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An excerpt from Iberflants by Avrom Rives, translated by Avi Lang

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Simkhele Shoykhet

An excerpt from Shtot un shtetl, by Sarah Hamer-Jacklyn, translated by Allison Posner

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The Pogroms of 1918–1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust, with Jeffrey Veidlinger

Jeffrey Veidlinger discusses his newly released book, In the Midst of Civilized Europe, and explores how hundreds of Yiddish-language testimonies awakened the world to the danger Jews were facing in Europe on the eve of the Holocaust.

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AUTHOR TALK | The Murders of Moisés Ville: The Rise and Fall of the Jerusalem of South America, with Javier Sinay

Award-winning journalist Javier Sinay investigates a series of murders from the nineteenth century, unearthing the complex history and legacy of Moisés Ville.

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The Rich History of Jewish Papercuts, with Deborah Ugoretz

Learn about the rich history of papercuts that are part of the Jewish tradition.

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MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION | This Used to Be a Synagogue, with Amy Shreeve

A Twitter account called ‘This Used to Be a Synagogue’ (@OldShulSpots) compares the locations of old synagogues with the pictures of the churches, luxury apartments, and salons that sit there today.

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An array of Mah jongg tiles.

Mah-jongg in American Jewish Life

Melissa Martens Yaverbaum interviews Annelise Heinz, the author of Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture. Together they’ll explore the Jewish American roots of the game, as well as its complicated journey.

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Worlds Apart: The Journeys of My Jewish Family in Twentieth Century Europe, with Nadia Ragozhina

In her first book, BBC journalist and author Nadia Ragozhina rediscovers the missing part of the family and pieces together the stories hidden for generations.

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Why Sholem Asch Matters: A Virtual Roundtable with Joel Berkowitz, David Mazower, and Caraid O'Brien

In this roundtable discussion, in conjunction with a production at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, three commentators with a deep engagement with Asch discuss his extraordinary life and career – and why his plays still matter.

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The Glass Plates of Lublin, with Aaron Lansky, Lisa Newman and Piotr Nazaruk

A special talk to celebrate publication of the The Glass Plates of Lublin. The book features selections from the 2,700 glass photographic plates discovered in a building in the former Jewish section of Lublin.

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The Smith; Or, A Tale of a Man Who Poisoned His Wife

By M. J. Berdyczewski, translated by James Adam Redfield A sober reflection on morality and amorality within the constraints of the shtetl

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DIRECTOR'S TALK-BACK | Finding Babel, with David Novack

Finding Babel follows Andrei Malaev-Babel, his grandson, on a journey to come closer to some sense of truth. Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Great Jewish Books Club.

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author Eleanor Reissa and book jacket for her book The Letters Project

The Letters Project: A Daughter's Journey, with Eleanor Reissa

Recorded January 20, 2022-With her father’s letters as her silent guide, Eleanor goes on a journey down the River of Time, unearthing the unknowable – about her family’s past, about the Holocaust, and about her own present.

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An epistolary romance with a twist, by H. D. Nomberg, translated by Daniel Kennedy

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We, from Bessarabia

The first work of Meyer Kharats to appear in English, a poem translated from the Yiddish by Sebastian Schulman.

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5 Yiddish Writers at the Chernovits Conference

Weekly Reader Ukraine

March 3, 2022 - At this moment, with Ukraine under attack and its people and their Jewish president fighting for their very survival, we remember our shared history and highlight some of the enduring creations of Yiddish-speaking Jews in Ukraine.

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March 2022: Handpicked

Emily Mazza, the Yiddish Book Center's 2021-2022 Phyllis Pasker Fellow. After delving into her selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Emily about her choices.

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"Repairing Love"

This excerpt from Spiegelblatt's 2003 collection Shadows Knock on the Windows explores memory and loss.

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