BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy

Decade of Discovery Film Screenings Across the Country

BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy

The short documentary BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy, produced by the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, tells the story of artist and activist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's rich life through archival recordings along with newly recorded oral history interviews--in both English and Yiddish--with family, friends, and colleagues. Raised in Czernowitz, Holocaust survivor Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman became a central figure in a vibrant Yiddish community in the Bronx. Her creative output spanned seven decades, multiple continents, and various mediums. Beyle, named a 2005 National Heritage Fellow, dedicated her life to preserving and spreading Yiddish through a community of scholars, artists, and Yiddish enthusiasts.

FILM | BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy

Date:            Sunday, February 16, 2020
Time:            1:30 PM
Location:     Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center (שלום־עליכם־קולטור־צענטער)
                     3301 Bainbridge Avenue
                     Bronx, NY 10467

New York City premiere screening of BEYLE, with an introduction and post-screening talk-back by Christa Whitney, Director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. Learn more about the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center on their Facebook page.

COST:           Suggested Donation | $5


Date:            Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time:            TBA
Location:     Solel Congregation of Mississauga
                     2399 Folkway Drive
                     Mississauga, ON L5L 2M6, Canada

Information and tickets for this event will be available on the Solel Congregation of Mississauga website in early 2020.


Date:            Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time:            12:00 PM
Location:     Temple Sinai
                     509 Broadway
                     Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

There is no charge for tickets to this screening. Inquiries can be directed to Rabbi Linda Motzkin at [email protected]


Date:            Friday, April 17, 2020
Time:            8:00 PM
Location:     Reformed Church of Highland Park
                     19-21 South 2nd Ave  (entrance in the rear off of Magnolia Street)
                     Highland Park, NJ 08904

This screening is sponsored by the I.L. Peretz Secular Jewish Community, an organization affiliated with the Workers Circle in New York City (formerly the Workmen's Circle). 

COST:           Members of the Workers Circle | Free
                     General Admission | $5

Non-members of the Workers Circle are asked to RSVP to [email protected] or call or text 732-595-8339.


Date:            Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time:            7:30 PM
Location:     Jewish Public Library
                     5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road
                     Montreal, Quebec H3W 1M6

Refreshments will be provided. Following the screening there will be musical performances and a discussion with Christa Whitney, Director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, and Esther Gottesman, Beyle’s granddaughter. The discussion will be moderated by Sebastian Schulman.

COST:           Students, Members of the Jewish Public Library | $10
                     General Admission | $15

Information and tickets for this event will be available on the Jewish Public Library website in late February or early March 2020. 


Date:            Spring 2020
Time:            TBA
Location:     Congregation Children of Israel
                     115 Dudley Drive
                     Athens, GA 30606

No tickets or RSVP required for this event. Additional details for this screening will be available on the Decade of Discovery Events Calendar in early 2020.

The Decade of Discovery is a new initiative of the Yiddish Book Center designed to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture. Beginning with the Center’s 40th anniversary in 2020, and continuing for each of the next ten years, the Center will select an annual theme around which it will hold special events, courses, conferences, exhibits, performances and other programs, often in partnership with other organizations. In doing so, the Center will create new relationships with individuals and institutions to expand and strengthen engagement with Yiddish and modern Jewish culture - creating spaces for collaboration, testing of ideas, and the discovery of new perspectives.

​The Decade of Discovery is made possible in part through the generous support of the Leona and Ralph W. Kern Foundation.