A Special Shabbat Shalem Series


Dr. Miriam Udel is associate professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, where her teaching focuses on Yiddish language,  literature, and culture. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, as well as a PhD in Comparative  Literature from the same institution. She is the author of Never Better! The Modern Jewish Picaresque (University of Michigan Press, 2016),   winner of a National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. Her annotated, translated anthology of Yiddish children’s literature, Honey on the Page, is slated to appear with New York University Press in Fall 2019. She is also part of the first cohort of Yeshivat Maharat’s Executive Kollel Track.
Co-sponsored by Graduate Theological Union and The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies

Friday, March 8
5:51 pm Candle Lighting
6:00 pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
7:00 pm Communal Shabbat Dinner
$12 per child, student, & young professional, $20 per adult, $60 maximum per family (registration is closed at this time)
8:00 pm Learning w/Dr. Udel: “A Sabbath for Socialists: Yiddish Children’s Literature Between Sacred and Secular” — A literature for Yiddish speaking children flourished during the early decades of the twentieth century, a time of rapid modernization when large numbers of Eastern European Jews became urban and secular. Distinguished authors and teachers alike crafted stories, poems and plays to model the politically progressive, ethically engaged values that they hoped to foster in the next generation. Curiously, against that backdrop, we can discern a subgenre of tales that celebrated Sabbath observance under adverse circumstances. We will examine why such stories flowed from the pens of socialist leaders both Bundist and Zionist—and what they came to signify.

See details for Saturday on our Scholars in Residence page: