Eddy Portnoy to Speak on Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press | June 16, 2020

Bad Rabbi by Eddy Portnoy

Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press with Eddy Portnoy
Please join us online on June 16, at 4pm (EST), when Eddy Portnoy launches our new Yiddish Culture Series with a discussion on strange but true stories from the Yiddish Press.

The series Di Yidishe Velt: A Virtual Festival of Yiddish Culture is a project of the UConn Center for Judaic Studies in partnership with the Jewish Hartford European Roots Project.

An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press exposes the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With true stories plucked from the pages of the Yiddish papers, Eddy Portnoy introduces us to the drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, poets, and beauty queens whose misadventures were immortalized in print.

Eddy Portnoy is Academic Advisor and Director of Exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He received his Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A specialist in Jewish popular culture, he has published in numerous academic journals and also in The Forward and in Tablet Magazine

Please register to attend. Registration will close on 6/15/2020.

Questions? Please contact Avinoam Patt at avinoam.patt@uconn.edu

Save the date for the following upcoming programs in this series!

Di Yidishe Velt: A Virtual Festival of Yiddish Culture
Jewish Hartford European Roots 

June 30 at 7pm (EST) | Sam Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College | “Yiddish Culture in Wartime 1939-1945.” Cosponsored by Voices of Hope [Register]


July 13 at 7pm  (EST) | Nick Underwood, Assistant Professor of History and Berger-Neilsen Chair of Judaic Studies, The College of Idaho | "The World of Yiddish Theatre in History and Digital" [Register]


July 27 at 7pm (EST) I Mark Slobin, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Emeritus, Wesleyan University | “The Yiddish Song Today.” Cosponsored by the University of Hartford Greenberg Center [Register]


September (Date and Time TBD) | Anna Shternshis and Psoy Korolenko, Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II