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An Afternoon with Sholem Aleichem Commemorating his Yahrzeit

“Let my name be recalled with laughter!”

Co-presented with Yiddish Vinkel Houston
Knowledge of Yiddish NOT Required
Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 2:00 PM

Sholem AleichemJoin us as Houston joins hundreds of communities around the world who annually gather to read works in Yiddish and English to commemorate his life. 

Singing and noshes follow the reading of Dreyfus in Kasrilevke, believed to have been written during the period 1899-1905. In this story, Sholem Aleichem imagines how simple, unworldly, poor shtetl Jews in the imaginary town of Kasrilevke understood the Dreyfus Affair that rocked France and all of Europe during the 1890s. 

Shalom Rabinovitz (1859–1916), aka Sholem Aleichem, one of the founding fathers of modern Yiddish Literature, was a supreme Jewish humorist who tapped into the energies of the East European, spoken-Yiddish idiom and invented modern Jewish archetypes, myths, and fables of unequaled imaginative potency and universal appeal. 

For years since his death, hundreds of communities around the world have annually gathered to read his works in Yiddish and English to commemorate his life. 

The program is free but due to limited seating, RSVPs are requested to jross@erjcchouston.org.