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Childhood in Yiddish Culture – קינדער יארן

A series of lectures by ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, with Beit Sholem Aleichem

Fridays, once a month at 9am

Series producer: Rivka Aderet |Academic counselor: Dr. Aviva Tal

Program:

Friday, November 12, 2021

  • Dreams prospering in the dark: childhood in Jewish eastern Europe. Prof. Avrom Nowerstern
  • “The Kaiser’s daughter sings about…”: imagination in children’s songs from the shtetl. A performance with Gershon Leiserson and the “Israel Klezmer Orchestra”.

Friday, December 10, 2021

  • “They are not little beardless Jews”: The dawn of Jewish children literature. Prof. Nathan Cohen
  • The realms of childhood – a cinematic review on the life of children in eastern European towns. A selection of rare footage from the museum’s collection, and of Yiddish films. Rivka Aderet

Friday, January 7, 2022

  • “Today’s a holiday, no crying!” Childhood in the works of Sholem Aleichem. Prof. Avrom Nowerstern
  • Small, Narrow and Warm? The “cheder” in Hebrew literature. Prof. Avner Holtzman

Friday, February 11, 2022

  • What games did children use to play in the shtetl? Prof. Moti Zalkin
  • Golden kid, raisins and almonds: traditional Yiddish lullabies. Lecture and flute playing by Dr. Michael Lukin

Friday, March 11, 2022

  • ״דאס קליינע מענטשעלע״  by Mendele Mocher Sforim. Milestones in The Little Man’s childhood. Dr. Aviva Tal
  • Raisins and marzipan: how to translate Kadia Molodowsky’s children poems. Benny Mer

Friday, April 1, 2022

  • The routes to the new school: from CYSZO to the Yiddish school in the Soviet Union. Prof. Moti Zalkin
  • “Play, children, play”: children on the Yiddish theater stage. Producer and director: Dori Engel; musical arrangements and piano: Misha Blecherovich. Performers: Dori Engel, Miri Regendorfer, et al.

Friday, May 13, 2022

  • The wise men of Chelm and more: humor and nonsense in children’s Yiddish magazines. Dr. Adina Bar-El
  • Childhood experiences in the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer: memory and imagination. Dr. Bilha Rubinstein

Friday, June 10, 2022

  • Photos from the old album: children in the photos collection of the Oster Visual Documentation Center at ANU – Museum of the Jewish People. Rivka Aderet
  • “אַבֿרהמעלע און יאָסעלע” The child’s character in songs by Warsawski, Gebirtig, et al. Lecture and flute playing: Dr. Michael Lukin. Singer: Vira Lozinsky. Pianist: Igor Ostrowski
Yoseph and Rachel Barvinek and their children, Bedzin, Poland, c.1926 L to r: Ahuva, Abraham and Gedaliya. Photo Art Goldcwajg, Bedzin. The Oster Visual Documentation Center, ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, courtesy of Rivka Aderet

Ahuva, Abraham and Gedaliya with their parents, Rachel and Yoseph Barvinek, Bedzin, Poland, c.1926.  Photo Art Goldcwajg, Bedzin. The Oster Visual Documentation Center, ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, courtesy of Rivka Aderet

Summer camp of "Hashomer HaDati" near Bedzin, Poland, c.1935. Ahuva Barvinek Shmur (b.1920) is sitting 1st from left. She came to Eretz Israel on April 1939. Photo: Jan Waska. The Oster Visual Documentation Center, ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, courtesy of Rivka Aderet

Summer camp of “Hashomer HaDati” near Bedzin, Poland, c.1935. Ahuva Barvinek Shmur (b.1920) is sitting 1st from left. She came to Eretz Israel on April 1939. Photo: Jan Waska. The Oster Visual Documentation Center, ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, courtesy of Rivka Aderet