The Yiddish Book Center will feature several programs during October.

A community open house will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (all events are free and open to the public) at the Center, 1021 West. St., Amherst, Mass. The day’s schedule includes an 11 a.m. gallery talk with NYC artist Steve Marcus, creator of “The Trough The Hat” and Tales From the Golden Medina exhibits and a noon guided tour of Center. Yiddish Book Center President Aaron Lansky and Executive Director Susan Bronson will chat with museum goers at 2:30 p.m.

Amy Shreeve’s multimedia presentation, This Used to Be a Synagogue,” will compare the locations of Manhattan’s old synagogues with pictures of the churches, luxury apartments, and salons that occupy their spaces today on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

The Center will screen Asaf Galay’s “The Adventures of Saul Bellow,” the first documentary film on the man described by critic James Wood as the “greatest of American prose stylists in the 20th century.” The 7 p.m. showing will be on Thursday, Oct. 28. It Marking the centennial of his birth and the tenth anniversary of his death, the film features interviews along with previously restricted footage and takes the viewer to the locations that shaped Bellow and his fiction. A talkback with director Galay and Bellow’s son Daniel will follow the screening.