Sun Mar 13 2022


Pacific Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Jewish Community Library

Kiss Me Where the Jews Reposed: Hebrew in Yiddish, with Michael Wex

In Michael Wex’s fourth presentation for KlezCalifornia, we’ll look at number of Yiddish idioms and expressions drawn from day-to-day life and activities to discover various ways in which words, phrases and idioms from the Bible, Talmud and other classical religious texts find their way into Yiddish. Sometimes they come in unchanged, sometimes recast or translated into Slavic or Germanic words, and often with new meanings that don’t have much to do with their original context. No knowledge of Yiddish or Hebrew required.

The event begins 11am Pacific DAYLIGHT Time (please use this time zone converter for other areas to check your local time). NOTE: Daylight saving time begins in some parts of the world the day of the event. If you neglect to take this into account, you will miss the first hour — and you don’t want to do that!

The presentation is co-presented by the Jewish Community Library.

About Michael Wex: Author of three books on Yiddish, including the bestselling Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex, born in Lethbridge, Alberta, has taught the language at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan and is a mainstay of the contemporary Yiddish scene. A native-speaker whose Yiddish songs have been recorded by such bands as the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, Wex has translated material ranging from classical Yiddish literature to testimony for war crimes trials. He has also translated The Threepenny Opera from German into Yiddish. His most recent book, Rhapsody in Schmaltz, a study of Ashkenazi food that did for Yiddish food what Born to Kvetch did for Yiddish speech, was published 2016 by St. Martin’s Press only a few months before the world premiere of Bobe Mayses, a collaborative spectacle by Wex, Jennifer Romaine and Alan Bern developed and produced at Yiddish Summer Weimar. His project, Baym Kabaret Yitesh, an all-Yiddish cabaret show, premiered at Yiddish Summer Weimar in 2019.

In 2021, Wax performed Estragon in Stockholm, Sweden, in a sold-out Yiddish production of Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Among the attendees were Sweden’s Minister of Culture and Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden.


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This event is FREE. However KlezCalifornia relies on donations from participants to cover the costs of all our events. Donations of $18, $36 or $108 (or whatever you can afford) are needed to enable us to continue to connect you with Yiddish culture and to assist presenters who have lost most of their income during the pandemic.