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Yiddish Book Center

  • 1021 West St. Map It
  • Amherst
  • Library/Archive

Published 07/14/2016

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Founded in 1980, this nonprofit organization received a National Medal for Museum and Library Service for its role in preserving the Yiddish language and Jewish culture. The award recognized the center's rescue of more than a million Yiddish books that might otherwise have been lost. Housed in a cool, contemporary structure that mimics a traditional Eastern European shtetl, or village, the collection comprises more than 100,000 volumes. Special programs take place throughout the year. The biggest is Yidstock, a mid-July festival celebrating klezmer and other Jewish music.

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Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $8
  • Sun.–Fri. 10–4; tours Sun. at 11 and 1. Closed Jewish holidays

Published 07/14/2016


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