Salzberg Family Library
Three Monday Evenings 7:30-9:00 PM
February 27, March 6, March 20
Facilitator: Jonathan Sunshine, jonhelen1 [at] verizon [dot] net or 301-656-5952
Past years’ Yiddish short story classes have focused on Sholem Aleichem, I.L. Peretz, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. This year we’ll read one story each from several other prominent authors.
Genres will include madcap comedy, terrible stories of pogroms and Nazi ghettos, and realistic fiction depicting more mundane aspects of Jewish life in America as well as in “the Old Country.” Writers we will read (in English translation) will be chosen from (among others) I.J. Singer (Bashevis’s older brother), Moishe Nadir, Itsik Manger, Lamed Shapiro, Joseph Opatoshu, and Avrom Reisen. In each of the three class sessions, we’ll examine works by two authors.
For the first session on Feb. 27, the readings will be by Yiddish authors who were active in the Soviet Union, which was a leading site of Yiddish creativity until Stalin suppressed Yiddish—and murdered all the leading cultural figures—shortly after World War II.
Jonathan Sunshine is a long-time student of Yiddish literature and has led several classes about Yiddish stories at Ohr Kodesh and elsewhere. He is a long-time past President of Yiddish of Greater Washington, the principal Yiddish organization in our area.