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Yelena Shmuelenson and Binyumen Schaechter, New York, NY, 6 July 2011

Madagascar, Surinam, Birobidzhan, Argentina, Australia and, of course, Israel – these are all places where Jews tried to establish a homeland although little is known about most of them today. Come hear singer/actress Yelena Shmuelenson (of Serious Man fame) and Binyumen Schaechter, Director of the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, perform “Yiddish Songs of Jewish Settlements, Realized and Unrealized,” Wednesday, July 6th at 6 PM at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. in NYC at the opening program of the exhibit “Other Zions: From Freeland to Yiddishland,” sponsored by the League for Yiddish and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The exhibit honors the anniversaries of three intertwined Yiddish organizations: Freeland League for Jewish Territorial Colonization, League for Yiddish and Afn Shvel magazine. The music is part of a unique bilingual (Yiddish and English) program featuring a brief film about the Freeland League and its charismatic leader I.N Steinberg, presentations by noted scholars about the three "jubilee honorees" and an outline of a contemporary Territorialist project.
Admission free. Exhibit may be viewed directly before and after program.
Please reserve: 212.294.6127 or http://www.yivo.org.
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