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October 27, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
online via Zoom
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Coming to America Book Discussion Series: Motl the Cantor's Son - ONLINE

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Jones Library is excited to participate in the Yiddish Book Center's "Coming to America" Reading Groups for Public Libraries, a program in which librarians arrange reading groups to discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation, and one book related to an immigrant community served by their library.

Tonight's discussion will be led by librarian Linda Wentworth, and the selected title is:
Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem 
Sholem Aleichem was one of the founding fathers of modern Yiddish literature and is one the most celebrated characters in all of Jewish fiction. Motl is the spirited and mischievous nine-year-old boy who accompanies his family on a journey from their Russian shtetl to New York, and whose comical, poignant, and clear-eyed observations capture with remarkable insight the struggles and hopes and triumphs of Jewish immigrants to America at the turn of the twentieth century.

*** Discussion group is now full.  ***

To register for this discussion series, please email 

About the Discussion Series
Using Yiddish literature as a portal, the discussion series will feature Yiddish literature in translation that explores questions of identity, assimilation, language, cuisine, and generational change. It will explore American identity as an ongoing conversation, a give-and-take between insiders and outsiders, and will compare these works written in the early 20th century to works by contemporary immigrant writers.

The book discussions will be held online via Zoom. Links for the discussions will be sent to registered participants the day before the discussion. Books are available to be signed out to participants in this discussion series, thanks to support from the Yiddish Book Center and the “Coming to America” program.  There are limited spaces available, and registration in advance is required. Arrangements will be made for contactless book pick-up at the Jones Library after registration.

Discussion Series Dates and Titles:
Tuesday, October 27 @ 7 pm:  Motl the Canto's Son by Sholem Aleichem
Tuesday, November 17 @ 7 pm:  Enemies, a Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Tuesday, December 15 @ 7 pm:  A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky
Tuesday, January 19 @ 7 pm:  The Leavers by Lisa Ko

This series is made possible due to support from the Yiddish Book Center. The Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.