8th Festival of Jewish Cultures

Multi-cité, (“Multi-city”) June 12 to 28, 2012
The following are the activities offered by the MCY as part of this two-week-long Festival, which has become over the years a major cultural event in Paris.  Its theme this year is “the street, the city, and civic commitment”.

Sunday June 17 at 2 p.m.

Performance by all the choral groups, including that of the MCY, Tshiribim,

Bourse du Travail, 29 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris.

Monday June 18 at 6.15 p.m.

Talk with music by Nadia Déhan-Rotschild and Fanny Barbaray

Songs for a better world: when Yiddish sang the revolution
The theme of revolution took a considerable place in the Yiddish song repertoire. The speakers will explore the historic and geographic dimensions of these songs, their authors and their popularization, illustrated by musical selections.   .
Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, Hôtel Lamoignon, 24 rue Pavée, 75004 Paris.

Wednesday June 20 at 3 p.m.

Lecture by Annette Wieviorka

Wolf Wieviorka and the heritage of a European destiny
Wolf Wieviorka, who was born in a traditional family in Zyrardow, Poland, at the end of the 19th century, and died at Auschwitz, had chosen to immigrate to France to pursue his vocation as a Yiddish writer. His vision of Judaism and of the world was expressed in his numerous articles and stories.

Maison de l’Europe, 35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris.

Sunday June 24 at 2 p.m.

Day of the associations. The Maison de la culture Yiddish will be present at a stand, in front of the Mairie of the 4th Arrondissement. Parvis de la Mairie du IVe, Place Baudoyer.

2.15 -2.45 p.m.: Performance of the Klezmer workshop of Marthe Desrosières, with the participation of the children of the Kindershul.

Monday June 25 at 8 p.m.

Concert by Noëmi Waysfeld and Blik

From Yiddishkeyt to Saudade 
Songs from their first album, Kalyma, will alternate with a new repertoire inspired by fado, sing in Yiddish and in Portuguese, along with other selections from around the Mediterranean. Salle Rossini, Mairie du IXe, 6 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris.

Reservations and pick-up point for tickets:

The Festival office will be open as from June 1st: Maison de l’Europe 35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris.
Payment online.

Fête de la musique

Thursday June 21, 2012
Profitez de cette fête pour venir à la Maison de la culture yiddish chanter yiddish et jouer klezmer, en solo ou en petite formation. Le déroulement de la soirée, incluant votre prestation, sera publié dans le programme officiel de la Fête de la musique.

Contact : Estelle Hulack (estelle@yiddishweb.com)


Dance (led by Hélène Domergue-Zilberberg )
Saturday June 16 from 4.30 to 7.00 p.m. 

An afternoon of dancing to learn and practice the old standards of Yiddish folklore: freylekh, bulgar, hora, patsh-tants…
With the klezmer group of the Maison de la culture yiddish (led by Marthe Desrosières

Cost — refreshments included: 15 €. Members: 12 € (reservation required as space is limited).

Translation (Batia Baum)
Tuesdays June 12 and 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Theater (led by Noëmi Waysfeld, assisted by Renée Kaluszynski)
Tuesdays June 5 and 12 from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.  

Klezmer music (Marthe Desrosières)
Sundays June 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Tshiribim choral group (Shura Lipovsky)
Sunday June 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. 

(Further information here on workshops and Yiddish courses)

Radio programs

On the air:
Yidish haynt,
monthly program on Yiddish culture (in French), produced by the Maison de la culture yiddish, is broadcast on RCJ 93.9 FM.

On internet:
The new weekly webcast in Yiddish Tsu zingen un tsu zogn, produced by the Maison de la culture yiddish, is led by Sharon Bar-Kochva, Nicole Wajeman and Gilles Rozier. You can listen to previous programs here.

Lectures on line

For those who were unable to attend a lecture given during the season “Utopias of Yiddish”, all of the lectures have been recorded and can be accessed as follows:

Jewish agricultural colonies in Argentina, Brazil and the United States founded on the initiative of Baron Maurice de Hirsch, by Dominique Frischer, given on Saturday March 31, 2012

Jews on the kolkhoz: Jewish agricultural colonies in Ukraine and in Crimea , by Thomas Chopard, given on Saturday  May 5, 2012

Birobidjan today, by Anne Nivat and Boris Kotlerman, with the participation of Rachel Kamelgarn, given on Wednesday May 9, 2012

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

Lectures in Yiddish :
Short story collection Birobidzhaner (1934) by Dovid Bergelson (Dovid Bergelsons Birobidzhaner), by Natalia Krynicka, given on Sunday May 13, 2012

Cultural life in Birobidjan (Dos kulturele lebn in Birobidzhan), by Boris Kotlerman, given on Sunday May 13, 2012

Zion without Zionism: Birobidjan, an unconvincing project (Tsiyenizm on Tsiyen), by David Shneer, given on Sunday May 13, 2012


Latest publications for sale at the Maison de la culture yiddish:

The Dictionary of Words of Hebrew and Aramaic Origin in Yiddish (re-edition)
Price: 30 €.

The catalogue of the exhibition Utopias of Yiddish (published by the Maison de la culture yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem)
Price: 12 €.

Number 83 of the magazine Der yidisher tamtam (Price: 2,50 €).
Founded in 1995, Der yidisher tamtam is a bi-monthly magazine designed for students of Yiddish, edited by Evelyne Grumberg, Natalia Krynicka and Rubye Monet. The previous issued can also be purchased at the Maison de la culture yiddish (except for several issues which are out of print).
It is also possible to subscribe to receive the publication by post. All the issues up to Number 82 can be downloaded free of charge.


For the accommodation of two teachers at the Summer University of Yiddish Language and Literature coming from abroad, we are seeking to rent two apartments from July 8 to 27, situated in building with elevator, preferably in the neighborhood of the Maison de la culture yiddish or if not, directly accessible by bus.

Contact Gilles Rozier (gilles@yiddishweb.com).

Date postponed

The day entitled “Tam Gan-Eydn” (“A Taste of Paradise“), initially scheduled for Sunday June 10 at 4 p.m., has been postponed until October. It will be led, as planned, by Régine Nebel, with the participation de Laurence Kersz.