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.

All events are free and open to the public.


10:30 a.m. | Tour the world's first Yiddish museum

Group Tour
This 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
LEARN 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
LISTEN to vintage Yiddish radio
SEE our visiting exhibits
TOUR the Yiddish Writers Garden, and more

11 a.m. | FILM | Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Presents

Oral HistoryA selection of short films about aspects of Yiddish culture, produced by the Wexler Oral History Project.

11:45 a.m. | TALK | Sneak Peek of Yiddish OCR

Thanks to the development of our Yiddish OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software anyone will now be able to search our digital Yiddish library collection in Yiddish. Join us for a quick sneak peek of this revolutionary breakthrough.

1 p.m. | TALK | The Epic Story of Yiddish Books

David MazowerFrom Warsaw to Chicago, Buenos Aires, Paris, and Tel Aviv, the story of modern Yiddish book publishing mirrors the Jewish experience. Join Yiddish Book Center Bibliographer David Mazower for an illuminated journey through four score (and some) years of Yiddish books in 40 minutes.



2 p.m. | Dedication of the Yiddish Book Center's new roof

2:30 p.m. | CONVERSATION | Yiddish in Translation

MindlMindl Cohen, director of translation and collections initiatives, speaks with Lisa Newman, host of The Shmooze.

3:30 p.m. | Tour of the Yiddish Book Center's Writers Garden

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