Yiddish Events

Café Yiddishkayt

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019  7:00 pm

The Boston Synagogue, 55 Martha Rd.  Boston, MA 02114

The début of Café Yiddishkayt, a new Boston-area Jewish culture cabaret inspired by the international Jewish cultural cabaret scenes of years past. Co-sponsored by the BWC Yiddish Committee. Suggested donation: $5. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cafe-yiddishkayt-tickets-81403639477



Beyle: The Artist & Her Legacy Film Screening & Director Talk-Back

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

BWC 6 Webster Street, Brookline

Join us for a free film screening of BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy, a documentary about Yiddish activist and artist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, from the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. The screening will be accompanied by a reception and talk-back with director Christa Whitney.


Yiddish Bowling

Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Flatbread Pizza, Davis Square

Yiddish speakers and students of all levels are invited to go bowling together at Flatbread Pizza in Davis Square/Somerville, to practice speaking Yiddish in an informal and fun setting. Cost for bowling per person is $5 - $12, depending on the number of attendees, plus the cost of food. Please RSVP to judyrottenberg25@gmail.com by Feb. 11, as we need to confirm the number of people in our reservation.


Trip to the Zoo in Yiddish 
Sunday, October 22, 2017 1:00 PM
Franklin Park Zoo

Join fellow Yiddish speakers and students for a trip to the Franklin Park Zoo in Yiddish. All ages and levels of Yiddish welcome. RSVPs to Lily Weitzman at lweitzman@coa.edu would be appreciated. Please contact Lily for information about museum admissions.


Lecture: Yiddish in the Digital Age
September 17, 2017 7:30 PM

The discussion will look at the intersection of Yiddish and today's technologies that make the language and culture accessible to students and enthusiasts alike. The 2 speakers are pioneers in the field of  Yiddishist Digital Humanism and will show examples of their work on the web to illustrate their points. The talk will primarily be in English.

Eitan Kensky is chairman of the board of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies web magazine in Yiddish and English and one of the site's founders. He works at the Yiddish Book Center as Director of Collections Initiatives, received his PhD from Harvard University, and considers himself an accidental digital humanist.

Saul Noam Zaritt is a an assistant professor of Yiddish Literature in the departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He is also the founding editor of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. He received his PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Jewish Literature.

Admission $5-$20 at the door based on ability to pay.


Trip to the Museum of Science in Yiddish 

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Meet in the Museum Lobby.

Join fellow Yiddish speakers and students for an outing to the Museum of Science in Yiddish. All ages and levels of Yiddish welcome. RSVPs to Lily Weitzman at lweitzman@coa.edu would be appreciated. Please contact Lily for information about museum admissions.


Talk with Lisa Leff - The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 7:30pm at the Workmen's Circle Building

Lisa Leff's investigative research into the life and work of Zosa Szajkowski, the Jewish historian and YIVO archivist, casts a complex and multidimensional perspective on his illegal transport of tens of thousands of documents from Europe to the United States between 1940 and 1961.  Leff’s exploration of the historical and sociological elements of the time, as well as the nature of archiving itself, forces the audience to move away from the traditional bifurcated paradigm of archival rescue or theft, to see the events in the nuanced context of changing times.


Poetry Reading with Sholem Berger

Monday, December 14, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Workmen's Circle Building

Zackary Sholem Berger will read from his newest book of poetry in English and Yiddish, One Nation Taken Out of Another (Apprentice House, 2014) - a joyride on a bassackward hybrid with an American brain, Yiddish heart, and all sorts of wandering limbs grafted onto the whole. It's midrash, whimsy, and polyglot extravagance. The evening will be in Yiddish and a smattering of English. Books will be for sale.


Lecture Series

For those who are ready for a challenge, we offer a series of lectures -- in Yiddish -- on a wide variety of historical, academic, and cultural topics. The lecture series draws on local experts as well as guest speakers from around the country. 

Past lectures include: 

Boris Sandler Presents his New Film: Boris Sandler, editor of the Yiddish Forward, prolific Yiddish writer and filmmaker, will show his new documentary film featuring  Yosl Birshtein, a writer of Yiddish stories set in Jerusalem. The film has English subtitles. Boris will introduce the film.  Q & A in Yiddish, English, Russian. 

Emanuel Ringelblum, Historian of the Warsaw Ghetto:  In observance of the 68th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April, 1943, Professor Sam Kassow of Trinity University will speak about the remarkable work of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Group in documenting life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Kassow is the author of Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (2007). He is an authority on Eastern European Jewish history and a fascinating speaker. Q and A in Yiddish and English.