Yiddish Culture Festival

In Memoriam Professors Seth Brody, Dan Gillis, Sid Perloe, and Mel Santer

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.

COVID Info: Meetings are held Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (promptly!) in Stokes Hall Auditorium (which is large enough to allow for social distancing), and all campus visitors are expected to be fully vaccinated and must wear face masks indoors. These conditions may change as the Covid pandemic situation evolves and updates will be posted here.

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.


For more information contact Jeff Tecosky-Feldman.

  • jtecosky [at] haverford.edu

Itzhak Perlman's Jewish Violin - A Talk by Dr. Hankus Netsky

Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Watch the Event Recording

For most of his extraordinary career, violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman has been known not only as one of the world's greatest classical violinists but also as a tireless advocate for traditional Eastern European Jewish music. Hankus Netsky, one of the primary musicians who has worked alongside Perlman in his Jewish musical explorations, will share insights into the Maestro's connections with his own ethnic musical roots as reflected in commercial recordings, concert footage, and material from Hankus's own personal archive.

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, Hankus Netsky is co-chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has composed extensively for film, theater, and television, collaborated closely on musical projects with Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Robert Brustein, Theodore Bikel, and poets Jane Hirshfield and Robert Pinsky, and has produced numerous recordings, including ten by the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He is the recipient of a “Forward Fifty” award, a New England Conservatory Outstanding Alumni award, the Yosl Mlotek award for the perpetuation of Yiddish Culture, and NEC’s Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser awards for Excellence in Teaching. His essays have been published by the University of California Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the University of Scranton Press, Hips Roads, Indiana University Press, and the University Press of America, and Temple University Press published his book, “Klezmer, Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia” in 2015. He has also taught at Hebrew College, Hampshire College, McGill University, and Wesleyan University.

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New Directions: Enter the campus by the College Ave (back) entrance which is across from 780 College Ave (NOT the Lancaster Ave/Rt 30 main entrance). Stokes Hall is the first building you see on the left as you enter campus. You can continue straight or make the first left in front of Stokes Hall to find parking. Park in any spot marked FACULTY/STAFF – you cannot park in spaces marked for STUDENTS.

  • Chase Hall
    Stokes Hall

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We need your contribution to support this ongoing celebration of Yiddish culture, so please click the button above to make a credit card donation (Select "Other" in the Designation and list Yiddish Culture Festival in the Additional Details) or send a check made out to Haverford College, with Yiddish Culture Festival written on the check or on an accompanying note to: Haverford College, Advancement Services, 370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041.