The Bizarre Tales of Yiddishland: What the Yiddish Press Reveals about the Jews

Monday, March 19th 07:30 pm

Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center
Dr. Portnoy will discuss his new book, Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press, an alternative history of downwardly mobile Jews that exposes the underbelly of pre-World War II New York and Warsaw. With true stories of Jewish drunks, thieves, murderers, and more, all plucked from the pages of the Yiddish dailies, this irreverent and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into an unknown Yiddish world.

Sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, the talk is the Abram Matlofsky Memorial Program, funded by the Karma Foundation.

Free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

RSVP requested to: or 848-932-2033.

Eddy Portnoy, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research