Event Lectures and Symposia Live! At The Library: Writers, Radicals and Rugelach: Yiddish Culture in America

Date and Location

  • When: Thursday, May 11, 2023

    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Whittall Pavilion (LJG45E)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Live at the Library

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This illustrated lecture journeys into the world and flavors of East European Jewish culture, as it was recreated in America. Lauren Strauss, professor at American University, will illustrate the world and flavors of East European Jewish culture and how it was recreated in the United States.

Once on American shores we explore the challenges and triumphs of this culture through the mid-twentieth century, looking at its politics and theater, its films, newspapers, artists and writers, its recipes, radio shows, klezmer music, comedy, and more. 

Finally, we examine where Yiddish is flourishing in contemporary America, and how this differs from a century ago. 

A small display of Yiddish-Americana will be presented.

This event is free, but free-timed entry passes are required to enter the Library of Congress. Click the "Get Tickets" link above and select a timed-entry pass for your preferred entry time.