Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner, enchanted both on the page and off. He wrote with a “harem” of translators – women who were vital to him both in their work and as sources of his creativity. In this documentary, nine of these women share their tales. The film uncovers sorrow, humor, love in translation.

Singer moved to America from Poland with little more than a Yiddish typewriter and a heavy accent. He was determined to bring his stories of intrigue and fantasy to a worldwide audience. His dream came true. This was thanks to young, opinionated woman who translated his genius into English. Not all of these women knew Yiddish and their method of translation is a mystery that the film unlocks.

Documentary by Asaf  Galay

Israel, 2014

In addition, following the screening of “Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer” the JCC will be screening the documentary “We Are Here” by Francine Zuckerman (Canada, 2013, 82 min) introduced by Annette Insdorf, Film Professor at Coumbia University. 


JCC Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St, NYC

May 12· 2015

6:30 pm

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