March 4, 2021
Part 3 in this three-part series, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell will join a panel in exploring issues of systemic racism in the United States through the lens of moments in Yiddish culture: Leyb Malach’s play Mississippi, written in the wake of the infamous Scottsboro Boys trials; Yoysef Kerler’s poem Ven Kh’volt in Alabama Zayn, written in response to the American Civil Rights Movement, and the diverse engagements in the Yiddish language press with the phenomenon of anti-Black racism in the United States.
How did coverage, comment, and criticism on the subject of race in the Yiddish press express the diversity of Jewish reactions to the phenomenon of systemic anti-black racism in the United States? Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, with guests Tony Michels and Jonah Boyarin, will delve into the diverse contents of writings on race in the Yiddish-language press as an exploration of trends, tendencies, and continuities with how these issues continue to be covered in the Jewish press today.
Co-sponsors: Be’chol Lashon, Boston Workers Circle, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Congregation Kol Ami, Detroit Jews for Justice, Jewish Community Action, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Sacramento Region, Jewish Labor Committee, JFREJ, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, National Council of Jewish Women, Reconstructing Judaism, Ritualwell, T’ruah, Yaffed, Yiddish Book Center, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.