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The Yiddish Book Center's podcast includes conversations with Jewish culture makers, plus news and stories related to Yiddish literature, language, and culture.

The Shmooze, The Yiddish Book Center's Podcast Yiddish Book Center

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 32 Ratings

The Yiddish Book Center's podcast includes conversations with Jewish culture makers, plus news and stories related to Yiddish literature, language, and culture.

    Episode 0373: Nathan-ism: The Story of Artist Nathan Hilu

    Episode 0373: Nathan-ism: The Story of Artist Nathan Hilu

    Filmaker Elan Golod visits with "The Shmooze" to talk about his documentary "Nathan-ism." The film tells the story of Nathan Hilu, the son of Syrian Jewish immigrants to New York who received a life-changing assignment from the U.S. Army: to guard the top Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. This experience fueled a lifetime of artistic inspiration for Nathan, a virtually unknown outsider artist who spent the next 70 years obsessively creating a visual narrative from his memories.

    Episode 373
    June 11, 2024
    Amherst, MA

    • 15 min
    Episode 0372: The Yiddish Folksong Project

    Episode 0372: The Yiddish Folksong Project

    Kimberly Lazzeri joins "The Shmooze" to talk about the recently released "Yiddish Folksong Project Anthology." Kimberly shares the story behind this collection of Robert De Cormier’s folksong arrangements, which had been in a storage closet for over forty years. This is the first-ever publication of De Cormier’s arrangements of Yiddish folksongs and the first-ever large body of Yiddish folksong repertoire arranged in the classical style for performance on the concert or recital stage.

    Episode 372
    June 6, 2024
    Amherst, MA

    • 16 min
    Episode 0371: After 80 Years Postcards Find Their Way Home to Lublin

    Episode 0371: After 80 Years Postcards Find Their Way Home to Lublin

    Piotr Nazaruk and Karla McCabe joined "The Shmooze" to tell the story of the thirty-six postcards that Karla recently hand-delivered to Pitor Nazaruk at a ceremony in Lublin, Poland. Karla explains how this collection of postcards were looted from the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva in the war and now, eighty years later, have found their way back home.

    Episode 371
    May 29, 2024
    Amherst, MA

    • 27 min
    Episode 0370: Sivan Slapak’s Here Is Still Here

    Episode 0370: Sivan Slapak’s Here Is Still Here

    Writer Sivan Slapak visits with "The Shmooze" to talk about her debut collection, "Here Is Still Here." The stories provide a layered exploration of human connection and the complexities of identity. In conversation, Sivan shares how these stories—which take readers from Montreal to Jerusalem and back again as the main character navigates checkpoints and borders, home and exile, milestones and disappointment, and love and loss—are threaded together.

    Episode 370
    May 13, 2024
    Amherst, MA

    • 20 min
    Episode 0369: Yiddish Culture in America

    Episode 0369: Yiddish Culture in America

    "The Shmooze" visits with Sebastian Schulman for a chat about Yiddish culture in America as we celebrate American Jewish Heritage Month. In conversation he shares some of what he’s found on the Yiddish Book Center’s website related to the Jewish American experience—Yiddish writers in America, Jewish food, Yiddish film, immigration, activism, and more.

    Episode 369
    April 28, 2024
    Amherst, MA

    • 36 min
    Episode 0368: in a dark blue night: two song cycles on Yiddish/Jewish New York

    Episode 0368: in a dark blue night: two song cycles on Yiddish/Jewish New York

    Alex Weiser visits with "The Shmooze" to talk about his latest work, "in a dark blue night," consisting of two connected song cycles. The first, “in a dark blue night,” sets to music modernist Yiddish poetry about New York City at night, all written by Jewish immigrant poets at the turn of the 20th century. The second, “Coney Island Days,” transforms an oral history with his late grandmother, Irene Weiser, into a musical exploration of the time when Jews became Americans and the way that humble, individual stories can capture the sweeping breadth of history.

    Episode 368
    March 14, 2024
    Amherst, MA

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Lilly21661 ,

Always interesting!

This show has a wide variety of guests and the conversation is always interesting. The host is very engaged and interested in each person she interviews. I frequently look for more information on a topic after hearing about it on the show.

iolantherosa ,

Perfect for Jews and the Jew-Curious

This podcast has given me SO MUCH LEARNING and food for thought. The Shmooze is the podcast of the Yiddish Book Center, which is an organization founded by MacArthur "Genius Award" fellow Aaron Lansky. This podcast covers the whole world of Yiddish literature and by extension Jewish life, from mah jongg to Jerry Stiller's portrayal of Frank Constanza on Seinfeld, to difficulties of finding and translating women authors who wrote in Yiddish, to how to teach about Meyer Wolfsheim, the one Jewish character in the Great Gatsby. I recommend it very highly.

CWesternMA ,

Good shmooze!

Smart and wide-ranging--and in a nice, bite-sized length, with a great variety of guests talking about everything from the perfect pickle to Bob Dylan's influence on the Beatles. Good stuff!

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