The Bizarre Tales of Yiddishland: What the Yiddish Press Reveals about the Jews
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick
The Abram Matlofksy Annual program funded by the Karma Foundation
Eddy Portnoy, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
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.
Dr. Eddy Portnoy, an expert on Jewish popular culture, serves as academic advisor for the Max Weinreich Center and exhibition curator at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. His exhibitions at YIVO have won plaudits from The New York Times, VICE, Forward, and others. Previously he taught courses on Yiddish language and culture and Jewish humor for the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers.
Dr. Portnoy's book Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press will be on sale at the event.