BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy

03/13/2020 UPDATE: In response to the current public health crisis, screenings scheduled to take place around the country are being rescheduled. As soon as we have more information we will update this page. A sheynem dank (many thanks)!

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:             Postponed until further notice (originally scheduled for 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 spring 2020. 


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


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.