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  • Arts & Culture with Digital Library, Yiddish Books Suddenly Become Accessible to All

    Until recently, it seemed you could find Yiddish books only in obscure libraries or the attic of someone’s grandparents. But this week, Yiddish became one of the most accessible literatures on earth. On Monday, the National Yiddish Book Center launched the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, an online bookstore that makes more than 12,000 out-of-print… More ▸

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    A digital library of Yiddish books soon will be available on the Internet. Users will be able to purchase some 12,000 books in the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, which has been created by the National Yiddish Book Center. More ▸

  • Npr Series About Yiddish Radio Prompts Rash of Anti-semitic E-mail

    A radio series about the history of Yiddish radio has touched off a flurry of anti- Semitic e-mails. National Public Radio, which is airing the 10-part “Yiddish Radio Project,” has received more than 75 e-mails criticizing the series, many of them anti-Semitic, according to Jeffrey Dvorkin, NPR’s ombudsman. While the anti-Semitic messages are a minority… More ▸

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    An upcoming conference will focus on the state of young Jewish writers in North America. “Jewish Fiction: The New Voices” will take place at the National Yiddish Book Center in western Massachusetts from Friday through Sunday. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture First Family of Yiddish Actors Subject of New Documentary

    Walking into Lillian Lux’s Lower East Side home is like entering a museum of Yiddish theater. The apartment holds a photo of Lux and her husband — the late Yiddish actor Pesach’ke Burstein — from an appearance in Argentina in the late 1930s. There also is a picture of Lux, Burstein and their actor-son, Mike,… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture with New Documentary Series, Yiddish Radio Isn’t Just for Jews

    Until the mid-1980s, hundreds of recordings of Yiddish radio’s Golden Age were languishing in the dustbin of history. Literally. Then Henry Sapoznik got going. Sapoznik, one of the leaders of the klezmer revival and a Yiddish enthusiast, began collecting the one-of-a-kind aluminum discs wherever he could find them — attics, rummage sales and dumpsters. "I’m… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World One of Lithuania’s Few Jews Fights to Rebuild Vilna Ghetto

    It’s a shivery winter Shabbat evening and Emanuelis Zingeris is immersed in a spiritual moment at Europe’s largest synagogue. That would be normal enough, except that the Great Synagogue was destroyed decades ago and Zingeris, totally unfazed by the Baltic chill, stands outside facing the once-holy site, which now houses a Soviet-style kindergarten and a… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Budapest Band Plays Music ‘of Jews Enjoying Themselves’

    On a Friday evening a couple of years ago, a group of Chasidim sat down for a festive Shabbat dinner at King’s Hotel — the only kosher hotel in Budapest. The group, many of them from Brooklyn, had stopped off in the Hungarian capital during a pilgrimage to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of their rabbi’s… More ▸

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    The National Yiddish Book Center will publish monthly guides for Jewish books starting in January. The Amherst, Mass., museum’s free guides will feature a different literary work each month and provide essays, study questions and interviews with the author. Materials are available at More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Painter Who Survived Holocaust Has Homecoming Exhibit in Vilnius

    Lithuania is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust by helping to fund an exhibit of paintings by Samuel Bak, a Lithuanian-born Holocaust survivor. The show, housed in both the State Art Museum and the Gaon Jewish State Museum, features more than 100 of Bak’s works from 1942-2001. Bak, 68, now lives in Boston. Boston’s… More ▸