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Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA 01002-3375)
David Mazower (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Yiddish: A Global Culture

Implementation of a permanent exhibition of Yiddish language and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present.

The year 2020 will be the Yiddish Book Center’s fortieth anniversary. To mark the occasion, we are creating the world’s first permanent exhibit to explore the extraordinary range of literature, theater and music created in Yiddish since the late 19th century. Yiddish: A Global Culture will illuminate this vibrant and cosmopolitan world through a rich mix of photographs, historic objects and the Center’s unparalleled collections of Yiddish books. Most Jewish museums treat Yiddish culture as a marginal phenomenon. By contrast, our exhibition will place it at the heart of the modern Jewish story - a sophisticated, transnational culture that has continued reinventing itself into the present day. We will show women as prominent creators and consumers of this culture, and the importance of migration and exile as formative experiences for both writers and readers. Using the vast resources of the Center’s physical holdings, as well as our digital collections of audio recordings, oral histories

Project fields:
Jewish Studies

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 10/31/2023