Sun Jun 13 2021


Pacific Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Chochmat HaLev

Kinder Yorn: Birth and Childhood, with Michael Wex

In Michael Wex’s third presentation for KlezCalifornia, Kinder Yorn: Birth and Childhood, we will look at the stages of Yiddish life from infancy to adolescence, along with Yiddish attitudes to childbirth, infancy, and toddlerhood, with special emphasis on early education and approaches to discipline. It’s a panorama of Jewish childhood from birth to the first glimmers of maturity. The event begins 11am Pacific Time, 2pm New York, 7pm London, 8pm Paris, 9pm Tel Aviv. Please confirm your local time.

Co-presented by Jewish Community Library and Chochmat HaLev.

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 most recent major project, Baym Kabaret Yitesh, an all-Yiddish cabaret show, premiered at Yiddish Summer Weimar in 2019.

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