Hold Your Event at the Yiddish Book Center

A Unique Space for Your Wedding, Bar or Bas Mitzvah, Conference - whatever the occassion

The Yiddish Book Center offers a lovely setting and unique place for family simkhes (celebrations), weddings, bar and bas mitzvahs conferences, and community events. Located in Amherst, in the heart of western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, the Center is surrounded by peaceful gardens, a ten-acre apple orchard, and a spectacular view of the rolling Holyoke Range. 

Outside, our architecturally distinct building echoes traditional Eastern European design, with gabled roofs and cedar siding; inside, the space opens to a light-filled space overlooking the main floor repository, galleries, theater, and performance hall. 

All indoor rental spaces are fully accessible and air-conditioned. A professional kosher dairy kitchen is available for use by approved caterers. 

The Yiddish Book Center has both indoor and outdoor rental spaces suitable for all occasions

The Kligerman-Greenspun Performance Hall is a spacious, light-filled hall ideal for larger indoor celebrations, conferences, and events, including weddings and bar and bas mitzvahs. The 3,000-square-foot space holds 221 people with theater-style seating, 150 to 180 people for a seated dinner, and 120 to 165 people for a buffet dinner with a dance floor.  A digital projector and screen are available for slide shows, as well as a microphone and computer connection for announcments or recorded music.

Table settings for a reception in the Kligerman-Grinspoon Performance Hall

Our expansive Outdoor Terrace provides panoramic views and ample space for tented ceremonies and events. The terrace overlooks an apple orchard and garden, ideal for photo shoots and cocktail parties. The terrace is 7,900 square feet, with room for a tent of up to 3,200 square feet (40 x 80 feet). Tent rental information is available upon request. 

A buffet on the terrace with views of the surrounding mountains and apple orchard
The Yiddish Book Center's airy indoor spaces and gardens created a warm backdrop for our friends and family, and allowed us to comfortably accommodate more than 160 guests for our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing.
wedding dance

The Applebaum-Driker Theater is an intimate setting for presentations and ceremonies, filled with natural light from windows on the stage. The theater comprises a 640-square-foot main area with upholstered bench-style seating for 78 people, as well as a 390-square-foot stage. A large projection screen and full audiovisual equipment are available for your use. Nearby classrooms are available for smaller gatherings and break-out sessions. The classrooms can accommodate 20 to 25 people each and can be arranged in various configurations for meetings or presentations. The classrooms are also AV-equipped.

A panel discussion in the Applebaum-Driker Theater

To schedule a tour of the Yiddish Book Center and learn more about planning your event, email [email protected] or call Sami Keats at 413-256-4900, ext. 107.