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“Aaron Lansky's Labor of Love”

Yiddish Book Center
Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Amherst
Certificate of Excellence
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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 November 7, 2012

I had stumbled upon Aaron Lansky's book, Outwitting History, some time ago and enjoyed reading it. My wife and adult daughter have also read the book, so we made a point of viisting this attraction when she was here from California. It is a wonderful place to spend a few hours and marvel at what an almost accidental hobby that Aaron started as a graduate student ahs become. It would help to read his book before you go.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The book center is a special place of learning. What a tremendous gift Aaron Lansky has given us. Through him, a culture has been saved.

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Reviewed May 8, 2012

You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate this incredible cultural treasure in the Connecticut River Valley -- although it doesn't hurt to be literate! I agree with other reviewers that viewing the short video about the Book Center's creation is a must -- the story of Aaron Lansky's search for Yiddish books is incredibly moving.

The Center recently completed an expansion, increasing its seating capacity for concerts, talks, and other events, and its educational programs for high school and college students. The rotating exhibits are always well worth seeing, and I've enjoyed many films, concerts, and other events here. As an interested goy, I always learn something on every visit!

For those like me who don't own a car, the 5 College bus service runs free buses, #38 and #39, seven days a week from Smith College and downtown Northampton and from Amherst College and UMass to Hampshire College; the #39 bus stops at the parking lot at the Yiddish Book Center. See the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority website for schedules.

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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!!

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