23 | Mar
06:30PM
23 | Mar
06:30PM

book talk

Stranger in a Strange Land—Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem

Acclaimed author George Prochnik presents his Bildungsroman on Gershom Scholem, one of the 20th century’s most important humanist thinkers. Prochnik traces the lifeline of Scholem, and weaves it with an intimate story of his own youth, marriage, and spiritual quest in Jerusalem.

Ticket Info: $10 general, $5 LBI members; tickets online

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book talk

23 | Mar
07:00PM
23 | Mar
07:00PM

lecture

Your New House: Wedding Songs, Gender, and Memory in an Indian Jewish Community

Bene Israel Indian Jewish weddings are enlivened through song. Women sing in Marathi to prepare for the wedding and men sing in Hebrew during the ceremony. This talk is about gender and emotion in the memories of Indian Jewish wedding songs.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP to info@jewishmusicforum.org

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lecture

27 | Mar
07:00PM
27 | Mar
07:00PM

lecture

Between Yosef Salamsa and Martin Luther King: The Ethiopian Jewish Struggle in Comparative Perspective

Join us for a talk by Efrat Yerday on the contemporary parallel struggles of Ethiopian Jews in Israel/Palestine and Black Lives Matter in the US and on the struggles of black people against racism from a transnational perspective.

In recent years, Ethiopian Jewish activists have begun to gradually perceive their struggle in universal terms, adopting global anti-racist strategies on the one hand, but often without giving up their precarious privilege as Jews. More specifically, they have drawn from the Black Lives Matter movement, invoking practices and language that transcend the local so as to garner universal legitimation. African American leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are quoted frequently in demonstrations and on social media by Ethiopian activists; the clashes in Baltimore, Fergusson and Missouri are linked to the clashes in Rabin square in Tel Aviv.

Efrat Yerday is a writer, scholar, editor, and activist. In 2010–2011 she served as the spokesperson for the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jews and published opinion pieces on racism in general and institutionalized racism in particular. Over the years she has also published reviews of nonfiction dealing with Ethiopian history and the absorption of Ethiopians in Israel. In 2010 she established the Young Ethiopian Students blog, inviting critical thinking and challenging the establishment and academic narrative of the immigration and absorption of Ethiopian Jews. Yerday teaches at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev and writes regularly for Hamakom hakhi kham begehinom (The Hottest Place in Hell) and for other media outlets.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for American Jewish Historical Society / JVP members; $12 at the door

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

27 | Mar
07:30PM
27 | Mar
07:30PM

concert

Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo soprano, and the Diener Ensemble

Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, mezzo soprano, and the Beatrice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University perform the work of Jewish composers with music by Martin Boykan, Edward Jacobs and the world premiere of Concertino No. 1 for Guitar and Chamber Ensemble by YU faculty composer David Glaser.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free Yeshiva University Museum members, YU faculty, staff, students

Tickets: Available online

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concert

28 | Mar
06:30PM
28 | Mar
06:30PM

book talk

Max Liebermann: Modern Art and Modern Germany

Through a close reading of key paintings and by a discussion of his many cultural networks across Germany and throughout Europe, this new study by Marion Deshmukh illuminates the painter Max Liebermann’s importance as a pioneer of German modernism.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP online

Tickets: Available online

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book talk

28 | Mar
06:30PM
28 | Mar
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Genealogy Basics for Reference Librarians

Speakers: Moriah Amit and J.D. Arden, Ackmann and Ziff Genealogy Institute, Center for Jewish History. Libraries and archives of all kinds are witnessing an unprecedented surge of patrons interested in conducting genealogy research, including those patrons working in inheritance law, journalism, documentary films, historical fiction and non-fiction, or personal family history research. It is imperative that reference librarians acquire some basic tools for serving the unique needs of this diverse user group. At CJH, we have a very robust genealogy program which has seen enormous growth in our patron numbers from year to year. In this session, you will learn how to conduct a genealogy reference interview (and how it is unlike most other reference interviews) and which are the key genealogy resources you should become acquainted with. This session is for librarians of all levels, from MLS students to experienced reference librarians.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP at SmartTix

Tickets: Available online

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family history today: genealogy programs at the center

29 | Mar
07:00PM
29 | Mar
07:00PM

symposium

Jewish Culture and the Legacy of the Classical World

Join Dan Bahat, Steven Fine and Lawrence Schiffman for presentations and a lively discussion about Jewish culture and the legacy of the classical world.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $8 seniors; free with university ID and for Yeshiva University Museum members online

Tickets: Available online

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symposium

30 | Mar
06:30PM
30 | Mar
06:30PM

film

The 20th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

The history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities are celebrated as an integral part of the Jewish experience throughout this week-long series of events. The NYSJFF features première screenings, intriguing stories, poignant documentaries, filmmaker Q&As, and the Pomegranate Awards ceremony. Join us for a very special anniversary year.

Ticket Info: For more information visit www.nysephardifilmfestival.org or call 800-838-3006

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film

02 | Apr
02:00PM
02 | Apr
02:00PM

workshop

Passover Workshop for All Ages

Inspired by the historical garments – in particular, the 19th-century “show” towel – on display in YUM’s Uncommon Threads exhibition, this family-friendly workshop invites people of all ages to create a personalized hand towel to beautify the experience of washing at the Passover seder. Using various design tools, participants will create objects for the holiday that are both functional and decorative.

Ticket Info: $5 per person or $20 per family up to six people; free for Yeshiva University Museum members, YU staff, alumni

Tickets: Available online

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workshop

05 | Apr
07:00PM
05 | Apr
07:00PM

reading group

16th Street Book Club Meeting

Join us! All 16th Street book club sessions are free and open to the public. This month we'll meet to discuss A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. Please try to bring your books or e-readers with you. RSVP recommended RSVP recommended via email. To learn more, visit cjh.org/bookclub.

Ticket Info: Free, RSVP recommended via email.

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reading group

05 | Apr
07:00PM
05 | Apr
07:00PM

reading group

16th Street Book Club Meeting

Join us! All 16th Street book club sessions are free and open to the public. This month we'll meet to discuss A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange. Please try to bring your books or e-readers with you. RSVP recommended RSVP recommended via email. To learn more, visit cjh.org/bookclub.

Ticket Info: Free, RSVP recommended via email.

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reading group

06 | Apr
06:30PM
06 | Apr
06:30PM

course

God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics

This four-week course explores Spinoza’s controversial and groundbreaking Ethics, closelyexaminingSpinoza’s thought in historical context, his influence on subsequent thinkers, and the significance of his Sephardic background.

Ticket Info: $315; 10% discount for Center for Jewish History members; use code cjhmember; enroll online

Tickets: Available online

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course

10 | Apr
10 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Monday, April 10 for Erev Passover.

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holidays and closures

11 | Apr
11 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Tuesday, April 11 for Passover.

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holidays and closures

12 | Apr
12 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Wednesday, April 12 for Passover.

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holidays and closures

13 | Apr
02:00PM
13 | Apr
02:00PM

curator's tour

Uncommon Threads: Clothing & Textiles from the Yeshiva University Museum Collection

Join curator Bonni-Dara Michaels for a tour of YUM’s Uncommon Threads exhibition featuring garments, textiles and jewelry spanning three centuries. Highlights include a gold bracelet that belonged to the wife of the Hatam Sofer, a 19th-century Ottoman velvet bridal dress, an Adele Simpson evening dress trimmed with fox fur, a 1753 Ashkenazic wimpel, and an early 19th century Alsatian Passover Seder show towel.

Ticket Info: Free; reservation required

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curator's tour

13 | Apr
07:00PM
13 | Apr
07:00PM

film and discussion

Streit's Matzo and the American Dream

Q&A featuring Director Neil A. Friedman
In the heart of New York’s rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side stand four tenement buildings that housed the Streit’s matzo factory since 1925. Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream is a story of tradition, of resistance and resilience, and a celebration of a family whose commitment to their heritage and to their employees is inspiring proof that the family that bakes together, stays together.

Ticket Info: $10 general, $5 American Jewish Historical Society members, seniors, students, $12 at the door

Tickets: Available online

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film and discussion

16 | Apr
16 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 16 for Erev Passover.

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holidays and closures

17 | Apr
17 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, April 17 for Passover.

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holidays and closures

18 | Apr
18 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Tuesday, April 18 for Passover.

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holidays and closures

24 | Apr
06:30PM
24 | Apr
06:30PM

concert

When We Remembered Zion: The New Budapest Orpheum Society Commemorates Yom HaShoah

Lecture 6:30 pm
Concert 7 pm
The Grammy-nominated New Budapest Orpheum Society bears witness to those murdered, those who resisted, and those who must not be forgotten. Under the direction of Philip V. Bohlman and Ilya Levinson, the ensemble consists of singers, violin, piano, accordion, bass, and percussion. This concert features repertories of Jewish song from the Holocaust, gathered from the cabarets, camps, ghettos, theater, and films. 

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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concert

26 | Apr
07:30PM
26 | Apr
07:30PM

dramatic reading

Women and Resistance: Women, Theater and the Holocaust

The evening will launch the third edition of Remember the Women Institute’s Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook, Rochelle G. Saidel and Karen Shulman, eds. Performances include:

  • We Will Not Be Silent, excerpt from a play about Sophie Scholl, by David Meyers, directed by Aliza Shane
  • At the Train Station in Munich by Cynthia L. Cooper, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser
  • In Her Words: Stories of Survival and Resistance by Virginia D’Albert-Lake, Geneviève de Gaulle Anthonioz, Gemma La Guardia Gluck, and Isabella Leitner; adapted and directed by Dr. Meghan Brodie; performed by Ursinus College students Mya Flood, Indira Joell, Maddie Kuklentz, and Allison Rohr
  • Terezin Caberet, Ilse Weber’s songs and letters, performed by Jenny Lee Mitchell, accompanied by Maria Dessena, Untitled Theater Company #61 and Mad Jenny Theatre

Panel discussion and reception to follow

Ticket Info: $9 general; $5 students. Tickets available online.

Tickets: Available online

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dramatic reading

30 | Apr
11:00AM
30 | Apr
11:00AM

workshop

Children's Day

A morning of activity and cultural immersion for children of all ages; join us for sing-alongs, storytelling, and a Yiddish puppet show! Activities will take place from 11am until 1pm throughout the Center for Jewish History.

Ticket Info: Family Admission: $10 general, $5 YIVO members; reserve online or 212-294-8301 x. 6152

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workshop

30 | Apr
02:00PM
30 | Apr
02:00PM

panel discussion

Growing up Jewish

Scholars Sam Kassow, Miriam Udel, Naomi Seidman, and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett will discuss the lives of Jewish children before WWII. Talks will include general overviews as well as discussions of Socialist Literature for Jewish Children in the US and USSR, and Max Weinreich’s work on psychology and Jewish adolescence.

Ticket Info: Family Admission: $10 general, $5 YIVO members; reserve online or 212-294-8301 x. 6152 $15 general, $10 YIVO members, students; reserve online or 212-294-8301 x. 6152

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panel discussion

08 | May
07:00PM
08 | May
07:00PM

reading group

16th Street Book Club Meeting

Join us! All 16th Street book club sessions are free and open to the public. This month we'll meet to discuss Drunk from the Bitter Truth: The Poems of Anna Margolin, translated from the Yiddish by Shirley Kumove. Please try to bring your books or e-readers with you. RSVP recommended RSVP recommended via email. To learn more, visit cjh.org/bookclub.

Ticket Info: Free, RSVP recommended via email.

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reading group

29 | May
29 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, May 29 in honor of Memorial Day.

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holidays and closures

30 | May
30 | May

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Tuesday, May 30 for Erev Shavuot.

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holidays and closures

31 | May
31 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Wednesday, May 31 for Shavuot.

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holidays and closures

01 | Jun
01 | Jun

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Thursday, June 1 for Shavuot.

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holidays and closures

04 | Jul
04 | Jul

holidays and closures

Happy Independence Day! The Center is closed.

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holidays and closures

03 | Sep
03 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 in honor of Labor Day.

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holidays and closures

04 | Sep
04 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, September 4 in honor of Labor Day.

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holidays and closures

20 | Sep
20 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Wednesday, September 20 for Erev Rosh Hashana.

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holidays and closures

21 | Sep
21 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Thursday, September 21 for Rosh Hashana.

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holidays and closures

22 | Sep
22 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Friday, September 22 for Rosh Hashana.

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holidays and closures

29 | Sep
29 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Friday, September 29 for Erev Yom Kippur.

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holidays and closures

30 | Sep
30 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Saturday, September 30 for Yom Kippur.

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holidays and closures

04 | Oct
04 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Wednesday, October 4 for Erev Sukkot.

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holidays and closures

05 | Oct
05 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Thursday, October 5 for Sukkot.

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holidays and closures

06 | Oct
06 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Friday, October 6 for Sukkot.

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holidays and closures

11 | Oct
11 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Wednesday, October 11 Erev Shemini Atzeret.

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holidays and closures

12 | Oct
12 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Thursday, October 12 Shemini Atzeret.

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holidays and closures

13 | Oct
13 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Friday, October 13 Simchat Torah.

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holidays and closures

22 | Nov
22 | Nov

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Wednesday, November 22. It will remain closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

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holidays and closures

23 | Nov
23 | Nov

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

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holidays and closures

24 | Nov
24 | Nov

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

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holidays and closures

25 | Dec
25 | Dec

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, December 25 for Christmas.

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holidays and closures