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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.

Apr 20, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sebastian Schulman
Sebastian Schulman is a literary translator from Yiddish and other languages. From 2017 to 2022, he served as the executive director of KlezKanada, a leading organization in Yiddish arts and culture. His original writing and translations have appeared in Two Lines, Words Without Borders, ANMLY, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. His translation of Spomenka Stimec’s Esperanto-language novel Croatian War Nocturnal was published by Phoneme Media/Deep Vellum in 2017. He lives in Montréal, Québec.
Sonia Bloom
Sonia Bloom received her BA from Oberlin College in 2018, with majors in comparative literature, Hispanic studies, and Latin American studies, along with a concentration in literary translation. She has since worked as a museum educator, language tutor, and translator in New York City and Buenos Aires. Sonia was the 2021–22 Yiddish education and translation initiatives fellow and continues to work at the Center as a Yiddish education specialist, assisting in teacher training, program planning, and activity design. She supervises ongoing work by Steiner Summer Program students on the Center’s Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library.
Rivka Augenfeld