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A Celebration of the Life and Works of Bronx Native Author, Chaim Grade

PRESS NEWS: For immediate release

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Jonathan Brent, Executive Director

Riverdale Temple
4545 Independence Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
Yvette Marrin, Chair, Adult Education Committee
203-863-9100 x 360

(New York – April 9, 2013) The YIVO Jewish Culture Series, a partnership with the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research and Riverdale Temple, will feature a special program on Sunday, April 14 at 2pm at the Riverdale Temple located at 4545 Independence Ave. (at 246th Street). This event will celebrate the awarding of the personal papers and library of the esteemed Yiddish author Chaim Grade to the YIVO and the National Library of Israel.

In accordance with the terms of the successor agreement, the assets of the estate will be permanently housed at YIVO at their world headquarters in New York City and shared with the National Library of Israel. YIVO and the National Library of Israel have agreed to work together to digitize the entire archive and make it accessible for scholars globally in recognition of Grade’s rich legacy.

The program at the Riverdale Temple on the afternoon of April 14th includes remarks by Jonathan Brent, YIVO executive director, a lecture by Professor Curt Leviant, a personal friend of Chaim Grade and a translator of his works, and speeches by public officials in recognition of the fact that this Bronx based author’s works will remain in New York City. Jonathan Brent, YIVO’s executive director commenting about Chaim Grade, notes "that his works are Faulknerian in power in their depiction of place and the psychological and moral depths of his characters."

A reception follows the formal program and is open to all attendees. There is a $5.00 suggested contribution at the door.

ABOUT YIVO: Founded in 1925, the YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City, and is the world’s premier teaching and research institute devoted to East European Jewish Studies with specializations in the Yiddish language, literature, and folklore; the Holocaust and the American Jewish experience.

ABOUT RIVERDALE TEMPLE: Established in 1947, Riverdale Temple was the very first Jewish congregation in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in New York City. It is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. We are committed to an inclusive approach to Jewish life, and celebrate the diversity of our membership. We all share a common desire to study and celebrate with open minds, intellectual curiosity and integrity, and a loving respect for Jewish history and heritage