Join us in-person or online for this community gathering. For our program, we will hear from Martin Puchner.
As a boy in Germany in the 1970s, Martin Puchner learned about a secret language called Rotwelsch–which combines Yiddish, Hebrew, and many European languages–from his father and uncle. Recent research into this mystery, as a Harvard University Professor, revealed to him a poisonous 1930s tract on Jewish names as well as his grandfather’s identity as a Nazi who despised this “language of thieves.” Interweaving family memoir with an adventurous foray into a concealed language, Puchner discovers in this language a witty and resourceful spirit of tolerance that remains essential today.
9:30 – Schmooze/BYO coffee/Mifgash, outside if weather permits
10:00 – Announcements
10:10 – Candle Lighting and Service
11:00 – Program by Martin Puchner
12:00 – Optional: Stay For an Extra 15 Min of Q&A
12:15 – End
The announcements and service, and program will be livestreamed to our Facebook page from about 10:00am-noon. Anyone can watch the livestream, even if you don’t have a Facebook account. We’ll be experimenting with different livestream setups for the first few gatherings, so your patience and feedback is appreciated! Questions? Interested in hosting a Zoom schmooze for remote viewers? Please email Lidia at L.Pruente@kahalbraira.org.