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Eddy Portnoy, guest lecturer for the 15th Annual Solomon Memorial Lecture
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:30pm
Eddy Portnoy, guest lecturer for the 15th Annual Solomon Memorial Lecture

15th Annual Gus and Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture | January 30, 2020

 

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies is excited to announce that our guest speaker for the 15th Annual Solomon Memorial Lecture will be Eddy Portnoy, author of Bad Rabbi: And Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press.

 

"The Seamy Underbelly of Yiddishland -

Brawlers, Crooks and Charlatans in the Yiddish Press"

 

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 7:30pm

Smith Memorial Ballroom (SMSU-355), Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway, Portland Oregon 97201

Free Admission

 

Eddy Portnoy has an MA in Yiddish from Columbia University and received his Ph.D from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

A specialist in Jewish popular culture, he has published in numerous academic journals and also in The Forward and in Tablet Magazine.

He currently serves as Senior Researcher and Director of Exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. 

 

"Bad Rabbi" book

 

Eddy Portnoy is the author of  Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press 

An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, the book mines century-old Yiddish newspapers to expose the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With true stories of Jewish drunks, murderers, wrestlers, psychics and beauty queens, all plucked from the pages of Yiddish dailies, Eddy Portnoy reveals unusual and unexpected aspects of Jewish urban life. One part Isaac Bashevis Singer, one part Jerry Springer, this irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into an unknown Yiddish world that was.

 

Please save the date of Jan. 30, 2020 and plan to join us!

 

Free admission to the Annual Solomon Memorial Lecture

This event is generously underwritten by Richard B. Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft and presented by The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State Unviersity: https://www.pdx.edu/judaic/

 

Thank you to our cosponsors:

Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Oregon Jewish Community Foundation

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Portland State University departments of:

World Languages and Literature

Communication

History

 

Learn more: https://www.pdx.edu/judaic/