Lunch & Learn: Yiddish Culture in London

Oct/25 12:15 pm -
Oct/25 01:30 pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Yiddish Culture in London
Politics, sex and religion on the streets of London’s East End, 1884 - 1914

This talk with song by Vivi Lachs, Yiddishist, historian and performer from London, explores the abundance of Yiddish kupletn written by songwriters and poets in pre-first world war London. Penned by the famous and the unknown, they tell tales of an immigrant culture in flux. Morris Winchevsky’s poetry encourages revolutionary ideas and union activism. Music-hall songs display the changing nature of sexual relationships, marital disharmony, and abuse. Satirical verse pinpoints how immigrants grappled with modernising religious practice. And they tell these stories with humour, intensity, and passion. Books are available for purchase. 

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$18 by October 11
$20 starting October 12

(includes lunch)

Vivi Lachs is a Yiddish scholar, historian and singer/performer from London specialising in Yiddish immigrant history of  London’s East End. She writes about London’s Yiddish popular culture and performs London Yiddish songs and Cockney-Yiddish music hall. She is an experienced teacher/performer and has given many public talks. Whitechapel Noise is written to be accessible to a wide audience, and the talks are informative and entertaining and include a capella song illustrations. She completed her Ph.D. in 2016 and is currently associate researcher at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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