An exhibit of illustrated panels, excerpts from a graphic novel by artist Liana Finck. Each of the eleven stories in the book is based on a different letter written to the Bintel Brief, a beloved Yiddish advice column that was published in the Forward newspaper beginning in 1906.
Arnold Chekow grew up in the Bronx, the son of Jewish immigrants in whose house he learned Yiddish and absorbed Yiddish culture. A lawyer by profession, Chekow is also a skilled photographer who found his muse during the 1960s, capturing images of the still-lively Yiddish cultural scene in his native city. This exhibit is at the Yiddish Book Center through March 2013. View a slide show from this exhibit.
The Lee & Alfred Hutt Discovery Gallery is an interactive exhibit that celebrates and furthers our understanding of Jewish cultural identity through personal stories, objects, photographs, and interviews.
By whatever name -- der yiddisher haym, the Jewish Home Beautiful or, simply, Mom and Dad’s –the home dominates the American Jewish landscape as well as the modern Jewish imagination. As much an emotional space as a physical one, it figures as a site of continuity as well as rupture, a place to escape to and a place to escape from. The stuff of celebrated novels and memoir, satire and sociology, let alone some of the most enduring moments on the tube and the silver screen, the American Jewish home has been variously sentimentalized and romanticized, anatomized and analysed....
A velt mit veltelekh: The Worlds of Yiddish Culture explores the many facets of modern Yiddish language, literature, and culture.
Drawing on the Center’s own collection of one million Yiddish books, the main display, Unquiet Pages, examines the fascinating contents of Yiddish novels, plays, poetry, memoirs, and reportage. In another gallery, “Sholem-bayes: The American Jewish Home” takes a lively look at how the Jewish home has been depicted in literature and related mediums. The Kinder-vinkl introduces visitors to the origins, sounds, appearance and uses of the Yiddish language. A Yiddish print shop presents traditional printing equipment on which Yiddish newspapers and other common materials were produced.
Unquiet Pages was made possible through a generous grant by the David Berg Foundation.
This exhibition in the Book Center's main repository explores the groundbreaking work of S. An-sky, who, at the turn of the twentieth century, launched the Jewish Ethnographic Expeditions, traveling throughout what is now Ukraine to collect materials about Jewish cultural life. Photographs are from the Museum of the History of Religion, St. Petersburg, Russia.