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The Jewish Contribution to English-Language Versions of the Bible

Presented by Leonard Greenspoon Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. Jews have been translating the Hebrew Bible into English for well over two hundred years. Christian versions go back many more centuries. Jews have had a considerable influence on translations, and not just Jewish versions,…...

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The Long Life of the Yiddish Folksong

Presented by Mark Slobin Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. The Yiddish folksong, vital in 1900, later went through periods of steep decline in Europe and America as Jews became assimilated and suffered profound loss in the Holocaust. Its recovery after World War II led…...

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Nuestra America: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation

Presented by Claudio Lomnitz Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. To purchase a copy of Nuestra Americafrom Afikomen Judaica, click here. In Nuestra America, Claudio Lomnitz traces his family’s experiences across Romania, Peru, Colombia, Israel, California, Mexico, Chile, and beyond. Weaving the stories of Jews like them,…...

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Old San Francisco in Jewish American Fiction: A Launch Event for Emma Wolf’s Heirs of Yesterday

Presented by Barbara Cantalupo and Lori Harrison-Kahan Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. Back in print for the first time in over a century, Emma Wolf’s 1900 novel, Heirs of Yesterday, is a love story featuring middle-class Jewish characters, set against the backdrop of Old…...

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The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War

Presented by David Nasaw Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. To purchase a copy of The Last Million from Afikomen Judaica, click here. The suffering of the last million Eastern Europeans in Germany at the conclusion of World War II did not cease on V-E Day,…...

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What to Do with Vashti? How Different Communities Read and Tell Her Story

Presented by Noa Albaum and Tamar Zaken Please click here to register for this event. Who was Queen Vashti? Readers of the Book of Esther from rabbinic through modern times have asked this question and sought to provide answers through supplementing the text with midrashic (interpretative) commentaries. This participatory session…...

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Torn Lilacs: A True WWII Story of Love, Defiance and Hope

Presented by Henry Michalski Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. Torn Lilacs charts the journey of the author’s parents, Joseph (Joska) and Felicia (Fela) Michalski, a young Jewish couple from a small Polish town, whose path of survival during the era of the Holocaust took…...

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