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.

Featuring The Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert:
Di Shekhter-tekhter: The Schaechter Sisters and Binyumen

All events are free and open to the public.


11 a.m. | The Wexler Oral History Project Presents...

studio oral historyScreening and discussion of two short films made by the Center's Wexler Oral History Project: Leonard Nimoy's Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story and Alter Esselin: Craftsman of Wood and Words


11am & 1pm |Tour the world's first Yiddish museum!

Group TourThis 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
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

11am-1pm |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.





1:15 p.m. | Talk: Aaron Lansky

Aaron LanskyThe Yiddish Book Center’s founder and president offers an update on the latest at the Center.





2 p.m. | The Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert: Di Shekhter-tekhter: The Schaechter Sisters and Binyumen

Shekhter-TekhterThe Schaechter Sisters—Reyna and Temma—and their father, pianist Binyumen Schaechter, present “Something Old, Something New, Something Yiddish, Something Blue,” a cabaret-style concert of Yiddish songs old and new performed in a contemporary style, interspersed with English verses and translations. The Schaechter family is well-known in Yiddish circles for their great accomplishments in Yiddish culture, not the least of which has been raising several generations of children in Yiddish-speaking-only homes.

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

Made possible with support from TD Bank:
TD Bank

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