Yiddish Poetry in Translation
A presentation of its "South County Lunch Program," at 10:45am on Friday, August 10, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will sponsor the program "Yiddish Poetry in Translation" with Diana Bregman Feld. The program will be held at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. Feld's program will encompass stories - and readings in English - of her mother Edith's extensive oeuvre of Yiddish poetry.
Edith Kaplan Bregman's poems, spanning 1915 to 1997, tell the story of her fascinating life - including her study with Jacob Gladstein and Joseph Opatoshu at the Yiddish Teachers' Seminary in New York - with her large body of Yiddish verse privately printed in book form and donated to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst.
Daughter Diana has combined careers in music, Jewish education, public education, poetry, and journalism; collecting and editing her mother's work was a 6 year labor of love and Feld was published in Hadassah's "Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments."
A scholarship voice student at both Juilliard School of Music and the Brandeis Art Institute in Califormia, Feld went on to employ her contralto range to entertain widely, while her studies in YIddeshe Shule, Talmud Torah, and Israel led her to involvement with temple youth groups and prompted her to pursue studies in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College.
During a 20 year span as a Jewish educator, Feld was appointed a Master Teacher by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the New York Board of Jewish Education. In addition, with degrees from Brooklyn College, New York University, and Adelphi, in the public sector she served for 16 years as a special education teacher and music instructor in the New York City School System.
The program is $3. The program with noon buffet luncheon catered by Freund Farm Market and Bakery, at $6, includes talipia, assorted summer salads, fresh baked breads, and fresh peach cobbler.
For lunch reservations, due by Tuesday, August 7, or for further information, please call Nancy Maurice Rogers, Program Director, at 413-442-4360, ext. 15.