Book Launch Party

Book Launch Party at the New York Public Library for

Raising Secular Jews Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children, 1917–1950

by Naomi Prawer Kadar

Introduction by David G. Roskies

Through the lens of children’s literature, explore the largely untold story of secular Yiddish schools in America.


This unique literary study of Yiddish children’s literature, created for the school magazines of the Yiddish schools in America, casts new light on the values and ideals that immigrant Eastern European Jews tried to transmit to the next generation.

Come celebrate the recent publication of Prawer Kadar’s book by Brandeis University Press! You are invited for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and comments by Prof. David Roskies, Prof. David Fishman, and Bonny Fetterman.

The event will take place at the McGraw Rotunda at the New York Public Library on Monday, November 28, between 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Please use the 42nd Street entrance and take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

*Dietary laws observed.


Raising Secular Jews: Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children 1917 – 1950 can be purchased on A limited number of copies will be given away at book launch.

Naomi Prawer Kadar (1949–2010) earned her PhD in Yiddish literature at Columbia University and taught Yiddish at numerous institutions. She served as national director of the  Workmen’s Circle schools and coordinated popular programs on Yiddish culture. She is the inspiration behind the Naomi Foundation Inc.,  which reimagines education, supporting teacher training, Yiddish in academic and scholarly settings, and scientific and medical research.