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 Nov 3 concert which is at 4:30 in Sharpless Hall.

NOTE: These programs will be held during inclement weather UNLESS the campus is closed, which happens only rarely. You should call campus security (610) 896-1111 to check


Wednesday, September 3

Schund (2010). A “mockumentary” made by Yael Leibovitz Zand. The film uses humor and a fictitious detective story to explore the ban on Yiddish theater in Israel until 1951, and the ensuing popularity of the genre, by interviewing the real actors who participated in the golden age of Yiddish theater in Israel. In Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles (56 minutes).

Wednesday, September 17

Training the Yiddish Experts of Tomorrow: Perspectives from the Past Century. A talk by Rakhmiel Peltz, Professor of Sociolinguistics and the Director of Judaic Studies at Drexel University. Professor Peltz is well-known for his lectures on the history of Yiddish language and literature, Jewish life in Eastern Europe, Philadelphia neighborhood life, the legacy of immigration, and aging and ethnic identity.

Wednesday, October 1

Torn (2011) A documentary film directed by Ronit Kertsner. The compelling story of a Polish priest (Romuald Waszkinel) who finds out that he was born to Jewish parents. He emigrates to Israel and struggles to bridge his two faiths. In Hebrew, English and Polish with English subtitles (72 minutes).

Wednesday, October 22

Almonds and Raisins (1983). Directed by Russ Karel and narrated by Orson Welles, this is a history of the Yiddish cinema as remembered by the actors, directors and producers who created these classics. In English and Yiddish with English Subtitles (90 minutes).

Monday, November 3, 4:30 in Sharpless Hall Auditorium

Yiddish concert by New York singer, songwriter and actress Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel, accompanied at the piano by Alexander (Sender) Botwinik, in a program of new and old Yiddish songs. Amanda Seigel is a Yiddish singer, songwriter, actor, and researcher in the field of Yiddish culture, and has performed, lectured, and taught in North America, Poland and Australia. Note: Sharpless Hall is closest to the main visitors parking lot that is accessible from the Lancaster Ave campus entrance. After driving past the duck pond, and up a gentle hill, the road turns left and heads downhill towards the visitor’s lot. The entrance for Sharpless Auditorium is about 1/3 of the way down this hill on the right, and passengers may be let out just outside the entrance.


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Chase Hall

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.


For more information contact Jeff Tecosky-Feldman