Three works in translation from Yiddish were chosen to provide a springboard for considering the immigrant experience. A fourth book, by Jean Kwok, was selected by the library. All titles are available in the Vernon Area Library catalog.
Ivan and Ivana After the Kosovo war devastates a young couple's homeland and their dreams of a normal life, they set out from the Balkans to take a wild journey to the United States. They arrive in California at the peak of a housing boom. This unorthodox depiction of the American immigrant experience reveals one couple's trials and tribulations over five years of economic, political, and personal upheaval. watch on Hoopla•watch on Kanopy
Entre Nos Newly arrived in New York City and deserted by her husband, Mariana must find a way to provide for her family, financially and emotionally, in a strange city where she barely speaks the language. watch on Hoopla•watch on Kanopy
Growing Up Smith In 1979, an Indian family moves to the U.S. with hopes of living the American Dream. While their ten-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a "good old boy" propels him further away from his family's ideals than ever before. watch on Kanopy
I Learn America Five immigrant teens at New York City's International High School strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, and create a future of their own while coming of age in a new land. This 90-minute documentary is a powerful exploration of what it means to "learn America" today. watch on Kanopy
A Bridge of Books: The Great Yiddish Book Rescue Watch a short film telling the story of how Yiddish Book Center founder and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Aaron Lansky rallied an international network of volunteers to perform what's been called the greatest cultural rescue effort in Jewish history — the collection and preservation of more than one million books in Yiddish. view the recorded program
Immigration Trends & Policies Today Gain insights into immigration trends, the legal asylum process, and the impact of policy on people. Jessica Schaffer, director of Immigration and Citizenship at the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS), takes you beyond the headlines to get a closer look at all aspects of U.S. immigration today. Presented in partnership with National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore. view the recorded program
Virtual Tour of Tenement Museum: Immigration Museum NYC The Tenement Museum, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, is a National Historic Site; its recreated spaces reveal the experiences of the families who lived there between the 1860s and 1930s. The live virtual tour included videos, archival images, and oral histories. explore the museum website
A Bintl Brief, the "Dear Abby" Column for Yiddish Immigrants In this un-recorded program, Yiddish scholar Khane-Faygl Turtletaub explained how an iconic advice column in the popular Yiddish newspaper The Forward was a valued resource for Jewish immigrants establishing a new identity in America during the early 20th century.