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Jewish Studies Center Hosts Russian and Soviet Jewry: Cultural Production In the New and Old Worlds

Klezmer punk band, Golem, to perform after May 5 conference

NEW YORK, NY- May 1, 2014 – Baruch College’s Jewish Studies Center  invites you its fourth annual spring conference, Russian and Soviet Jewry: Cultural Production in the Old and New Worlds, on Monday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A concert by the acclaimed klezmer punk band, Golem, will follow the conference.


Panelists to explore Jewish Culture

  • Panel I, an introductory panel on Soviet-Jewish life and culture, begins at 11a.m. and features the scholars Elissa Bemporad (Queens College), Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan) and Marat Grinberg (Reed College). A light reception follows at 12:30 p.m.



  • Panel III, on Russian and Bukharian music in New York City, begins at 3pm, and features musician and scholar Evan Rapport (Eugene Lang College and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music), composer and musician Ljova Zhurbin, and Russian rock musician Ellina Graypel. A light reception follows at 4:30 p.m.


Golem will perform mix of Yiddish, Klezmer, Punk


golem band


WHAT: Russian and Soviet Jewry: Cultural Production in the Old and New Worlds

WHEN: Monday, May 5, 2014

11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Concert begins at 5:30 p.m.  

WHERE: Baruch College Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave.
(Enter on 25th Street, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues).




About The Jewish Studies Center:

The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center (JSC) at Baruch College reflects the legacy and heritage of the college, its tradition of educating New York City’s immigrants, its diverse population, and its special relationship to and place within Manhattan. The JSC is dedicated to teaching the Baruch community and public about the history and experiences of Jews in America, specifically in New York City. Public programs, courses, events, and campus activities focus on Jewish immigration to New York, and address contemporary issues including Jewish philanthropy, business ethics, politics, identity, continuity, and the changing face of American Jewry. link


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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