TALK | Undzer Biblyotek: Montreal’s Jewish Public Library at the Center of Yiddish Culture, with Sebastian Schulman, Rivka Augenfeld, and Sonia Bloom | Thursday, April 20 @ 7 p.m.
Founded in 1914, Montreal’s Jewish Public Library (JPL) has long been considered a major center of Yiddish culture, research, and community. In this presentation, we will explore the library’s history from its beginnings as a small immigrant-run educational initiative to its role as the heart of Montreal’s distinctive and vibrant Yiddish cultural scene and its present as a quintilingual institution and archive serving casual readers and serious scholars alike both locally and across the globe. Combining historical analysis with personal reflections, the talk will also include a deep dive into the Yiddish Book Center’s Frances Brandt Audio Library, which contains over fifty years of the library’s unique audio treasures. Hosted by Montreal’s Sebastian Schulman, with Rivka Augenfeld (JPL) and Sonia Bloom (Yiddish Book Center).
Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2023 Decade of Discovery theme, Yiddish around the World.
This live event will be presented via Zoom. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—registration is required.