Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
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 Wednesday April 9 reading, which begins at 7:30p.m. in Stokes Hall Auditorium.) For more information or directions, see our website www.haverford.edu/ycf/ or contact Jeff Tecosky-Feldman ((firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, February 12:
Kol Nidre (1939). Recently restored, this musical film has a bit of everything: family melodrama, popular songs, cantorial music and comedy. Directed by Joseph Seiden in the USA, it features Cantor Liebele Waldman and music by Sholem Secunda. In Yiddish with English subtitles (88 minutes).
Wednesday, March 19:
Two short documentary films about Yiddish writers: poet Josef Kerler (1918-2000), whose lyrical, popular poetry was first lauded and then suppressed in his native Soviet Union, and Yiddish radio journalist Mikhael Ben-Avraham. Directed by Boris Sandler. In Yiddish with English subtitles (70 minutes).
Wednesday, April 9:
Poet Norbert Hirschhorn reads selections from his new book To Sing Away the Darkest Days (Holland Park Press) – these are poems (in English) re-imagined from Yiddish folksongs. Selected songs will also be played in Yiddish from recordings. Hirschhorn is an international public health physician commended by President Bill Clinton as an ‘American Health Hero.’ He is a published poet, his poems appearing in four full collections and many journals in the US and UK. NOTE: This presentation is in Stokes Hall Auditorium, in the building right next to our usual meeting place. Signs will be posted.
Wednesday, April 30:
Richard Lenatsky returns with a stirring program of Yiddish songs, accompanied by family members and other instrumentalists. English translations provided.
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.