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A Polish Journey to Yiddish Language and Culture: Presented by Agnieszka Ilwicka

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Polish-born Yiddishist Agnieszka Ilwicka will reflect on her work with the last native Yiddish speakers in Poland and her teaching of the language at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. She has studied and advanced Jewish culture in Poland in conjunction with the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, San Francisco, and the National Yiddish Book Center,  Amherst, Mass.

Ilwicka began learning Yiddish as an undergraduate at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, and she has continued her study of the language in Vilnius, Paris, London, and New York.  She holds a master’s degree in Polish philology and history, specializing in Jewish studies, from the University of Wroclaw. She was a student in Jewish studies at the University of Southampton, England, where she has worked with the archive of Yiddish manuscripts in the Hartley Library and with the Yiddish Book Collection at University College in London.  

Program made possible, in part, by Larry Burgheimer, and by Richard Krieg in honor of David Medlin.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.