FLORENCE AND GEORGE EBER MEMORIAL LECTURE
ARCHIE BARKAN on
“YIDDISH: THEN AND NOW”
Do you remember the entertainment by masters of comedy including Milton Berle, George Burns, Danny Kaye, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, and Henny Youngman?
Archie Barkan has been lecturing on Yiddish literature and culture for the Emeritus Department of Santa Monica College for eleven years. He uses his Yiddish for translating books and articles and was a translator for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation for 5 years. Mr. Barkan translated several Yizkor Books from Yiddish to English, as well as a biography of the noted artist, Arthur Szyk. He was an aid to Aaron Lanksy of the Nation Yiddish Book Center on several of this west coast trips. He has also taught at Pierce College and at Jewish Community Centers and Temples. At the at American Jewish University, Mr. Barkan taught Yiddish music as well as Elderhostels, all over the country with strong Yiddish content.
Archie Barkan was born and raised in Philadelphia; nevertheless Yiddish was his first language. He performed in the Catskills from 1957 to 1977 as an emcee, pianist, and performer. His presentation, peppered with personal anecdotes and humorous stories about the celebrities that created the legendary destination.
Mr. Barkan remains a lifetime Yiddishist, reveling in its apparent rebirth.
The George and Florence Eber Annual Memorial Lecture endowment was established by the family in loving memory of George and Florence, whose lives embodied AThe Jewish Home.@ THIS LECTURE IS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY WITHOUT CHARGE. Please RSVP to Rose in the KM office at 310 829-0566.