How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish , with co-editors Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert

Recorded Live Via Zoom on April 21, 2022

In a lively discussion, the book’s co-editors Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert will talk about this momentous and diverse anthology of the influences and inspirations of Yiddish voices in America—radical, dangerous, and seductive, but also sweet, generous, and full of life.
Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions will be explored by the co-editors of this stunning and rich anthology of the interplay of Yiddish and American culture.

Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Great Jewish Books Club. Purchase the book in our bookstore.

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