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Yiddish Book Center

1021 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3375
+1 413-256-4900
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Unique and moving

Dedicated to preserving the dying language of Yiddish, but also paying tribute to Jewish immigrants... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Everyting Old is New Again

An amazing collection of old books that are being given a new 'life'. Great story of how one man's... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
New York City, New York
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The Book Center’s 37,000-square-foot heymish-modern building in Amherst, MA, is a lebedike velt – a lively world – featuring an open Yiddish book repository, theatres, art galleries, museum exhibitions about Yiddish language and culture, and programs in literature, music, art, film, and theater
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1021 West St, Amherst, MA 01002-3375
+1 413-256-4900
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Dedicated to preserving the dying language of Yiddish, but also paying tribute to Jewish immigrants and their culture, this is a most interesting place. They have row after row of books written in Yiddish and also some old films from Yiddish entertainers. There is a...More

Thank LHA2013
Reviewed 5 June 2017

An amazing collection of old books that are being given a new 'life'. Great story of how one man's interest has turned into a packed library with a multitude of programing. This library supports the revival of, and interest in, the Yiddish language. You don't...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Amazing what one little idea can grow into! Impressive all around; facility, garden walk, books and exhibits. A lot to absorb and learn.

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Good overview of Yiddish history and great assortment of books. Very nice and peacefull surroundings.

Thank PortlandRoss
Reviewed 22 May 2017

For years I've been wanting to come here and finally did today. The Yiddish Book Center far surpassed my expectations. I had no idea it offered so many fabulous programs, had such an astonishing repository of Yiddish books and was collecting them from all over...More

1  Thank LiveWell300
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Wonderful experience. Great history lesson. Friendly staff. Do not miss. Very Knowledgeable on all subjects.

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 15 February 2017

A beautiful facility styled like an old Polish getto. An amazing collection of books in Yiddish, many rescued by Aaron Lansky and his wife Gail, from dumpsters. They bring in amazing musical performances, especially klezmer music, and films and plays from an almost lost era....More

Thank Joe G
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is the most amazing museum, really. A beautiful and innovative architecture by any standard that was built to protect and display the world's largest collection of Yiddish works, woven around the history of their times. An amazing experience for anyone of any religion and...More

2  Thank barry01035
Reviewed 28 December 2016

We attended a guided tour which is what I highly suggest. You will come away with an appreciation of the history of the language and the work being done by the museum.

Thank Phyllis B
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This organization has been prominent in the bringing back the Yiddish language, encouraging translation into English of texts, preserving Yiddish books...Fascinating small exhibits, frequent audio visual programs, performances. The architecture evokes the lost shtetl's of Europe.

Thank Sharonrose98
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Response from Judith G | Reviewed this property |
Yes! There is a lovely concert hall indoors.