An international celebration of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch’s life and work, including theater, films, music, photographs, sketches, satire, art, and family stories. Now in its 3rd year, Asch Wednesday 2021 streamed live, courtesy of the Congress for Jewish Culture, hosted by Yiddish actor/director/translator Caraid O’Brien, CJC Director and 2020 Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish awardee Shane Baker, and Asch’s great-grandson, David Mazower.

The program:

2.38: Kitchen Theater: God of Vengeance (Shane Baker and Caraid O’Brien)

9.40: Sholem Asch, a Life in Pictures (produced by Clara Kanter)

16.07: Behind the Scenes at the Sholem Asch House Museum, Bat Yam (presented by Yaakov Herskovitz)

25.38: A Message from Paula Vogel

29.42: El Nekamot (The Cameri Theater’s adaptation of God of Vengeance)

39.38: Michael Asch: Sholem Asch at my Bar Mitzvah in 1956

49.30: The Szalom Asz Festival, Kutno, Poland

56.32: Itzik Manger writes to Sholem Asch (Avi Hoffman)

1.03.37: The Drowning Shore (composer: Alastair White; singer: Clara Kanter)

1.06.23: Cartoon: The Greenhorn Don Quixote (aka Sholem Asch tilts at windmills)

1.10.00: El Dogma (Buenos Aires adaptation of God of Vengeance)

1.16.33: Reb Khonen: On the Road to Zion (actor: Hal Robinson; translator: Caraid O’Brien)

1.27.17: Artists in Residence, Sholem Asch House Museum, Bat Yam (Caroline Maxwell and Tal Yizrael)

1.38.08: God of Mercy, the 1908 parody of God of Vengeance (Shane Baker, Beth Gondek, Vered Hankin, Caraid O’Brien, Miryem-khaye Seigel, Mikhl Yashinsky)

Recorded Wednesday 17 February, 2021.