Arik Einstein and other artists entertain wounded soldiers at Cafe Scala in Tel Aviv (1969). Photo: IPPA archive.

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The National Library of Israel offers unparalleled virtual and in-person opportunities for cultural and educational enrichment. We seek to inspire a community of learners.

The Jewish World in Ukrainian Short Fiction, August 10th at 1pm EST

How did Ukrainian short fiction writers represent Jews and Jewish life as well as Ukrainian-Jewish relations? In this lecture, Khrystyna Semeryn, a Ukrainian independent researcher, journalist, and writer will delve into the details of Ukrainian literary imagery of the Jewish world based on over a hundred pieces of literature.

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Free as a Jew, August 14th at 1pm EST

In her new book, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, Harvard professor emerita Ruth R. Wisse reflects on her experience fleeing the Holocaust as a child, living through the birth of the State of Israel, and teaching Yiddish literature and Comparative Literature at Harvard University for more than 20 years. This event will feature Wisse in conversation with Dr. Yoel Finkelman, Judaica Collection Curator at the National Library of Israel.

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Insiders/Outsiders: Jewish Artists in Britain, August 21st at 1pm EST

This illustrated lecture by London-based art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen will examine the significant contribution made to British visual culture by artists of Jewish origin, against a background of increasing emancipation and assimilation from the nineteenth century onwards.

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Israel in the British Literary Imagination, August 28th at 1pm EST

In this session Daniel Taub, an Israeli diplomat and international lawyer, will look at how conceptions of Israel have changed over time, and ask whether these tell us more about the Jewish state they are describing or the authors who are writing them.

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Sister trio A-WA preforming at B’sod Kolot Rabim (“The Secret of Many Voices”), the National Library’s annual celebration of liturgical poetry, prayer, and song,

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Children on the first day of school (1981). Photo: IPPA archive.

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Education Programs

In-Person Upcoming Events in Israel

In-person events in Israel are on hold during the pandemic. Check back with us soon.

In-Person Upcoming Events in the United States

In-person events in the United States are also on hold during the pandemic. Check back with us soon.