Wednesday, May 27, 2015

וואס קומט פאר? ?What's Happening

Couple of cool things to put on your calendar, one this weekend and one coming in June:

Greek Jewish Festival

First, this weekend Kehila Kedosha Janina is holding its first ever Greek Jewish Festival. How cool is that? It's Sunday, noon to 6 pm, celebrating the culture of this historic Romaniote congregation.

From the website:
Join the Greek Jewish Festival as we celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Kehila Kedosha Janina. Experience authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more!

Bonus event: Thursday night (tomorrow) at the Center for Jewish History, Sephardic Journeys: an Evening of Exploration  (tickets $36)

From the website:
Rabbi Marc Angel and Rabbi Yamin Levy will discuss The David Berg Rare Books Room's latest exhibit, Sephardic Journeys, created by the Center for Jewish History with the American Sephardi Federation. The rare books and artifacts in this exhibit reflect a rich tradition of scholarship and culture shaped by migrations, and they invite, in turn, reflection upon the physical, emotional and spiritual journeys of Jewish history. The evening will also feature a performance by Itamar Borochov, a member of Yemen Blues and the New Jerusalem Orchestra, who recently played Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center).
Sephardi refreshments by Nahmias et Fils Distillery and desserts will be served. 

2015 Symposium on Yiddish Performing Arts, Media, Language and Literature, June 16-17

And coming June 16-17, some of my favorite people in the world, together at the most inconvenient museum in the world (haha, I kid, I kid), organized by the Folksbiene's Kulturfest. Yes, I know, such a long list of names, still missing the name of a certain acerbic voice of modern Yiddish culture criticism. גיי ווייס

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
and The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University
proudly present
2015 Symposium on Yiddish Performing Arts, Media, Language and Literature
June 16-17, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage 36 Battery Place in New York

Key Note Speech by Aaron Lansky, Executive Director of The Yiddish Book Center
Tuesday June 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Followed by a wine and cheese reception

The symposium is generously supported by a grant from the David Berg Foundation

Tuesday 9:30 – 10:00   Welcome 

Tuesday 10:00  - 11:15 Panel 1
Chair: Sylvain Cappell (New York University)
Barbara Henry (University of Washington) 
Bad Community Theatre: The Afterlife of Jacob Gordin
Michael Steinlauf (Gratz College) with special guests from The Ida and Ester Rokhl Kaminska Theater (Poland)
Polish Dybbuks  

Tuesday 11:30- 1:00  Panel 2
Chair: Magda Teter (Wesleyan University)
Special guest Lipa Schmeltzer
Asya Vaysman Schulman (Yiddish Book Center)
Negotiating the World: Yiddish Theater at Hasidic Girls' Schools
Shlomo Berger (University of Amsterdam)
Lipa SchmeltzerExplaining an 18th-Century “Maskil” to a 21st-Century Hassidic Girl: 
The Novel “Aleyn in Vald” between History and Contemporary Interests

Tuesday 1:15 – 2:15  Lunchtime presentation/ concert
Haryuki Kuroda  (Matsuyama University , Japan) with Jinta-La-Mvta
Yiddish Culture in Japan

Tuesday 2:15 – 3:30  Panel 3
Chair: David Fishman (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Eddy Portnoy (Rutgers University, YIVO)
The Disappearing Yiddish Accent
Kerstin Hoge (Oxford University)
“A Bintl Briv” in the 21st Century: Contemporary Yiddish in the Comments Section of the Yiddish Daily Forward

Tuesday 3:30 – 5:00 Panel 4
Chair: Daniel Soyer (Fordham University)
Joel Berkowitz (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
In the Days of Job: H. Leivick Confronts the Shoah and Its Aftermath
Edna Nahshon (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Subway Dreams: Advertising, Locomotion, and Yiddishkayt in Dymov's “Bronx Express”
Harriet Murav (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)
Delay and Desire: David Bergelson in the 1920s

 Wednesday 9:30 – 10:55  Panel 5
Chair: Judith Friedman Rosen (City University of New York)
Eric Goldman (Yeshiva University)
The New Yiddish Cinema: Renaissance or Curiosity?
Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto) with special guest Psoy Korolenko
Red Army Soldier Praying in the Synagogue: Soviet Yiddish Pop-Music in the 21st Century

Wednesday 11:00 – 1:00  Panel 6
Chair: Saul Zaritt (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Valentina Fedchenko (St. Petersburg State University)
Two-faced Itzik Bashevis Zinger: The Less-known Yiddish Original of the Novel “Enemies. A Love Story”  
Jan Schwarz (Lund University)
Bashevis’ Beginnings in Warsaw
Kathryn Hellerstein (University of Pennsylvania)
China Comes to Warsaw, or Warsaw Comes to China: Melekh Ravitsh’s Travel Poems and Journals
Itzik Gottesman (University of Texas at Austin)
Folk Adaptations of Goldfaden's Songs

Wednesday 1:15 – 2:15  Lunchtime presentation/ concert
Alexander Hausvater (Romania) with Zalmen Mlotek  and special guests from the State Jewish Theater of Romania
 Avrom Goldfaden and the Legacy of Yiddish Theater in Romania 

Wednesday 2:15 – 3:45  Panel 7
Chair: Hasia Diner (New York University)
Marion Aptroot (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
Yiddish in German Universities
Rachel Rojanski (Brown University)
From Chernowitz to Jerusalem: The Role of Conferences and Organizations in the History of Yiddish
Sandy Fox (New York University)
Fifty Years of Yiddishist Youth: Yugntruf and Yiddish Farm in the Age of Deassimilation

Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30  Round Table (in Yiddish)
Moderated by Gennady Estraikh (New York University) 
Boris Sandler (Yiddish Forverts)
Saul Zaritt (Jewish Theological Seminary)
Miriam-Khaye Seigel (Dorot Division, New York Public Library)
Leyzer Burko (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Attendance is free for academic institution faculty, staff and students.
For the general public there is a $10 admission per day of events.
RSVP:  Motl Didner
For more information about the Symposium and complete festival listings, please visit:

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