The Family Singer: Three Siblings and Their Stories 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013 - Sunday, November 3, 2013

A weekend program with Professor Anita Norich
at the Yiddish Book Center

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singer books.jpgWhat do brothers and sisters have to say about one another and about the world they inhabit? How do their stories differ or mirror one another? How can we account for the similarities and even greater differences among them? Although the popularity and longevity of Isaac Bashevis Singer has tended to overshadow the reputations of his older brother and sister, both I. J. Singer and Esther Singer Kreitman were significant Yiddish authors in their own time and since. In this course, we will explore what their writings reveal about the three siblings’ views of Jewish life, of the future and past of the Jews, of their contemporary world, and of one another.

This weekend program will include:

  • three lectures by Professor Norich
  • an evening of readings in Yiddish and English
  • informal conversations with the instructor and fellow participants 
  • Shabbos dinner; Saturday lunch and dinner (all kosher)
  • a screening of Enemies: A Love Story (a film based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer) 
  • a special exhibit of books and materials by and about Kreitman, Singer, and Singer
  • a guided tour of the Yiddish Book Center’s exhibits and gardens

...and more!

For brief biographies of the Singers click here. 

Anita Norich is Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.  She is the author of the forthcoming study, Writing in Tongues: Translating Yiddish in the Twentieth Century (University of Washington Press, 2013); Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Culture During the Holocaust (Stanford, 2007); The Homeless Imagination in the Fiction of Israel Joshua Singer (Indiana, 1991) and co-editor of Gender and Text in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures (Harvard & Jewish Theological Seminary, 1992). She teaches, lectures, and publishes on Yiddish language and literature, Jewish-American literature, and Holocaust literature.

Cost for the weekend: $260 for students and Yiddish Book Center members; $300 for non-members.

(Cancellation Policy: Cancellations by October 25 will be refunded, minus a $30 administration fee. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a refund for cancellations after October 25.)

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Questions? Please contact Lesley Yalen, education program coordinator, at or (413) 256-4900 ext. 142.

Click here to view a complete schedule.

Friday, November 1

5:30 PM — Registration
6:30 PM — Shabbos dinner
7:30 PM — Conversations with I.B. Singer's son, Israel Zamir, and his family

Saturday, November 2

10:00 AM — Coffee and nosh
10:30 AM — Lecture I: “Translating Stories, Translating Cultures”
12:00 PM — Lunch
1:00 PM — A program of readings: excerpts in English and Yiddish from the works of Esther Singer Kreitman, I.J. Singer, and Isaac Bashevis Singer
2:30 PM — Free time (optional tour of the Center)
4:00 PM
— Coffee / cookies / conversation
4:30 PM — “The Autobiographical Imagination”
6:00 PM — Dinner
7:00 PM Film screening: Enemies: A Love Story

Sunday, November 3

9:30 AM — Coffee, nosh, and special exhibit
10:30 AM — Lecture III: "Crossing Borders: Writing in Old and New Worlds"
12:00 PM — End of program

The lectures in this weekend program will be filmed and presented in future online courses offered by the Yiddish Book Center.

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