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Asch Remembered: Sholem Asch Hoyz in Bat Yam

Yaakov Herskovitz

Sholem Asch’s arrival at the small house at 50 Arlozorov Street in the coastal town of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, was to be his final move in over two decades of travels. Six decades later, the house has been carefully restored and reopened as a museum.

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Molded Inexorably by the Times: Rachel Wischnitzer’s and Franzisca Baruch’s Collaboration on the Headlines of Rimon/Milgroym

Ishai Mishory

Mishory examines the collaborative work of art historian Rachel Wischnitzer (1885-1989), and Jewish-German designer and typographer Franzisca Baruch (1901-1989), demonstrating that Baruch’s revival of medieval Hebrew letterforms in her work on Rimon/Milgroym and her use of fragmentation as a strategy for visual, textual, and cultural revival was in conversation with Wischnitzer’s scholarship. 

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The Lower East Side as an American Site of Memory

Abigail Lewis

In her work on images of the Lower East Side, Blair spotlights the paradoxes of the neighborhood's dynamic status as site of memory and of artistic experimentation and highlights stories and voices often left out of American collective memory.

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Transmission: In geveb Pencils in/as Art!

Samantha Wood

Artist and In geveb supporter Samantha Wood incorporated In geveb pencils into a work of art now on display as part of an art show at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls, Mass.

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The Scholar and the Bookmaker: On Encountering the Material Side of Things

Barbara Mann

Mann discusses the knowledge she gained through a hands-on encounter with the materials of print while creating her artist’s book “Things/Zachen/Devarim.

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Yehoash’s Scroll: A Calligraphed Megiles Ester

Shifra Epstein

In honor of Purim, a fine calligraphed scroll of Yehoash's translation into Yiddish of the Book of Esther, completed by the poet's daughter Chava.

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Conclusion

Rose Waldman

The fifth and final post in an investigation of an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: why do we need to read these autobiographies today?

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 4

Rose Waldman

The fourth in a series of five posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: suicide and the modern library of a maskil.

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 3

Rose Waldman

The third in a series of five posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: the cheder years!

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 2

Rose Waldman

The second in a series of posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland: RJ's hatred of women but love for the hasidic tale!

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A Hasid Turns Modern: A YIVO Autobiography, Part 1

Rose Waldman

The first in a series of posts about an autobiography found in the YIVO archives from 1930s Poland.

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Best Dressed Yiddish Women Cultural Figures

Diana Clarke

Iconic hats of Yiddish poetry, plus the labor of creating a look! 

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A New Year, a New shifskarte

Shifra Epstein

A look at an example of the famed Yiddish new years cards. This one is a "good year ship ticket," granting the receiver "120 free yearly round-trips for himself and his family." 

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Best Dressed Male Yiddish Cultural Figures

Saul Noam Zaritt

What the ascot can teach us about Yiddish cultural history.