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The Shmooze, The Yiddish Book Center's Podcast

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 0276: Yiddish Singer and Social Activist Isabel Frey

On call from her home in Vienna, Isabel Frey talks about her work as a Yiddish singer and social justice activist. She specializes in Yiddish revolutionary and resistance songs and reviving the tradition of left-wing Jewish activism by connecting it to contemporary political issues. Episode 0276 October 23, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

26 min4 d ago
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Episode 0276: Yiddish Singer and Social Activist Isabel Frey

Episode 0275: Klara Klebanova's Memoir: Reflections of a Russian Revolutionary

Caraid O'Brien chats with us about the launch of the Yiddish Book Center's new radiocast series, "The Last Maximalist." Caraid is both the translator and the voice behind this twelve-part series, which takes the form of a weekly serialized reading of Klara Klebanova's memoir, telling the story of Klebanova's journey from a middle-class Jewish teenager to a Maximalist revolutionary fighting for the rights of peasants and factory workers during the first Russian Revolution of 1905. "The Last Maximalist" is available through the Yiddish Book Center's website at yiddishbookcenter.org/maximalist. Episode 0275 October 16, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

17 min1 w ago
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Episode 0275: Klara Klebanova's Memoir: Reflections of a Russian Revolutionary

Episode 0274: "On the Roof: A Look Inside Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish"

In her new book, "On the Roof," actor and author Samantha Hahn, the youngest cast member of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish, tells the story of how this ground-breaking, award-winning musical came to be. Hahn talks to The Shmooze about the book, for which she interviewed the cast, crew, and creative team--each offering a unique take on the show and the impact it has had on their lives--in order to construct a behind-the-scenes look at what makes "Yiddish Fiddler" resonate with audiences. Episode 0274 October 8, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

19 min2 w ago
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Episode 0274: "On the Roof: A Look Inside Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish"

Episode 0273: "Honey on the Page"

This week The Shmooze visits with Yiddish professor and translator Miriam Udel to talk about her translation of a newly released collection of Yiddish children's stories and poems. "Honey on the Page" features work written by both prominent and lesser-known Yiddish authors, and the anthology spans the Yiddish-speaking globe--drawing from materials published in Eastern Europe, New York, and Latin America from the 1910s, during the interwar period, and up through the 1970s. Episode 0273 October 2, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

19 min3 w ago
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Episode 0273: "Honey on the Page"

Episode 0272: Twentieth-Century Yiddish Primers and Workbooks for Children

This week we caught up with Heather O'Donnell of Honey & Wax Booksellers and Yiddish book collector Miriam Borden. Miriam Borden is the winner of the 2020 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize. In announcing the prize, Honey & Wax noted, "Borden's collection represents an impressive effort of historical preservation and an inspiring example of how a collection that began as something personal becomes a collective resource." Episode 0272 September 25, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

30 minSEP 25
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Episode 0272: Twentieth-Century Yiddish Primers and Workbooks for Children

Episode 0271: Glasgow's Yiddish Pink Peacock Café

On a call with "The Shmooze" all the way from Scotland, Morgan Holleb and Joe Isaac talk about how they came to co-found Glasgow's new Pink Peacock Café--a queer, Yiddish-speaking kosher café operated by Jewish self-described anarchists where customers will "pay what they can." Morgan and Joe talk about the idea behind the café, which they plan to open later this year, as well as the roots of Jewish community and their interest in providing a space for Yiddish. Episode 0271 September 11, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

33 minSEP 11
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Episode 0271: Glasgow's Yiddish Pink Peacock Café

Episode 0270: Rachmil Bryks' Holocaust Memoir Triptych

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is a poet, writer, and translator. As a 2018 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow, he translated three memoirs by Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks (1912–1974): "Di vos zaynen nisht geblibn" ("Those Who Didn't Survive"), "Di antloyfers" ("The Fugitives"), and "Fun gsise tsum lebn" ("From Agony to Life"). The resulting book, "May God Avenge Their Blood: A Holocaust Memoir Triptych," was released by Lexington Books in April 2020. In conversation, we learn about the writer, and Yermiyahu reads two selections from the book. Episode 0270 August 13, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

36 minAUG 13
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Episode 0270: Rachmil Bryks' Holocaust Memoir Triptych

Episode 0269: "A Revolution in Yiddish-Language Pedagogy": Introducing The New Yiddish Textbook

Asya Vaisman Schulman, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Yiddish Language Institute, visits with The Shmooze to talk about the forthcoming release of "In eynem: The New Yiddish Textbook" (White Goat Press, 2020). In conversation with Asya, we learn about the communicative approach to language learning, the role of the illustrated characters that are central to the book, and the companion website and multimedia resources that are part of the two-volume textbook. Due out in mid-August 2020, the textbook will be a boon to Yiddish-language teachers and learners alike—including those learning independently or in a classroom or community group setting. Episode 0269 August 6, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

26 minAUG 6
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Episode 0269: "A Revolution in Yiddish-Language Pedagogy": Introducing The New Yiddish Textbook

Episode 0268: KlezKanada at Twenty-Five

KlezKanada was founded in 1996 to teach, nurture, and present to a broad public the best of Jewish traditional arts and Yiddish culture. Its goal is to foster Jewish cultural and artistic creativity worldwide as both an ethnic heritage and a constantly evolving contemporary culture and identity. The organization's executive director, Sebastian Schulman, visits with us to talk about the history of KlezKanada, which started as a small summer festival and has gone on to become one of the leading Jewish cultural organizations in the world; its community; and the plans for the 25th Anniversary edition of its annual summer festival, which will be presented virtually this year for the first time. Episode 0268 July 31, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

20 minJUL 31
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Episode 0268: KlezKanada at Twenty-Five

Episode 0267: Ilan Stavans's "The Seventh Heaven"

Internationally renowned essayist and cultural commentator Ilan Stavans spent five years traveling across a dozen countries in Latin America in search of what defines the Jewish communities in the region, whose roots date back to Christopher Columbus' arrival, for his latest book, "The Seventh Heaven." Our conversation touches on the book, a recipient of the 2020 Natan Notable Book Award from the Jewish Book Council, as well as Ilan's writing, his ongoing quest to explore the personal and the historical, and the three books that he always has near at hand. Episode 0267 July 24, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

25 minJUL 24
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Episode 0267: Ilan Stavans's "The Seventh Heaven"

Latest Episodes

Episode 0276: Yiddish Singer and Social Activist Isabel Frey

On call from her home in Vienna, Isabel Frey talks about her work as a Yiddish singer and social justice activist. She specializes in Yiddish revolutionary and resistance songs and reviving the tradition of left-wing Jewish activism by connecting it to contemporary political issues. Episode 0276 October 23, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

26 min4 d ago
Comments
Episode 0276: Yiddish Singer and Social Activist Isabel Frey

Episode 0275: Klara Klebanova's Memoir: Reflections of a Russian Revolutionary

Caraid O'Brien chats with us about the launch of the Yiddish Book Center's new radiocast series, "The Last Maximalist." Caraid is both the translator and the voice behind this twelve-part series, which takes the form of a weekly serialized reading of Klara Klebanova's memoir, telling the story of Klebanova's journey from a middle-class Jewish teenager to a Maximalist revolutionary fighting for the rights of peasants and factory workers during the first Russian Revolution of 1905. "The Last Maximalist" is available through the Yiddish Book Center's website at yiddishbookcenter.org/maximalist. Episode 0275 October 16, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

17 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 0275: Klara Klebanova's Memoir: Reflections of a Russian Revolutionary

Episode 0274: "On the Roof: A Look Inside Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish"

In her new book, "On the Roof," actor and author Samantha Hahn, the youngest cast member of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Yiddish, tells the story of how this ground-breaking, award-winning musical came to be. Hahn talks to The Shmooze about the book, for which she interviewed the cast, crew, and creative team--each offering a unique take on the show and the impact it has had on their lives--in order to construct a behind-the-scenes look at what makes "Yiddish Fiddler" resonate with audiences. Episode 0274 October 8, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

19 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 0274: "On the Roof: A Look Inside Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish"

Episode 0273: "Honey on the Page"

This week The Shmooze visits with Yiddish professor and translator Miriam Udel to talk about her translation of a newly released collection of Yiddish children's stories and poems. "Honey on the Page" features work written by both prominent and lesser-known Yiddish authors, and the anthology spans the Yiddish-speaking globe--drawing from materials published in Eastern Europe, New York, and Latin America from the 1910s, during the interwar period, and up through the 1970s. Episode 0273 October 2, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

19 min3 w ago
Comments
Episode 0273: "Honey on the Page"

Episode 0272: Twentieth-Century Yiddish Primers and Workbooks for Children

This week we caught up with Heather O'Donnell of Honey & Wax Booksellers and Yiddish book collector Miriam Borden. Miriam Borden is the winner of the 2020 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize. In announcing the prize, Honey & Wax noted, "Borden's collection represents an impressive effort of historical preservation and an inspiring example of how a collection that began as something personal becomes a collective resource." Episode 0272 September 25, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

30 minSEP 25
Comments
Episode 0272: Twentieth-Century Yiddish Primers and Workbooks for Children

Episode 0271: Glasgow's Yiddish Pink Peacock Café

On a call with "The Shmooze" all the way from Scotland, Morgan Holleb and Joe Isaac talk about how they came to co-found Glasgow's new Pink Peacock Café--a queer, Yiddish-speaking kosher café operated by Jewish self-described anarchists where customers will "pay what they can." Morgan and Joe talk about the idea behind the café, which they plan to open later this year, as well as the roots of Jewish community and their interest in providing a space for Yiddish. Episode 0271 September 11, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

33 minSEP 11
Comments
Episode 0271: Glasgow's Yiddish Pink Peacock Café

Episode 0270: Rachmil Bryks' Holocaust Memoir Triptych

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is a poet, writer, and translator. As a 2018 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow, he translated three memoirs by Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks (1912–1974): "Di vos zaynen nisht geblibn" ("Those Who Didn't Survive"), "Di antloyfers" ("The Fugitives"), and "Fun gsise tsum lebn" ("From Agony to Life"). The resulting book, "May God Avenge Their Blood: A Holocaust Memoir Triptych," was released by Lexington Books in April 2020. In conversation, we learn about the writer, and Yermiyahu reads two selections from the book. Episode 0270 August 13, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

36 minAUG 13
Comments
Episode 0270: Rachmil Bryks' Holocaust Memoir Triptych

Episode 0269: "A Revolution in Yiddish-Language Pedagogy": Introducing The New Yiddish Textbook

Asya Vaisman Schulman, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Yiddish Language Institute, visits with The Shmooze to talk about the forthcoming release of "In eynem: The New Yiddish Textbook" (White Goat Press, 2020). In conversation with Asya, we learn about the communicative approach to language learning, the role of the illustrated characters that are central to the book, and the companion website and multimedia resources that are part of the two-volume textbook. Due out in mid-August 2020, the textbook will be a boon to Yiddish-language teachers and learners alike—including those learning independently or in a classroom or community group setting. Episode 0269 August 6, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

26 minAUG 6
Comments
Episode 0269: "A Revolution in Yiddish-Language Pedagogy": Introducing The New Yiddish Textbook

Episode 0268: KlezKanada at Twenty-Five

KlezKanada was founded in 1996 to teach, nurture, and present to a broad public the best of Jewish traditional arts and Yiddish culture. Its goal is to foster Jewish cultural and artistic creativity worldwide as both an ethnic heritage and a constantly evolving contemporary culture and identity. The organization's executive director, Sebastian Schulman, visits with us to talk about the history of KlezKanada, which started as a small summer festival and has gone on to become one of the leading Jewish cultural organizations in the world; its community; and the plans for the 25th Anniversary edition of its annual summer festival, which will be presented virtually this year for the first time. Episode 0268 July 31, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

20 minJUL 31
Comments
Episode 0268: KlezKanada at Twenty-Five

Episode 0267: Ilan Stavans's "The Seventh Heaven"

Internationally renowned essayist and cultural commentator Ilan Stavans spent five years traveling across a dozen countries in Latin America in search of what defines the Jewish communities in the region, whose roots date back to Christopher Columbus' arrival, for his latest book, "The Seventh Heaven." Our conversation touches on the book, a recipient of the 2020 Natan Notable Book Award from the Jewish Book Council, as well as Ilan's writing, his ongoing quest to explore the personal and the historical, and the three books that he always has near at hand. Episode 0267 July 24, 2020 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts

25 minJUL 24
Comments
Episode 0267: Ilan Stavans's "The Seventh Heaven"
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