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Modern Occultism in Yiddish Popular Culture

Hosted By: Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

The occult was a fixture of Yiddish popular culture in early twentieth-century Eastern Europe. Yiddish-speaking Jews in Eastern Europe held spiritualist séances, consulted with psychic mediums, read their horoscopes in the Yiddish press, consumed Yiddish occult literature, and attended occult stage shows featuring telepathy and hypnosis. Accompanied by rich visual material, Samuel Glauber-Zimra will present the Jewish experience of modernity in Eastern Europe in a new, untold light.

Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2023 Decade of Discovery theme, Yiddish Around the World.

This pre-recorded event will be presented via Zoom. Space is limited—registration is required.

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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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