Yiddish Book Center, Amherst

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The Yiddish Book Center (formerly the National Yiddish Book Center), located on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States, is a cultural institution dedicated to the preservation of books in the Yiddish language, as well as the culture and history those books represent. It is one of ten western Massachusetts museums constituting the Museums10 consortium.
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  • Outstanding museum. We combined it with Yidstock - a Klezmer music festival during the summer. Definitely worth a visit. 
    Outstanding museum. We combined it with Yidstock - a Klezmer music festival during the summer. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • Very friendly and helpful staff. A very interesting self-tour that brings back the culture of my family. And with this, I mourned for what was so mercilessly destroyed. 
    Very friendly and helpful staff. A very interesting self-tour that brings back the culture of my family. And with this, I mourned for what was so mercilessly destroyed.  more »
  • This visit was a wonderful and unique experience. The museum is in a gorgeous building. The video that described the creation of the museum was very interesting. The upper level had displays of... 
    This visit was a wonderful and unique experience. The museum is in a gorgeous building. The video that described the creation of the museum was very interesting. The upper level had displays of...  more »
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  • I'm just glad I got to experience the Yiddish Book Center before I graduated from Hampshire back in 1998. It became my FAVORITE place on campus to study and write when I came back from Leave & Field Study in between my third & fourth years (Division II-Division III) due to the garden, and it's peaceful and tranquil meditative environment. It GREATLY enhanced Hampshire's campus overall, and is a culturally vital institution both for the Valley, and for Jewish scholars worldwide.
  • Three jabs or your out! We came from Nevada eager to explore the bookstore and donate a collection of old Yiddish books and manuscripts. Yet were turned away because we couldn’t show proof of three Covid vaccines. Seems like it would be great place to visit and support, but shameful the place has been ruined by the rigid nonsensical policies of the little tyrants on staff.
  • They are unclear about their policies on their web site. After traveling 3 hours, I was met with a policy that is certainly extreme in Summer of 2022, that masks are mandatory. Even when a personal medical disability makes a mask dangerous to the wearer. They have the right to exclude whomever they wish. But they were irresponsible by not making clear on their web site that some people would be excluded.
  • NYBC is a world class cultural center for Yiddish.
  • Beautiful space with interesting displays of a rare Yiddish Linotype machine and other old printing presses, Jewish history exhibits, many old and beautiful Yiddish books, event spaces, a children's book area, and beautiful grounds with gardens to walk, sit and enjoy, or picnic at. Well worth the visit whether or not you're interested in Yiddish books, even if you just want to enjoy the grounds and interesting architecture.

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