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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.

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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.

    Episode 0290: A Recent Find Sheds Light on the Work of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern

    Episode 0290: A Recent Find Sheds Light on the Work of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern

    We invited Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow Matthew Johnson onto "The Shmooze" to tell us about his recent discovery of the Yiddish writer Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's unfinished poetry. While doing research for his dissertation on the relationship between German- and Yiddish-language literature, Matthew uncovered a surprising find in YIVO's Halpern collection. He shares what's to be gleaned by the handwritten notes and marginalia found on the documents he discovered in archival boxes of Halpern's papers.

    Episode 0290
    February 24, 2021
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 25 min
    Episode 0289: Remember the Triangle Fire

    Episode 0289: Remember the Triangle Fire

    This week we visit with Esther Cohen, a longtime leader of labor culture in New York City and one of the organizers of a March 25 memorial to the women who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that took place on March 25, 1911, after a fire broke out on the 8th floor of the factory, causing the death of 146 garment workers, many of them young Italian and Jewish immigrant women. Esther tells the story of how the fire became a rallying cry for the international labor movement that continues to fight for social justice for all, and we also learn, in conversation, about the work of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.

    Episode 0289
    February 18, 2021
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 19 min
    Episode 0288: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in Conversation

    Episode 0288: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in Conversation

    Performance and Jewish studies scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett joins us for a lively and informative conversation about her work as the Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. As part of this work, she will be moderating "Meet the Family," an upcoming series of virtual conversations with the descendants of distinguished Polish Jews, which accompanies the museum's new Legacy Gallery. In conversation, we learn about what drew Barbara to her museum work and her work as a cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, and folklorist. And she shares the story of her collaboration with her father, "The Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust"--a unique blend of memoir, oral history, and artistic interpretation that is at once a labor of love, a tribute to a distinctive imagination, and a brilliant portrait of life in one Jewish hometown.

    Episode 0288
    February 4, 2021
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 34 min
    Episode 0287: "9to5: The Story of a Movement"

    Episode 0287: "9to5: The Story of a Movement"

    Writer and Yiddish translator Ellen Cassedy talks with The Shmooze about the new documentary "9to5: The Story of a Movement" and her role in the feminist labor movement at the center of this story. In conversation, she tells us about being inspired to activism by her Jewish immigrant grandfather's story of hearing the feminist labor union leader Rose Schneiderman--who is credited with coining the phrase “Bread and Roses"--orating in Union Square in NYC, around 1912, about the struggles of garment workers. Ellen describes the female garment workers as "our spiritual grandmothers," noting of herself and the female office workers that were part of this movement, "We saw ourselves as carrying on their legacy."

    Episode 0287
    January 29, 2021
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 17 min
    Episode 0286: Hankus Netsky: 40 Years in Yiddishland

    Episode 0286: Hankus Netsky: 40 Years in Yiddishland

    Hankus Netsky visits with The Shmooze to chat about "40 Years in Yiddishland: The Yiddish Book Center Celebrates the Klezmer Conservatory Band," a special, upcoming virtual public program celebrating two of the major players in the flourishing international Yiddish cultural resurgence, the KCB and the Yiddish Book Center, each of whom marked their fortieth anniversaries in 2020. Hankus talks about his beginnings in music and ethnomusicology, the 1980s, the early days of Yiddish activism, and the upcoming program, which celebrates the history of the KCB with, among other things, exciting video concert footage from over the years and a lively conversation between Hankus and Center founder and president, Aaron Lansky.

    Learn more and register for the special program, which airs Sunday, January 24 at 2pm EST
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DayizEJ1TxyKDUPqV8fVrQ

    Episode 0286
    January 21, 2021
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 24 min
    Episode 0285: "Teaching Jewish American Literature"

    Episode 0285: "Teaching Jewish American Literature"

    Co-editor Rachel Rubinstein talks with The Shmooze about "Teaching Jewish American Literature," a newly published collection of essays she co-edited with Roberta Rosenberg. The collection of essays addresses how to teach questions of personal identity and national boundaries. These questions can engage students in literature, writing, or religion; at Jewish, Christian, or secular schools; and in or outside the United States. The contributors offer varied perspectives on classic texts such as "Yekl," "Bread Givers," and "Goodbye, Columbus," along with approaches to interdisciplinary topics including humor, graphic novels, and musical theater.

    Episode 0285
    January 12, 2021
    Yiddish Book Center
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    • 21 min

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