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A Tribute to Chava Rosenfarb – Aug. 28, Toronto

Chava Rosenfarb

Chava Rosenfarb
(1923-2011) was one of the most important Yiddish novelists, poets, and writers of the second half of the twentieth century. After surviving the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, Rosenfarb settled in Montreal and commenced a prolific six-decade career, strongly informed by her Holocaust experiences. One of the few female novelists working in Yiddish, Rosenfarb received a number of international honours for her work including Israel’s prestigious Manger Prize (the highest award for Yiddish literature), the John Glassco Prize, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, and an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge. She is perhaps best-known for her landmark Holocaust trilogy, “The Tree of Life” (published in 1972 and translated to English in 2000), which remains one of the seminal works of fiction about the Holocaust in any language. To open the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival, acclaimed singer/actress Theresa Tova directs and features in a wide-ranging tribute evening, including readings, musical performances, and archival photos, footage and recordings of Rosenfarb herself. Tova will be joined by a stellar cast of performers/presenters, including Rosenfarb’s daughter Goldie Morgentaler, professor of English literature at the University of Lethbridge and co-translator of much of her mother’s work. Also on the program are Toronto singer/actor Mitch Smolkin, Australian Yiddishist and singer Freydi Mrocki, and a stellar band featuring Montreal’s Henri Oppenheim (accordion) and Toronto’s Brian Katz (guitar), Aleksandar Gajic (violin) and Bret Higgins (bass).

Tuesday August 28, 7:30pm • Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, 100 Elder St. • $10

Tickets available at the door.

Co-presented by Committee For Yiddish of UJA Federation and Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue.

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