17 | Dec
12:30PM
17 | Dec
12:30PM

celebration

Not Just for Kids...

Celebrate Hanukkah with an afternoon of activities for all ages and interests – history buffs, artists (at any level), and music lovers.

History!
Exciting gallery hunts in the special exhibitions The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, and 1917: How One Year Changed the World.

Guided tours of our special exhibitions, including a tour of The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, with verbal description for the blind, at 12:30 pm.

Art!
Drop-in craft zone for all ages; create a metal badge in the style of ancient gelt.

90-minute paper art technique workshop with artist Marna Chester, at 1:00 pm.

These multi-sensory activities are also suitable for individuals who are blind or who have low vision.

Music!
Join cellist Elad Kabilio and an ensemble of musicians from MusicTalks for stories and songs inspired by the Festival of Lights, across different cultures and musical styles, from Klezmer and Ladino to classical opera and jazz, at 3:00 pm.

Candle Lighting!
A spirited candle lighting – and Hanukkah treats for all!

Programming for the blind and low vision community is made possible by a grant from The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc.

Ticket Info: $10 adults; $5 seniors, students, YUM and CJH members, YU staff, students and alumni; free for children under 5.

Tickets: Available online

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celebration

18 | Dec
07:00PM
18 | Dec
07:00PM

panel discussion

Overcoming Extremism: An Interfaith Salon Conversation

Two emerging young leaders with first-hand experience facing extremism come together for an open dialogue on how decent people of all backgrounds can build bridges of understanding.

Richard Sassoon is an Iraqi-American of Jewish heritage who graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and studied at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Richard has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa, lived in Morocco while studying at al-Akhawayn University, and assisted Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

Ahmed Omar is the Deputy Director of MALA. He is a Somalilander American of Muslim heritage, a refugee genocide survivor, and has grappled with radicalism in his own family. Ahmed is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

Come for an evening of thoughtful exchange on challenges and opportunities. By engaging in informed and inclusive dialogue the discussion aims to help ensure a world that transcends discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation. or national origin.

As history has proven time and time again unchecked prejudice can ultimately lead to hateful actions, such as scapegoating, social exclusion (“otherization”), discrimination, expropriation, expulsion, and genocide. Never begins with now. By engaging with history through informed and inclusive dialogue we can all be advocates for individuals and communities that experience discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Ticket Info: $5; reservations required

Tickets: Available online

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panel discussion

20 | Dec
02:00PM
20 | Dec
02:00PM

lecture

Jewish Life in Croatia 1945-1952

Naida-Mihal Brandl, PhD is a Lecturer at the University of Zagreb and the 2017 Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellow. She will discuss the rebuilding of Croatia’s Jewish community and its renewing contacts with international Jewish organizations.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP at www.eventbrite.com

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

20 | Dec
07:00PM
20 | Dec
07:00PM

concert

The Annual Chanukah Concert

With Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director, National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene; Yiddish folk and theater songs, with singers and piano and klezmer clarinet. Plus a Chanukah sing-along and special story for the holiday.

Ticket Info: $18 general; $12 AJHS/ASJM/CJH members; $9 seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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concert

21 | Dec
07:00PM
21 | Dec
07:00PM

lecture

A Very Jewish Christmas

Sing along to our favorite Jewishly-inflected holiday songs, and hear from special guest Jody Rosen, author of White Christmas: The Story of an American Song, who will discuss the unique phenomenon that is Jewish contributions to Christmas music. Afterwards we’ll celebrate with a reception with Chinese food.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YIVO members, students at https://yivo.org/Christmas or 917-606-8290

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

25 | Dec
25 | Dec

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, December 25 for Christmas.

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holidays and closures

07 | Jan
11:00AM
07 | Jan
11:00AM

exhibit tour and discussion

The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back

Verbal Description Tour

Visitors who are blind or have low vision are invited to a special tour of YUM’s exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back. The tour will feature handling objects, including a quarter-scale replica of the Spoils of Jerusalem panel from the Arch of Titus.

This program is funded by a grant from The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required

Tickets: Available online

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exhibit tour and discussion

08 | Jan
02:00PM
08 | Jan
02:00PM

lecture

The Fate of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust

In 1943, Bulgaria complied with German demands and deported nearly 11,400 Jews from occupied territories in northern Greece and Yugoslavia (Macedonia). At the same time, Bulgaria successfully resisted repeated German pressures to deport the 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria. Dr. Benatov will offer an overview of the facts surrounding these historical events and will focus on the conflicting opinions about the role played by King Boris III, church officials, and politicians in the rescue of Bulgaria’s Jewish population. Dr. Benatov will also discuss the international debate over the way in which this historical moment should be interpreted, remembered, and commemorated.

Dr. Joseph Benatov teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of the 2017 Fred and Ellen Lewis / JDC Archives Fellowship. His research in the JDC Archives is on JDC activities in Bulgaria in the postwar period, 1945-1949, and its support of the Jewish community and involvement in the mass immigration of the Bulgarian Jewish community to Israel.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP online

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

08 | Jan
06:30PM
08 | Jan
06:30PM

film and discussion

Reversing Oblivion

The New York City premiere of this documentary film brings us to the filmmaker’s discovery of her grandparents’ confiscated pre-World War II estate and her own German Jewish heritage, and records the work of a Cornell University architecture team to design creative new uses for the site. With filmmakers Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, and Cornell Architecture Professor Aleksandr Mergold. Reception to follow.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/partner members, Cornell alumni, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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film and discussion

09 | Jan
07:00PM
09 | Jan
07:00PM

lecture

Schmaltz: Jewish Cooking Past, Present and Futures

Join us for a lecture on Jewish food by best-selling author Michael Wex. Wex will discuss his book Rhapsody in Schmaltz and reflect on why the serious study of Jewish food has been a blind spot in the study of Eastern European Jewry. He will then be joined by Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz of The Gefilteria, who will discuss their work in contemporary Jewish cuisine and lead a live cooking demonstration rendering schmaltz and gribenes, and then making chopped liver. A light reception featuring Jewish food favorites will follow the event.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $10 YIVO members, seniors at https://www.yivo.org/Schmaltz or 917-606-8290

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

10 | Jan
06:30PM
10 | Jan
06:30PM

curator's tour

The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back

Join Jacob Wisse, director of YUM, on a tour through the Museum’s exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, exploring the image and legacy of the Arch of Titus from Imperial Rome to modern-day Israel.

Ticket Info: $10 adults, $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members & YU students, faculty or staff

Tickets: Available online

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curator's tour

10 | Jan
07:00PM
10 | Jan
07:00PM

discussion

East West Street: Personal Histories of Genocide and Raphael Lemkin’s Thought

Featuring remarkable materials housed at AJHS, Philippe Sands will explore how personal lives and history are interwoven in his book East West Street. A conversation with Douglas Irvin-Erikson, author of Raphäel Lemkin and the Concept of Genocide will follow.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 AJHS members, seniors, students; $12 at the door

Tickets: Available online

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discussion

21 | Jan
02:00PM
21 | Jan
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Warsaw Genealogy Research

Speaker: Hadassah Lipsius

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and at the onset of World War II had the largest population of Jews in all of Europe. Hadassah Lipsius will present a lecture about genealogy research in Warsaw and specifically research of your Warsaw family. Sources will include vital record research, newspaper announcements, business directories, homeowner lists, cemetery records, notarial records, business records and more. She will review the sources, show examples and provide aids and tips in how to perform your search.

In order to assist researchers who will attend the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Warsaw from August 5 to August 10, 2018, Hadassah Lipsius will also present an introductory talk, prepared by the organization committee.

Hadassah Lipsius is long-time board member of JRI-Poland, as well as Archive Coordinator for the Warsaw and Tomaszow Mazowiecki Archives. She is the database manager for JewishGen's Warsaw Research Group, and has helped index Warszawa newspaper life cycle announcements. She serves on the executive council of the Jewish Genealogical Society. Hadassah has traveled many times to Poland to pursue her family reserach.

Ticket Info: JGS members free; guests are welcome, $5 at the door.

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jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

23 | Jan
06:30PM
23 | Jan
06:30PM

book talk

All Jewish History in Less Than an Hour with David N. Myers

Love history but short on time? Join CJH President and distinguished Jewish History Professor David N. Myers for a fast and fascinating discussion.  Based on his book, Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction, Myers covers 5778 years in a very short program. Sound impossible? Set the clock.  And see how much you’ll learn.

Meet our new CJH President! Book signing and reception to follow.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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book talk

24 | Jan
06:30PM
24 | Jan
06:30PM

book talk

The Book of Separation

When she broke away from Orthodox Judaism, Tova Mirvis left her marriage and the way of life she’d always known. The bestselling novelist of The Ladies Auxiliary, The Outside World, and Visible City, Mirvis speaks with columnist Marjorie Ingall (Tablet Magazine) about her moving new memoir, The Book of Separation, and her new life in the secular world.

Book signing and reception to follow.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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book talk

28 | Jan
02:00PM
28 | Jan
02:00PM

festival

International Ladino Day: A Celebration of Story and Song

Join us to celebrate Ladino, the remarkable language also known as Judeo-Spanish.

Jane Mushabac (CUNY) performs excerpts from her 2016 Ladino-rich novel, His Hundred Years, A Tale. Also hear singer/accordionist Jane Carver; Sephardic thought leaders Rabbi Marc Angel and Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé; and a musical finale by Trio Sefardi with Howard Bass, Tina Chancey, and Susan Gaeta, who has toured with the legendary Flory Jagoda.

Ticket Info: $10 at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

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festival

29 | Jan
06:30PM
29 | Jan
06:30PM

lecture

Family History Today: From Family History to Present Family – Finding Living Relatives You Have Never Met!

Are you interested in reconnecting with your long-lost cousins? This lecture will cover major resources and strategies for locating the living descendants of deceased individuals on your family tree.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

30 | Jan
07:00PM
30 | Jan
07:00PM

lecture

History Matters: Deborah Lipstadt

Prof. Deborah Lipstadt (Emory University) on antisemitism past and present

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

05 | Feb
05:00PM
05 | Feb
05:00PM

book launch

The Essential Fictions of Isaac Babel: New Translations by Val Vinokur

Join us for the launch of a new book of Isaac Babel translations with readings by translator Val Vinokur and discussion with Isaac Babel expert, YIVO’s Executive Director Jonathan Brent.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP required online

Tickets: Available online

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book launch

06 | Feb
07:00PM
06 | Feb
07:00PM

mini-course

Radical Jewish Politics in Postwar America and Israel

In this course, we will examine a number of leading radical Jewish thinkers in the post-war period, focusing on: Arthur Waskow, Meir Kahane, Yoel teitelbaum, and Zvi Yehuda Kook. Different as they may seem on major social and political questions, these four were united in proposing radical Jewish visions of a post-liberal society.

Continues February 13, 21, 27.

Ticket Info: $250 non-members; $200 CJH members, seniors; $50 students. Enroll at

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mini-course

07 | Feb
07:00PM
07 | Feb
07:00PM

discussion/performance

Jewish Baroque: A Lecture-Performance

Featuring Dr. Michael Beckerman (NYU) and Dr. Simona Frankel (HUC-JIR), this program will study the introduction of art music into European synagogues, and explore mystical atonement rituals of Jews during the Baroque era. The audience will be treated to performances of Jewish Baroque music and learn about its context.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP required at info@jewishmusicforum.org

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discussion/performance

15 | Feb
07:00PM
15 | Feb
07:00PM

film screening and discussion

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels cinematically weaves the tale of Marion Kreith who, evading Nazi capture, escaped Europe to Havana as a young girl with her family. Marion’s story mingles with the personal accounts of other refugees placed in an unfamiliar land.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS/LBI members, seniors, students; $12 at the door

Tickets: Available online

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film screening and discussion

18 | Feb
02:00PM
18 | Feb
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

What You Can Learn from Bubbe's Photos:  Or, Jewish Clothing as Cultural History

For most of Jewish history, clothing represented a tension between dressing Jewish and dressing like everybody else. This was especially true in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when most of our ancestors migrated to the U.S. Professor Eric Silverman, author of A Cultural History of Jewish Dress, will show how we can "read" the clothing in old photographs to illustrate the wider Jewish experience,

Ticket Info: JGS members free; guests are welcome, $5 at the door.

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jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

20 | Feb
07:00PM
20 | Feb
07:00PM

lecture

History Matters: Jan Gross

Prof. Jan Gross (Princeton University) on Europe, the Holocaust, and the rise of the right

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

21 | Feb
06:30PM
21 | Feb
06:30PM

lecture

Family History Today: Researching your Ancestors’ Immigration Experiences

Designed for beginner or advanced genealogy researchers, this lecture will present research tools and approaches to finding data on, as well as imagining an informed historical context of, your ancestors’ immigration experiences. No previous experience or preparation necessary.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

27 | Feb
06:30PM
27 | Feb
06:30PM

website launch

Projekt 1938: Commemorating 80 Years Since 1938

A new website and exhibition explore the dramatic events of 1938 from the perspectives of ordinary people. This event focuses on the annexation of Austria (March 12), when 190,000 Jews were suddenly subject to restrictions that had developed over 5 years in Nazi Germany.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP required at www.lbi.org/events

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website launch