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Jill Culiner is the author of the new book A Contrary Journey with Velvel Zbarzher, Bard . Zbarzher was a 19th century poet and singer. Culiner's other books include Finding Home in the Footsteps of

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We are excited to share with you a new book by Jill Culiner. Entitled A Contrary Journey. It tells the story of the Jewish enlightenment. Jill follows Velvel Zbarzher, a bard in the 19th-century Old Find links to buy A Contrary Journey with Velvel Zbarzher,...

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Jewish writers, actors, rebels and bards upended the 19th c Old Country. Campaigning for education and freedom of expression, they fought the religious stranglehold. Velvel Zbarzher sang, argued and joked his way from Ukrainian shtetl to Constantinople....

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photo from https://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com The “Father of Yiddish Theatre”, Avrom Goldfaden, and the Jewish bards Velvel Zbarzher, and Elyokem Tsunzer, came back to life in the 1930s via the poet Itsik Manger. Born Isidor Helfer in 1901, son of...

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A Privy in the Ward The district that lies between College and Queen Streets, Yonge Street and University Avenue (known as the Ward) is generally regarded by the respectable citizens of Toronto as a strange and fearful place into which it unwise to enter...

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The Old Country? How did it smell? Sound? Was it as unified and cosy as the proponents of Heritage Travel would have us believe? Was there really a strong sense of community? Did Chagall’s phantom figures tap their toes to the familiar tunes of Fiddler...

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The Barlad Fusgeyers with their horse, wagon, and the three women who were part of the group In 1858, ten years later, after the Peace Treaty of Paris concluded the Crimean War, the principalities of Moldavia and Walachia united to become the new country...

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Shipping Company Port Dormitory Immigrant trade was the staple of European steamship lines. Timber and cotton filled the holds on the inward voyage, and people on the outward. Liverpool, Southampton, Rotterdam, Cherbourg, and Hamburg were the major ports...

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In 1661, the Jewish Council of Vilna issued a decree banning merry-making fire dances, plays, and masquerades although the badkhonim (wedding jesters) were allowed to continue their acts during marriage ceremonies. Theatrical performances were limited...

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