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"The Ballad of Old Harlequin"
A poem about loss and the passing of time by Itzik Manger, translated by Lawrence Rosenwald.
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Our board members come from academia, the arts, business, journalism, and philanthropy.
Our Next Weekend Program
Our next weekend program, I.L. Peretz Classic and Contemporary, with Professors Ruth Wisse and Justin Cammy, takes place April 8-10, 2016
Immigrating to America: The Jewish Experience
Stories from the Wexler Oral History Project
Why Read Sholem Aleichem?
Jeremy Dauber on the great Sholem Aleichem, whose "short stories and novels took on the very countours of Jewish history"
Painted from Memory: Saul Raskin and the Question of Jewish Art
A look at the work of multitalented, multimedia artist and art critic Saul Raskin.
February 2020: Handpicked
Lisa is the director of communications at the Yiddish Book Center, co-editor of Pakn Treger, and host of The Shmooze. After delving into her selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Lisa about her choices.
Tug-of-War: Sholem Asch and His Translators
The relationship between author and translator isn’t always an easy one—as seen in the case of Sholem Asch.
Meet this year's cohort of translation fellows
A Focus On: Itzik Manger
Read about Itzik Manger's career and experience his poetic voice.
December 2020: Handpicked
Rokhl Kafrissen is a NYC-based playwright and journalist. After delving into her selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Rokhl about her choices.
Aunt Taibele never missed a funeral.
2021 Great Jewish Books Summer Program Faculty and Staff
Learn from top faculty in college-style seminars
A Portable Library for Polish Jews
The Dos poylishe yidntum series aimed to rebuild Yiddish culture in the diaspora.
The 2020 Cohort: Participant Bios and Selected Libraries
Learn more about the first cohort of public libraries selected to participate in this exciting new program.
Ritz With A Shvitz
One man's lavish monument to his mother
"The Destiny of a Poem"
By Itzik Manger, translated by Murray Citron. The poet on his poetry, and its tragic effect. Illustration from 1954's Don't Forget—Don't Forgive! Upon the 11th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
But is it Klezmer? Rock, Jazz, Punk, Hip-hop, and Techno Bring New Sounds to the Jewish Mix
Klezmer has always spoken in the particular language and accent of its time and place.
Ruth Rubin: A Life in Song
A portrait of a pioneer in modern Jewish culture
Burning Lights: Reading Resources
The first selection for the 2019 Great Jewish Books Book Club