03 March 2009

New York: Eastern Europe Jewish Heritage seminar, June 22-25

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research wll sponsor the third EPYC Educators Seminar on East European Jewish Heritage, June 22-25, at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.

Eligible to attend are teachers in Jewish high schools, colleges, public and private schools, museums and afternoon religious schools, and graduate students in education and Jewish studies. Participants will receive free tuition, course materials, books, DVDs, daily breakfast and lunch and a modest transportation stipend.

The program includes lectures by prominent scholars, musicians and performers as well as how to use available materials in classrooms. Conference attendees will have access to the YIVO Library and Archives and other resources of the Center for Jewish History.

The event chair is Dr. Robert Moses Shapiro, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, and the co-chair is Dr. Paul Glasser, Associate Dean of the Max Weinreich Center, YIVO Institute.

Speakers will include professors Robert Seltzer (Hunter College), Samuel D. Kassow (Trinity College), Miriam Hoffman (Columbia University), Nancy Sinkoff (Rutgers University), Chava Lapin (Queens College, YIVO), film director Joshua Waletzky, Folksbiene artistic director Zalmen Mlotek, and others.

The last day is a guided walking tour of Brooklyn's Borough Park Jewish community, home to tens of thousands of Yiddish-speaking Hasidim and other Jews.

To apply, applications must be submitted electronically and include a description of educational and professional background, along with a letter of recommendation. Event sponsors are the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.; The Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research,Education and Documentation; and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Glasser or Prof. Robert M. Shapiro. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more.

Scheduled lectures include (for details, click here):

800 Years of East European Jewry
East European Jewry between the World Wars
Overview of Yiddish and Day-to-day Life among East European
A Tour of Jewish Geography in East Europe

A Musical History of the Yiddish Theater

Culture of Torah Judaism in East Europe
Teaching Yiddish Language and Culture in the 21st Century
Screening, “Image Before My Eyes”

Secrets of Jewish Genealogy Center
Treasures from the YIVO Archives
Tour of YIVO Rare Book Room
Treasures of YIVO’s EPYC Website
Transformations in the Status of Women in Eastern Europe
Yiddish Musical Heritage

Walking Tour of a Yiddish Environment - Guided by Pearl Gluck

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