Yiddish New York, a Yiddish culture festival featuring films, educational workshops, performing arts, art exhibitions and more, will run from December 21 to 26 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Chana will first speak December 22, at the 14th Street Y, about “Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward,” an exhibition at the Museum at Eldridge Street. A collaboration with Eldridge Street and the Bowne Print Shop at the Seaport Museum, the exhibition features the treasured metal plates used to print images in the newspaper back in the day, along with actual prints made from the plates using traditional equipment. At her 2:45 p.m. discussion, Chana will share the stories behind some of the historic plates and prints, which where chosen from the Forward’s extensive archival collection. Bonus: Those in attendance will receive a free pass to the museum.
Chana will return to the 14th Street Y on December 24 at 2:45 p.m. to lead a lecture called “Girls Girls: Women in the Yiddish Forverts.” The newspaper often included images of “beautiful women” in the 1920s, bringing up questions like what this looked like to readers, why women wanted to be published in the leading Yiddish socialist paper, and whether it was art. And, was this basically an early Yiddish take on JDate?
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