Di froyen: Celebrating the Women of Yiddish Literature

Join us for the celebration November 4-6, 2022.

In 1995, a group of feminist scholars and activists held a groundbreaking symposium dedicated to recovering Yiddish women’s contributions to art, literature, and intellectual life. This fall, the Yiddish Book Center will honor this historic gathering by hosting our own celebration of Yiddish women writers, translators, and scholars. Open to all, this in-person weekend program will feature lively discussions, book talks, workshops, and performances that highlight the artistry and significance of Yiddish women writers. Join Irena Klepfisz, Naomi Seidman, Kathryn Hellerstein, Anita Norich, and many others, and take part in the conversation on the dynamic future of Yiddish women writers.

Registration closes October 20, 2022.


Friday, November 4

5:00pm - 6:30pm | TALK | Opening Session: “Di froyen” Now
Activist and poet Irena Klepfisz reflects on the original 1995 Di froyen conference, and the growing prominence of Yiddish women writers, translators, artists, and scholars from the beginnings of the modern feminist movement until today, in conversation with Agi Legutko.

6:30pm - 8:00pm | DINNER | Catered dinner for all participants

Saturday, November 5

10:00am - 11:15am | TALK | Translators’ Roundtable: Yiddish Women Writers You Should Know
Featuring Ellen Cassedy, Allison Schachter, and Jordan Finkin

11:15am - 11:30am | BREAK | Coffee break

11:30am - 12:45pm | PANEL | Adventures in the Archives: Uncovering New Works by Women Writers
Featuring Faith Jones, Miryem-Khaye Seigel, Anita Norich, and Judith Rosenbaum

12:45pm - 2:30pm | LUNCH | Lunch on your own

2:30pm - 3:45pm | WORKSHOPS
Participants can attend a book talk and signing, take part in a Yiddish reading circle, or discuss Yiddish literature with scholars and artists in small groups.

3:45pm - 4:00pm | BREAK | Coffee break

4:00pm - 5:30pm | TALK | Lecture and Discussion with Naomi Seidman
How has a focus on gender and women writers reshaped our understanding of Yiddish literature?

5:30pm - 7:30pm | DINNER | Dinner on your own

7:30pm - 9:00pm | PUBLIC PERFORMANCE & TALKBACK  | The Bird of the Ghetto
A performance of scenes from Chava Rosenfarb's The Bird of the Ghetto, a play about the uprising in the Vilna ghetto, and a talkback discussion with the play's translator, Goldie Morgentaler, actor, Caraid O'Brien, and Sabina Brukner.

Sunday, November 6

10:00am - 11:15am | PANEL | New Initiatives Showcase: Recent projects featuring Yiddish women writers
Featuring Judith Rosenbaum, Sabina Brukner, Mindl Cohen, and Jessica Kirzane

11:15am - 11:30am | BREAK | Coffee break

11:30am - 12:45pm | PANEL | What’s so different about translating Yiddish women writers?
Featuring Miriam Udel, Kathryn Hellerstein, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, and Goldie Morgentaler

This program is presented in partnership with In geveb, and co-sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive, and the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.


$350 for Yiddish Book Center members; $425 for nonmembers.

Join or renew your membership now to take advantage of the member discount. Then return here to continue the registration process. Registration closes October 20, 2022.

Cancellation Policy: This is an in-person event at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. We are closely watching COVID-19 patterns to ensure the safety of all participants. In the event that we need to cancel or reschedule this program due to public health concerns, we will let participants know with as much advanced notice as possible. If you are no longer able to attend, cancellations made by October 20, 2022 will be fully refunded minus a $30 administrative fee per individual. Cancellations after October 22, 2022 will not receive a refund. 


Our lineup consists of a wide range of scholars, writers, artists, and translators. To learn more about each presenter, click here.


This is an in-person event. To ensure the health and safety of all our visitors and staff, we have COVID protocols in place. All attendees will be required to wear facemasks while in the Center, except when eating or drinking, and to adhere to social distancing requirements to protect the safety of themselves and others.  


Due to various university events happening in the Amherst area, hotels tend to fill up quickly, so we encourage you to make arrangements for accommodations as soon as possible.

We have reserved a block of rooms at a discount rate at the Hampton Inn. Guests can call Hampton Inn reservations at (413) 586-4851 to reserve one of these rooms, pending availability. When you call, please mention that you are requesting the “Yiddish Book Center rate.” The group code is FWP.