Community Open House

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Yiddish Book Center
1021 West St.
Amherst, MA 01002

Community Open House
Join us for a day of events for the whole family.

All events are free and open to the public.


All Day | EXHIBIT OPENING | Lost Synagogues of Europe

Lost Synagogues of EuropeA collection of early twentieth-century postcards on Jewish themes, many of them depicting synagogues in Eastern Europe that were destroyed during World War II. The fourteen postcards come from the collection of Frantisek Banyai, a Prague-based entrepreneur and son of Holocaust survivors who began amassing the collection 40 years ago and continues his search today.

On exhibit in the Yiddish Book Center’s Brechner Gallery now through March 2019.


11 a.m. | TALK | The Lodz Masterpieces: 3 Jewish Women’s Art Books Revealed, with David Mazower

David Mazower talkYiddish Book Center Bibliographer David Mazower reveals the story behind three exquisite limited-edition art books. Published in Lodz in 1921, they were hand-colored by Ida Broyner, Ester Karp and Dina Matus - a trio of young Jewish women artists fresh out of art school and today all but unknown.


11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Demonstrations in the Center’s reproduction Yiddish print shop

Visitors looking at exhibitJoin us for a discussion and demonstration on the Yiddish printing equipment in the Center's exhibit.





12 p.m. | Tour the world's first Yiddish museum

Group TourThis 30-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
about Yiddish language
ENCOUNTER the stories of three immigrant families told through words, pictures, and artifacts
EXPERIENCE the world of rural Jews in 1912-1914
GLIMPSE life in the American Jewish home
EXPLORE a Yiddish print shop
WATCH classic Yiddish film clips
to vintage Yiddish radio
SEE our visiting exhibits
TOUR the Yiddish Writers Garden, and more

1 p.m. | Conversation

Aaron LanskyYiddish Book Center President Aaron Lansky and Executive Director Susan Bronson talk about the Center's future plans.






2 p.m. | CONCERT | Zisl Slepovitch Trio & Sasha Lurje

Zisl SlepovitchEnjoy a mix of traditional Belarusian and Litvak (Belarusian Jewish) folk music, as well as contemporary pieces written in the spirit of roots music.




PLEASE NOTE: Lineup is subject to change. All ticket sales are final, we cannot accommodate refunds or exchanges.

This event is made possible in part by TD Bank.
TD Bank

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