Yiddish Book Center
Come to the Yiddish Book Center and enter "a lebedike velt", a lively world of Jewish culture. You’ll find a million Yiddish books, permanent and traveling exhibits, art galleries, a bookshop, and two performance halls where you can enjoy a year-round schedule of educational programs, concerts, films, and events.
The Center offers something for everyone. Put on headphones and listen to Yiddish radio, or settle in to watch classic Yiddish cinema (with English subtitles). Picnic in our park-like grounds in summer, or curl up in our reading library in winter.
And don’t forget our Kindervinkl, where you and your children can speak Yiddish (we provide the scripts), serve up kishke, kashe varnishkes, kneydlekh and other traditional Jewish foods at “Moyshe Pipik’s: the Jewish Food Game,” master Yiddish proverbs, and enjoy hundreds of Jewish children’s books (in English).
The Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.
Saving a million Yiddish books was just the beginning. Our priority now is to advance knowledge of the content and literary and cultural progeny of the books we’ve saved. We offer fellowships and courses for high school students, college students and adults. We translate Yiddish literature into English. We record oral histories and contemporary stories.
After three decades, we’ve emerged as one of the world’s largest, liveliest and most original Jewish organizations.
The Book Center hosts regular cultural events including concerts, films, and discussions. Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM, and Sunday (May - December ) 11 AM - 4 PM. For more information call 413-256-4900 or visit www.YIDDISHBOOKCENTER.org