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Do You Know How to Bagel?

I’ve been thinking a lot about language lately. That’s because next month, Movers continues with a second year of programing and this year’s theme is Jewish language and literature. All the organizations participating in the year- long collaborative series of films, lectures, performances, author talks and panels will present programs that deal with the intersection of Jewish identity and language.

The series starts August 18 at noon at the Boulder JCC with Menorah’s screening of the one-hour documentary, “In the Fiddler’s House,” with Itzhak Perlman exploring the history of Klezmer music and its relationship to Yiddish language and culture. (RSVP to kathryn@boulderjcc.org)

The official launch is a teach-in on September 28 in room UMC room 235 on the CU campus. The nation’s leading expert on American Jewish language, Professor Sarah Benor, will lead the interactive evening.

As we plan this exciting series, the importance of language and the interesting way it defines and unifies us strikes me more and more. Just today, I was sent an article that relates to how we speak Jewish. It’s about the fine art of  “bageling.” Have you ever tried to determine if someone else is Jewish without just asking outright? If so, then you have bageled.

Here’s a link to the article from Jewish Weekly.

And please visit www.Jewishmovers.org to learn more about our great series of events.

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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