Skip to navigation

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Support YIVO
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research » Upcoming Programs » Education and Outreach » YIVO Yidishe kultur-serye 2012-2013

Search YIVO

Public Programs 2015

Public Programs 2014


Education and Outreach

YIVO on Facebook
YIVO on Twitter

Newsletter Sign-up

YIVO Yidishe kultur-serye 2012-2013

Jewish Culture Series | 2012-2013


The new YIVO Jewish Culture Series is an educational outreach program designed to introduce various aspects of Eastern Ashkenazic culture and history to the public. The faculty for the series draws on the extensive network of scholars affiliated with the YIVO Institute.

We are grateful to the following communities for hosting the YIVO Jewish Culture Series 2012-2013:

Riverdale Temple: Riverdale, Bronx

Hevesi Jewish Heritage Library, Central Queens Y: Forest Hills, Queens

Click on the community name for more information about its individual program schedule.

If your community is interested in learning more about hosting a program, contact:

Helena Gindi, Public Program Director
Phone: 212.294.6128 | Email:

"By connecting us more deeply to our cultural heritage, this program helps us to strengthen our identity as Jewish Americans."
—Yvette Marrin, Ph.D., Chair, Adult Education Committee, Riverdale Temple


Riverdale Temple
4545 Independence Avenue (at 246th Street)
Riverdale, NY 10471
SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013 | 2:00pm
"A Celebration of the Life and Works of Bronx Native Author, Chaim Grade"


The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research celebrates the acquisition of Chaim Grade's estate, including his personal papers and library, literary manuscripts, and publication rights. These materials will be permanently housed at YIVO at our world headquarters in New York City and shared with the National Library of Israel.


Yvette Marrin, Chair, Adult Education Committee, Riverdale Temple
Rabbi Judith Lewis, Riverdale Temple

Oliver Koppell, New York City Council

Jonathan Brent, Executive Director, YIVO Institute

Curt Leviant, Grade translator and personal friend

Reading from My Mother's Sabbath Days by Chaim Grade
Hy Wolfe, Artistic Director, National Yiddish Theatre
Jonathan Brent



CHAIM GRADE was born in 1910 in Vilna, Poland. In his youth, Mr. Grade was a founding member of the Yung-Vilne literary group, known for its leftist politics, secular Jewish thinking and literary influence. After tragically losing both his mother and wife during the Holocaust, he emerged as one of the most prolific and defining Yiddish voices in post-war literature. The power and depth of his works in unparalleled. Besides publishing several volumes of poetry, he is best known for his two acclaimed novels, 'The Agunah' and 'The Yeshiva.'

Curt Leviant is a prize-winning author and translator of more than two dozen books, including six critically acclaimed novels. His translations from the Yiddish include Isaac Bashevis Singer's More Stories from My Father's Court and five volumes of Sholem Aleichem collections. He has won the Wallant Award for his fiction and several national and international writing fellowships. A retired Jewish Studies Professor at Rutgers University, he writes for The Nation and The Jewish Daily Forward.

Hy Wolfe is an actor, singer and director whose roots are firmly planted in the theatre world. Mr. Wolfe is the Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre, and the Executive Director of CYCO (Central Yiddish Culture Organization). His twenty-five year performing career has taken him from California to New York to Europe where he has acted and sung on stage, screen, television and in concerts, and has performed as well in commercials, voiceovers and video films.
$5 suggested contribution at the door. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, please visit or call 212.294.6127.
Riverdale Temple

4545 Independence Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
Rabbi Judith Lewis
President Dr. Rachel Radna
Established in 1947, Riverdale Temple was the very first Jewish congregation in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in New York City. It is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. We are committed to an inclusive approach to Jewish life, and celebrate the diversity of our membership. We all share a common desire to study and celebrate with open minds, intellectual curiosity and integrity, and a loving respect for Jewish history and heritage.
Riverdale Temple
Jeanne Snyder
Olivia Koppell and Jesse Levy
Yvette and Albert Marrin


Hevesi Jewish Heritage Library
Central Queens Y
67-09 108th Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013 | 1:30pm
"YIVO and Recovering the Lost World of East European Jews"

Jonathan Brent, Executive Director, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

YIVO was founded in Poland in 1925 by a visionary group of Jewish intellectuals, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, who understood the unique and largely unrecognized impact of Yiddish culture on European civilization. These community leaders were deeply concerned that the culture of East European Jewry was undergoing radical change in a rapidly modernizing world. Communal activists and intellectuals worked tirelessly to collect the records of Jewish communities across Eastern Europe, years before the Holocaust. Now in New York, YIVO has been able, through unusual circumstances, to recover much of its vast archive that had been stolen by the Nazis. Dr. Brent will discuss this remarkable history, as well as the continuing influence of Yiddish culture on other cultures to the present day.
Hevesi Jewish Heritage Library
Central Queens Y

67-09 108th Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Contact: Peggy Kurtz | 718.268.5011 x151
The Jewish Heritage Library is a free public library of Jewish culture, open to the public for borrowing. The library covers all aspects of Jewish culture, including Jewish literature, children's books, Israeli literature in Hebrew and in English, Jewish history, and the Holocaust. The library also includes an outstanding international collection of Jewish films on video and DVD.