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Gallery Chat: Bad Rabbi And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

Bad RabbiYIVO scholar Eddy Portnoy reads from Bad Rabbi. The book exposes the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Meet drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers, poets, and beauty queens whose misadventures were plucked from the pages of the Yiddish papers. Book sales and signing to follow.

This gallery chat is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The 613 by Archie Rand. Gallery Chats are short lunchtime talks with notable speakers about the art and stories in the exhibition. Presented in conjunction with Litquake Literary Festival.


# Sessions
Date & time

Friday, October 13
12:30 - 1:00 pm


Free with museum admission

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 13 12:30 PM–1:00 PM Fri The CJM Eddy Portnoy


The Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103



Eddy Portnoy

Eddy PortnoyEddy Portnoy is Senior Researcher and Exhibition Curator at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. He teaches Yiddish language and literature at Rutgers University and is a contributing editor at The Forward and Tablet Magazine, where he writes on Jews and popular culture.