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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

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    • 4.5 • 28 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 0346: IIrena Klepfisz on Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems

    Episode 0346: IIrena Klepfisz on Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems

    Following the release of "Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems, 1971–2021," poet Irena Klepfisz sat down to speak with "The Shmooze" about her life, work, and the release of her collected poems. Irena was born in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941. She survived the war hiding in an orphanage and later in the Polish countryside with her mother. After the war they lived in Łódź and Sweden before settling in New York in 1949. She played a key role in the emergent Jewish lesbian movement starting in the 1970s and has been dedicated to the recovery and transmission of women’s writing in Yiddish as an active scholar, translator, and teacher.

    Episode 346
    February 2, 2023
    Amherst, MA

    • 29 min
    Episode 0345: Max Weinreich on the Great Jewish Books Club

    Episode 0345: Max Weinreich on the Great Jewish Books Club

    "The Shmooze" caught up with Max Weinreich to talk about his interest in and work with the Great Jewish Books Club. Max, a postdoctoral researcher in mathematics at Harvard University, comes to Yiddish through his family ties to the language. His great-grandfather, also named Max Weinreich, founded the field of Yiddish sociolinguistics and was one of the three co-founders of YIVO. His grandfather, Uriel Weinreich, was a renowned Yiddish linguist in his own right. Drawn to Yiddish by a budding curiosity about this family history, he’s an alum of the Yiddish Book Center’s Steiner Summer Yiddish Program in 2016, where he worked on indexing poetry recordings, and has gone on to be the moderator for the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Club since its inception. As a book club steward, he leads discussion and conversation about both classic Jewish books and new translations.

    Episode 345
    January 17, 2023
    Amherst, MA

    • 24 min
    Episode 0344: And what about the taste? with Sima Beeri

    Episode 0344: And what about the taste? with Sima Beeri

    On "The Shmooze" from London, a visit with Dr. Sima Beeri to chat about her recently published "And what about the taste?" This book is the second part of a larger project to research and document her family’s roots and heritage. The first part deals with her family’s history in the 20th century, while the second part focuses on documenting recipes from her own and her husband’s family together with her personal culinary additions to pass on to the next generation.

    Episode 344
    January 11, 2023
    Amherst, MA

    • 27 min
    Episode 0343: Aaron Bendich on the Launch of Off Beet

    Episode 0343: Aaron Bendich on the Launch of Off Beet

    We caught up with Aaron Bendich this week to chat about his latest venture, the launch of his new record label imprint, Off Beet, a spin-off of his radio show Borscht Beat. To quote Aaron, he will be “releasing music from the fringes of musical expression.” We spoke about what’s behind this exciting new record label and what inspired him to create Off Beet.

    Episode 343
    December 22, 2022
    Amherst, MA

    • 23 min
    Episode 0342: The Inaugural New York Jewish Book Festival

    Episode 0342: The Inaugural New York Jewish Book Festival

    Joshua Mack and Gabriel Sanders sat down with "The Shmooze" to share a preview of what’s on for the 2022 New York Jewish Book Festival. On Sunday, December 11, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City will present its first-ever New York Jewish Book Festival, featuring talks, panels, and author signings. Joshua and Gabriel tease out some of what’s planned for the daylong event.

    Episode 342
    November 30, 2022
    Amherst, MA

    • 19 min
    Episode 0341: The Remarkable Backstory of Chana Blankshteyn’s Fear and Other Stories

    Episode 0341: The Remarkable Backstory of Chana Blankshteyn’s Fear and Other Stories

    Anita Norich visits with "The Shmooze" to talk about her translation of Chana Blankshteyn’s "Fear and Other Stories." Yiddish writer Chana Blankshteyn (~1860–1939) was a woman who may be almost entirely forgotten now but was widely admired during her long and productive life. The mere existence of these stories is itself a remarkable feat as the collection was published in July 1939, just before the Nazis invaded Poland and two weeks before Blankshteyn’s death.

    Episode 341
    November 16, 2022
    Amherst, MA

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 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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