"Beyle: The Artist and Her Legacy": A Yiddish Book Center Film

Cleveland Park Library

"Beyle: The Artist and Her Legacy": A Yiddish Book Center Film

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 7 p.m.

BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy is a documentary short film about the life and legacy of poet, artist and activist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Beyle's poems and songs are part of the fabric of postwar Yiddish culture. In 2005 she received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for her vast and vibrant artistic contributions, which have had a lasting impact on many Jewish artists and scholars. 

After surviving the Holocaust in Europe, Beyle sought to build a secular Yiddish-speaking community that would continue for generations. She published her debut poetry book Steshkes tsvishn moyern (Footpaths amid Stone Walls) in 1972. She published several collections of poems and artwork as well as CDs of her songs performed by herself and other Yiddish performers.

Film producer: Christa Whitney, Director, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs will introduce the film and lead the discussion following.