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Sholem Aleichim Remembered on 100th Yortsayt at YIVO Exhibit

Sholem Aleichim Remembered on 100th Yortsayt at YIVO Exhibit

In commemoration of Sholem Aleichem’s hundredth yortsayt, YIVO will be opening an exhibition of Sholem Aleichem materials featuring the newly acquired Sholem Aleichem Family Archive. To kick off this exhibition, YIVO will feature two Sholem Aleichem tribute events at the Center for Jewish History: John Zorn and his ensemble will be featured in the first-ever live performance of music Zorn wrote to accompany the Filmworks Sholem Aleichem documentary on Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 pm and on Sunday, May 22nd, 3:00 pm there will be an afternoon program featuring dramatic readings by actors Shane Baker and Eleanor Reissa followed by a discussion of Sholem Aleichem’s work and legacy by scholars Jonathan Brent, David Fishman, Mikhail Krutikov, Curt Leviant, and Alisa Solomon. This event will feature a reception.

One of the founding fathers of Yiddish literature, Sholem Aleichem is often remembered for his comic characters and his folksy representations of Jewish shtetl culture. His best known character, Tevye the Milk Man, gained fame in the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof. YIVO’s events and exhibition will provide a deeper and fuller picture of Sholem Aleichem’s work, exploring him in a historical context that will illuminate his influences and legacy.

YIVO’s exhibition of Sholem Aleichem materials will feature the newly acquired Sholem Aleichem Family Archive, as well as other manuscripts, photographs, unique sound recordings, and other rarely seen materials from the YIVO archives. This exhibition will be on view at the Center for Jewish through for free through Fall 2016.

Please find more details about each event below:

John Zorn’s score for Filmworks XX: Sholem Aleichem

May 18th 2016, 7:00 pm

Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street • New York, NY 10011

Tickets are $20 (General Admission), $15 (Members and Students)

Advance tickets available at: http://www.yivo.org/Sholem-Aleichem

John Zorn and his ensemble will be featured in the first-ever live performance of music written to accompany the Filmworks Sholem Aleichem documentary. Drawing on and departing from Jewish musical traditions, Zorn’s score is filled with lyricism, color, and a keen sense of irony and dark humor, echoing the stylistic approach of Sholem Aleichem. The performance will feature John Zorn, accordionist Robert Burger, harpist Carol Emanuel, and the world acclaimed Masada String Trio; Mark Feldman, Greg Cohen, and Erik Friedlander.

A Tribute to Sholem Aleichem

May 22nd 2016, 3pm-6pm

Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street • New York, NY 10011

Admission is free – registration is required

Reservations available at: http://www.yivo.org/Sholem-Aleichem

This afternoon tribute to Sholem Aleichem will feature dramatic readings from Sholem Aleichem’s Menakhem-Mendl and more by Shane Baker and Eleanor Reissa, and a discussion of Sholem Aleichem’s work and legacy by scholars Jonathan Brent, David Fishman, Mikhail Krutikov, Curt Leviant, and Alisa Solomon. Topics covered will range from Sholem Aleichem in historic and contemporary Ukraine, Fiddler on the Roof and Sholem Aleichem in popular culture, and Sholem Aleichem’s continuing legacy. The event will feature a reception.

These events are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.

About YIVO

YIVO is a special place for research, education, and reflection on both the past and the present of the Jewish world of the diaspora. Centered around a world-renowned library and archive consisting of over 23 million documents and artifacts from the 14th century to the present day, used by scholars, artists, journalists and museums around the world, YIVO is also a research and education institute, and a vibrant cultural organization. Founded in Berlin and Wilno, Poland in 1925 as the Yiddish Scientific Institute with the support of leading intellectuals and scholars including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, YIVO was based in Wilno (or as it is commonly known, Vilna) from 1925 until forced by World War II to relocate to New York City, where it has been headquartered since 1940. YIVO is the only prewar Jewish archives and library to have survived the Holocaust; the Nazis looted its materials, but some were rescued after the war and returned to YIVO, while other books and documents turned up decades later in Lithuania.

YIVO’s archives and library represent the single largest and most comprehensive collection of materials on East European Jewish civilization in the world, and receives upwards of 5,000 on-site visits, email, and phone requests annually. The YIVO archives’ some 23 million items include sound and music collections, theater and art collections, communal and personal records, photographs and films, manuscripts, diaries, memoirs, personal correspondence, and much more. YIVO’s library has nearly 400,000 volumes in all European languages, and contains the largest collection of Yiddish-language books, pamphlets, and newspapers in the world.

The world’s center for Yiddish studies, YIVO’s Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, is the oldest intensive Yiddish language-learning program and has been held every summer since 1968. YIVO’s rules for transliteration of Yiddish into English are the most commonly accepted standard used by publishers and academics. YIVO offers other adult education and Yiddish language programs, research opportunities, and scholarly publications including YIVO’s Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, one of the world’s most comprehensive and free online encyclopedia’s with over 180,000 visits a year. Showcasing this work and creating a platform for the continuation of this cultural legacy, YIVO offers dozens of public programs a year including lectures, conferences, concerts, theatrical performances, film screenings, and exhibitions, featuring award-winning scholars, writers, performers, artists, and more. yivo.org

 

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