Ellen Cassedy speaks frequently to a variety of audiences.  Her topics include Jewish and Lithuanian issues, Yiddish language and literature, and organizing working women. Learn more about her engagements here.  Invite Ellen to speak to your community.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 1 p.m.
“On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash”
Great Jewish Books Club
Yiddish Book Center

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Re-Define Virtual Summit on workplace abuse

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7 p.m.
Organizing Working Women
with Janet Selcer and Darlene Lombos
Indivisible Outer Cape

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Mayworks arts festival, Toronto, Ontario
Panel on 9 to 5

Thursday, March 25, 2021
PA State Senator Kane hosts panel about 9 to 5

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Working America leaders discuss 9 to 5

Friday, March 19, 2021
WGBH Boston: “Behind the Scenes with 9 to 5”

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Yiddish Women Writers: Newly Translated Treasures
With Mindl Cohen
B’nai Havurah Reconstructionist Congregation
Denver, CO
(via Zoom)

Thursday, January 28, 2021
“9 to 5: The Story of a Movement” documentary
Independent Lens PBS Pop-up Screening
Emerson University

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Yiddish Book Center podcast : “The Shmooze” with Lisa Newman
“From Garment Workers to Office Workers”

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Blume Lempel’s “The Debt,” with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
(via Zoom)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
“Why We Translate Yiddish Women Writers”
Workshop with Madeleine Cohen, Jessica Kirzane, & Anita Norich
American Literary Translators Association Conference
(via Zoom)

Thursday, September 10, 2020
“Publishing and Promoting Your Translation”
Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellowship Program
(via Zoom)

Thursday, August 20, 2020
“Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel”
Book Club presentation with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Congregation Agudat Achim
Schenectady, NY
(via Zoom)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Book launch:
How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish,
edited by Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert
(via Zoom)

Sunday, August 12, 2019
Women Writing in Yiddish: Blume Lempel and Yenta Mash
Scribblers on the Roof
Anshe Chesed Synagogue
251 W. 100 Street
New York, NY 10025
Suggested donation: $5.
With writer Pamela Ryder

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Book talk: A Giant of Yiddish Women’s Writing: “On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash”
Am haYam Congregation
Brewster Ladies Library
1822 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02681

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Author Talk: “On the Landing” with Ellen Cassedy
Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Suggested donation: $5.  Free to Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC members

Saturday, May 4, 2019
“Treasures from the Trove of Women Writing in Yiddish”
Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion
Oak Park, IL

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Book talk with Jessica Kirzane:  “On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash”
Seminary Coop Bookstore
Chicago, IL

Sunday, April 28, 2019
“Yenta Mash:  A Treasure from the Trove of Yiddish Literature”
Max Ticktin Memorial Lecture
Kehila Chadasha
Bethesda, MD 20814

Monday, March 18, 2019
“On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash”
The Workmen’s Circle
New York, NY
In Yiddish and English.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
“On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash”
Book talk with bread and vodka
Book Culture on Columbus
New York, NY

Sunday, October 7, 2018
“On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash” Book Talk
Politics & Prose at Union Market
Washington, DC

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
“Discovering Blume Lempel”
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Yiddish Culture Festival 2018
Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Webinar: Yiddish Book Center Book Club
“Oedipus in Brooklyn”
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Jessica Parker, host

Friday, December 8, 2017
“The Life and Work of Blume Lempel”
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Washington Hebrew Congregation
Washington, D.C.

Monday, December 4, 2017
“A Journey to Eastern Europe”
Science and Religion Class
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Bethesda, MD

Saturday, November 11, 2017
“Transnational Translations:  Yiddish Literature and the Russian-American Encounter”
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Convention
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
“The Life and Work of Blume Lempel”
with Dr. Ellen Kellman
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Saturday, September 23, 2017
“Oedipus and the Bus: Yiddish and Hebrew Translation”
with Merrill Leffler
Confluence: Translation in the Capital Area: Conference
Montgomery County Community College
Takoma Park, MD

Sunday, September 17, 2017
“Litvaks: Jews of Lithuania”
Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Pikesville, MD

Monday, August 7, 2017
“Oedipus in Brooklyn”: The Life and Work of Blume Lempel
Wellfleet Public Library
55 W. Main Street
Wellfleet, MA

Monday, June 19, 2017
Panel: Yiddish Literature in Translation
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub and Shulamith Berger
Association of Jewish Libraries Conference
New York, NY

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Book reading and signing, “Oedipus in Brooklyn”
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
The Bird in Hand/Ivy Bookshop
Baltimore, MD

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
“Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn”
(film showing and discussion)
Bethesda, MD

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, noon – 1:00 p.m.
Book talk:  “Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel”
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Hebraic Section, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Great Yiddish Writers Festival
“The Sensual and Provocative Work of Blume Lempel,”
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Bnai Israel Congregation
Rockville, MD

Monday, March 6, 2017
Book talk:  Oedipus in Brooklyn
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Ruth Gay Seminar in Jewish Studies
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
New York, NY

February 5, 2017
Book talk: Oedipus in Brooklyn
D.C.-Area Literary Translators Network
Petworth Citizen
Washington, DC 20011

January 14, 2017
Reading, Oedipus in Brooklyn
with Sheva Zucker
The Regulator Bookshop
Durham, NC

January 8, 2017
Book presentation, Oedipus in Brooklyn
with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Washington, DC

December 5, 2016
Book presentation: A Century of Fiction from The Forward
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

October 8, 2016
“The Chosen Language?”
Panel at American Literary Translators Association conference
Oakland, CA

August 10, 2016
“Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook”
(in Yiddish, with food)
Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program 
Vilnius, Lithuania

Thursday, July 28, 2016
“Jewish Vilna” Lecture, Q&A, Images
Jewish Cultural and Information Center
Vilnius, Lithuania

Monday, July 25, 2016, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
“Contested Memories: Lithuania Looks at the Holocaust”
Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program 
Vilnius, Lithuania

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
“Jewish Vilna”
Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program
Vilnius, Lithuania

Thursday, May 26-28, 2016
Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies conference
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Cedar Lane Alliance
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
Bethesda, MD

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Presentation:  “Mir iz gut — ikh bin a yosem”
Sholem Aleichem’s 100th yortsayt
Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Sunday, March 13, 2016
“A Personal Journey into the Jewish Heartland of Lithuania”
Beth Sholom Congregation
Potomac, MD

Sunday, March 6, 2016
Presentation: “The Vilna Ghetto Library:  Past, Present, and Future”
Yidish in goles: Advanced Yiddish Workshop
Sheva Zucker, Instructor
Durham, NC

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
“The Jerusalem of the North: A Journey to Eastern Europe”
Leisure World Center for Lifelong Learning
Silver Spring, MD

Monday, February 22, 2016
“Jewish Life in Eastern Europe: A historical overview”
Bethesda, MD

Thursday, December 3, 2015
“Jewish Life in Eastern Europe: A historical overview”
Bethesda, MD

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Introduction of Rita Gabis, author,
“A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet:
My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth”
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
Washington, DC

Thursday, October 29 – 31, 2015
American Literary Translators Association conference
Bilingual reading from the work of Yenta Mash
Tucson, AZ

Monday, October 26, 2015
Trinity Washington University
Billiart Center for Social Justice
Washington, DC

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Maplewood Park Place
Bethesda, MD

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Johns Hopkins Odyssey program
JHU Homewood Campus
Baltimore, MD

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Osher @ Johns Hopkins University
Columbia, MD

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Osher @Johns Hopkins University
Rockville, MD

Thursday, August 13, 2015
“The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook”
Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program
Vilnius, Lithuania

Monday, August 3, 2015
“Contested Memories: Lithuania Looks at the Holocaust”
Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program
Vilnius, Lithuania

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
“Can Vilnius Remember Vilna?”
Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program
Vilnius, Lithuania

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
“New Life for an Old Library: Report from the Vilna Ghetto”
Association of Jewish Libraries Jubilee Conference
Silver Spring, MD

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
“The Jerusalem of the North: A Journey to Eastern Europe”
Live and Learn Bethesda
Bethesda, MD

Sunday, May 17, 2015
“Jewish Life in Lithuania Before the War”
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
Newton Centre, MA

Saturday, April 15, 2015
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Oseh Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
Laurel, MD

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
E.C. Glass High School
Lynchburg, VA

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Holocaust Education Foundation
Lynchburg College
Lynchburg, VA

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Baltimore Ethical Society
Baltimore, MD

Sunday, December 7, 2014
“Producing Intimate Ethnographies”
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
Washington, DC

Saturday, November 15, 2014
6th Annual Takoma Park Authors Book Fair and Signing
Trohv Gift Shop
Washington, DC

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
“Holocaust Journey: Facing History, Finding Hope in Eastern Europe”
Redfield Lecture Series
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, NY

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Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington
Kensington, MD

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
“Remembering the Holocaust in Lithuania: Challenges, Controversies, and Hope for a More Tolerant Future”
Conscience of the Holocaust Annual Lecture in honor of Simon Wiesenthal
Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Saturday, September 6, 2014
“Women of Lithuania”
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture 
Chicago, IL

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Book Party
Grayslake, IL

Thursday, September 4, 2014
“Lithuania and the Holocaust”
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, July 21, 2014
“Women of Lithuania: 1795-1939”
Summer Literary Seminars
Vilnius, Lithuania

Sunday, July 20 – August 15, 2014
Vilnius Yiddish Institute Summer Program
Vilnius, Lithuania

    • Can Vilnius remember Vilna?
    • Contested Memories: Lithuania Looks at the Holocaust
    • Yiddish Songs and Blessings to Enjoy at Home

Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Whole Megillah Conference on Jewish Story
co-sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries
New York, NY

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Memoir Writing Class, Janice Gary, instructor
Ann Arundel Community College
Annapolis Senior Center
Annapolis, MD

Monday, April 28, 2014
“Can Vilnius Remember Vilna?  Facing the Holocaust in the Jerusalem of the North”
Holocaust Convocation and Fierberg Lecture Series
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah
Baltimore Public Library
Cockeysville, Maryland

Sunday, March 23, 2014
“Calling All Readers:  A Literary Trove for Jewish Genealogists”
Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut
Middletown, CT

Thursday, March 13, 2014
“White Nights, Black Ink, Pure Vodka: A Celebration of Baltic Writing”
(with Wendell Mayo, Tomas Venclova, Karl Jirgens, and Daiva Markelis)
New Haven, CT

Thursday, March 13 – Saturday, March 15, 2014
Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies conference
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Sunday, March 9, 2014
“Remembering Vilna”
Afikomen Judaica
Berkeley, CA

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Jewish Community Library
San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Congregation Beth El
Berkeley, CA

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Grub Street National Book Prizewinners Reading
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference
Seattle, WA

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Towson University Literary Prize Winner Reading
Towson University
Towson, MD

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies Graduate Center
City University of New York
New York, NY

Monday, January 27, 2014
“Remembering the Jewish Past in Lithuania”
Bethesda, MD

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Beth El Synagogue
Durham, NC

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Baltimore Writers’ Conference
Towson, MD

Monday, November 11, 2013
In commemoration of Kristallnacht: “Remembering Vilna”
Univ. of Pennsylvania Hillel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Monday, October 21, 2013 
Friendship Heights Village Center
Chevy Chase, MD

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
“Family Roots Journey:  Jewish History in Lithuania”
History at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, August 4 – Friday, August 9, 2013
33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

  • “Remembering Vilna”
  • “Women of Lithuania: Jews and Their Neighbors, 1795-1939”
  • “Calling All Readers: A Literary Trove for Jewish Genealogists” (with Lois Rosen)
  • “Preserving and Telling Your Family Story” (with Lois Rosen)

Boston, MA

Monday, July 8, 2013
“Language, Legacy, and Listening in Lithuania”
Slavic and East European Summer Language Institute
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Poetry reading
World Refugee Day Festival
Silver Spring, MD

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Film showing and talk, “Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn”
“Hazak,” Kol Shalom Synagogue
Rockville, MD

Monday, May 13, 2013
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Philadelphia
Elkins Park, PA

May 11, 2013
Springhouse at Westwood
Bethesda, MD

May 3 – 5, 2013
Grub Street “Muse & the Marketplace”
Award acceptance, Grub Street National Nonfiction Prize
Lecture:  “Up-close and Universal in Memoir Writing”
Boston, MA

Sunday, April 28, 2013 
Screening of “Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn”
Hadassah Chapter “Sabra”
Takoma Park, MD

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Annual Authors’ Roundtable
Women of Reform Judaism, Temple Sinai
Washington, DC

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Machar Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
Washington, DC

Friday, April 19, 2013
Chabad Center of Passaic County
Wayne, NJ

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Jewish Genealogical Society of New Jersey
Wayne, NJ

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Columbia Jewish Congregation
Columbia, MD

Monday, March 11, 2013
Jewish Historical Society of England
Leeds, England

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
London, England

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Institute of Jewish Studies
University College London
London, England

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Book talk chaired by Anne Sebba
London Jewish Book Week
London, England

February 25-March 6, 2013
Book events in Kaunas, Kedainiai, Siauliai, Panevezys, Rokiskis, Lithuania

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Presentation of “Polin, Vol.25” with Sarunas Liekis
Vilnius Book Fair
Vilnius, Lithuania

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Book presentation, Lithuanian edition of We Are Here
Vilnius Book Fair
Vilnius, Lithuania

Thursday, February 21, 2013 
Book talk
Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum
Vilnius, Lithuania

Friday, February 15, 2013
“Fraytik tsu nakht”
Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture
Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Congregation Har El
West Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
University of Washington Bookstore
Seattle, WA

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Baltic Studies and Jewish Studies Programs
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Monday, February 11, 2013
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
Mercer Island, WA

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Portland, OR

Monday, February 4, 2013
Department of History
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Temple Beth Emeth
Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Farmington Hills, MI

Thursday, January 31, 2013
UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
La Jolla, CA

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
Co-sponsored by the Holocaust Living History Workshop
La Jolla, California

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Prakhin Foundation
2013 Annual Literary Award Ceremony
Museum of Jewish Heritage
New York, NY

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Jewish Genealogy Society of Broward County
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
Potomac, MD

December 16-18, 2012
Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference
Panel: Documentation and the Holocaust Paper:  “Researching the Gray Zone”
Chicago, IL

Monday, December 10, 2012
Great Neck Library
Great Neck, New York

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Bernard Wexler Lecture on Jewish History
DC Jewish Community Center
Washington, DC

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Takoma Park Authors’ Book Sale
Takoma Park, MD

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Institute for European, Russian, & Eurasian Studies
George Washington University
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, November 18, 2012
National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors, Inc.
New York, NY

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Jewish Genealogy Society of Illinois
Skokie, IL

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Book reading and signing Schapiro Lecture Series
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Baltimore, MD

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
Dix Hills, NY

Friday, September 21, 2012
“Remembering Vilna,” multimedia presentation with Suzanne Toren
92nd Street Y
New York, NY

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Program for Jewish Civilization and Center
Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Am haYam Havurah
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center
Pasadena, CA 91107

Monday, June 18, 2012
Jewish Genealogy Society of Los Angeles
Encino, California

June 17-20, 2012
Panel presentation: “We Are Here: Reflections on Research and the Holocaust”
Association of Jewish Libraries
Pasadena, CA

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Book signing
BookExpo America
New York, NY

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
“We Are Here: A Lithuanian Encounter”
Sponsored by the Jewish Study Center
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Chevy Chase, MD

Sunday, April 29, 2012
“Hands Across History”
Book presentation with Ruta Sepetys, author of “Between Shades of Gray”
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
Chicago, IL

April 26-28, 2012
Conference: Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies
Panel Presentation: “To Transform Ourselves: Lithuanian Approaches to Holocaust History”
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA

Monday, April 23, 2012
Seminar presentation: Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center
Cambridge, MA

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 2 p.m.
Gathering in memory of Keidan
Lithuania Museum of Jewish Heritage
New York, NY

Sunday, March 25, 2012
Center for Jewish History
Jewish Genealogical Society
New York, NY

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Lithuanian Embassy
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, March 18, 2012
Politics and Prose
Washington, DC

Sunday, March 4, 2012
KAM Isaiah Israel congregation
Chicago, IL

Friday, March 2, 2012
Lunchtime discussion: “Truth and Reconciliation after the Holocaust: The case of Lithuania”
Sponsored by the UC Human Rights Program and the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Friday, March 2, 2012
Associated Writing Programs Conference
Panel: “Your Family Stories: Research, Writing, and Representation”
Chicago, IL

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Jewish Genealogy Society
Park Synagogue East
Pepper Pike, OH

Saturday, December 3, 2011
“Synaplex Shabbat” A presentation of “Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn”
Congregation Shaarey Tikvah
Beachwood, OH

Friday, December 2, 2011
“Celebrating Jewish Genealogy: how connecting to our roots helps us build an ethical future”
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Beachwood, OH

Friday, December 2, 2011
Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn” screening and discussion
Cleveland Clinic, Arts and Medicine Institute
Cleveland, OH