The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival presents:
The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye
The Bernard Wexler Lecture on Jewish History
Novelist and playwright Sholem Aleichem was a founding giant of modern Yiddish literature. His memorable characters, which include Fiddler’s “Tevye the Dairyman,” offer a window into late 19th century Eastern European Jewish life. But Sholem Aleichem’s own life story, complete with dramatic reversals of fortune, is just as compelling.
Jeremy Dauber is a professor of Yiddish literature at Columbia University, where he also serves as director of its Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and teaches in the American Studies program. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. His previous books include In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern and Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature.
“Dauber brings to his task a comprehensive knowledge not only of Sholem Aleichem’s life but also of the contexts—historical and literary—in which he wrote and thrived. His prose is swift, clean, and clear, and the portrait that emerges is sharply focused.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
The Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History, established in 1996, supports an annual lecture that brings outstanding speakers, scholarly research and contemporary issues to the forefront of learning at the DCJCC.
Program Co-Sponsors: The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center and Program for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland, The Program in Judaic Studies of The George Washington University, Yiddish of Greater Washington
Promotional Sponsors: The Foundation for Jewish Studies, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
See the entire Festival line-up here!