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Eugene and Elaine Driker: A Financial Safety Net for a Historic Cultural Rescue Effort
The 2020 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture,"Of Making Many Books There Is No End: Jews and American Publishing," Presented by Josh Lambert
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Decade of Discovery Jewish American Heritage Month
May is Jewish American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultural life of American Jews. In honor of this, we’re featuring a compilation of memories of Jewish life in Philadelphia from the Wexler Oral History Project, a podcast about the role of the Jewish deli, and a photographic essay from the 1998 issue of Pakn Treger about Mississippi Jews.
Handpicked Josh Lambert
The director of Yiddish Book Center academic programs and a scholar of Jewish American studies, Josh has spent a lot of time perusing our collections. He shares a few of his recommended finds here.
Teacher Resource Kit on Adrienne Rich's "Diving into the Wreck"
This kit, on the Center’s site for teachers, offers resources for teaching a famous and unforgettable poem, “Diving into the Wreck,” by Adrienne Rich. As the kit, by Joshua Logan Wall, explains, a few years before she wrote it Rich translated Yiddish women’s poetry—and so the poem’s description of a salvage operation might even be read as describing her dive into Yiddish literary history.
Gedenkenlider, By Jacob Glatstein
More than once during the recent months of quarantine have the opening lines of Jacob Glatstein’s famous poem “A gute nakht, velt” (“Goodnight, World”) been on my mind: “Good night, wide world. / Big, stinking world. / Not you, but I, slam the gate.” To read the original, written for a very different moment of historical tragedy and trauma, see Glatstein’s 1943 book Gedenkenlider.
Yehudah Ha-Levi: Farewell to Andalucia
Yosef Haim Yerushalmi was one of the most influential Jewish historians of recent times, and though I have read his work I had never heard his voice until listening to recordings of his lectures at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. This lecture, telling the life story of the poet Yehuda Ha-Levi, includes as a forshpayz Yerushalmi’s explanation of how a New York-born, Ashkenazi Jew like him came to have the name “Yerushalmi.”