AMHERST, Mass.– The Yiddish Book Center has announced it will begin its phased reopening on Thursday, June 24. The Center will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Center is home to the world’s first Yiddish museum. The building is designed to recall a shtetl—the iconic Jewish town of Eastern Europe—and is set on a 10-acre apple orchard at the edge of the campus of Hampshire College adjacent to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.
The ongoing visiting exhibit by NYC-based, multimedia artist Steve Marcus is two connected exhibits. “Through the Hat” includes wood-carved objects that seamlessly weave together Marcus’ childhood memories of bagels and bialys, pickles and green tomatoes from the barrel, and paper-wrapped whitefish chubs with his personal journey and passion for his own roots and culture. “The Golden Medina” expands on this series, welcoming the viewer deeper into Marcus’ world of contemporary kosher folk art through humorous depictions of everyday Jewish life. The exhibit will be on view at the Center through fall 2021.
Since closing its doors to the public on March 12, 2020, due to the pandemic, the Yiddish Book Center has offered and will continue to offer an ongoing series of free “virtual” public programs. Its annual “Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music” will be presented as a 75-minute, pre-recorded, “virtual” program on July 11.
To ensure the health and safety of its visitors and staff, the Center has new visitor protocols. Visitors must follow the most current Massachusetts travel guidelines. All visitors will be required to wear facemasks while in the Center and to adhere to social distancing requirements to protect the safety of themselves and others.
The suggested admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors. It is free for members, students, and children.
The events calendar and other information is available at yiddishbookcenter.org.