YIVO Jewish Culture Series



The Yivo Jewish Culture Series programs focus on Yiddish literature, culture, history, language and Jewish heritage. They are presented several times across the course of the year on Sunday afternoons at 2PM and take place in Riverdale Temple's sanctuary. Their speakers and subject matter experts draw a large audience for this popular event.

The faculty for the series draws on the extensive network of scholars affiliated with the YIVO Institute. The events are open to the broader community.

“We are delighted with the success of YIVO’s Jewish Culture Series at Riverdale Temple over these last four years. The overwhelming response to these lectures and events demonstrates the great need for substantive programming about Jewish history and culture for the public.” —Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director

The 2016-2017 program year:
November 13, January 29,  April 2 and June11 

Admission is FREE to all.

YIVO Jewish Culture Series Presents

The Mighty Afterlife of a Broadway Musical- Fiddler on the Roof
January 29, 2pm in the Riverdale Temple sanctuary.

Award-winning drama critic and director of the Arts & Culture concentration in the M. A. program at Columbia University, Alisa Solomon in a multimedia presentation traces how and why the story of Tevye the milkman, the creation of the great Yiddish writer Sholem-Aleichem, was reborn as blockbuster entertainment and a cultural touchstone, not only for Jews and not only in America. It is a story of the theater, following Tevye from his humble appearance on the New York Yiddish stage, through his adoption by leftist dramatists as a symbol of oppression, to his Broadway debut in one of the last big book musicals, and his ultimate destination―a major Hollywood picture.

Rich, entertaining, and original, Alisa Solomon reveals for us the surprising and enduring legacy of a show about tradition that itself became a tradition.

To remind those of you NOT familiar with The YIVO Jewish Culture Series at Riverdale Temple, it is an educational outreach program designed to introduce various aspects of Eastern European Jewish culture and history to the public The faculty for the series draws on the extensive network of scholars affiliated with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Riverdale Temple in partnership with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research created the YIVO’s first outreach program in 2011. From that time this program has enabled many more people in the Bronx and adjacent communities to have the benefit of attending lectures and dramatic or musical presentations to learn about aspects of Jewish culture and literature from experts that they might not otherwise have had a chance to meet.

Founded in 1925, the YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City in the Chelsea area of lower Manhattan. It is the world’s premier academic Institute devoted to teaching and the study of East European Jewish History, language and culture and its influence in America. Riverdale Temple as host to the partnership conducts the YIVO Jewish Culture to the public four times a year. The next event will take place on April 2.

 2016 1113 Shane Yvette Marrin and Eleanor at Riverdale TempleYvette Marrin, Chair Adult Education Committee, with Shane Baker and Elenor Reissa at the November 13 event where they did dramatic readings from the works of Sholem Aleichem in remembrance of his 100th yortzeit.