Yiddish Culture FestivalYiddish Culture Festivalhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/209481/1352939400Chase Auditorium2012-11-14T19:30:002012-11-14T21:30:00
November 14, 7:30PM–9:30PM
When Our Bubbas and Zeydas Were Young - The Schaechter Sisters on Stage
This free, informal gathering meets periodically to enjoy film, music and speakers encompassing all things Yiddish. It is not necessary to speak or understand Yiddish to fully enjoy these events. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 7:30pm (promptly!) in Chase Hall Auditorium. Organizers: Professors Dan Gillis, Mel Santer, Jeff Tecosky-Feldman.
NOTE: These programs will be held during inclement weather UNLESS the campus is closed, which happens only rarely. You can call campus security (610-896-1111) to check.
Wednesday, September 12: Vilna, Mayn Vilna (2012). A documentary and interview by Boris Sandler with the Yiddish writer Avrom Karpinovitch (1913-2004), who writes stories about his upbringing in a theatrical family and the colorful characters he knew from pre-WWII Vilna. In Yiddish with English subtitles (40 minutes).
Wednesday, October 10: Learn about Yiddish proverbs and sayings, with linguist and translator Naomi Cohen. A fun, interactive evening. Naomi is a professional Yiddish translator of prose, poems, plays, and personal letters. Her translation of Chaim Leib Weinberg's book Forty Years in the Struggle: Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist was published in 2008.
Wednesday, October 31: When Our Bubbas and Zeydas Were Young - The Schaechter Sisters on Stage (2011). Di Shekter-tekhter, Reyna and Temma Schaechter, perform a Yiddish musical revue in this film produced and directed by Josh Waletzky. Binyumen Schaechter, the conductor of the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus who accompanies his daughters in the film, will hold a question and answer session following the screening. In Yiddish with English subtitles (58 minutes).
Wednesday, November 14: Green Fields (1937). Directed by Edgar Ulmer and Jacob Ben-Ami, this adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's play is the most critically acclaimed of the American Yiddish films. Featuring a young Herschel Bernardi, the film tells the story of a scholar searching the Lithuanian countryside in search of "true Jews." In Yiddish with new English subtitles (97 minutes).
Directions: If arriving by car, enter the campus by the College Avenue entrance, and park in any spot marked FACULTY/STAFF on the right of the driveway. To find Chase Hall, continue on the driveway until you reach the end of the building on your left (Stokes Hall). Turn left and follow the path up a gentle slope to a stone building with a few steps outside its double-door entrance–– this is Chase Hall. We’re in the first floor in the back of the building. There is an entrance without steps around the right hand side.
Support the Festival: We need your contribution to support this ongoing celebration of Yiddish culture, so please send a check made out to Haverford College, with Yiddish Culture Festival written on the check or on an accompanying note to: Catherine Toia, YCF Donations, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford PA 19041.
Be sure to include your name and address so that you can be mailed a receipt for tax purposes. We appreciate donations large and small, which we’ll use to pay screening fees, enlarge our library of videos and continue to bring interesting speakers and performers for your enjoyment.
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