Zoom Program: Coming to America: A Jewish Refugee in New York

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Explore the themes of immigration to America, primarily through the lens of Yiddish Literature in Translation in these reading groups.


This is a live program that will be conducted via Zoom, a free online video conferencing
platform. Registration is required. On the day of the program, we will email you with the link to join the live program. You are not required to have a Zoom account . If you would like to create a free account though, you may do so at https://zoom.us/signup.

Please contact Amy Carroll at Acarroll@cc-pl.org with any questions.

A Jewish Refugee in New York

By Kadya Molodovsky

Kadya Molodovsky (1894-1975) was one of the most well-known and prolific writers of Yiddish literature in the twentieth century.  Rivke Zilberg, a 20 year-old Jewish woman arrives in New York shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland, her home country.  Struggling to learn a new language and cope with a different way of life in the United States, Rivke finds herself keeping a journal about the challenges and opportunities of this new land.  Molodovsky provided keen insight into the day-to-day activities of the large immigrant Jewish community of New York.

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“Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries


Coming to America will comprise of reading groups to discuss the themes of immigration with a final installment featuring a guest speaker.

The first three reading groups feature books of Yiddish literature in translation

September 2nd-Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

September 30th- A Jewish Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky

The final reading will feature a book about Nigerian immigrants.

October 28th- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


A guest speaker will be announced at a later date.


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



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