22-25 JUNE 2009  |  NEW YORK CITY

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is sponsoring the third EPYC Educators Seminar on East European Jewish Heritage, June 22-25, at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. Eligible participants in the Educators Seminar include teachers from various settings, such as Jewish high schools, colleges, public schools and private schools, museums and afternoon religious schools, as well as graduate students in education and Jewish studies. Participants receive free tuition, course materials, books, and DVDs, as well as breakfast and lunch daily and a modest transportation stipend.

The Seminar's chairman is Dr. Robert Moses Shapiro, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College. Co-chairing is Dr. Paul Glasser, Associate Dean of the Max Weinreich Center at the YIVO Institute. Seminar lecturers will include professors Robert Seltzer of Hunter College, Samuel D. Kassow of Trinity College, Miriam Hoffman of Columbia University, Nancy Sinkoff of Rutgers University, Chava Lapin of Queens College and YIVO, film director Joshua Waletzky, Folksbiene artistic director Zalmen Mlotek, and others.

The seminar will include lectures by prominent scholars, musicians and performers, as well as practical pedagogic discussions focused on how to use the wealth of materials available through the EPYC curriculum and the YIVO archives in their classrooms. The final day of the EPYC Seminar will be devoted to a guided walking tour of Brooklyn’s Jewish community of Borough Park, home to tens of thousands of Yiddish-speaking Hasidim and other Jews.

Seminar participants will have access to the resources of the YIVO Library and Archives, as well as other treasures housed in the Center for Jewish History. Applications should be submitted electronically and include a description of educational and professional background. A letter of recommendation by a supervisor or principal should also be submitted.
This seminar is sponsored by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.- The Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Education and Documentation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

Participants should plan to attend all scheduled sessions.
Please note : This schedule is subject to change. You will receive a more detailed schedule with your confirmation letter.

9:00AM-9:25AM Breakfast
9:30AM-11:00AM 800 Years of East European Jewry by Prof. Robert Seltzer of Hunter College
11:15AM-12:30PM East European Jewry between the World Wars by Prof. Samuel D. Kassow of Trinity College
12:30PM-1:45PM Lunch Break  -  Informal discussions with seminar faculty and colleagues
1:45PM-3:00PM Overview of Yiddish and Day-to-day Life among East European Jews by Dr. Chava Lapin of YIVO and Queens College
3:15PM-5:00PM A Tour of Jewish Geography in East Europe by Dr. Paul Glasser of YIVO and Max Weinreich Center
9:00AM-9:25AM Breakfast
9:30AM-11:00AM A Musical History of the Yiddish Theater by Zalmen Mlotek of The National Yiddish Theatre–Folksbiene
11:15AM-12:30PM Culture of Torah Judaism in East Europe by Rabbi Ysoscher Katz of YCT : Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
12:30PM-1:45PM Lunch Break  -  Informal discussions with seminar faculty and colleagues
1:45PM-3:00PM Teaching Yiddish Language and Culture in the 21st Century by Ms. Miriam Hoffman of Columbia University and the Yiddish Forward
3:15PM-5:00PM Screening of “Image Before My Eyes” introduced by Director Joshua Waletzky
9:00AM-9:25AM Breakfast
9:30AM-10:00AM Secrets of Jewish Genealogy Center
10:00AM-10:30AM Treasures from the YIVO Archives by Leo Greenbaum of YIVO
10:30AM-11:00AM Tour of YIVO Rare Book Room by Aviva Astrinsky of YIVO
11:15AM-12:30PM Treasures of YIVO’s EPYC Website by Ms. Cynthia Peterman of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
12:30PM-1:45PM Lunch Break  -  Informal discussions with seminar faculty and colleagues
1:45PM-3:00PM Transformations in the Status of Women in East European Jewry by Prof. Nancy Sinkoff of Rutgers University
3:15PM-5:00PM The Yiddish Musical Heritage presented and performed by Mr. Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics and YIVO
9:30AM Departure from YIVO to subway for Walking Tour of Borough Park, Brooklyn - Comfortable shoes and modest attire recommended
10:00AM-12:15PM Walking Tour of a Yiddish Environment led by Intrepid Guide Pearl Gluck
12:30PM-1:45PM Closing Lunch at a heymish kosher restaurant
2:00PM Return to YIVO via subway
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