Yiddish Culture Festival 2013
In Memoriam Seth Brody
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 (except the Dec 4 concert which is in Stokes Hall.) For more information or directions, see our website www.haverford.edu/ycf/ or contact Jeff Tecosky-Feldman ((email@example.com, 610-896-1199). All are welcome! 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 18:
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011). A documentary by Joseph Dorman tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, he captured that world with brilliant humor. In English and Yiddish with English subtitles (93 minutes).
Wednesday, October 9:
Die Kleine Mentshelech. (2004). A re-showing of this critically acclaimed play featuring the “The Three Shmulicks” — Schmuel Rudensky, Shmuel Atzmon, Shmuel Segal — as they perform classic Sholem Aleichem stories about the “little people” who live in the fictitious Eastern European town of Kasrilivke.
Wednesday, October 30:
Yiddish: A Tale of Survival (2013). A documentary by Abigail Hirsch, who will join us for a discussion after the screening. The film examines Jewish culture in the twenty-first century through the lens of three generations of actors on the Yiddish stage: Shmuel Atzmon, Bryna Wasserman and Milena Kartowski, and examines the state of Yiddish in the 21st century. In English and Yiddish with English subtitles (62 minutes).
Wednesday, November 13:
The Dybbuk (1960) Starring Carol Lawrence and Theodore Bikel, and directed by Sidney Lumet, this is a television Play of the Week adaptation of Ansky's classic tale. In English (105 minutes).
Wednesday, December 4:
A live Yiddish concert featuring a variety of seldom-heard songs by Vilna-born composer David Botwinik. With Cantor Alan Rosenbaum, baritone, and a special appearance by a children's chorus directed by Alexander Botwinik. (***Note: This concert will meet in the Stokes Hall Auditorium, which is in the building right next to Chase Hall).
Directions to Chase Auditorium
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.