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How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

Hosted By: Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

In a lively discussion,the book’s co-editors Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert will talk about this momentous and diverse anthology of the influences and inspirations of Yiddish voices in America—radical, dangerous, and seductive, but also sweet, generous, and full of life.
Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or “Star Trek” without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions will be explored by the co-editors of this stunning and rich anthology of the interplay of Yiddish and American culture.

Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Great Jewish Books Club.

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Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. The Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits; two performance halls with a year-round schedule of educational programs, concerts (including the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music), films, and events; an English-language bookstore; and a million Yiddish books.
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