UNIVERSITY NEWS - October 2005
MEDIA CONTACT: Terri Berns
FAU Libraries Presents 2005-2006 Kultur Series - A Celebration of Yiddish Concerts, Lectures, and Readings Explore this Unique Culture
BOCA RATON, FL (October 6, 2005) - 'The Friends of Yiddish' at Florida Atlantic University, announce the 2005 - 2006 season of the KULTUR series - a variety of multifaceted programs that explore Yiddish culture and its evolution. The programs include concerts, lectures, readings and a musical presentation with commentary, October 27, 2005 - February 21, 2006. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reserved on a first come, first seated basis.
This unique series, under the direction of Dr. Henry Abramson, University Library Scholar of Judaica, draws patrons from both the University and the surrounding community. Approximately a thousand people attended KULTUR events in 2004.
Based at FAU Libraries, the 'Friends of Yiddish' organization sponsors the KULTUR series, which explores the dynamic world of Yiddish-speaking civilization through a variety of presentations and cultural events presented by local and national scholars and performers. The group is committed to developing the study of Yiddish language and culture at FAU, which upholds its mission to support the scholarly endeavors and provide information to the local, regional, national and international communities.
"The culture of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe was exceptionally vibrant for almost a thousand years," said Abramson. "Of the remnant of Yiddish speakers who survived the Holocaust, only a miniscule fraction have grandchildren who know Yiddish, with most of them speaking Hebrew, English or Russian as their native language. It is our responsibility to preserve the phenomenally creative cultural expressions of this vanished community."
The series has advanced Yiddish-related scholarship at FAU by attracting tens of thousands of dollars in donations to promote research, performance of Yiddish music, and development of the Yiddish holdings in the Special Collections and Archives at FAU's Wimberly Library, Boca Raton campus.
A $10 membership/donation to 'The Friends of Yiddish' allows members advance notice of all events. Free parking passes and directions to the events are provided at the information booth at the main Glades Road entrance. For a map of FAU's Boca Raton campus, visit http://www.fau.edu/map/bocamap1.html.
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