European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage

Sunday, September 2  
3.00 p.m. Open House at the Bibliothèque Medem
Exhibition of the collection of books on Yiddish humor. Recordings will be played, with commentary by Nadia Déhan-Rotschild.
From 3.00 to 5.30 p.m. Einstein Weinstein

Famous sketch by Dzigan and Schumacher in Yiddish with supratitles in French,
interpreted continuously by Michel Fisbein and Jacky Scheer.
Dzigan and Schumacher are to Jewish humor what the Marx
Brothers are to American humor… though on the other hand, hmmm…
Einstein Weinstein is one of their favorite numbers.

It’s the story of two old friends, one cultivated, interested in the world and the issues of his time, the other totally uneducated. The former tries to inculcate in the latter some appreciation of knowledge and study, starting with Einstein…

From September 2 to 12, 2012
The comic strip and Jewish identity
This playful exhibition consists of works by Jewish authors as well as a series of drawings on subjects related to Jews and Jewishness, sometimes with historical precision, sometimes with humor and derision. The exhibition was created by the Fonds social juif unfié with the support of the Fondation du judaïsme français.



Show, exhibition and visit of the library: free of charge.

Wednesday, September 12 at 3.00 p.m.

Comic strips, a forceful expression of identity
By Lise Benkemoun

In conjunction with the exhibition shown as part of the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage, Lise Benkemoun traces a panorama of comic strips from the 1930s to today.
Lise Benkemoun has worked for 15 years as a journalist for comics magazines and now heads a collection for éditions Delcourt.

Refreshments offered after the lecture.

Admission: 5 €. Members: 3 €. Free of charge for children and students.


Monday, September 10 at 7.30 p.m.
In cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Paris (Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme)
On publication of the book À pas aveugles de par le monde, by Leib Rochman, translated from Yiddish by Rachel Ertel, with a preface by Aharon Appelfeld (éd. Denoël, 2012).
And with the participation of Nils C. Ahl, journalist of Le Monde, Rachel Ertel, author and translator of Yiddish and American literature, and Elisabeth de Fontenay, philosopher and essayist. Encounter moderated by Florence Noiville, journalist of Le Monde and author of a biography of Isaac Bashevis Singer (Stock, 2003).
Readings by Marcel Bozonnet, actor and director, former administrator of the Comédie Française

Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme – Hôtel de Saint-Aignan
71, rue du Temple, 75003 Paris
Admission: 5 €. Members of MCY or holders of the Carte Aleph MAHJ: 3€.
Reservation at: Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme : 01 53 01 86 48

Thursday, September 20 at 8.00 p.m.

Encounter with Nathalie Zadje, on the publication of her book Enfants cachés en France.
With Paula Jacques, novelist and moderator of radio program “Cosmopolitaine” on France inter.

They were Jewish children in France during the war — destined to perish in the death camps.  They were hidden and miraculously survived. What psychological strategies did they use in response to the paradoxical injunction they received: “Don’t be yourself if you want to be. Don’t be a Jew if you want to remain alive.”

Nathalie Zajde composes portraits of some twenty hidden children, some anonymous, others famous, like Boris Cyrulnik, Serge Klarsfeld, Saul Friedländer and André Glucksmann.

Admission: 5 €. Members of MCY : 3€.

Yiddish course and cultural workshops

You can sign up now for language courses or cultural workshops, or sign up your children for Kindershul, for the school year 2012-2013.
You can do this by downloading the inscription forms (courses and workshops) and returning them with your payment, or by coming to the Maison de la culture yiddish during the month of July.

Courses and workshops will begin on Sunday September 30, 2012.
 Inscriptions can also be made on Tuesday September 11, 2012 (from 4.00 to 8.00 p.m.) and Saturday September 22, 2012 (from 3.00 to 6.00 p.m.).

There will be a welcome evening on Thursday October 18 starting from 7.00 p.m., where all those signed up for courses or workshops will be able to meet the teachers and cultural leaders of the Maison de la culture yiddish.

Talks and lectures online

The following talks (mostly in French), recorded during our season The Utopias of Yiddish, can be accessed as follows:

D’autres terres promises ?, par Philippe Boukara, donnée le jeudi 8 mars 2012. Conférence inaugurale de la saison Utopies du yiddish.
Drapeau rouge et étoile bleue : le kibboutz comme expérience communautaire en Eretz-Israel, par Meir Weintrater, donnée le samedi 24 mars 2012

Les colonies agricoles juives d’Argentine, du Brésil et des États-Unis créées à l’initiative du Baron Maurice de Hirsch, par Dominique Frischer, donnée le samedi 31 mars 2012

Les Juifs, au kolkhoze : les colonies agricoles juives en Ukraine et en Crimée (1917-1939), par Thomas Chopard, donnée le samedi 5 mai 2012

Le Birobidjan aujourd’hui, par Anne Nivat et Boris Kotlerman, avec la participation de Rachel Kamelgarn, donnée le mercredi 9 mai 2012

Birobidjan in Soviet Imagery, by David Shneer (in English), French translation by Gaby Taub, given on Saturday May 12, 2012

Talks in Yiddish:

Collection of short stories Birobidzhaner (1934) by Dovid Bergelson, by Natalia Krynicka, given on Sunday May13, 2012

Cultural life in Birobidjan (Dos kulturele lebn in Birobidzhan), by Boris Kotlerman, given on Sunday May13, 2012

Zion without Zionism: the unconvincing project of Birobidjan (Tsiyenizm on Tsiyen), by David Shneer, given on Sunday May13, 2012

Table ronde du 31 mai 2012 sur le thème “Ce que j’ai reçu en partage”, avec Agnès Desarthe, Arthur Nauzyciel, Eric Slabiak et Yves Jeuland.

Round Table

“Ce que j’ai reçu en partage” (My share of the heritage)
or how the culture, history and identity of Eastern European Jewry have inspired young contemporary creators.  .
These encounters are the first in a series which will continue in coming months.
Conducted by Gilles Rozier.

Thursday May 31, 2012 at 8.30 p.m.  

With :
Agnès Desarthe
, writer. Latest published works Le remplaçant, éditions de l’Olivier, 2009 and Dans la nuit brune, prix Renaudot des lycéens, éditions de l’Olivier, 2010.
Arthur Nauzyciel, actor, director, head of the National Center of Dramatic Art Orléans. Latest production : Jan Karski (festival of Avignon, 2011, Drama Center of Orléans, Theater Les Gémeaux of Sceaux), based on the novel by Yannick Haenel.
Eric Slabiak, singer, violinist, founder and musician of the group Les Yeux noirs.
Yves Jeuland, director, author of many documentries, including Comme un juif en France and Les Compagnons de l’aube.

In Memory of Sholem Aleichem

Saturday June 2 at 3 p.m.

As we do every year, in accordance with the wishes Sholem Aleichem expressed in his will, we will read a selection from his writings in Yiddish and in French, and also sing some of the songs he wrote.  With the participation of Noëmi Waysfeld (accompanied on the guitar by Florent Labodinière), Hershl Grant and Yitskhok Niborski.

Yiddish cabaret

When Paris sings and laughs as they did in Warsaw, Lodz and the shtetl !

Saturday June 9 at 8.30 p.m.

All new show

Artistic Director: Betty Reicher.
Lionel Miller (voice and guitar)
Valérie Tominez-Jaffré (voice and katerinke)
Éléonore Biezunski (voice, violin)
Piotr Odrekhivskyy

Cafeteria opens at 7 p.m.

Information and reservations: 01 47 00 14 .00.
Price: 15 €. Members: 12 €.
If you would like to perform in the next cabaret, contact Betty Reicher:

7th Summer University of Yiddish Language and Literature

From July 9 to 27, 2012

Four levels of courses, in addition to tutorial sessions.
A program with different cultural activities.

Faculty under the direction of Yitskhok Niborski :
Sharon Bar-Kochva
(Maison de la culture yiddish), Khayele Beer (University College, London), Natalia Krynicka (Université Paris IV), Rubye Monet (Maison de la culture yiddish), Yitskhok Niborski (Inalco, Paris),  Sonia Pinkusowicz-Dratwa (Institut Martin Buber, Brussels), Annick Prime-Margules (Maison de la culture yiddish)

Tuition: 680 €.
Student rate: 480 €.
Some scholarship aid is available, in priority to students.

Cultural Program:
These consist of several workshops in Yiddish and a number of lectures (in several languages) and film showings:
- Singing workshop (7 sessions), led by Shura Lipovsky, leading artist of Yiddish songs today.
-Theater workshop (5 sessions), led by Rafael Goldwaser, director and founder of the LuftTeater of Strasbourg
- Conversation in Yiddish (4 sessions), led by Aron Waldman, teacher at the Maison de la culture yiddish
These three workshops will be held in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday.
Persons who do not wish to take the full course may sign up for the cultural activities only.

Song workshop: 70 € (members of MCY : 50 €)
Theater workshop : 70 € (members of MCY : 50 €)
Conversation workshop: 60 € (members of MCY : 40 €)