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A Bintel Brief

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A Bintel Brief

The Dear Abby Column of the Forverts

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:00 am to 12:15 pm

Part of a series of Yiddish-related programs, this free talk explores the legendary advice column of the Jewish Daily Forward.

Free. Advance reservations encouraged.
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Oakton Community College
7701 N. Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
Room A145-152

Ticket questions? Call 312.322.1773.
Knowledge of Yiddish is not required.

With writer and humorist Dr. Khane-Faygl Turtletaub, revisit the poignant and humorous letters of A Bintel Brief (Yiddish for a bundle of letters), the advice column of the Yiddish daily newspaper the Forverts

Starting in 1906, the forerunner of today’s Forward anonymously printed readers' questions and posted replies. The advice column became wildly popular as recent Jewish immigrants sought advice about living in America. Truly reflecting the immigrant experience, A Bintel Brief became a map for those drowning in a sea of strange new customs, providing guidance on everything from family to finances and romance to religion.

Dr. Khane-Faygl Turtletaub Dr. Khane-Faygl Turtletaub is a writer, dramatist, children's book author, lecturer, translator, and teacher. Her humorous stories and articles on Yiddish language and Judaism have appeared in both national and local magazines and newspapers. She has taught Yiddish at Northwestern University for the past fifteen years.

Image at left

Buster Keaton and a young lady reading the Forverts in the 1925 silent film Seven Chances.

Pop-Up Program Series

Yiddish Yesterday and Today

Presented by the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative, a partnership of local Jewish organizations spearheaded by Spertus Institute and JCC Chicago with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

For centuries in Jewish communities in Europe and beyond, Yiddish was a key part of life. Today new generations are fostering a Yiddish renaissance, exploring how Yiddish impacts Jewish culture and their own Jewish lives.

Whether you grew up reading the Forverts or are nu to all things Yiddish, this series offers something for you.

A Bintel Brief: The Dear Abby Column of the Forverts
Thursday, May 10 - 11:00 am
At Oakton Community College in Skokie
Free. Reserve your spot > 

“And now I have to read in Jewish something”: Jeffrey Shandler on Yiddish performances by Holocaust survivors
Tuesday, May 22 - 7:00
At the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot > 

Itzik’s Midrash: Bridging Past and Present through Modern Yiddish Literature
Wednesdays, May 30-June 13 - 7:00 pm
At the Hilton Garden Inn in Evanston
$30 for all 3 sessions. Reserve your spot > 

Episodes 1 & 2 from the Israeli TV Series Shtisel: Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, May 29 - 7:00 pm
At the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot > 

Sing-along Fiddler on the Roof
Thursday, June 7 - 7:00 pm
At the Skokie Theatre
$10. Reserve your spot >

The Quarrel: Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, June 12 - 7:00 pm
At the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot >

Television and Film Screenings (in blue above) presented with JCC Chicago.

Purchase all 3 screenings


  • Chicago Board of Rabbis 
  • Chicago YIVO Society 
  • CJE: Senior Life 
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center 
  • JCC Chicago 
  • Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 
  • Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood 
  • Oakton Community College, Jewish Studies Concentration
  • OROT 
  • Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue 
  • Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership 
  • Temple Beth Israel