Past events

Saturday, August 17, 2019



Prodigal Children in the House of G-d by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub garnered two CIPA EVVY Awards: a Merit Award in LGBTQ Fiction and a Merit Award in Religious/Spiritual Fiction. The CIPA EVVY Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation to honor outstanding achievement in independent publishing. Taub attended the Awards Banquet held in Denver, Colorado on August 17, 2019.


Saturday, August 3, 2019



After a Beltway Poetry Quarterly Reading Showcase with Kim Roberts (editor and host), Margaret Corum, Venus Thrash, Regie Cabico, and Said Agostini at the 2019 OutWrite Literary Festival, Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets, NW, Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:00-1:00 PM.


Sunday, May 5, 2019


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At the Literary Hill BookFest 2019 (8th Annual), North Hall of Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market, 225 7th Street, SE, Sunday, May 5, 2019, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo: Bruce Guthrie.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018



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Selfie with Ellen Cassedy before our departure from the Haverford College campus following our presentation entitled “Discovering Blume Lempel.” The presentation was part of the Haverford’s Yiddish Culture Festival and was held in the Chase Hall Auditorium, Haverford, Pa. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Jewish Poetry Reading by Jennifer Barber, Deborah Leipziger, Eve Rifkah, and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub and moderated by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) conference, Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Photo: Haim Gottschalk.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018




After a staged reading by Theater J of the Edlavitch DCJCC of four Yiddish plays (Romeo and Juliet by Khaver-Paver, Raisins and Almonds by Peretz Hirschbein, and Father and Son by S. An-ski, and With the Current by Sholem Asch) translated by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub. From left to right: intern Katie Gallagher, Literary Director Ellen Morgan Peltz, Associate Producer Kevin Place, translator Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, and Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr, Tuesday, May 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Edlavitch DCJCC, Washington, D.C. Photo: Jacob Diamond.


Friday, May 4, 2018


From left to right: Deborah Leipziger, Robbie Gamble, Gloria Mindock, and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, before “Circling the Earth: the Poetry of Refuge and Sanctuary,” a panel at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Sophia Room, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts, Friday, May 4, 2018, 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Poetry Reading by and Conversation with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Newton Centre Minyan, Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Before a poetry reading hosted by Ranen Omer-Sherman with Merle Bachman and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub as part of the University of Louisville Jewish Studies Colloquium and Lunchtime Series, Wednesday, January 24, 2018, noon-1 PM, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300.

Friday, December 8, 2017

“The Life and Work of Blume Lempel,” with co-translator Ellen Cassedy, Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016-3741, Friday, December 9, 2017, 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Audio Reading from The Education of Daffodil


Recording of Q and A following the Reading

Audio recordings courtesy of Menachem Wecker. Photo: Haim Gottschalk.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Before a lectured entitled “The Svive of Blume Lempel,” Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y. 13346, 105 Lawrence Hall, Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:30 p.m. At left: Professor Alice Nakhimovsky, Distinguished Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies; Director, Jewish Studies Program, Colgate University.

Friday, October 27, 2017


Before and During a Reading in the Friday Night Live series at Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe sponsored by the LGBTQA Support Network, with singer-songwriter Busy Bee (seated front, with cap) and poet Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Avenue, State College, Pa., Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Photos: Pearl Gluck.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Presentation of a paper on Blume Lempel in a “Yiddish Literature in Translation” panel with Ellen Cassedy and Shuli Berger, Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Conference, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, N.Y., 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


From left to right: Kim Roberts, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Hayes Davis, Jean Nordhaus, and Patricia Gray at the Poets’ Corner of the Literary Hill Bookfest, North Hall, Eastern Market, 11 a.m-3:00 p.m. followed by a poetry reading at 3:00 p.m. at Tunnicliff’s Tavern, 222 7th Street, SE, Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


After “Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel: a presentation by the book’s translators from the Yiddish, Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub,” Bird in Hand/Ivy Bookshop, 11 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, Md. 21218, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. From left: Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Ellen Cassedy, and Rafael Alvarez, host of Readings with Ralfie and writer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


After “The Life and Work of Blume Lempel,” a presentation by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, translators of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel, Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-220, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, noon-1:00 p.m.  Photo: James Hafner.

To view a webcast of this presentation, please click here.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great Yiddish Writers Festival, B’nai Israel, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville Maryland.  “The Sensual and Provocative Work of Blume Lempel, presented with Ellen Cassedy, 2:15-3:15 p.m.; Poetry reading, 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Monday, March 6, 2017 

Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel, a presentation by the book’s translators from the Yiddish, Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, N.Y. 10011, 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A discussion of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel by the book’s translators from the Yiddish, Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub at DC-ALT, a network for literary translators in the Washington, D.C. area, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St., N.W., Washington, D.C., 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


At the book launch for Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel; translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20008, Sunday, January 8, 2017, 1:00 p.m.  Standing: Co-Publishers Robert Mandel of Mandel-Vilar Press and Merrill Leffler of Dryad Press, seated: Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub. Photo: Pearl Gluck.

Read “Dozens Gather in D.C. to Celebrate New Yiddish Translation of Blume Lempel’s Work” by Jim Feldman and Natalie Wexler on the January 8, 2017 book launch of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel; translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub in The Forward (January 19, 2017).

Read “Shrayberin Blume Lempel krigt a nayem oylem/Writer Blume Lempel Gains a New Audience” by Yisroel Feldman and Natalie Wexler on the January 8, 2017 book launch of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel; translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub in Forverts/Yiddish Forward, (January 10, 2017).

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After a multi-lingual evening of poetry curated and hosted by Anne Becker (far left) and featuring (from right to left) Martha Sanchez-Lowery, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Konstantin Kulakov, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, and Zeina Azzam, Third Thursday Poetry Reading, 7500 Maple Avenue Takoma Park, Md. 20912.  (Photo: Ellen Cassedy)

To view a webcast of this reading, please click here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A reading and conversation with Professor Jeffrey Shandler and his class, The Culture of Yiddish: an Introduction, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


With poet Zackary Sholem Berger, master of ceremonies Leyzer Burko, singer and violinist Eléonore Biezunski, and accordionist Ilan Moss after a reading and concert at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Cultural Center, Bronx, N.Y.Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015


After a Valentine’s Day Poetry Reading with poets Gabeba Baderoon and Julia Spicher Kasdorf hosted by Pearl Gluck. State College, Pa. Photo: Boaz Dvir

Saturday, October 11, 2014


After a poetry reading hosted by Miriam Isaacs in Lund, Sweden.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


With poet Barbara Buckman Strasko before a reading at theVirginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) (Photo: Sebastian Collett)

Tuesday, June 25, 2014

TED Talks: Poetry reading at the 49th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) conference, Westin Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Saturday, May 3, 2014


After a group reading called “The Poetry of Becoming” at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Saturday, May 3, 2014.  From left: Steven Cramer, Leah Harmon, Samantha Libby, Deborah Leipziger, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, and Richard Ballon (Photo: Sahara)

Friday, May 2, 2014


After a reading at the Center Communities of Brookline, Hebrew Senior Life, Brookline, Massachusetts, Friday, May 2, 2014 (Photo: Cindy Katzeff)

Reading at Temple Sinai
Brookline, MA 02446

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Before a reading at the Calamus Bookstore, Boston, Massachusetts, Thursday, May 1, 2014.  (Photo: Brian Gale)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yiddish poetry game, co-sponsored by the Jewish Study Center, Farbrengen Havurah
Adas Israel Congregation
Washington, DC 20008

Friday, March 28, 2014


From left to right: Rebecca Lynne Fullan, Gordon Lang, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Bonnie Morris, Ken Pobo, and Joseph Ross after a group reading from This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Friday, March 28, 2014 (Photo: Peter Montgomery)

January 8, 2014


After a discussion with a class, “Inventing and Designing a ‘Poetry Game,’” co-taught by Zahara Heckscher and Zein El-Amine, Jimenez Porter Writers House, Dorchester Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. (Photo: Julie Brown)

October 13, 2013


At a book party for Prayers of a Heretic/Tfiles fun an apikoyresheld at the home of Ellen Cassedy and Jeff Blum, Takoma Park, Md., Sunday, October 13, 2013.  (Photo: Phil Tavolacci)

September 18, 2013

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub’s poems set to music by Michał Górczyński were performed by Malerai/Goldstein/Macecki at Pardon, To Tu, Pl. Grzybowski, 12/16 00 – 104, Warsaw, Poland.

August 27, 2013


At a signing after a reading from Prayers of a Heretic/Tfiles fun apikoyres at the Library of Congress, Tuesday, August 27, 2013.  (Photo: Peggy Pearlstein)

To view a webcast of Yermiyahu Ahron Taub’s August 27, 2013 reading from Prayers of a Heretic/Tfiles fun an apikoyres at the Library of Congress, click here.

Saturday, August 3, 2013


From left to right: Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Michael Klein, and Dan Vera after their poetry reading at the OutWrite Book Festival held at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, Washington, DC. (Photo: Peter Montgomery)

Friday, August 3, 2012


From left to right: Gregg Shapiro, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Regie Cabico, and Joseph Ross after a reading  for Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality at the OutWrite Book Festival held at DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U Street NW. This event was co-sponsored by the DC Center for the LGBT Community and GLBT Outreach and Education (GLOE) at the Jewish Community Center. (Photo: Dan Vera.)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A reading for and conversation with Professor Jeffrey Shandler’s Modern Yiddish Literature Class, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


From left to right: Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Ching-In Chen, Blas Falconer, Kazim Ali, Daniel Nathan Terry, Joseph Ross, Kevin Simmonds, and Gregg Shapiro after a reading from Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011) at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival, True Reformer Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Photo: Alan W. King.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


From Left to Right: Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Dr. Miriam Isaacs (moderator), and Dr. Zackary Sholem Berger after a reading of Yiddish- and English-language poetry co-sponsored by Tifereth Israel Congregation and Yiddish of Greater Washington, Sunday, February 12, 2012.  Photo: Ken Giese.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

An Evening of LGBT Jewish Poetry
“Sunday Kind of Love Series,” hosted by Sarah Browning
Featuring Julie Enszer, Eryca Kasse, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Busboys & Poets Shirlington
4251 South Campbell Ave
Arlington, Va. 22206

Sunday, October 16, 2011

From left to right: Niki Herd, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Joseph Ross, and Kevin Simmonds after a reading in the “Sunday Kind of Love” poetry series hosted by Sarah Browning in celebration of the new anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality edited by Kevin Simmonds (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011) at Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2011. Photo: Nori Hara.

June 17, 2011

With Anne Becker at “Pleasures of Collaboration: Poets, Dancers, and Musicians at Play,” a collaboration between poets, dancers, and musicians, led by Anne Becker in the culminating event of her tenure as Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, Md., Takoma Park Auditorium, June 17, 2011. Photo: Ashira Malka.

June 7, 2011


Yermiyahu Ahron Taub discussing the cover of Uncle Feygeleduring the Q & A period after a reading at the Library of Congress sponsored by the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, June 7, 2011. Photo: Levon Avdoyan

To view a webcast of Yermiyahu Ahron Taub’s June 7, 2011, reading from Uncle Feygele at the Library of Congress, click here.

February 3, 2011

Plain View Press Reading and Reception in conjunction with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference

International Visions Gallery
2629 Connecticut Avenue, NW, # 2
Washington, DC 20008

June 14, 2010


From left to right: Adam Stone, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, and Danny Balel in front of a portrait of Tony Kushner by Robert Giard, before a reading entitled “Particular Voices of Today: Readings by New GLBT Poets,” Monday, June 14, 2010. The reading was held in conjunction with an exhibition of Robert Giard’s photos entitled “Robert Giard’s Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Jewish Writers,” Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington, DC Jewish Community Center. Photo: Phil Bieber.

April 5, 2010


Yermiyahu Ahron Taub (right) with poet Jason Gray, after a reading in the Cafe Muse Literary Series presented by the Word Works in collaboration with Friendship Heights Village Center at Friendship Heights Village Center, Chevy Chase, Md., April 5, 2010. Photo: David A. Uffelman.

March 15, 2010


Yermiyahu Ahron Taub (right) with novelist T Cooper, after a reading and discussion sponsored by the programs in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Jewish Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., March 15, 2010. Photo: Cecile Kuznitz.

January 31, 2010 

Benefit for Capturing Fire: National Queer Slam and Summit
Featuring Tara Hardy and Tristan Silverman with “Brothertongue” (Gay Male Poets of DC, including Chris August, JT Bullock, and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub)
Curated and hosted by Regie Cabico
$10 suggested donation

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.
The Rabbit Room
52 O St, NW #100
Washington, DC • METRO: New York Avenue (Red Line)

For more information, e-mail

September 4, 2009

Lunchtime Conversation/Reading (in Yiddish)
11:30 a.m.
Leyvik Hoyz/Leyvik House
Dov Hoz 30
Tel-Aviv, Israel 63416

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, left, with Daniel Galay, composer, pianist, and director of Leivick House, and Yiddish poet Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, Leivick House, Tel Aviv, September 4, 2009. Photo: Leyzer Burko

July 7, 2009

Poetry Reading
7:30 p.m.
Homolatte @ Big Chicks/Tweet
5024 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL 60640
Free admission/pass the hat
All ages

June 4, 2009

Poetry Reading
12 noon-one p.m.
African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
LJ220, Jefferson Building
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division. Free and Open to the Public.

To view a webcast of Yermiyahu Ahron Taub’s June 4, 2009, reading at the Library of Congress, click here. (4 KB RealPlayer media file)

March 8, 2009

Poetry Reading/Celebration (primarily in Yiddish)
Sponsored by Yiddish of Greater Washington
JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD


A reading at Tikvat Israel Congregation, Rockville, Md., February 22, 2009.  Photo: Ken Giese


With Kelly M. Cresap (right), author of Pop Trickster Fool: Warhol Performs Naivete (Illinois, 2004), after a reading in Randy’s Gay Lit Reading Series, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., February 15, 2009. Photo: Jon Carr



After a reading sponsored by Bloom Magazine at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, New York City, May 17, 2006, from left to right: poets Robin Becker, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, Elaine Sexton, and Timothy Liu. Photo: Pearl Gluck.