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Mother's Day at the Yiddish Book Center


May 11




May 11




Celebrate Mother's Day with a day of events for the whole family featuring: a morning oral history workshop, tours, and an afternoon performance: "A Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre!"


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2pm | A Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre!

Diane CypkinIn a “Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre!” Dr. Diane Cypkin tells—through English narration—the life story of this exciting First Lady of the Yiddish Stage through the countless songs she sang and often wrote during her many, many years on the Yiddish stage. Indeed, the concert is a cornucopia, a beautiful bouquet, of tangos, waltzes, and fox-trots, that will have you humming for days. In sum, the concert is a tribute to a legend!

Dr. Diane Cypkin
has appeared in many Yiddish language musical productions including:Yoshke muzikant (Joseph the Musician) at the Folksbiene Playhouse; Dos groyse gevins (The Big Winner) at the Eden Theatre; Light, Lively, and Yiddish at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. Cypkin has appeared in concert in New York, in conjunction with her exhibition at Lincoln Center entitled, Molly Picon: Yiddish Star, American Star, a lecture/concert on “Molly Picon and Her Yiddish Music”; in Washington DC, she gave a concert of her father’s—Abraham Cypkin’s—songs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 1981, she sang at the World Gathering of Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem, Israel and has performed as both singer and actor in shows at the Soho Repertory Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop, the Jan Hus Playhouse, and the Three Muses Theatre. In addition, she has directed productions of The World of Sholom Aleichem, The Theatre of Peretz, and Green Fields.

Children & Students | $8
Member | $12
General Admission | $18
Tickets for mothers and grandmothers are half price. 

This event is sponsored in memory of Helen and Meyer Zaremba by their family and friends.


11am | Oral History Workshop led by the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Oral HistoryJoin the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project for a hands-on workshop about collecting and telling stories. Participants will learn how to conduct their own oral history interviews.

This event is free and open to the public.

11am & 1pm | Tour the world's first Yiddish museum!

Group TourThis 45-minute tour takes the visitor through the Yiddish Book Center's museum exhibits and allows them to...

DISCOVER the whole of Yiddish literature and its writers
about Yiddish language
ENCOUNTER the stories of three immigrant families told through words, pictures, and artifacts
EXPERIENCE the world of rural Jews in 1912-1914
GLIMPSE life in the American Jewish home
EXPLORE a Yiddish print shop
WATCH classic Yiddish film clips
to vintage Yiddish radio
SEE our visiting exhibits
TOUR the Yiddish Writers Garden, and more

Tours are offered free to the general public.

PLEASE NOTE: Lineup is subject to change. All ticket sales are final, we cannot accommodate refunds or exchanges.

Yiddish Book Center
1021 West St.
Amherst MA 01002
February 11, 2014