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TALK | When Yiddish Was Young in Israel, with Shachar Pinsker | Thursday, March 23 @ 7 p.m.
Focusing on “Yung Yisroel” (Young Israel), the name of a group of Yiddish writers in 1950s–1960s Israel, this talk will examine the history of Yiddish as it played out in cultural production. Shacher Pinkser examines the writers in Israel who continued to write and publish in Yiddish, and he explains the influence of Yiddish on Hebrew cultural production from the establishment of the state in 1948 until today.

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.

Mar 23, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shachar Pinsker
Shachar Pinsker is a professor of Judaic studies and Middle East studies and associate director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research. His scholarly writings include two award-winning books: Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe (2011) and A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture (2018). He is the editor (with Sheila Jelen) of Hebrew, Gender, and Modernity (2007), Women’s Hebrew Poetry on American Shores (2016), and Where the Sky and the Sea Meet: Israeli Yiddish Stories (forthcoming). He is currently writing a book on Yiddish in Israeli literature and co-directing an NEH-supported research project, The Feuilleton, the Public Sphere, and Modern Jewish Cultures.