper of the Flame: Rachel Auerbach and Holocaust Witnessing

As only one of three survivors of Emanuel Ringelblum's Oyneg Shabes archive in the Warsaw Ghetto, Rachel Auerbach dedicated the rest of her life to preserving Ringelblum's memory and defending the vital importance of survivor testimony.

Delivered in English.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Kassow


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11 | Aug
02:00PM
11 | Aug
02:00PM

film premiere and discussion

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Jewish Refugees She Saved: The Story of the S. S. Quanza

In August of 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees -- most of whom held Sousa Mendes visas -- to freedom.  But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship because no country would take them in.  The new documentary Nobody Wants Us (Laura Seltzer-Duny, 2019) tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt herself stepped in to save the passengers on board because of her moral conviction that they were not “undesirables” (as the US State Department labeled them) but rather were “future patriotic Americans.”This is an episode in American history that everyone needs to know.  The film, which is 35 minutes in length, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Blanche Wiesen Cook, the leading world expert on Eleanor Roosevelt and the author of her three-volume biography; Michael Dobbs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of The Unwanted (2019), and other experts and eyewitnesses, including a passenger who was on the ship in 1940.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $120 sponsorship ticket including VIP lunch at storyofthessquanza.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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13 | Aug
06:30PM
13 | Aug
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Researching your Ancestral Town

Are you interested in learning more about the day-to-day lives of your ancestors? Find out how you can investigate the history and culture of the Jewish community in your ancestral town(s) at the Center for Jewish History and beyond. Presented by Moriah Amit, the Center’s Senior Genealogy Reference Librarian. An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at ancestraltown.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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