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Yiddish Book Center

Yiddish Book Center Review

Founded in 1980 by Aaron Lansky, this nonprofit organization has become a major force in the effort to preserve the Yiddish language and Jewish culture, by rescuing over 1 million Yiddish books that would otherwise have been lost. Built in 1997 on the campus of Hampshire College, the center is housed in a split-roof building that resembles a cluster of houses in a traditional Eastern European shtetl, or village. Inside, a contemporary space contains more than 100,000 books, a kosher dining room, and a visitor center with changing exhibits.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002 | Map It
  • Phone: 413/256–4900
  • Cost: $8
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., Sun.–Fri. 10–4; Nov.–Mar., weekdays 10–4
  • Website:
  • Location: Amherst
Updated: 12-23-2013

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