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 Wednesday March 18 and Thursday April 30, which begin at 7:30pm in nearby **Stokes Hall Auditorium**.)
NOTE: These programs will be held during inclement weather UNLESS the campus is closed, which happens only rarely. Please call Campus Security (610-896-1111) to check.
Wednesday, February 11
Boris Dorfman: A Mentsh (2014). This documentary follows Dorfman, the last Yiddish speaker and oldest Jewish resident of Lviv in Ukraine, as he remembers the past Jewish life in the city. Directed by Uwe and Gabriela von Seltmann. In Yiddish with English subtitles (88 minutes).
Wednesday, February 25
Documentary film about the acclaimed Moldovan Yiddish writer Yehiel Shraybman, from the Forward’s Yiddish Writer’s Monologue series. Shraybman decribes his childhood in the Bessarabian shtetl of Rashkev (Vadul-Rascov) . Directed by Boris Sandler. In Yiddish with English subtitles (42 minutes)
Wednesday, March 18
Zisl Slepovich returns for a live performance of Shtetl: an evening of joyous, heartfelt and moving music from Jewish towns. townships, and cities throughout the world in a musical celebration of tradition, family and community. Slepovich is a clarinetist, pianist, composer, ethnomusicologist, educator, conductor, and Yiddish/ Eastern European style singer, and frequent contributor to the National Yiddish Theater. NOTE: This presentation is in Stokes Hall Auditorium, in the building right next to our usual meeting place. Signs will be posted.
Wednesday, April 15
Richard Lenatsky returns with a stirring program of Yiddish songs, accompanied by Sender Botwinik. English translations provided.
Thursday, April 30
Yiddish Theater: Past, Present and Future: An illustrated conversation with Motl Didner, Associate Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, about the rise of Yiddish theater through its golden age, how it survived and is flourishing around the world today, and where it is headed next. NOTE: This presentation is in Stokes Hall Auditorium, in the building right next to our usual meeting place. Signs will be posted.
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.