Events

Upcoming events at the Yiddish Book Center

2015 July

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Between 1880 and 1924, 2.5 million Jews fled persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe and migrated to America. This film tells the ebullient story of the cultural attitudes and musical styles that proliferated during this extraordinarily rich period.

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Jul 16

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YIDSTOCK 2015 will bring the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Don't miss out on what promises to be a great festival of music and related events!

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Jul 16

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Filmmaker ERIK ANJOU discusses his documentaries, reflections on contemporary Jewish-American culture.

Made possible by the Stanley R. Epstein Fund at the Yiddish Book Center.

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Jul 16

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Award-winning journalist LAURA SILVER shares stories of entrepreneurship, survival, and major deliciousness in this lively illustrated lecture.

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Jul 16

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Jul 16

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | The Grammy Award-winning KLEZMATICS brought the revival of klezmer into the rock era, blazing the path for the klezmer renaissance with one foot in the shtetl and the other in the downtown avant-garde.

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Jul 17

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Through narration, audio and video, SETH ROGOVOY will take festivalgoers on a journey through klezmer history.

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Jul 17

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | In the traditional Jewish world, music is a staple of everyday life. HANKUS NETSKY will explore how music functioned in traditional small-town European Jewish culture and how one man kept his family's Jewish musical legacy alive.

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Jul 17

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher STEVE WEINTRAUB will offer a quick overview of the Yiddish style of dance, from the improvisational to popular dances borrowed and adapted from Romania and Moldova.

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Jul 17

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Trumpeter FRANK LONDON, composer/vocalist POLINA SHEPHERD, and clarinetist MERLIN SHEPHERD will explore nigunim - wordless vocal melodies written to induce spiritual and ecstatic states and express communal joy - and get everyone singing.

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Jul 17

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | In this multi-media chat, LORIN SKLAMBERG will present a sampling of some of the rare treasures found in YIVO's archives of commercial and private sound documents.

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Jul 17

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The Helen and Irving Sunshine Memorial Concert 

YIDSTOCK 2015 | Deeply rooted in klezmer and Yiddish music, MICHAEL WINOGRAD, BENJY FOX-ROSEN, and PATRICK FARREL use traditional idioms to explore new forms and harmonies.

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Jul 18

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | An intermediate- to advanced-level instrumental workshop for aspiring klezmer musicians ages nine and up, taught by trombonist/keyboardist BRIAN BENDER.
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Jul 18

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Vocalist, pianist, composer, and choirmaster POLINA SHEPHERD is one of the most prominent Yiddish artists to emerge from the lands of the former Soviet Union. In a conversation with SETH ROGOVOY, Polina will talk about her journey from Siberia and the state of Tatarstan, where she grew up, to becoming a member of Russia's first Klezmer band after Perestroika and the principal Yiddish choir leader in the nation.

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Jul 18

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher STEVE WEINTRAUB will lead students in exploring and demystifying the iconic Jewish square dance, the sher. Participants will learn the elements that constitute the form and then create a special Yidstock sher.

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Jul 18

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Trombonist/keyboardist BRIAN BENDER leads an instrumental workshop for aspiring teen and adult klezmer musicians.

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Jul 18

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Yidstock performers and Artistic Director SETH ROGOVOY discuss klezmer's past, present, and future.

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Jul 18

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | SOCALLED, who wowed the crowd at the first Yidstock, will be joined this year by his regular touring band plus surprise guests, making this a one-of-a-kind, Yidstock-only event.

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Jul 19

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Learn Yiddish songs old and new - including love songs, children's songs, songs about food, and even songs about crows.

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Jul 19

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | With solid klezmer roots, spectacular technical virtuosity, and a wry sense of humor, KLEZPERANTO re-grooves traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, rips up Romanian surf tunes, covers cop-show themes and cumbias, slays a few standards, and burnishes it all to a funky finish.

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Jul 19

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | Rapper, composer, producer, and pianist SOCALLED discusses the diverse influences he draws on to create his signature sound.

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Jul 19

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The Bernard and Reva Broder Memorial Concert 

YIDSTOCK 2015 | SKLAMBERG & THE SHEPHERDS brings together three of the world's leading performers of traditional Eastern European Jewish music: LORIN SKLAMBERG, MERLIN SHEPHERD, and POLINA SHEPHERD. This long-awaited collaboration blends traditional and newly composed Yiddish and Russian song with klezmer and southern Mediterranean music.

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Jul 19

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | As the Yiddish Book Center turns 35, founder Aaron Lansky offers an exciting preview of our latest plans.

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Jul 19

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YIDSTOCK 2015 | As has become Yidstock tradition, we bring the curtain down on the festival with an all-star jam session led by trumpeter FRANK LONDON of the Klezmatics and drawing upon the incredible pool of Yiddish and klezmer instrumental and vocal talent on hand.

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2015 August

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Free

Scheinfeld's evocative, large-scale photos capture the dramatic decline of the once-thriving Catskills resort area known as the Borscht Belt, a popular vacation spot from the 1920s to the '70s, especially for Jews from the New York area.

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Aug 09

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Join Tina Wasserman for a fun, engaging challah-baking demonstration and a talk about the rich, diverse world of Jewish cuisine.

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