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Yiddish Book Center

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Address: 1021 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3375
Phone Number: +1 413-256-4900
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   The Book Center’s 37,000-square-foot heymish-modern building...

   The Book Center’s 37,000-square-foot heymish-modern building in Amherst, MA, is a lebedike velt – a lively world – featuring an open Yiddish book repository, theatres, art galleries, museum exhibitions about Yiddish language and culture, and programs in literature, music, art, film, and theater

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A Must-See in Amherst

This organization has been prominent in the bringing back the Yiddish language, encouraging translation into English of texts, preserving Yiddish books...Fascinating small... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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Leverett, Massachusetts
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Leverett, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This organization has been prominent in the bringing back the Yiddish language, encouraging translation into English of texts, preserving Yiddish books...Fascinating small exhibits, frequent audio visual programs, performances. The architecture evokes the lost shtetl's of Europe.

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Amazing place to learn, read, review and listen. To see what one man started and how he has been able to help save this beautiful language is inspiring. It's much more than the words - it's the culture and the story of how the desire to assimilate can swing too far - at the risk of immigrants losing their own... More 

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Bergen County, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this place. Everything here was so interesting and the staff so helpful. In addition, the gardens are lovely. Definitely worth the visit.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a valuable institution for its rare book collections, special events, museum exhibits, concerts, tours and more, all packaged in an attractive post-and-beam building on a peaceful, natural setting on the grounds of Hampshire College a few miles south of Amherst town centre. Well worth a visit!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

This is a very special place for anyone interested in Yiddish literature. There is an enormous collection. The museum also does oral histories of Yiddish speakers. Every year there is a "Yidstock" music festival featuring klezmer music. We attended and it was terrific.

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London, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We recently visited the Yiddish Book Center for the third time and experienced the Yidstock Music Festival for the second time. The Center is a special place for those of the Jewish faith and for anyone interested in Jewish Culture. The Music Festival presents a variety of primarily Yiddish music, but includes jazz, klezmer, and more modern music. The quality... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

this collection of Yiddish books and Music is also available to purchase,. take the tour and learn about the center, its mission and collection . there are also exhibits and in mid july there is a music festival we went to a great concert there

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Thank SLBsct
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

From the time I read Aaron Lanky's book, "Outwitting History" I wanted visit the Yiddish Book Center. In a building designed to evoke memories of the villages of Eastern Europe, Lanky's search for books to complete his Masters Degree has evolved into a repository/library of over 1.5 million books. Be sure to take the tour and see of introductory film.... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Lansky's collection of Yiddish books is quite impressive. Read about his back story before you go as it makes the collection even more impressive. The special exhibits are always interesting but, frankly, I love wandering through the book shelves. This is a collection gathered by respect and heritage. It's a feel good center to visit.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

An unexpected location for an interesting collection. Not the lower east side of Manhattan. Not the hangouts of the hasidim in Boro Park. Not even Kiryas Joel in Rockland County. But a new, handsome center where, over a twenty year period, thousands of yiddish books, manuscripts, and other ephemera have been collected, catalogued and curated to preserve a language that... More 

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