Crack, Bam, Dot: Mah Jongg and Its Jewish-American Roots, with Melissa Martens Yaverbaum

A Live, Online Event Recorded Via Zoom on October 29, 2020

Melissa Martens Yaverbaum, executive director of the Council of American Jewish Museums and curator of Project Mah Jongg, will share the surprising backstory of mah jongg—a game more widely known than understood. Mah jongg made a lasting impression on American audiences, including generations of Jewish women starting in the 1920s. Yaverbaum will reveal the mysteries and meanings behind this cultural touchstone.

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