2pm | Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture AUTHOR TALK by Deborah Dash Moore
City of Promises: A New History of New York Jews When we consider NYC we often think of its distinctive architecture, an emblem of modern 20th century urbanism. Or, perhaps, we think of Wall Street as a symbol of finance capitalism. Some may even think of Times Square, a site of culture. If pressed further, some might mention New York’s strong support of liberal politics, even as others recall Tammany Hall as representative of the Democratic Party’s political machine. These associations implicitly speak to NYC as the largest city in the United States, its financial and cultural capital, as well as to its political identities.
But these immediate symbols of Gotham address only obliquely the history of the men and women who lived in, worked and built the city, many of whom came from somewhere else to do so. New York has long been a magnet attracting “out-of-towners,” migrants and immigrants. They came to the city for varied reasons—usually to find work, sometimes to find freedom, occasionally to find “opportunity” however they conceived of it. They came from many different places, so many, in fact, that by the 19th century their presence insured that New York lacked a majority population. New York is a city divided along religious lines, along racial lines, along ethnic lines, along class lines. Jews are part of this complex mix.
City of Promises recasts the history of New York City by focusing on Jews who became New Yorkers. By the beginning of the 20th century Jewish New York constituted the largest Jewish urban community in the world, and it retained that historical distinction through the 20th century. For decades in the middle of the 20th century, Jews became the largest single ethnic group in the city. This lecture explores elements of their fascinating history.
11am-2pm | The Yiddish Print Shop
Join us for a discussion and demonstration on the Yiddish printing equipment in the Center's exhibit.
11am-2pm | Scanning Room Demonstration
Join us for a discussion and demonstration of the Yiddish Book Center's scanning station, where Yiddish titles are digitized and made available for reading online, free of charge, in the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library collection.
11am & 1pm | Tour the world's first Yiddish museum! This 45-minute tour takes the visitor through the Yiddish Book Center's museum exhibits and allows them to...
DISCOVER the whole of Yiddish literature and its writers LEARN about Yiddish language ENCOUNTER the stories of three immigrant families told through words, pictures, and artifacts EXPERIENCE the world of Ukranian Jews in 1912-1914 GLIMPSE life in the American Jewish home EXPLORE a Yiddish print shop WATCH classic Yiddish film clips LISTEN to vintage Yiddish radio SEE our visiting exhibits TOUR the Writer's Garden, and more