Penina Glazer remembers the challenging beginning of the Yiddish Book Center. Working with a tight budget, she recalls the "characters" along the way that helped aid the journey to what the book center is today. She remarks of the board, "We grew up together."
Juan discusses how he feels privileged to have grown up with Yiddish, particularly now that the language is less predominant. He considers the role the Yiddish Book Center plays in transmitting Yiddish culture and language.
The Yiddish Book Center will host its 7th Annual Paper Bridge Arts Festival, July 10-14, 2011. This five day Arts Festival includes concerts, theater, workshops, author lectures, and Yiddish film.
This year’s programs include the internationally known Klezmer Conservatory Band, indie songstress Clare Burson, a silent film classic with live accompaniment by Paul Shapiro and band, and Yiddish theater with some of today’s best Yiddish theater stars.
Professor Jack Kugelmass of the University of Florida muses on the idea of Academia as a repository of Jewish knowledge, and wonders if it can really be transmitted beyond to a wider audience. He also opens up the question of the definition of Jewish culture, anthropologically speaking.