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Porch Signing: Zackary Berger and Liora Ostroff, Ode to the Dove

The Ivy is pleased to present an afternoon book signing and meet-and-greet with Zackary Sholem Berger and Liora Ostroff, to celebrate their incredible translation and illustration of one of the greatest poets of the Holocaust. 

Avrom Sutzkever (1913-2010) was an acclaimed Yiddish poet, a freedom fighter, and a witness in the Nuremberg trials. His epic poem Ode to the Dove is now available in English for the first time in its entirety, translated by Zackary Sholem Berger, with illustrations by Liora Ostroff.

Click here to order Ode to the Dove!

Zackary Sholem Berger writes and translates in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. He was a Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow in 2013 and has published four collections of original poetry: Not in the Same Breath (Yiddish House, 2011), One Nation Taken Out of Another (Apprentice House, 2014), All the Holes Line Up (Ben Yehuda Press, 2019), and Vi Lebt Zikh Dortn (self-published, 2019). His translation of Avrom Sutzkever’s prose poetry, Essential Prose, was published in 2020 by White Goat Press. His English-language translation and poetry has been published in Poetry, BODY, Words Without Borders, Asymptote, and many other forums; his translations from Hebrew have been published in the Tel Aviv Review of Books. His best known Yiddish literary work is likely his translation of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (Di Kats der Payats, 2003). He is a regular contributor to Forverts, In Geveb, and Der Veker. A mild-mannered physician by day, he lives with his Yiddish-speaking family in Baltimore, Maryland.

Liora Ostroff (she/her) is a Baltimore-based painter. She was the 2021-2023 Curator-in-Residence at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, where she developed A Fence Around the Torah: Safety and Unsafety in Jewish Life, a contemporary art exhibition, and My Odessa: Paintings by Yefim Ladyzhensky, a survey of work by a Soviet-era painter focusing on memories and impressions from his youth in early 20th-century Odessa. She is the founding Education Director at New Synagogue Project in Washington, D.C., where she launched a K-7th grade Jewish education program in the fall of 2021. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with a BFA in painting.






Event Details

Sunday, May 28, 2023 - 1:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop - Front Porch, 5928 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

by Dr. Radut