Yiddish Cultural Festival

In Memoriam Seth Brody 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.

Meetings are held Wednesdays at 7:30pm (promptly!) in Chase Hall Auditorium (except December 17 conert, which begin at 7:30pm in Sharpless Hall.)

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.


For more information contact Jeff Tecosky-Feldman


2016 Schedule

Wednesday, February 10

Jolly Paupers (1937). This musical comedy was made in Poland, and stars the team of Dzigan and Shumacher supported by the Warsaw Art Players, in a low-budget satire of shtetl mores. (We previously screened this film in 2005). Restored by the National Center for Jewish Film.  In Yiddish with English subtitles (62 minutes).

Wednesday, March 16

Song of the Lodz Ghetto (2010). This documentary, directed by David Kaufman, tells the chilling story of the Lodz Ghetto through interviews, concert performances (featuring Brave Old World) and song. It explores the uplifting role that music and culture played for the ghetto dwellers. Distributed by Seventh Art Releasing. In English and Yiddish with English subtitles (135 minutes).

Sunday, April 10
3 p.m. KINSC Sharpless Hall Auditorium
Sholem Aleichem’s 100th yortsayt!

“Let my name be remembered with laughter.” Thus did the classic Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem bid his family observe each anniversary of his death in 1916—by gathering to read from his stories, and to recall how he illuminated and enlivened Jewish life in Europe and America. The creator of Tevye, Motl, Menakhem-Mendl and a host of beloved Yiddish stories will be remembered in readings, lectures and music, in both Yiddish and English. And, as Sholem Aleichem requested, we’ll remember his name with laughter.

Note: KINSC Sharpless Auditorium is closest to the main visitors' parking lot that is accessible from the Lancaster Ave (Rt 30) campus entrance. After driving past the duck pond, and up a gentle hill, the road turns left and heads downhill towards the visitors' 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.

Wednesday, April 20

Richard Lenatsky returns in a live concert with a stirring program of Yiddish songs, accompanied by Sender Botwinik. English translations provided.


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.

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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.