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The Bizarre Tales of Yiddishland: What the Yiddish Press Reveals about the Jews
Start Date: 11/16/2017Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 11/16/2017End Time: 3:30 PM

Event Description
The Judaic Studies program and the Department of History of Drexel University present “The Bizarre Tales of Yiddishland: What the Yiddish Press Reveals about the Jews,” a lecture and book-signing by Edward Portnoy, PhD, academic adviser and exhibitions curator, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.


An introduction to the world of yidn fun a gants yor [everyday Jews], Edward Portnoy, PhD, provides us with “an alternative history of downwardly mobile Jews.” Historical studies are often dominated by accounts of elites, religious leaders, writers, and intellectual and political figures. Come to this talk and learn about alcoholics, wrestlers and missing husbands.

"Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange But True Stories from the Yiddish Press" by Eddy Portnoy (Stanford University Press, released October 2017) is a volume of newly translated true stories from the Yiddish daily press of pre-World War II Warsaw and New York. This irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into an unknown Yiddish world that was.

Please join us for this book launch in co-operation with The Penn Book Center. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Free and open to the public. Support for this event comes from the Yiddish Studies Fund, the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation, the Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation, and the Friends of Judaic Studies. Hosted by the Judaic Studies Program.

Contact Information:
Phone: 215.895.6388
Email: judaicstudies@drexel.edu
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Stern Judaic Studies Seminar Room, 302 Hagerty Library, 3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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