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Yiddish Book Center

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Address: 1021 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3375
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+1 413-256-4900

   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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Nice and peaceful

Good overview of Yiddish history and great assortment of books. Very nice and peacefull surroundings.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing what one little idea can grow into! Impressive all around; facility, garden walk, books and exhibits. A lot to absorb and learn.

Thank Mary K
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good overview of Yiddish history and great assortment of books. Very nice and peacefull surroundings.

Thank PortlandRoss
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For years I've been wanting to come here and finally did today. The Yiddish Book Center far surpassed my expectations. I had no idea it offered so many fabulous programs, had such an astonishing repository of Yiddish books and was collecting them from all over the world, not just the United States. The staff I met was incredibly knowledgeable and... More 

Thank LiveWell300
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Wonderful experience. Great history lesson. Friendly staff. Do not miss. Very Knowledgeable on all subjects.

Thank Andy H
Amherst, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

A beautiful facility styled like an old Polish getto. An amazing collection of books in Yiddish, many rescued by Aaron Lansky and his wife Gail, from dumpsters. They bring in amazing musical performances, especially klezmer music, and films and plays from an almost lost era. This is truly a tribute to those who outfoxed the Nazis who sought to eliminate... More 

Thank Joe G
Hadley, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is the most amazing museum, really. A beautiful and innovative architecture by any standard that was built to protect and display the world's largest collection of Yiddish works, woven around the history of their times. An amazing experience for anyone of any religion and especially in the current xenophobic political administration and climate, important to be reminded of protecting... More 

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

We attended a guided tour which is what I highly suggest. You will come away with an appreciation of the history of the language and the work being done by the museum.

Thank Phyllis B
Leverett, Massachusetts
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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.

Thank Sharonrose98
Potomac, Maryland
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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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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.

Thank spellboundmom

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