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AJS Honors Its Authors Exhibit Hall Coffee Break

Monday, December 17, Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by Jewish Book Council Sami Rohr Prize

Join us in celebrating AJS members who have published books in 2018. Open to all conference registrants.


Yiddish Book Center Tour

Wednesday, December 19, 9 am – 4 pm

Meet in hotel lobby at 9 am; the ride to the Yiddish Book Center is about an hour and forty minutes. $60 (does not include lunch)

On the 90 minute guided tour of the Yiddish Book Center’s exhibits visitors will discover the whole of Yiddish literature; learn about the Yiddish language; encounter the stories of three immigrant families told through words, pictures, and artifacts; experience the world of rural Jews in 1912–1914; glimpse life in the American Jewish home; explore a Yiddish print shop; watch classic Yiddish film clips; listen to vintage Yiddish radio; see permanent and visiting exhibits, and more.

The Center was founded to rescue Yiddish books—in the process, also rescuing a literature and culture that had been in danger of disappearing. The Yiddish Book Center is a recipient of the National Medal for Museums and Libraries, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries.

Visitors will have 30 minutes after the tour to explore on their own and then an hour to purchase and eat lunch off-site, a 5 minute walk.

NOTE: This tour will only run with 21 or more attendees. Registrations are not refundable (except in the event of tour cancellation by AJS), but are transferable.

Estimated Schedule: 

9 am
Meet hotel lobby

11 am
Tour of Yiddish Book Center

12:30 pm
Tour ends, individuals explore Center

1 pm
Leave for lunch

2 pm 
Leave for hotel

4 pm 
Arrive back at Sheraton Boston