“My task is not to debate whether I’m a Jew or not, but to figure out what kind of Jew I am. For me, finding a secular Jewish community with progressive politics fits my version of that identity.”
Yiddish Movie & Potluck
Avrom Karpinovitch: A Yiddish Life in Vilna
Sunday, September 14
Boston Workmen's Circle, 1762 Beacon St., Brookline, MA
A filmed interview with the writer Avrom Karpinovitch by director and Yiddish novelist Boris Sandler. Karpinovitch describes the People's Yiddish Theatre in Vilna that his father directed and around which his family life revolved. Cartoon drawings depict various anecdotes told in Karpinovitch's rich Vilna Yiddish and warm humor.
- 6:30PM Potluck and reading
- 7:30 PM Film (w/ English subtitles) and discussion
Suggested donation: $10
Intensive Weekend for Intermediate and Advanced Students
with Dr. Sheva Zucker and Lillian Shporer Leavitt
October 31 – November 3, 2014
- Friday night dinner
- Breakfast: Saturday, Sunday, Monday
- Bagel Plus lunch: Saturday and Sunday
- Snack: Monday
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.
Recent 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.