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Yiddish Book Center
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Amherst
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Owner description: The Book Center’s 37,000-square-foot heymish-modern building in Amherst, MA, is a lebedike velt – a lively world – featuring an open Yiddish book repository, theatres, art galleries, museum exhibitions about Yiddish language and culture, and programs in literature, music, art, film, and theater
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Fabulously educational, moving and entertaining; all at once. If you only have an hour, stop in to view the movie about the history ofthe centre and bio of the founder, Aaron Lansky. If you have a full day, even better. The peaceful setting and magnificent architecture transport you back to an old Eastern European Jewish village; a Shtetl. The staff is very friendly, helpful and we have returned for visits each time we are in the area. The book collection defies description. For children, there are interactive exhibits and for adults and kids a wonderful room is set up to resemble an old living room with old music recordings to listen to through headsets. Outside the building are lovely, peaceful gardens to walk through or simply have a seat and read. I'm not sure how long it would take to really "get to know" the book collection, but I do know that each time we have stopped in we have left feeling very enriched with the Yiddish culture that we missed out on growing up.

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Reviewed March 20, 2012

This building recreates the feeling of the time and the inside is bright, airy and informative. Worth the trip!!

1  Thank CorinneDugas
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Beautiful atmospheric architecture. Carefully chosen details throughout add to feeling of a unique creation. A meaningful link to a past world, thoughfully done. Well worth a trip to Amherst.

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Reviewed February 24, 2012

The Center has fascinating, well organized exhibits plus periodic interesting events and speakers. Friendly, helpful staff. A beautiful location with lovely gardens.

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Reviewed December 29, 2011

If you are interested in Jewish history, this should not be missed. Plan on spending at least half a day there and don't miss the grounds.

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