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.

Magic in Mame-Loshn: On Harry Potter in Yiddish

December 4th at 1:00pm ET

The worldwide bestseller, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling has been published in 80 languages, including Latin and Ancient Greek. Two years ago, that collection expanded to include a Yiddish translation published as Harry Potter Un Der Filosofisher Shteyn – and sold out in 48 hours. Join us for a fascinating conversation between Arun Schaechter Viswanath – Harry Potter Yiddish translator, and Gili Bar-Hillel Semo, Harry Potter Series Hebrew translator.

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What Makes Us Brave: Cultivating Courage on the Page and in the Arena

December 7th at 1:00pm ET

NLI USA Signature Speakers Series

A special NLI USA event marking National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, featuring Ambassador Michael Oren with Laura Blumenfeld. Ambassador Oren is a historian, statesman, and gifted writer, most recently of the WWII novel, “Swann’s War.” In conversation with the New York Times best-selling author and former U.S. diplomat Laura Blumenfeld, Oren will explore the amazing grace and occasional failure of Jewish courage from the ancient Bible to the modern battlefield.

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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,

Explore the full range of virtual and in-person upcoming cultural events. For recordings of previous events, enter the Library’s vault.

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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. Check back with us soon.

In-Person Upcoming Events in the United States

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