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Yiddishkayt Initiative
Invites audiences to join
Professor Miriam Hoffman
with her son Avi Hoffman
for a FREE Reading, Q & A, and Book Signing for
A Breed Apart: Reflections of A Young Refugee

For Immediate Release
Contact: Penny Landau
MayaPRNY@gmail.com /917-592-3149
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com  / 561-445-9244

January 2, 2018

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL: Miriam Hoffman, author, scholar, journalist, playwright and survivor will read selections from her new book A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee, on Monday, January 15, 2018, at 7pm at the PGA Arts Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She will be joined onstage by her son, Avi, the award-winning actor and performer who is currently appearing in the 20th Anniversary Production of his Too Jewish? at the PGA Arts Center through January 21st. The evening will also include a multimedia presentation, discussion, Q & A and book signing. The event will be FREE and open to the public.

Published by YI Press (a division of Yiddishkayt Initiative, Inc.), A Breed Apart is an engaging non-fiction tale of war and survival, seen through the eyes of a young Miriam Hoffman and her father. Hoffman’s personal tale captures the beauty and importance of keeping the Yiddish language and Jewish culture alive during the twentieth-century, despite countless attempts to destroy it. A Breed Apart follows Miriam Hoffman’s emotional journey as a young refugee girl growing up in a post-war DP (Displaced Person) camp to her new life in the United States.

Miriam Hoffman is an author, scholar, playwright, and survivor of the Russian gulag and the post-World War II DP camps. She has spent her life preserving the Yiddish language and culture that she cherishes so dearly. Her accomplishments in education, arts and literature have impacted both Jews and non-Jews alike. From her time as a child in the post-war DP (Displaced Persons) refugee camp in Ulm, Germany, she brought with her an album of pictures of life in the camp, as well as a journal she kept of over 80 songs in four different languages – Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and Polish. The Ulm Album has been shared with the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She has also written over a dozen plays which have won awards and have been produced all over the world. Hoffman recently retired after 25 years as professor of Yiddish Language and Culture at Columbia University. She has published over 2,000 weekly columns in New York’s Yiddish Forward Newspaper as a feature writer. Recently inducted into the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame, Miriam has written university textbooks and is the founder of the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre, with the world-renowned Broadway impresario. www.YiddishkaytInitiative.org

For more information about Miriam Hoffman, A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee, or Avi Hoffman, contact Penny Landau (MayaPRNY@gmail.com/917-592-3149) or Carol Kassie (Carol@CarolKassie.com/561-445-9244).


A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee
A FREE Reading, Q & A, and Book Signing
With Miriam Hoffman and Avi Hoffman
Monday, January 15 at 7 pm
To reserve tickets contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410

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