Asaf Galay and Kathryn Hellerstein // Film: The Muses of Bashevis Singer


Film: The Muses of Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner, wrote with a “harem” of female translators behind him. Beyond simple translation, these women were a vital source of his creativity, and the inspiration he drew from them often mixed romance with professional aspirations. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage reveal how Singer charmed and enchanted his translators as well as his readers.  

The screening will be accompanied by discussion and Q+A with Asaf Galay and Kathryn Hellerstein.

Asaf Galay, a co-director and co-producer of Muses, has been a director and content editor for many historical documentaries and museum exhibitions. Among other projects, he worked with Modi Bar-On and Anat Zeltzer on The Jewish State and Tel Aviv-Yaffo. In addition, Asaf is pursuing doctoral studies in Hebrew literature at Bar Ilan University.


Kathryn Hellerstein is a poet, translator, and winner of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award for A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish 1586-1987 (Stanford University Press). She is the Ruth Meltzer Senior Lecturer in Yiddish and Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Katz Center.

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Thursday, March 3, 7:00 PM
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA

This program is part of our year-long series, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews' Inner Lives. In partnership with local host institutions, our aim is to connect fellows and colleagues with non-academic audiences in a spirit of shared exploration and mutual engagement.

Event Location: 
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South independence Mall East, Philadelphia.
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Event Date and Time: 
March 03, 2016 7:00pm
Open to the public