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Called a "local treasure" by Yankee Magazine, the Yiddish Book Center welcomes groups for special guided tours of our architecturally unique building, designed to recall a shtetl—the iconic Jewish town of Eastern Europe— and set on the grounds of a scenic apple orchard in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Permanent exhibits will introduce you to the glory days of the Yiddish media, through clips from classic Yiddish films, recordings of vintage Yiddish radio programs, and newspaper clippings and authentic pressroom equipment in our Yiddish print shop. In other exhibits, you'll explore the world of rural Jews in pre-war eastern Europe; meet three immigrant families through their personal stories, pictures, and other artifacts; and consider the many ways that the modern American Jewish home has been depicted in literature, movies, television, music, and other media. Your group also will tour our current visiting exhibit and spend time in our beautiful Yiddish Writers Garden.
Group tours are arranged by appointment and may be scheduled Sunday to Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (The Yiddish Book Center is closed Saturdays and legal and Jewish holidays.) Allow one hour to ninety minutes for the tour, plus additional time to explore on your own and visit our English-language bookstore and gift shop. We're happy to provide you with contact information for area restaurants so that you may arrange for boxed lunches for your group. Dining space at the Center can be reserved for a nominal fee.
Admission cost is $8 for adults. The Yiddish Book Center is fully accessible and air conditioned, with ample free parking for buses and vans.
The Center is two hours from Boston, three hours from New York City, and about ninety minutes from the Berkshires. Full directions and information about local accommodations can be found here.
For more information or to arrange your visit, call Sarah Bleichfeld at 413-256-4900, ext. 124, email [email protected], or fill out this form: