Mazel Tov Elisa

October 30, 2013 by

CAF13Chicago YIVO member Elisa Steinberg honored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation!

ARCHITECTURE, YIDDISH THEATER & LINGUISTICS:

PORTRAIT OF ELISA STEINBERG

Elisa Steinberg, Class of 2007, has a combination of talents that’s unique even among our eclectic corps of CAF docents.  She acted in the Yiddish theater, was educated in architecture, and studied linguistics at The University of Chicago.  Oh, she is a native Spanish speaker, too.

She’s originally from Uruguay, where her Jewish parents emigrated from Poland in the 1920s.  “We spoke Yiddish at home,” Elisa says.  “From the ages of 3 to 28 I acted in the Yiddish theater ensemble in Montevideo, the capital of the country. When I was a child, I played the role of one of the daughters in Tevye the Milkman.  (The play, a drama by Sholem Aleichem, was later adapted as a musical that premiered on Broadway in 1964 as Fiddler on the Roof.)

In the mid-1970s Elisa studied architecture at the University of the Republic-Uruguay.  She then worked for an architectural firm, first in Montevideo, then later in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1976 Elisa and her husband, Manuel Diaz, fled Uruguay following the nation’s military coup and rule that lasted until 1984.  “We lost our house and most of our possessions, but the worst was losing my architecture portfolio,” says Elisa.  They relocated to New Haven, Connecticut, in 1978, when Manuel was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for research in molecular and cellular biology at Yale University…

Click HERE to access article online in the Docent Quarterly.

Follow this link to download article as a pdf –> SteinbergCAF

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PHOTO: Friends celebrate Elisa’s birthday at the AMC River East. From Left: Elisa Steinberg, Manuel Diaz, Rich Miller, Dan Susmano & Sara Susmano.

(Jan Lisa Huttner/2009 Chicago International Film Festival)

MVM: Muchas Gracias

August 15, 2012 by

Extending muchas gracias & sheynem dank from the Chicago YIVO Society to filmmaker Maria Victoria Menis of Argentina (shown in photo on left).

In the past two days, almost 500 people attended one of our three screenings of her lovely film Camera Obscura either at Northbrook Public Library, Skokie Public Library, or Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Loop).

Click HERE for more information on how to purchase Camera Obscura (for home use) or rent Camera Obscura (for public exhibition) from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University.

Click HERE to purchase The House of Memory: Stories by Jewish Women Writers of Latin America, a collection edited by poet Marjorie Agosin which contains Angelica Gorodischer’s original short story.

Click HERE for the words of the lovely poem by Eliahu Toker (set to music by Marcelo Moguilevsky).

Click HERE for the Wikipedia page explaining the camera obscura phenomenon (“one of the inventions that led to photography”), seen in film when Jean-Baptiste notices that the image of Gertrudis drawing water from the well has been projected on the back wall of his room.

We also send our appreciation to our library partners for their terrific onsite support, & to NCJF for making this wonderful film available to Kol Yisrael. Finally we thank all the audience members who participated in the three lively Q&A sessions after each screening.

All Chicago YIVO “Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture” programs are FREE & open to the public :-)

Bibi Marcell

August 12, 2012 by

When: August 28 (Tuesday) at 12:15 pm

Where: Wheeling Public Library

Bibi Marcell presents a solo concert with guitar.

La Cámara Oscura (Skokie)

August 10, 2012 by

Date: August 15 (Wednesday)

Time: 12:15 pm

Location: Skokie Public Library

Petty Auditorium

5215 Oakton Street

Skokie, IL

Some Jews who escaped the Holocaust managed to get into Argentina. However, immigrant families had arrived much earlier, to escape the Russian pogroms. They settled in rural Argentina and became farmers and ranchers. Here, a French photographer comes to take pictures of such a family.

Click HERE to read mini-review in the JUF News.
Click HERE to order DVD from NCJF website.

Film includes poem (in Yiddish) by Eliahu Toker:

Libe, helf mikh ibershprayzn
di fintsternish vos loyert in mir.
Azá umendlikhe nakht vos mikh vart
un kh’guefín nisht kayn kholem in zij.

(Set to music by Marcelo Moguilevsky)

Love, Help me cross the darkness that arises in me.
An endless night ahead and me without dreams.

(Translation by YIVO member Joan Levin)

Photos courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University.

 

La Cámara Oscura (HWLC)

August 10, 2012 by

Date: August 14 (Tuesday)

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

400 South State Street; Chicago Loop

 

Some Jews who escaped the Holocaust managed to get into Argentina. However, immigrant families had arrived much earlier, to escape the Russian pogroms. They settled in rural Argentina and became farmers and ranchers. Here, a French photographer comes to take pictures of such a family.

Click HERE to read mini-review in the JUF News.
Click HERE to order DVD from NCJF website.

Film includes poem (in Yiddish) by Eliahu Toker:

Libe, helf mikh ibershprayzn
di fintsternish vos loyert in mir.
Azá umendlikhe nakht vos mikh vart
un kh’guefín nisht kayn kholem in zij.

(Set to music by Marcelo Moguilevsky)

Love, Help me cross the darkness that arises in me.
An endless night ahead and me without dreams.

(Translation by YIVO member Joan Levin)

Photos courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University.

 

Gypsy Rhythm Project

July 24, 2012 by

When: August 23 at 12:15 pm

Where: Wheeling Public Library

The sextet explores the intersection of Roma (ethnic Gypsy), Jewish klezmer and Balkan folk music.

La Cámara Oscura (Northbrook)

July 24, 2012 by

Date: August 14 (Tuesday)

Time: 12:15 pm

Where: Northbrook Public Library

Some Jews who escaped the Holocaust managed to get into Argentina. However, immigrant families had arrived much earlier, to escape the Russian pogroms. They settled in rural Argentina and became farmers and ranchers. Here, a French photographer comes to take pictures of such a family.

Bibi Marcell and Gail Mangurten

July 24, 2012 by

When: August 8 (Wednesday) at 12:15 pm

Where: Wilmette Public Library

Bibi Marcell, vocalist, and Gail Mangurten, pianist, offer a program of nostalgic Yiddish songs in the Herschel & Rivche Goldfarb Memorial Concert.

Tevye’s Daughters

July 24, 2012 by

In this presentation, the fourth of her annual series on the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof, Huttner will explore the character arcs of Teyve’s three eldest daughters (Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava) and their transformation from page to stage.

Lecture #1: Tues Aug 7 at 12:15 PM at Northbrook Public Library

NPL = 1201 Cedar Lane; Northbrook, IL (Auditorium)

Lecture #2: Tues Aug 7 at 6 PM at Harold Washington Library Center

HWLC = 400 South State Street at Congress Parkway (Ground Floor “Multi-Purpose Room”)

Never Forget!

July 24, 2012 by

January marked the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, where the Final Solution, the annihilation of European Jewry, was planned. 2012 is also the 60th anniversary of the Luxembourg Agreement, when the Federal Republic of Germany, led by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, took responsibility for the consequences of Nazi Germany’s horrendous genocide. German Historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., explores a multitude of Holocaust Memorials in Berlin.

When: Wednesday, July 25 at 12:15 PM

Where: Wilmette Public Library.


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