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The Shmooze, The Yiddish Book Center's Podcast

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The Shmooze, The Yiddish Book Center's Podcast

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The Yiddish Book Center's podcast includes conversations with Jewish culture makers, plus news and stories related to Yiddish literature, language, and culture.

Latest Episodes

Episode 0236: "Great Jewish Books Book Club"

Daniel Ronfeld dropped by The Shmooze recording studio to chat about the Great Jewish Books Book Club. Over the course of a lively discussion, we learn what drew him to join the Book Club, some of his favorite selections, and how he came to create a monthly gathering of fellow Book Club members in his home state of Idaho. Episode 0236 November 7, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

27 MIN6 d ago
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Episode 0236: "Great Jewish Books Book Club"

Episode 0235: "At the Forefront of Yiddish Translation"

Recorded live at the Yiddish Book Center's Community Open House in October 2019, Lisa Newman, director of communications, and Mindl Cohen, director of translation and collections initiatives, discuss all things Yiddish translation. Episode 0235 October 31, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

42 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 0235: "At the Forefront of Yiddish Translation"

Episode 0234: "Harold Bloom: The Late, Legendary, Literary Scholar"

This week we visit with Christa Whitney, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, to talk about the oral history interview she recorded with Harold Bloom shortly before his death. In his oral history interview the late, legendary, literary scholar--and native Yiddish speaker--Harold Bloom explores his connection with Yiddish language and literature. He also recalls his first experience seeing Shakespeare as a child and watching the towering Maurice Schwartz as Shylock in a Yiddish production of "The Merchant of Venice" on 2nd Avenue in 1938. Christa shares some of the highlights and insights from her interview with Harold Bloom. Episode 0234 October 24, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

20 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 0234: "Harold Bloom: The Late, Legendary, Literary Scholar"

Episode 0233: "Yiddish for Dogs"

This week we visit with Ann Toback, executive director of The Workmen's Circle in New York City, to hear about their program that brings owners and their trusty dog companions together in Central Park, where they learn some basic commands in Yiddish. By all accounts, both dogs and owners have a great time, and, yes, we learn that you can teach an old dog new tricks--in this case, Yiddish. Episode 0233 October 17, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

22 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 0233: "Yiddish for Dogs"

Episode 0232: "Sarah Abrevaya Stein: A Story of Sephardic Jewish History Through a Family's Journey"

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, professor of history and Jewish studies at UCLA, talks with The Shmooze about her new book "Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century" and the process of writing history through personal stories. Along the way, she discusses the challenges of reading historical documents against the grain, how her time in the Yiddish Book Center's summer internship (now Steiner Summer Yiddish Program) influenced her professional path, and the diversity of the modern Jewish cultural experience. Episode 0232 October 10, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

22 MINOCT 10
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Episode 0232: "Sarah Abrevaya Stein: A Story of Sephardic Jewish History Through a Family's Journey"

Episode 0231: "My Aunt Cipe Pineles"

Bob Schor chats with The Shmooze about his remarkable aunt Cipe Pineles. Born in Vienna in 1908 to an Orthodox Jewish family, Cipe immigrated to New York in 1923, where she studied art at Pratt Institute and went on to have an amazing career as the first female art director at Condé Nast and the first woman asked to join the legendary Art Directors Club. Her work and illustration continue to influence modern design. Episode 0231 September 19, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

33 MINSEP 22
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Episode 0231: "My Aunt Cipe Pineles"

Episode 0230: "'Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers'"

This week, The Shmooze visits with editor and author Stephen Shepard to talk about his literary memoir "A Literary Journey to Jewish Identity: Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers." Over the course of our conversation, we consider his encounters with a few writers who influenced his sense of Jewish identity, the idea of the Jewish-American writer, and what it's like to re-read some of these authors. Episode 0230 September 12, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

24 MINSEP 13
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Episode 0230: "'Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers'"

Episode 0229: "Yiddish on Stage and Screen: Allen Lewis Rickman Gets 'Serious'"

Allen Lewis Rickman, producer, director, and performer of Yiddish theater, joins The Shmooze to talk about his work translating Yiddish for the stage and screen--from his work on the Cohen Brothers' "A Serious Man" to his recent translations and performances of two little-known Yiddish plays, "Breach of Promise" and "One of Those," to his production "Tevye Served Raw." Episode 0229 August 25, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

31 MINAUG 22
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Episode 0229: "Yiddish on Stage and Screen: Allen Lewis Rickman Gets 'Serious'"

Episode 0228: "'Asymptote's' Yiddish Poetry in Translation"

Alexander Dickow visited with The Shmooze to talk about "Asymptote's" recently published Yiddish poetry in translation feature that he co-edited with Asymptote's Editor-In-Chief Lee Yew Leong. Alexander is a bilingual poet and translator who works in French and English and is a scholar of modern and contemporary French and Francophone literature and film. His poetic works include "Appetites," "Trial Balloons," "Rhapsodie curieuse," and "Caramboles." Episode 0228 August 18, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

18 MINAUG 16
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Episode 0228: "'Asymptote's' Yiddish Poetry in Translation"

Episode 0227: "Anita Norich's newly translated 'A Jewish Refugee in New York'"

This week on The Shmooze we visit with Anita Norich to talk about the recently published "A Jewish Refugee in New York" by Kadia Molodovsky, translated by Anita Norich. Anita is Professor Emerita of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, where, in addition to translating Yiddish literature, she teaches, lectures, and publishes on a range of topics concerning modern Jewish cultures, Yiddish language and literature, Jewish American literature, and Holocaust literature. Episode 0227 August 9, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

27 MINAUG 8
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Episode 0227: "Anita Norich's newly translated 'A Jewish Refugee in New York'"

Latest Episodes

Episode 0236: "Great Jewish Books Book Club"

Daniel Ronfeld dropped by The Shmooze recording studio to chat about the Great Jewish Books Book Club. Over the course of a lively discussion, we learn what drew him to join the Book Club, some of his favorite selections, and how he came to create a monthly gathering of fellow Book Club members in his home state of Idaho. Episode 0236 November 7, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

27 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Episode 0236: "Great Jewish Books Book Club"

Episode 0235: "At the Forefront of Yiddish Translation"

Recorded live at the Yiddish Book Center's Community Open House in October 2019, Lisa Newman, director of communications, and Mindl Cohen, director of translation and collections initiatives, discuss all things Yiddish translation. Episode 0235 October 31, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

42 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 0235: "At the Forefront of Yiddish Translation"

Episode 0234: "Harold Bloom: The Late, Legendary, Literary Scholar"

This week we visit with Christa Whitney, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, to talk about the oral history interview she recorded with Harold Bloom shortly before his death. In his oral history interview the late, legendary, literary scholar--and native Yiddish speaker--Harold Bloom explores his connection with Yiddish language and literature. He also recalls his first experience seeing Shakespeare as a child and watching the towering Maurice Schwartz as Shylock in a Yiddish production of "The Merchant of Venice" on 2nd Avenue in 1938. Christa shares some of the highlights and insights from her interview with Harold Bloom. Episode 0234 October 24, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

20 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Episode 0234: "Harold Bloom: The Late, Legendary, Literary Scholar"

Episode 0233: "Yiddish for Dogs"

This week we visit with Ann Toback, executive director of The Workmen's Circle in New York City, to hear about their program that brings owners and their trusty dog companions together in Central Park, where they learn some basic commands in Yiddish. By all accounts, both dogs and owners have a great time, and, yes, we learn that you can teach an old dog new tricks--in this case, Yiddish. Episode 0233 October 17, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

22 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode 0233: "Yiddish for Dogs"

Episode 0232: "Sarah Abrevaya Stein: A Story of Sephardic Jewish History Through a Family's Journey"

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, professor of history and Jewish studies at UCLA, talks with The Shmooze about her new book "Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century" and the process of writing history through personal stories. Along the way, she discusses the challenges of reading historical documents against the grain, how her time in the Yiddish Book Center's summer internship (now Steiner Summer Yiddish Program) influenced her professional path, and the diversity of the modern Jewish cultural experience. Episode 0232 October 10, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

22 MINOCT 10
Comments
Episode 0232: "Sarah Abrevaya Stein: A Story of Sephardic Jewish History Through a Family's Journey"

Episode 0231: "My Aunt Cipe Pineles"

Bob Schor chats with The Shmooze about his remarkable aunt Cipe Pineles. Born in Vienna in 1908 to an Orthodox Jewish family, Cipe immigrated to New York in 1923, where she studied art at Pratt Institute and went on to have an amazing career as the first female art director at Condé Nast and the first woman asked to join the legendary Art Directors Club. Her work and illustration continue to influence modern design. Episode 0231 September 19, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

33 MINSEP 22
Comments
Episode 0231: "My Aunt Cipe Pineles"

Episode 0230: "'Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers'"

This week, The Shmooze visits with editor and author Stephen Shepard to talk about his literary memoir "A Literary Journey to Jewish Identity: Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers." Over the course of our conversation, we consider his encounters with a few writers who influenced his sense of Jewish identity, the idea of the Jewish-American writer, and what it's like to re-read some of these authors. Episode 0230 September 12, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

24 MINSEP 13
Comments
Episode 0230: "'Re-Reading Bellow, Roth, Malamud, Ozick, and Other Great Jewish Writers'"

Episode 0229: "Yiddish on Stage and Screen: Allen Lewis Rickman Gets 'Serious'"

Allen Lewis Rickman, producer, director, and performer of Yiddish theater, joins The Shmooze to talk about his work translating Yiddish for the stage and screen--from his work on the Cohen Brothers' "A Serious Man" to his recent translations and performances of two little-known Yiddish plays, "Breach of Promise" and "One of Those," to his production "Tevye Served Raw." Episode 0229 August 25, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

31 MINAUG 22
Comments
Episode 0229: "Yiddish on Stage and Screen: Allen Lewis Rickman Gets 'Serious'"

Episode 0228: "'Asymptote's' Yiddish Poetry in Translation"

Alexander Dickow visited with The Shmooze to talk about "Asymptote's" recently published Yiddish poetry in translation feature that he co-edited with Asymptote's Editor-In-Chief Lee Yew Leong. Alexander is a bilingual poet and translator who works in French and English and is a scholar of modern and contemporary French and Francophone literature and film. His poetic works include "Appetites," "Trial Balloons," "Rhapsodie curieuse," and "Caramboles." Episode 0228 August 18, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

18 MINAUG 16
Comments
Episode 0228: "'Asymptote's' Yiddish Poetry in Translation"

Episode 0227: "Anita Norich's newly translated 'A Jewish Refugee in New York'"

This week on The Shmooze we visit with Anita Norich to talk about the recently published "A Jewish Refugee in New York" by Kadia Molodovsky, translated by Anita Norich. Anita is Professor Emerita of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, where, in addition to translating Yiddish literature, she teaches, lectures, and publishes on a range of topics concerning modern Jewish cultures, Yiddish language and literature, Jewish American literature, and Holocaust literature. Episode 0227 August 9, 2019 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

27 MINAUG 8
Comments
Episode 0227: "Anita Norich's newly translated 'A Jewish Refugee in New York'"
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