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The Yiddish Book Center's podcast includes conversations with Jewish culture makers, plus news and stories related to Yiddish literature, language, and culture.
 
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This week we visit with Ann Toback, executive director of The Workmen's Circle in New York City, to hear about their program that brings owners and their trusty dog companions together in Central Park, where they learn some basic commands in Yiddish. By all accounts, both dogs and owners have a great time, and, yes, we learn that you can teach ...…
 
Sarah Abrevaya Stein, professor of history and Jewish studies at UCLA, talks with The Shmooze about her new book "Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century" and the process of writing history through personal stories. Along the way, she discusses the challenges of reading historical documents against the grain, how her ti ...…
 
Bob Schor chats with The Shmooze about his remarkable aunt Cipe Pineles. Born in Vienna in 1908 to an Orthodox Jewish family, Cipe immigrated to New York in 1923, where she studied art at Pratt Institute and went on to have an amazing career as the first female art director at Condé Nast and the first woman asked to join the legendary Art Direc ...…
 
This week, The Shmooze visits with editor and author Stephen Shepard to talk about his literary memoir "A Literary Journey to Jewish Identity: Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers." Over the course of our conversation, we consider his encounters with a few writers who influenced his sense of Jewish identity, t ...…
 
Allen Lewis Rickman, producer, director, and performer of Yiddish theater, joins The Shmooze to talk about his work translating Yiddish for the stage and screen--from his work on the Cohen Brothers' "A Serious Man" to his recent translations and performances of two little-known Yiddish plays, "Breach of Promise" and "One of Those," to his produ ...…
 
Alexander Dickow visited with The Shmooze to talk about "Asymptote's" recently published Yiddish poetry in translation feature that he co-edited with Asymptote's Editor-In-Chief Lee Yew Leong. Alexander is a bilingual poet and translator who works in French and English and is a scholar of modern and contemporary French and Francophone literatur ...…
 
This week on The Shmooze we visit with Anita Norich to talk about the recently published "A Jewish Refugee in New York" by Kadia Molodovsky, translated by Anita Norich. Anita is Professor Emerita of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, where, in addition to translating Yiddish literature, she teaches, lectures, and publishe ...…
 
Caraid O'Brien joined us in the studio this week. Caraid is a writer, Yiddish translator, and performer who first began learning Yiddish as a Yiddish Book Center intern in 1994. Early in her career she received three new play commissions from the Foundation for Jewish Culture for her translations of classic Yiddish plays. Most recently, she tra ...…
 
Nadia Valman, Reader in English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, visits with us to talk about her walking tour of Zangwill's Spitalfields, the Jewish immigrant neighborhood of Victorian Spitalfield. Nadia is the author and co-editor of numerous books including "The Jewess in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture and the Rou ...…
 
Seth Rogovoy, Yidstock's artistic director and the author of "The Essential Klezmer," joins us to talk about Yidstock 2019, the Yiddish Book Center's annual summer music festival. In conversation, Seth talks about the 2019 line-up, the roots of Jewish music, and how he found his way to klezmer. Episode 0224June 27, 2019Yiddish Book CenterAmhers ...…
 
Mindl Cohen joins us on The Shmooze to talk about the "2019 Pakn Treger Digital Translation Issue," a collection of letters and stories about letters. The pieces included in this year's anthology provide a window into the personal lives of Yiddish writers; illustrate aspects of day-to-day communications; and remind readers of the great distance ...…
 
Chava Rosenfarb's daughter and translator, Goldie Morgentaler, visits with us this week to talk about the recently released "Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays." The book is a collection of personal and literary essays by Chava Rosenfarb, translated by Goldie Morgentaler, ranging from autobiographical accounts of her childhood and ...…
 
Hankus Netsky joins us to share the finds that he and Yiddish Book Center staff unearthed as they cleared out a closet at the Yiddish Book Center. Known to staff as "Hankus's Closet," the closest has served as an archive for Yiddish sheet music, Yiddish records, and other music-related treasures. Episode 0221May 30, 2019Yiddish Book CenterAmher ...…
 
Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter, polyglot poet, translator and activist Daniel Kahn joins us on The Shmooze for an expansive conversation about his work as a songwriter, Yiddish culture, klezmer, and Yidstock. We also have a chance to talk about cultural transmission, artistic collaborations, and some of what informs his work. Epis ...…
 
Meredith Lewis, director of content, education, and family experience for PJ Library in North America, visits with us during Tent: Children's Literature - the week-long retreat for emerging and mid-career writers and author-illustrators of board books, picture books, early chapter books, and middle-grade fiction. She talks about her work with P ...…
 
Episode 0218: "Dr. Pamela Nadell on 'America's Jewish Women'" by Yiddish Book CenterBy Yiddish Book Center.
 
This week on The Shmooze, Lisa Newman talks to Mikail Krutikov, Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Professor Krutikov discusses the life and work of enigmatic Yiddish writer ...…
 
This week on The Shmooze, Lisa Newman speaks with Alana Newhouse, Founder and Editor of Tablet Magazine about her book, "The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List." Newhouse speaks powerfully to the role that food has always played in the religious, cultural, and political lives of Jews throughout the world. She also shares some of the ...…
 
This week, Lisa Newman talks to Smith College senior Abigail Weaver about "Grains of Wheat," her play about the Jewish intellectuals, known as the Paper Brigade, who worked to hide stores of cultural materials from Nazi forces in the Vilna ghetto. "Grains of Wheat" is the product of Weaver's years of interest in Yiddish, including a class visit ...…
 
Alyssa Quint joins us this week to talk about her new book, “The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater.” Quint, a senior scholar at YIVO Institute and a contributor to the Digital Yiddish Theater Project, examines the beginnings of Yiddish-language theater and delves into one of Yiddish theater’s brilliant and polarizing figures, Avrom Goldfaden. ...…
 
This week we visit with Ira Fuchs. Ira began writing plays in college. After graduating from college Ira spent 45 years working in computer technology. In 2016, he returned to writing plays and enrolled in a six week play writing workshop at Hollins University. One assignment was to write a full-length play, in three days, based on a news artic ...…
 
Heather Valencia joins us from Scotland to talk about her newly published translation of "Seeds in the Desert." Available for the first time in translation, Mendel Mann’s stories follow his life in reverse, from Israel in the 1950s to his experiences in the post-War Soviet Union and his childhood in Poland. Heather talks about Mann’s indelible ...…
 
Debra Caplan, Yiddish theater historian and Assistant Professor of Theater at Baruch College, joins us this week to discuss her book, "Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy." We chat about the Vilna Troupe in its early years, their groundbreaking production of The Dybbuk, and more.Episode 0211February 8, 20 ...…
 
Director Andrea Simon joins us to discuss her documentary, Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon. This extraordinary film focuses on the life of Angel Wagenstein, Bulgarian anti-fascist fighter in his youth and film director and author in his later years. Simon speaks with us about Wagenstein, and how his story informs a larger narrative. Episode 0 ...…
 
Eric L. Goldstein, professor of American and modern Jewish history at Emory University and the Judith London Evans Director of Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish studies, joins us this week to discuss his current project focused on the reading culture of Yiddish-speaking immigrants to the United States from the late nineteenth century to the inte ...…
 
Yiddish Book Center Fellows Adah Hetko and Sophia Shoulson discuss their work with typewriters for the Yiddish Book Center's collection. As we put out the call for these special machines, they give us a peek into the world of Yiddish typewriters, explaining their past and present significance, the history of the keyboard layout, and how to dist ...…
 
We caught up with Ri J. Turner, a 2014 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow, to chat about her translation of A.S. Lirik’s "A New Year's Eve State of Mind.” An M.A. student in the Department of Yiddish at Hebrew University, Ri is currently studying as a graduate exchange student at Medem Library in Paris, France. She joins us on the phone fro ...…
 
Ted Merwin visits on The Shmooze this week to discuss his recently published book "Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli." Merwin, the founding director of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life and associate professor of Religion and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College, goes against the grain (so to speak), considerin ...…
 
David R. Gillham, the New York Times bestselling author of "City of Women," joins us on "The Shmooze" this week to discuss his forthcoming novel, "Annelies." He shares a glimpse into the past six years which he has spent researching Anne Frank, recognizing her as the cultural icon whose diary painted a vivid picture of the Holocaust, and also a ...…
 
Gerri Chanel, a prize-winning freelance journalist, joins us this week to discuss "Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis." In her compelling book, Gerri follows heroic efforts in France to protect the Louvre’s masterpieces during World War II.Episode 0204December 6, 2018Yiddish Book CenterAmherst, M ...…
 
Jamie Bernstein joins us to talk about her recently published memoir "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein." We hear from Jamie about her experience growing up in the mid-twentieth century with parents Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre. Our conversation touches on everything from life with the famous maestro to Jewishnes ...…
 
Yiddish Book Center fellows Sophia Shoulson and Sarah Quiat searched the Center’s collection for Thanksgiving-related content. They join us on "The Shmooze" to share what they discovered, and from Yiddish cookbooks to a children’s story featuring a turkey, we learn how food, stories, and traditions figured into the Jewish immigrant’s experience ...…
 
Ilan Stavans stopped by the studio this week to discuss “My Mexican Shivah,” a film based on one of his stories. An exploration of family tensions, the film is set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, and documents a man’s death and the celebration of his life that follows. The gentle comedy engages the complexity of Mexican-Jewish iden ...…
 
Marvin Zuckerman joins "The Shmooze" this week to discuss his translation of Bernard Goldstein’s "Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland." Along the way, he shares stories about his childhood in the Bronx, where he learned how to read and write Yiddish in the Workmen’s Circle afterschool programs and spent time in ...…
 
Rebecca Lepkoff (1916-2014) was one of the great twentieth century photographers. Her work particularly chronicled the life of New York City’s Jewish neighborhoods. Her husband Eugene and son Daniel dropped by our studio to talk about Rebecca’s life and work from their unique vantage point.Episode 0199November 1, 2018Yiddish Book CenterAmherst, ...…
 
The Shmooze caught up with David Stromberg over dinner at an outdoor café in New York where we learned about his latest book, "In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times," a collection of newly translated Yiddish stories for readers of all ages. David is a self-described Yiddish-activist who worked hard to bring these largely ov ...…
 
Professor Deborah Dash Moore, who will lead the Yiddish Book Center's upcoming weekend course (October 26-28, 2018), discusses the cluster of New York Jewish photographers who pictured the city, their home, in the middle decades of the 20th century. As young men and women, mostly the children of immigrants, they picked up cameras and walked the ...…
 
In a collection of stories newly translated from the Yiddish by Ellen Cassedy, prize-winning author Yenta Mash traces an arc across continents, upheavals and regime changes, and the phases of a woman’s life from girlhood to old age. Cassedy speaks with us about Yenta Mash – a master chronicler of exile, Mash’s work brings much to the literature ...…
 
Steve Weintraub left the dance floor long enough to join us in studio to talk about Yiddish dance. Steve teaches dance workshops around the world, including at the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music. In our conversation, we learn how Steve found his way to Yiddish dance, how he studied its roots, and how he documented its elemen ...…
 
Hankus Netsky, chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, dropped by the studio to chat about the roots of Yiddish music and his work as a musician, teacher, and ethnomusicologist. As always, our conversation with Hankus is expansive, insightful, informati ...…
 
In a conversation with Shachar M. Pinsker we learn about the place of coffeehouses in the creation of modern Jewish culture from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Shachar’s newly published book, "A Rich Brew: How Cafes Created Modern Jewish Culture," tells the story of the role of the coffeehouse as central to the modern Jewish exp ...…
 
This week we visit with Yiddish vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and pianist/accordionist Dmitri Gaskin. Together they explore diverse idioms and styles to create their signature contemporary and idiosyncratic new music - set to the works of some of the greatest poets in the Yiddish language. In a lively conversation, we learn about what ...…
 
Podcast Producer and Yiddish Book Center Fellow Zeke Levine caught-up with a few of the many performers at Yidstock 2018. Hankus Netsky, Steve Weintraub, and David Krakauer each stopped by our studio to talk all things Yiddish music related, from 78s to Yiddish dance moves. Episode 0191July 13, 2018Yiddish Book CenterAmherst, MA…
 
Producer Zeke Levine and host Lisa Newman take The Shmooze on the road to Studley Press in Dalton, Massachusetts, where the summer issue of Pakn Treger, the Yiddish Book Center’s English-language magazine, is being printed. On the visit, Zeke asks the questions on many readers’ minds: How does the magazine come together from start to finish? Ze ...…
 
Vivi Lachs joins us to talk about her newly published book, Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London 1884–1914. Vivi is a social and cultural historian, Yiddishist, and associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. Drawing from archival material from the London Yiddish press, songbooks, and satir ...…
 
This week on The Shmooze, the second in our series of visits with Yiddish Book Center alumni to get an insider’s guide to Jewish and Yiddish culture in their hometown. Aga Ilwicka fills us in on the many Yiddish goings-on in San Francisco and shares a number of suggestions for those interested in contemporary Jewish culture, food, music, and mo ...…
 
The Shmooze is launching the first in what will be a series of visits with Yiddish Book Center alumni to get an insider’s guide to Jewish and Yiddish culture in their hometowns. This week, we visit with Samuel Zerin, a musicologist, music theorist, composer, and pianist, who provides a guide to Jewish Rhode Island. A specialist in early-twentie ...…
 
This week we visit with Sarah Aroeste. Sarah, American-born and trained in classical opera at Westminster Choir College and Yale University, was inspired by her family's Sephardic roots in Greece and Macedonia. She’s spent the last 15 years bringing her contemporary style of original and traditional Ladino music to audiences around the world. O ...…
 
Comic book creator and digital designer JT Waldman visited The Shmooze’s studio to answer our questions about his work, the intersection of comic books and Judaism, the graphic novel, and the roots of Jewishness in visual storytelling. JT also spoke with us about his landmark graphic novel Megillat Esther (an interpretation of the Book of Esthe ...…
 
This week we visit with Miriam Udel, Associate Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Emory University. Miriam talks with us about her research and her teaching, which focus on Jewish encounters with modernity in literature, as well as her work translating Yiddish children’s literature. Episode 0184May 4, 2018Yiddish Book Cen ...…
 
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