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Yiddish Women’s Folklore, Rituals, and Magic

Hosted By: Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

Jewish women in Eastern Europe were keepers of traditional knowledge passed down orally, as prayer leaders, healers, and wise women. Join journalist Rokhl Kafrissen to explore the ways that Yiddish-speaking women created rituals and customs such as making soul candles (neshome likht) and birthing amulets (kimpet brivlekh), becoming healers and curse removers (opshprekherins) and performing personal prayer practices (tkhines). Discover how these traditions were almost lost, and how a new generation of women are reinventing them today.

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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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