UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


6th Litvak Days in London

6:30 pm, 30 November 2016 to 5:30 pm, 01 December 2016

Event Information


2 different locations, please check the details!

Jewish Languages in the Lithuanian Context

30 November - 1 December, 2016
Wednesday, 30 November Concert 
Venue: Haldane Room, University College London, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Vin d’Honneur
Welcoming remarks

Professor Sonu Shamdasani, Vice-Dean International for Arts and Humanities, University College London
Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews
Faina Kukliansky, President of the Lithuanian Jewish Community

Introducing concert
Lily Kahn, University College London
Concert performed by Polina Shepherd, performer and composer of Jewish traditional songs with a sprinkling of dance rhythms and modern interpretations to old and new Jewish classic lyrics.
Thursday, 1 December Conference “Jewish Languages in Lithuanian Context” Venue: Embassy of Lithuania, Lithuanian House, 2 Bessborough Gardens, London SW1V 2JE
Welcoming remarks

Asta Skaisgirytė, Ambassador of Lithuania
François Guesnet, University College London

Morning Session
Chair: Antony Polonsky, Professor Emeritus of Brandeis University

Anna Verschik, Tallinn University: “Old and New Lithuanian-Yiddish Language Contacts”
Lily Kahn, University College London: “The First Hebrew Shakespeare Translations”
Sima Beeri, London: “From Vilna to Tel-Aviv: Language and Identity in Jewish Palestine”
Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore: “The Encounters with the Cultural Other in the Early 20th Century Jewish Literature of Lithuania”

13:15 -14:15
Lunch break (lunch not provided)

Afternoon Session
Chair: Helen Beer, University College London

Natan Cohen, Bar Ilan University: “Yiddish as a Means of Learning Foreign Languages”
Heather Valencia, Emerita, Stirling University: “‘Mayn heymshtot in der lite’: Avrom Sutskever's Lithuanian Heritage”
Marie-Luise Schmidt, University of Potsdam: “Dovid Aynhorn and the Curse of the Metropolis”
François Guesnet, University College London: “Religion, Politics, and Hebrew: The Litvak Beginnings of the Zionist Movement”

Concluding discussion


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