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On June 10, 2010, YIVO launched the online version of The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, www.yivoencyclopedia.org. The program from that evening that is presented here includes remarks by Jonathan Brent, YIVO's executive director; Gershon Hundert, the encyclopedia's editor in chief; and Joseph Steinberg, whose charitable trust is the website's principal sponsor. Jeffrey Edelstein, the encyclopedia's project director, then gave a demonstration of the site's features.



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null THE YIVO ENCYCLOPEDIA : A FIRST LOOK 11 March 2008


A panel discussion that celebrated the publication of The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe by Yale University Press. The panelists served as "first readers," giving their reactions and thoughts about this monumental new scholarly work and its potential impact on the greater community.

The panelists were novelist Allegra Goodman, author of Intuition and Kaaterskill Falls; Edward Kasinec, head of the Slavic and Baltic Division at the New York Public Library; Marsha Rozenblit, the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Jewish History at the University of Maryland; and Leo Spitzer, the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of History and former chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth University. Editor in Chief Gershon Hundert, professor of history and chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University, led the panel and responded to the panelists' remarks.

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null THE YIVO ENCYCLOPEDIA : A CELEBRATION 12 March 2008

On March 12, 2008, YIVO held an event and reception celebrating the completion and publication of The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, a two-volume, 2,500-page reference edited by Gershon Hundert of McGill University. The event emphasized the breadth and diversity of the work’s coverage with a series of brief presentations by scholars associated with the project that led into or included performances, recitations, and readings that served as examples. The program was as follows :



Opening Remarks 
Jeffrey Edelstein
- Project Director

Cantorial Music
Wendy Heller - presenter

“Ve-‘Al Yedey ‘Avodekho” (Zavel Kwartin, composer; Jack Baras, arr.)
Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson, performer
Linda Hall Gerson - accompanist

Literature and Pogroms
Alice Nakhimovsky, Presenter

Hayim Nahman Bialik, Be-‘Ir ha-haregah / In shkhite shtot (In the City of Slaughter; 1903/1906), excerpts
Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson, Hebrew reciter

Yankl Salant, Yiddish reciter

Yiddish Theater and Song
Michael C. Steinlauf, presenter

“Dos Bahtshl Kreln” (The Necklace of Beads; Yitskhok Perlov, lyrics; Lola Forman, music)
Rebecca Joy Fletcher, performer

with Spencer Chandler
Conrad Winslow, accompanist

Chairman’s Remarks
Bruce Slovin, Chair, YIVO Board of Directors


Publisher’s Remarks
Jonathan Brent, Editorial Director, Yale University Press

Introduced by Carl J. Rheins, YIVO Executive Director

Visual Arts
Olga Litvak, presenter


Traditional Instrumental Music
Mark Slobin, presenter

Medley - Doyne/Nign from the Beregovskii collection :
“A Vivat far di Mekhutonim” (Congratulations to the In-Laws; from a 1919 recording by Abe Schwartz);
“Heymish Freylekh” (from a 1919 recording
by Max Leibowitz)   
Lisa Gutkin (violin) and Paul Morrissett (tsimbl), performers

Jewish Writers and the Soviet State
Alice Nakhimovsky, presenter

Excerpts : Isaac Babel, “Karl-Yankel” (pub. 1931);
Vasilii
Grossman, Zhizn’ i sud’ba (Life and Fate; pub. 1980)
Alexander Nakhimovsky, reader


Closing Remarks
Gershon David Hundert, Editor in Chief



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