29 | Dec
07:00PM
29 | Dec
07:00PM

lecture

What is Jewish Humor?: Exploring Wit and Humor in Freud

Dr. Max Kohn, psychoanalyst, journalist and author

What is the secret of Jewish humor? Freud thinks that jokes must be distinguished from humor. A joke requires that someone is listening, but humor is a conflict between the ego and the superego. Through humor, the ego can be stronger than the superego. Max Kohn will present examples from his new book, Vitsn: mots d'esprit yiddish et inconscient (Limoges: Lambert-Lucas, 2008).

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

28 | Dec
03:00PM
28 | Dec
03:00PM

hanukkah celebration

Annual Hanukkah Concert

Eleanor Reissa of the Broadway and Yiddish stage and her band; stories by Isaiah Sheffer. Followed by reception and candle lighting.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society and American Society for Jewish Music

hanukkah celebration

25 | Dec
25 | Dec

holidays and closures

Center Offices and Reading Room Closed for Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

25 | Dec
11:00AM
25 | Dec
11:00AM

hanukkah celebration

Hanukkah Spectacular

Featuring international recording artist Ramon Tasat and the lively and syncopated rhythms of the Fiesta Sepharad Ensemble. Spirited songs in Hebrew, Italian, Ladino and Aramaic. Live at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. With family activities throughout the day.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

hanukkah celebration

21 | Dec
02:00PM
21 | Dec
02:00PM

sephardic music festival scholar series

Elie Massias Flamenco-Ladino & Victor Esses Tarab Ensemble

As part of the fourth annual Sephardic Music Festival, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the Sephardic Scholar Series! This year the series, presented in collaboration with the American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum, will feature two distinct musical performances, a panel discussion and entrance to the Yeshiva University Museum. Each performance will focus on a unique aspect of Sephardic musical culture: Elie Massias will perform Flamenco-Ladino improvisations from Gibraltar; and the Victor Esses Tarab Ensemble, led by Brooklyn cantor Victor Esses, will perform Sephardic piyyutim set in the Syrian-Sephardic musical tradition.

Curated by ethnomusicologist/performer, Samuel R. Thomas, who will lead an audience-interactive panel discussion with the two performers, exploring contemporary representations of Sephardic musical culture.

Schedule:
2:00pm Doors open for YUMusuem Galleries.
2:45pm Performance: Elie Massias solo guitar, electronica, Ladino/Hebrew.
3:15pm Intermission: Menorah lighting in Hebrew/Ladino and Light refreshments.
3:45pm Performance: Victor Esses Tarab Ensemble - Hebrew Piyyutim
4:30pm Scholar panel with Samuel Thomas, Victor Esses and Elie Massias
5:00pm Program concludes

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

sephardic music festival scholar series

19 | Dec
12:00PM
19 | Dec
12:00PM

lecture

Psikhoanaliz un yidishkayt

Dr. Max Kohn, psychoanalyst, journalist, and author

This is a Yiddish language event.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

18 | Dec
06:00PM
18 | Dec
06:00PM

gisella levi cahnman open seminar

From "Jews" to "Israelites": Identity and Tradition at the Dawn of Emancipation

This 3-day seminar led by Gadi Luzzatto Voghera of the University of Venice explores real life stories of 19th-century men and women against the background of political and cultural change in unified Italy.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

gisella levi cahnman open seminar

18 | Dec
07:30PM
18 | Dec
07:30PM

concert

Four Seasons: Music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Peter I. Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi

Part of the four-concert series, "Fanny and Felix," commemorating Mendelssohn's bicentennial. Performed by the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky.

For more information view the program.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

concert

17 | Dec
06:00PM
17 | Dec
06:00PM

gisella levi cahnman open seminar

From "Jews" to "Israelites": Identity and Tradition at the Dawn of Emancipation

This 3-day seminar led by Gadi Luzzatto Voghera of the University of Venice explores real life stories of 19th-century men and women against the background of political and cultural change in unified Italy.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

gisella levi cahnman open seminar

16 | Dec
06:00PM
16 | Dec
06:00PM

gisella levi cahnman open seminar

From "Jews" to "Israelites": Identity and Tradition at the Dawn of Emancipation

This 3-day seminar led by Gadi Luzzatto Voghera of the University of Venice explores real life stories of 19th-century men and women against the background of political and cultural change in unified Italy.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

gisella levi cahnman open seminar

12 | Dec
12:00PM
12 | Dec
12:00PM

lecture

Tsi iz dos take a fremde un griltsndike shprakh: tsu der frage vegn Ben-Gurions batsiung tsu yidish nokhn khurbm

Rachel Rojanski
University of Haifa

This is a Yiddish language event.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

11 | Dec
02:00PM
11 | Dec
02:00PM

cjh graduate seminar program

Building The Nation: Portuguese Jewish Community in the Atlantic World

Hilit Surowitz, Morris and Alma Schapiro Fellow, and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Florida, presenting

Dr. Jonathan Schorsch, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion, Columbia University, responding

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

cjh graduate seminar program

11 | Dec
06:00PM
11 | Dec
06:00PM

lecture & book signing

Traces of Sepharad/Huellas de Sefarad

Artist Marc Shanker, Spanish novelist Antonio Muñoz Molina and Sephardic and biblical scholar Professor T.A. Perry will speak about the exhibition and book of etchings, discuss the origins and meanings of the Ladino proverbs, and their relationship to Sephardic and Spanish culture.

6:00 pm Exhibition Viewing
7:00 pm Program

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

lecture & book signing

07 | Dec
01:00PM
07 | Dec
01:00PM

gallery talk

Erfurt: Jewish Treasures from Medieval Ashkenaz

Rhoda Seidenberg, YUM's Associate Curator, will lead a special tour of the Erfurt treasure.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

gallery talk

07 | Dec
05:00PM
07 | Dec
05:00PM

dance performance

The Sidney Krum Annual Concert: Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, this company appears at major theatres and dance festivals around the world. Founder and Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman , a child of Polish Holocaust survivors, has created a body of work that honors her Jewish legacy; its trials and triumphs, uniqueness and precious commonalities with the human race.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

dance performance

03 | Dec
01:30PM
03 | Dec
01:30PM

membership film series

Jews of Lebanon (Le Petite Histoire des Juifs du Liban)

In the 1960's, there were nearly 8,000 Jews in Lebanon; today there are less than 60. Through the stories of community members now scattered throughout the world, this film recounts their times of happiness and their subsequent exile to many countries.

Director: Yves Turquier. France/Lichtenstein, 2006. 77 mins. English subtitles.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

membership film series

01 | Dec
07:00PM
01 | Dec
07:00PM

choseed memorial lecture

Between Two Worlds: The Literary Works of Kalman Segal (1918-1980)

Dr. Magdalena Ruta, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University of Crakow

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

choseed memorial lecture

28 | Nov
28 | Nov

holidays and closures

Thanksgiving

The Center is closed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

27 | Nov
27 | Nov

holidays and closures

Thanksgiving

The Center is closed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

25 | Nov
07:00PM
25 | Nov
07:00PM

concert

Live from YIVO: The Andy Statman Trio

Legendary clarinetist and mandolinist Andy Statman performs and provides a rare glimpse into his evolution as a musician and embrace of Orthodox Judaism. Moderated by noted musicologist, producer and performer Henry Sapoznik.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

concert

23 | Nov
10:00AM
23 | Nov
10:00AM

day-long international colloquium

Vienna's "Kristallnacht": 70 Years On

This international colloquium is timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Vienna's "Kristallnacht" - Vienna's "Night of Broken Glass" - and focuses on memory, responsibility, trauma, and judgment as experienced through the recollection and interpretation of war. The colloquium is co-sponsored by Yeshiva University Museum, Cardozo School of Law, and New York University's Center on Violence and Recovery.

Highlights of the colloquium will include:

- A screening of the film Truth Be Told (A Work in Progress), chronicling one family's journey back to Vienna, from where they fled the Nazis in 1939. The film focuses on the discovery of the Jewish Community Archive and on records found there that challenge and even contradict the stories passed down the generations. The film is directed by Brian Dilg and written and produced by Linda Mills, director of NYU's Center on Violence and Recovery, and Peter Goodrich, a law professor at Yeshiva University. A panel discussion with the filmmakers and two European directors, Ruth Beckerman and Christian Delage, follows.

- A lecture, "Ranks of Powerlessness: Vienna 1938-1945, the Path to the Judenrat" by Doron Rabinovici, Austrian-Israeli writer and historian.

- A discussion, "Vienna: Continuity and Change," by leading historians, archivists, and educators on the renewal of interest in and the admission of responsibility for the Holocaust in contemporary Austria, with Lothar Hölbling, Holocaust Victims' Information and Support Center of the Jewish Community, Vienna; University of Klagenfurt historian Herbert Posch; and Christine Stromberger, Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, among other participants.

- A multidisciplinary panel on "Trauma Across Time," addressing the specific issue of the impact of trauma upon subsequent generations.

- "Global Contexts: Continuity and Change," a discussion with NYU President John Sexton; Dennis Davis, High Court Judge, South Africa; and Hannah Lessing, Secretary General, Austrian National Fund, on the lingering impact of Kristallnacht globally, and the potential for healing.

This colloquium is co-sponsored with the Yeshiva University School of Law Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, the Yeshiva University Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, and the Yeshiva University Program in Law and Humanities.

Glatt kosher refreshments and lunch will be served. A wine and cheese reception follows the event.

Media wishing to cover this event should contact Barbara Jester at 212.998.6844, email; or Yael Shy at 212.998.2266, email.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

day-long international colloquium

21 | Nov
12:00PM
21 | Nov
12:00PM

lecture

Yidishe literatur in nokhmilkhomedikn Poyln 1945-1968

Magda Ruta
Jagiellonian University of Cracow

This is a Yiddish language event.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

19 | Nov
07:00PM
19 | Nov
07:00PM

panel discussion

Young Artists Exploring Our Heritage: A Journey Where Art Meets History

Second in a series of encounters with young professionals reconnecting to their Sephardic roots through their creative processes.

Join Lisa Alcalay Klug, Los Angeles-based author, photographer, editor and writing coach; Sarah Aroeste, musician and leader of The Sarah Aroeste Band; and Erez Safar, aka Diwon, founder and director of Shemspeed and The Sephardic Music Festival. Moderated by award-winning art director, Michelle Ishay-Cohen.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

panel discussion

16 | Nov
10:00AM
16 | Nov
10:00AM

international conference

Soviet Jewish Soldiers, Jewish Resistance, and Jews in the USSR During the Holocaust

This conference examines new insights into the Soviet Jewish experience during World War II and the Holocaust that have come to light since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Conference continues at NYU on November 17.

For a full program and registration information visit the conference site.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, NYU, USHMM, Blavatnik Archive

international conference

13 | Nov
06:30PM
13 | Nov
06:30PM

panel discussion

Figuration, Abstraction and the Spiritual

In conjunction with the exhibition "Figuration, Abstraction and the Spiritual: David Stern," this panel will explore the themes of the exhibition using Stern’s artwork which uses heavy layers of paint to create figures that emerge from the canvases and confront contemplative introspection and spirituality.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

panel discussion

11 | Nov
06:30PM
11 | Nov
06:30PM

panel discussion

The Pulpit and the "Bully Pulpit": Religion in the 2008 Presidential Campaign

Protestant/Catholic/Jew: How religion affected the 2008 presidential election and voting patterns.

Featuring: Rev. James M. Dunn, PhD, Rabbi James Rudin, Peter Steinfels, PhD and Seymour P. Lachman, PhD.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History and Wagner College

panel discussion

10 | Nov
06:00PM
10 | Nov
06:00PM

exhibition opening and book launch

Traces of Sepharad (Huellas de Sefarad): Etchings of Sephardic Proverbs

These etchings of Ladino proverbs by artist Marc Shanker, with their many levels of meaning, can be appreciated by a broad audience. The exhibition brings our attention back to the thriving Jewish communities of the Iberian Peninsula at a time when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together in relative peace.

Presented by ASF, Consulate General of Spain in NY, Turkish Consulate General in NY, Instituto Cervantes.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

exhibition opening and book launch

10 | Nov
07:00PM
10 | Nov
07:00PM

weiss memorial lecture

A Certain Justice: Jews, Poles, and the Prosecution of Nazi War Criminals

Dr. Gabriel Finder, Lecturer in Modern Jewish History, University of Virginia

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

weiss memorial lecture

06 | Nov
08:00PM
06 | Nov
08:00PM

concert

Bernstein: A Jewish Legacy

An encore performance of the recently sold-out program at the Jewish Museum, as part of the citywide festival Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds.

The concert of mostly unknown Bernstein works on Jewish themes, narrated by Jack Gottlieb, Bernstein’s longtime editor, sheds new light on some of the composer’s more celebrated pieces. A number cut from West Side Story, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, combined with another piece from an abandoned project with Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, reveals a surprising transformation as a choral setting in Hebrew. Among the other works are world premieres of A Choral Quilt (arranged by Gottlieb) and a song Bernstein wrote in reaction to anti-Semitism. Photographs and video from the maestro's personal and professional life are also featured.

Artists include vocalists Janice Meyerson, Robert Abelson, Heather Buck, Andres Felipe Aristizabal, the piano duo of Eric Birk and Bernadette Hoke, and the Amor Artis Chamber Choir and soloists conducted by Johannes Somary.

This performance made possible by a generous gift from Rosalind Devon and Sandy Batkin.

Presented by: The American Society for Jewish Music, Center for Jewish History, and American Jewish Historical Society

concert

05 | Nov
02:00PM
05 | Nov
02:00PM

cjh graduate seminar program

Converts and Community: Tales from the Vilna Archives

Ellie Schainker, Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Fellow in Jewish Culture, and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, presenting

Dr. Elissa Bemporad, Visiting Fellow in Jewish Studies and History, The New School, and Dina Abramowicz YIVO Fellow, responding. Intended for an academically-oriented audience.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

cjh graduate seminar program

05 | Nov
06:00PM
05 | Nov
06:00PM

exhibition viewing, lecture, concert

Treasured Possession: Jews and Christians in the Medieval City

Featured speaker: Haym Soloveitchik, Merkin Family Professor of Jewish History and Literature, Yeshiva Universy.

Musical performance by Duo Marchand.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum and Center for Jewish History

exhibition viewing, lecture, concert

03 | Nov
06:00PM
03 | Nov
06:00PM

lecture

Beyond the Dialectic of Ghetto Versus Integration: Towards a New Vision of Jewish Cultural History in Italy

David Ruderman, Ella Darivoff Director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and renowned expert in the history of ideas that shaped the identity and culture of Italian Jewry, reframes in thought-provoking terms the historical dynamics of one of the oldest European minorities.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

lecture

29 | Oct
07:00PM
29 | Oct
07:00PM

jews and justice

Reckoning with the Past: A Conversation About Transitional Justice

How do nations move from conflict to a peaceful future in the wake of mass atrocity and suffering? What elements of social trust and civil discourse can be restored? What really counts in the process of reconciliation? A distinguished panel of historians, human rights advocates and lawyers will discuss the complex balance necessary for political transformation to a stable and civil society. Featuring Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; David Dyzenhaus, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Global Visiting Professor, NYU Law School; Moderated by Ruti G. Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

jews and justice

27 | Oct
06:30PM
27 | Oct
06:30PM

discussion

Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal?

A conversation between Rob Riemen, president of the Nexus Institut and author of The Nobility of Spirit (Yale University Press, 2008) and Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper's Magazine and editor of Education (Lapham's Quarterly, Fall 2008).

After Levi, Baruch Spinoza, Thomas Mann, and the Italian intellectual Carlo Ginzburg, Rob Riemen argues with passion that "nobility of spirit" is the quintessence of a civilized world and the sole corrective for human history. Without nobility of spirit, culture vanishes.

For a full program see www.primolevicenter.org.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

discussion

27 | Oct
07:00PM
27 | Oct
07:00PM

book presentation

Memories of Eden: A Journey Through Jewish Baghdad

Editors Mira and Tony Rocca will present Memories of Eden, a memoir of Mira's mother, Violette Shamash, drawn from recollections and notes she sent over a period of 20 years to Mira (born in the pogrom), and son-in-law, Tony Rocca, a former staff writer with the London Sunday Times and Daily Mail. A slide show of pictures and illustrations of old Baghdad will accompany their presentation.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

book presentation

26 | Oct
09:00AM
26 | Oct
09:00AM

conference

Jewish Youth and Cultural Change: A Conference on Rethinking American Jewish History

"He who holds the future, holds the youth."
Max Weinreich YIVO, Poland 1935

Young Jews were the majority of Jewish immigrants to the United States. They dominated the ranks of Jewish political and social movements from anarchism to the counterculture and feminism. They have played a key role in developing a Jewish press, pioneering new Jewish institutions, and creating alternatives to those institutions. They have also been the object of communal condemnation, anxiety and policy. Debates about communal change are debates about Jewish youth.

This conference brings together historians, anthropologists, and scholars of culture in order to reflect on the ways in which young Jews experienced their lives as Jews and Americans over the past two centuries, and how communal and cultural change were reflected in anxieties about Jewish youth. Scholars will ask: How do we tell the history of American Jewish life when we focus on youth? How did young Jewish men and women translate cultural change into American Jewish life? What are the differences between the 21st century and earlier eras? How does cultural memory shape these conversations?

An evening public program will bring together scholars, activists, and cultural critics to reflect on these issues.

Sponsored by: Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism, Yeshiva University, University of Minnesota, Goren-Goldstein Center for the Study of American Jewish History at New York University

Click here for a complete conference schedule.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, and more

conference

23 | Oct
07:30PM
23 | Oct
07:30PM

concert

Four-Hand Music of Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert

Part of the four-concert series, "Fanny and Felix," commemorating Mendelssohn's bicentennial. Performed by the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Blavatnik.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

concert

22 | Oct
22 | Oct

holidays and closures

Simchat Torah

The Center is closed.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

21 | Oct
21 | Oct

holidays and closures

Shemini Atzeret

The Center is closed.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

20 | Oct
02:00PM
20 | Oct
02:00PM

early closure

Erev Shemini Atzeret

The Center will close at 2:00pm.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

early closure

19 | Oct
11:00AM
19 | Oct
11:00AM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Viennese Research, Cadastral Maps and "Good-Bye Bohorodchany"

After an update on Galicia's newest map and land­owner records project in Lviv, we'll waltz through the fascinating process of mining Viennese re­sources to discover your Galician relatives, including the IKG's (Israel­itische Kultusgemeinde Wien) vital records collection, the treasures found in the Gasometer ar­chives and the Austrian National Lib­rary col­lections. Then join Bernard Reiner on his "homecoming" trip with Alex ("Tevye") Dunai, as he returns to the Bohorodchany burial site where his ancestors were laid to rest more than four centuries ago, reads the megillah in the Great Stanislawow syna­gogue, attends shul in Kolomea on Purim morning, and eats from the "conflicted soil" of his ancestors.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

19 | Oct
02:00PM
19 | Oct
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) Archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany: Film and Panel Discussion

In May 2008, 40 genealogists spent a week researching at the ITS ar­chives, the most important repository in the world containing informa­tion about individual victims of World War II. Although its stated mission was to document "the fate of the victims of Nazi persecution," it remained closed to the public for more than 50 years. On Nov. 28, 2007, after years of conflict and debate, ITS opened its doors to researchers. A short video will provide a first-hand look at the vast resources of the ITS and what the on-site research process looks like, followed by a panel discus­sion in which five trip participants – Valery Bazarov, William Fern, Janet Isenberg, Renee Steinig and Pamela Weis­berger – will offer their unique perspectives on their experience. The program will include: description of ITS, the archives, categories of documents and their accessibility to the public; gaining access to and researching in the archives; obtaining copies of documents; discovering new items of individual, personal interest; analyzing documents for greater meaning; how to research the ITS archives yourself; community documents as an adjunct to personal research.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

15 | Oct
15 | Oct

holidays and closures

Sukkot

The Center is closed. Happy Sukkot!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

14 | Oct
14 | Oct

holidays and closures

Sukkot

The Center is closed. Happy Sukkot!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

13 | Oct
02:00PM
13 | Oct
02:00PM

early closure

Erev Sukkot

The Center will close at 2:00pm. Happy Sukkot!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

early closure

09 | Oct
09 | Oct

holidays and closures

Yom Kippur

The Center is closed.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

08 | Oct
02:00PM
08 | Oct
02:00PM

early closure

Erev Yom Kippur

The Center will close at 2:00pm today.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

early closure

01 | Oct
01 | Oct

holidays and closures

Rosh Hashana

The Center is closed. L'shana Tovah!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

30 | Sep
30 | Sep

holidays and closures

Rosh Hashana

The Center is closed. L'shana Tovah.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

29 | Sep
02:00PM
29 | Sep
02:00PM

early closure

Erev Rosh Hashana

The Center will close at 2:00pm today. L'shana Tovah!

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

early closure

28 | Sep
01:00PM
28 | Sep
01:00PM

film screening and discussion

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie: 20th Anniversary Presentation

Introductory Discussion:
John S. Friedman, Producer
Dr. David Marwell, Director, Museum of Jewish Heritage--A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and chief of investigative research for the Department of Justice during the hunt for Barbie
Stuart Klawans, film critic of The Nation

Note: The 4 1/2 hour film will be shown in its entirety with a short intermission.

Sponsored by the Center for Jewish History and the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

film screening and discussion

21 | Sep
01:00PM
21 | Sep
01:00PM

lecture and musical program

Nusakh Vilne Yizker and Memorial Lecture

This year marks 55 years since the founding of Nusakh Vilne, and 65 years since the liquidation of the Vilna ghetto. Opening remarks by Dr. Carl Rheins, YIVO Executive Director. Michael Bart, author of Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance (2008), which describes his parents’ years as partisans in Rudnicki Forest, will deliver a special address. Moish Palevsky will read material from Holocaust literature, and Cantor Victor Wortman of the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, Queens will perform the hazkore and a musical program. Refreshments will be served.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture and musical program

16 | Sep
07:00PM
16 | Sep
07:00PM

lecture

The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories

Joshua Rubenstein is the Northeast Regional Director of Amnesty International USA and an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He will speak about his newest book, The Unknown Black Book (2008), which recounts the testimonies by survivors of the German massacres that took place in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and the Baltic Region.

Presented in association with Amnesty International and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

16 | Sep
07:00PM
16 | Sep
07:00PM

exhibition opening

Fighting for the Fatherland: The Patriotism of Jews in World War I

Ninety years ago, the nations clashed in one of the deadliest military confrontations in human history. German and Austrian Jews welcomed the opportunity to gain fuller social equality by displaying their love of country. Such a show of loyalty, it was thought, would help end discrimination and further emancipation. However, not only did Jews encounter discrimination in the army every step of the way, the high command even went so far as to conduct a “Jewish census,” allegedly to counteract widely held rumors that Jews were shirking their patriotic duty as soldiers. When it transpired that Jews were, on the contrary, overrepresented in the military, the findings were suppressed. Many Jews came out of World War I wondering about whether Germany truly was their "Fatherland."

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

exhibition opening

15 | Sep
07:00PM
15 | Sep
07:00PM

film and discussion

Primo Levi: Historian and Public Figure

International personalities will discuss Primo Levi's public profile vis-à-vis history and politics. Premiere screening of a documentary on Primo Levi from the archives of the Italian Broadcasting Company. This event is part of the Annual Primo Levi Conference.

For a full program see www.primolevicenter.org

Presented in association with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

film and discussion

14 | Sep
02:00PM
14 | Sep
02:00PM

symposium

Max Weinreich's History of the Yiddish Language Symposium

On the occasion of the publication of the full translation of The History of the Yiddish Language. Panelists include Neil G. Jacobs, Ohio State University; Robert D. King, University of Texas; and Kalman Weiser, York University.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

symposium

11 | Sep
06:30PM
11 | Sep
06:30PM

discussion

Renewing the Colloque: Celebrating Levinas' Talmudic Readings at 50

Join human rights activists, rabbis and philosophers in an evening of study and discussion in the spirit of the famous Paris colloquia at which Emmanuel Levinas delivered profoundly ethical Talmudic lessons for our day. Featuring Professor Richard A. Cohen, Felice Gaer, Professor Annabel Herzog, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter. Moderated by Rabbi Michael Paley.

To hear the talk of Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy at the New School For Social Research from the Center for Jewish History’s December 7, 2006 Symposium on the Centennial of Emmanuel Levinas, click here.

To hear the talk of Warren Zeev Harvey, Hebrew University from the Center for Jewish History’s December 7, 2006 Symposium on the Centennial of Emmanuel Levinas, click here.

This event is presented in association with Levinas Ethical Legacy Foundation, Societe International de Research Emmanuel Levinas, North American Levinas Society

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum and Center for Jewish History

discussion

10 | Sep
07:00PM
10 | Sep
07:00PM

hort memorial lecture

The Failed Rehabilitation of Shomer the Novelist: Avrom Vevyorke's Revizye of 1931 and Soviet Yiddish Literary Theory

Dr. Roland Gruschka- Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

In 1931, the Soviet literary critic Avrom Vevyorke (1887–1935) published the book Revision, in which he made an attempt to rehabilitate the most controversial writer of pulp fiction in Yiddish, Shomer (Nokhem Meir Shaykevitsh, 1849–1905), giving rise to a fierce dispute in Soviet Yiddish literary scholarship about the significance of his work for the emerging "proletarian literature." The arguments of both sides in this dispute can only be understood in the context of Soviet literary policy.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

hort memorial lecture

10 | Sep
07:00PM
10 | Sep
07:00PM

film screening and discussion

About the Jews of Yemen: A Vanishing Culture

In conjunction with the current exhibition, "The Last Aliyah from Yemen," Sampson Giat, former Executive Director of the Yemenite Jewish Federation of America, will discuss his mission to Yemen in 1992, documenting, photographing, and fighting for the rights of the Jewish community to make aliyah. Moderated by Richard Z. Chesnoff, journalist and N.Y. Daily News columnist. Followed by Dr. Johanna Spector's stunning documentary, "About the Jews of Yemen: A Vanishing Culture," which captures this rich culture as it is practiced today in modern Israel.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

film screening and discussion

09 | Sep
01:00PM
09 | Sep
01:00PM

cjh graduate seminar program

The Elderly in the Ghettos of Lodz and Vilna: A Comparative Analysis

Elizabeth Strauss, Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Fellow in Jewish Culture, and Ph.D. Candidate at Notre Dame University, presenting

Dr. Robert Shapiro, Associate Professor, Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, responding

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

cjh graduate seminar program

09 | Sep
07:00PM
09 | Sep
07:00PM

film

Shadows in Paradise

Recreates the stories of the exiled German and Austrian composers and writers who fled the Nazi regime, hoping to make a living in the movie industry in Hollywood. Co-produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen, this film paints a lively and colorful picture of the atmosphere of the German-speaking exiled community in Los Angeles, revealing their struggles, influences, frustrations and accomplishments.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

film

07 | Sep
05:00PM
07 | Sep
05:00PM

ruth gay seminar in jewish studies

Inaugural Session: Remembering Ruth Gay and Her Work

To celebrate the opening of the Ruth Gay Seminar in Jewish Studies, established at YIVO by the Family of Ruth Gay in Her Honor, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research invites you to attend an Inaugural Session which will feature "Remembering Ruth Gay and Her Work" by Professor Marion Kaplan, New York University and Professor Sophie Glazer, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Seminar Discussion will follow on Ruth Gay's most recent publication "The Jewish King Lear" by Jacob Gordin translated by Ruth Gay with notes and essays by Ruth Gay and Sophie Glazer. (Yale University, 2007)

Panelists are Dr. Edna Nahshon (Moderator), Associate Professor of Hebrew, Jewish Theological Seminary; Dr. Nina Warnke, Assistant Professor of European Studies, Vanderbilt University; and Dr. Joel Berkowitz, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, State University of New York at Albany.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

ruth gay seminar in jewish studies

30 | Jul
07:00PM
30 | Jul
07:00PM

max weinreich center: uriel weinreich summer yiddish program

One Hundred Years Since Czernowitz

Symposium on the one-hundredth anniversary of the Czernowitz Yiddish Conference

With Cecile Kuznitz (Bard College) and Jess Olson (Yeshiva University). Moderated by Paul Glasser (YIVO).

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: uriel weinreich summer yiddish program

24 | Jul
05:30PM
24 | Jul
05:30PM

exhibit opening and reception

Paintings by Stella Cohen: Selections from Oracle Women

The forceful personalities, spiritual symbols, vivid colors, and protective amulets of Cohen's Oracle Women evince a direct emotional response. Through them, Cohen combines the specific (the Sephardi woman) with the collective (the universal female).

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

exhibit opening and reception

13 | Jul
12:30PM
13 | Jul
12:30PM

classes, workshops, and dance party

Klezcamp Roadshow

12:30 - 5:30pm: Classes, workshops
7:00 - 8:30pm: Dance party
One of the world's great Yiddish language and literature programs joins together with one of the world's great music and culture programs to present an exciting day of lectures, concerts, workshops and Yiddish dance parties.

Presented in association with Living Traditions and Uriel Weinreich/NYU Program in Yiddish Language Literature and Culture.

RSVP: 212-294-6127

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

classes, workshops, and dance party

22 | Jun
12:00PM
22 | Jun
12:00PM

2nd annual family puppet festival

Performance and Workshop For Children and Parents

Featuring performances by the Chinese Theatre Works; the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater; Karagiozis, traditional Greek shadow puppets; hands-on puppet-making workshops and demonstrations.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

2nd annual family puppet festival

22 | Jun
02:00PM
22 | Jun
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Searching Online Historical Directories - and - A New Tool for Shoah Research

Speaker: Logan Joseph Kleinwaks

Many pre-World War 2 business, address, and organizational directories from Eastern and Central Europe have been made available online as part of library digitization programs. They can potentially help genealogists discover relatives or places where relatives lived. The website kalter.org makes it feasible to search 22,000 pages of these directories -- an important resource that should not be missed by researchers of families from Romania, Poland, or Galicia. Logan Joseph Kleinwaks will explain how to search these directories by focusing on real examples, with a complete walk-through from software installation to refining searches based on search results.

Mr. Kleinwaks will also describe ShoahConnect.org, his website that provides tools for working with one of the most important Jewish genealogical sources, the more than two million Pages of Testimony documenting Shoah [Holocaust] victims on YadVashem.org. By using this website to associate an email address with Pages of Testimony, a researcher can potentially make contact with submitters and relatives of victims. More than 8,000 such associations have already been made by nearly 500 users. ShoahConnect also makes it easier to manage searches at YadVashem.org that return many results from the vast database.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute will be open 12:30 to 1:45pm for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computers.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

16 | Jun
07:00PM
16 | Jun
07:00PM

film and discussion

"Bloom" Comes Home

On Bloomsday, 2003 The Center for Jewish History and Jewish Heritage staged an exciting dramatic reading of scenes from Joyce's Ulysses, featuring Kathleen Chalfant and a host of talented actors playing the Odysseus-like protagonist Leopold Bloom. The acclaimed performance has now become the centerpiece of a film which plays with notions as light as reading Joyce in bed and as serious as what kind of Jew Leopold Bloom really was. The film travels to Ireland to reveal how an anti-Semitic outbreak in Limerick in 1904 inspired Joyce to create Dublin's best known fictional Jew.

Join us for a preview of this work in progress in the very auditorium where it was first performed. The evening will include conversation with the filmmakers and special additional readings.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

film and discussion

05 | Jun
06:30PM
05 | Jun
06:30PM

book signing & discussion

Black Grass, by Bernard Otterman

In celebration of the publication of "Black Grass," short fictions in response to the Holocaust, you are cordially invited to attend a dramatic reading from the book, with readings by noted actors Norma Fire and Robert Zukerman, and to hear a conversation with the author, Bernard Otterman, on the origins of the stories.

A reception and book signing will follow with refreshments in the Great Hall.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

book signing & discussion

01 | Jun
03:00PM
01 | Jun
03:00PM

annual spring concert

Contemporary Jewish Composers

The music of Paul Richards, Arkadie Kougell, Ofer ben Amotz, M. Samiaten, Paul Schoenfield.

For more information please call 212-294-6160.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society and American Society for Jewish Music

annual spring concert

28 | May
07:00PM
28 | May
07:00PM

tell memorial lecture

The Experiences of the Elderly in the Vilna Ghetto

Elizabeth Strauss, University of Notre Dame

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

tell memorial lecture

21 | May
06:00PM
21 | May
06:00PM

celebration

Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Dinner

This reception honors Jewish chaplains who led survivors from DP camps to Israel and the U.S. from 1945 to 1953 and Sid Lapidus, Chairman, for his deep commitment to AJHS.

For further information call 212-294-6164.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

celebration

20 | May
07:00PM
20 | May
07:00PM

lecture

Israel at 60: Can It Remain Both Jewish and Democratic?

Moshe Halbertal, Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Thought, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Distinguished Israeli philosopher, scholar and writer Moshe Halbertal raises fundamental questions about the future of Israeli society. Halbertal will share his thoughts on the future of Israel between nationalism, democracy and religion.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

18 | May
02:00PM
18 | May
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Fusgeyers: Jewish Immigrants Who Walked to Freedom in the Early 1900s

Speaker: Jill Culiner

When Moldavia and Walachia united to become Romania in 1858, the new constitution granted citizenship to Christians only. Jews became foreigners in their own country. Forbidden to be market traders, artisans, innkeepers, evicted from villages, twenty thousand were soon on the streets and starving.

In 1899, 78 unemployed Jewish artisans from Romania and Bessarabia decided to cross Europe on foot, then continue, by ship, to America. To raise money they would give theatrical performances in Yiddish. Although the authorities forced this group of Fusgeyers (wanderers) to continue on by train at the Austro-Hungarian border, they attracted much admiration. Soon thousands of Jewish men and women were forming Fusgeyer groups, training in long-distance walking, and leaving for North America in the search for freedom and respect. When they arrived, they worked as peddlers in mining towns or founded Jewish farming communities.

One hundred years later, photographer, artist and writer Jill Culiner crossed Romania on foot, looking for lost Jewish communities, searching through European archives, then tracing the immigrant trail from Vienna to Liverpool and across America. Her book, Finding Home: In the Footsteps of the Jewish Fusgeyers (Sumach Press) won the Tannenbaum Prize for Canadian Jewish History in 2005. Copies of the book will be sold and signed following the program.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute will be open 12:30 to 1:45 pm for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computers.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

15 | May
07:00PM
15 | May
07:00PM

panel discussion

Young Artists Exploring Our Heritage: A Journey Where Art Meets History

This panel will discuss how young Sephardic Jews are discovering and reconnecting to their history through their own creative processes.

Featuring: Michael J. Cohen, co-author, Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews; Michelle Ishay-Cohen, producer and art director, Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews; Vanessa Hidary, actress, poet and playwright; and Galeet Dardashti, vocalist for the all-female Mizrahi/Sephardi band, Divahn.

Moderated by Alana Newhouse, Arts and Culture editor of The Forward.

Panel will be followed by tastings of sweet and savory delights from Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

panel discussion

15 | May
07:00PM
15 | May
07:00PM

abramowicz memorial lecture

The History of OZE: The Society for the Protection of Jewish Health

Rakafet Zalashik, New York University

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

abramowicz memorial lecture

14 | May
07:30PM
14 | May
07:30PM

concert

Jewish Influences in Classical Music: Mendelssohn's Legacy in the Music of Brahms

Mendelssohn's Piano Quartet #3 and Brahms Piano Quartet, Op. 25 in G-minor. Performed by Phoenix Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky.

This concert is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Blavatnik.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

concert

12 | May
07:00PM
12 | May
07:00PM

lecture

Gods and Laws: The Roman Empire and the Rabbis in Pre-Christian Palestine

Natalie Dohrmann, PhD, University of Pennsylvania will speak about Late Antiquity, one of the most significant eras in Western history, marked by the emergence of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, and the forces that led to the dramatic appearance of Islam in the early Middle Ages. She will give an overview of the era, with special focus on the period from 200 to 650 C.E. We will imagine the complex and perhaps unexpected world shared and shaped by Jews, Christians and Pagans.

Full program at the Primo Levi Center website.

Presented by the Primo Levi Center and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

lecture

11 | May
12:00PM
11 | May
12:00PM

conference

The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah

In conjunction with the exhibition "Imagining the Temple," the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies presents its first international conference bringing together scholars of literature, history, archaeology, art history and political science to discuss the place of the Jerusalem Temple in Jewish, Christian and Moslem thought and history.

Continues on May 12 at Stern College's Schottenstein Center at 239 E. 34th St.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

conference

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

lecture

Poland and the Jews: Before and After the Holocaust

Jan Gross, Professor of War and Society; Professor of History, Princeton University will speak about the central question of and Polish reaction to his newest book, Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: How, after World War II with over 90% of Polish Jewry killed in the Holocaust, was a pogrom and anti-semitism possible in Kielce, Poland? Gross is also the author of the 2001 National Book Award nominee, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

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

lecture and book signing

From Dachau to D-Day, a Memoir by Werner Kleeman

The author of this memoir has recently seen his life story published to international acclaim, full-scale press coverage around the world, and countless invitations for interviews and lectures.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

lecture and book signing

06 | May
06:00PM
06 | May
06:00PM

exhibition viewing and film screening

Through Sephardic Eyes: Israel at 60

Schedule:
6pm: Viewing the exhibition: The Last Aliyah from Yemen
7pm: Film: The Pioneers (Hehalutzim) and post-screening discussion.

The Pioneers (Hehalutzim)
Israel, 2007, 50 mins. Hebrew w/English subtitles.
A film by Aharale Cohen and Sigalit Banai. Producer: Sigal Vanunu Gadish

Upon the establishment of the State of Israel, new immigrants were sent to peripheral regions in order to settle the Israeli frontier and to shape the country's borders. In 1951 a group of immigrants from Asia and North Africa arrived, in the middle of the night, to a desolate ma’abara (transit camp) location in the Negev. In time they established the town of Sderot. Today it is the target of ongoing terrorist rockets -- and yet it remains a unique and vibrant town. Post-screening discussion with Richard Z. Chesnoff, prize-winning journalist, N.Y. Daily News columnist and former U.S. News & World Report Senior Correspondent who has covered many of the major stories and personalities of our time - including Israel's early years and the establishment of its pioneer immigrant towns.

For information call 212.294.8350.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

exhibition viewing and film screening

05 | May
07:00PM
05 | May
07:00PM

multimedia presentation and reception

Silversmiths and Literati: Jewish Family and Society in 19th Century Modena

A multimedia presentation in collaboration with the Municipality of Modena.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

multimedia presentation and reception

01 | May
07:00PM
01 | May
07:00PM

pen world voices festival at cjh

Conversation Between A. B. Yehoshua and Leon Wieseltier

Acclaimed as one of Israel’s preeminent writers, A. B. Yehoshua’s award-winning books, which include The Lover, Open Heart, and A Journey to the End of the Millenium, have been widely translated. Don’t miss this special evening with Yehoshua as he discusses a lifetime in literature, fact in fiction, writing politics and atonement with Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of The New Republic.

PEN World Voices is a festival of international literature featuring 170 writers, 51 countries, and 82 events coming to venues across New York City, April 29-May 4th, 2008. Don't miss six days of exciting literary exchange with conversations, panel discussions, readings, film screenings, a translation slam and a cabaret night! Click here to view a complete schedule of events.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History and PEN

pen world voices festival at cjh

30 | Apr
07:00PM
30 | Apr
07:00PM

Patriots and Pacifists: American Jewish Women and the Peace Movement Between the Wars

Melissa Klapper, Rowan University

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

29 | Apr
06:45PM
29 | Apr
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 4/4

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the fourth of four classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

29 | Apr
08:00PM
29 | Apr
08:00PM

sephardic nightlife music series

Mimouna (Eating Bread Again)

The third and last concert in the series presents Sultana's Ensemble, a band featuring Yoel Ben-Simhon. They will draw on Arabo-Andalusian Moroccan music that celebrates the end of Passover. Their music immerses tradition in the cross-cultural currents of contemporary urban life.

This series is supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthopy Advisors.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

sephardic nightlife music series

28 | Apr
06:00PM
28 | Apr
06:00PM

reception and readings

Writers on View – 2nd Annual Writers Read

Yeshiva University Museum continues its explorations of the links between the visual and literary arts with poets Eve Grubin and Ada Limon, fiction writers Mark Jay Mirsky and Anne Darby, and essayist Sima Rabinowitz. Artists include Varda Rotem and Margalit Mannor. Public Radio personality Ellen Kushner will host.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

reception and readings

15 | Apr
06:45PM
15 | Apr
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 3/4

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the three of four classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

14 | Apr
07:00PM
14 | Apr
07:00PM

lecture

Contesting the Land: Christians and Jews in Late Roman Palestine

Oded Irshai, Senior Lecturer of Ancient Jewish History, Hebrew University. Through a revealing analysis of historical sources and an original look at the question of the land, Dr. Irshai explores a seminal period in the formation of the Jewish Diaspora. Full program available.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

lecture

13 | Apr
10:00AM
13 | Apr
10:00AM

symposium

Objects of Affection: The Wedding in Jewish Culture

Scholars, artists, curators and others will gather to discuss the most elaborately celebrated of Jewish life cycle events. Weddings provide rich opportunities to consider the intersection of media and Jewish religious life.

Click here for more information and a program schedule.

Co-sponsored by the Working Group on Jews, Media & Religion of the Center for Religion & Media, NYU

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

symposium

10 | Apr
07:00PM
10 | Apr
07:00PM

film and book discussion

Beneath the Surface of Jewish Suburbia: Doug Block's Film "51 Birch Street" and Joanne Jacobson's New Book Hunger Artist

In the decades following World War II, thousands of Jewish families followed the American dream of upward mobility onto fresh suburban ground. Filmmaker Doug Block and memoirist Joanne Jacobson return to that world of hope and plenty, and unlayer it in surprising, moving ways.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

film and book discussion

08 | Apr
01:00PM
08 | Apr
01:00PM

cjh graduate seminar program

Jew vs. Jew in 18th Century Hamburg

David Horowitz, Cahnman Foundation Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University, presenting.

Dr. Elisheva Carlebach, Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, responding.

CJH Graduate Seminars are conducted by:
Dr. Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor in American Jewish Studies, NYU

RSVP: email or (212) 294-8325

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

cjh graduate seminar program

08 | Apr
06:45PM
08 | Apr
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 2/4

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the second of four classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

08 | Apr
07:00PM
08 | Apr
07:00PM

lecture

Starvation in the Warsaw Ghetto: Pioneering Studies of Jewish Physicians

Myron Winick, M.D., a leading world expert in starvation and nutrition, will discuss new research findings centered on a remarkable study of human starvation that was carried out in the Warsaw ghetto by Jewish physicians in the spring of 1942, as fictionalized in his new book, Final Stamp.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

06 | Apr
01:00PM
06 | Apr
01:00PM

israel at 6o: jewish sovereignty: its promise and its reverberations

Exodus

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Produced and directed by Otto Preminger
Starring Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, and Sal Mineo

Based on the novel "Exodus" by Leon Uris
Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo

Screening of the epic film about the founding of the State of Israel released just 12 years after the struggle for the rebirth of a people and a nation. To be followed by a panel discussion about how the film shaped public perceptions of the new country and Jewish sovereignty.

The panel will be moderated by Nathan Lee, film critic for the New York Sun, New York Times and the Village Voice and member of the New York Film Critics Circle.

*A ticket for this event includes a reception from 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

israel at 6o: jewish sovereignty: its promise and its reverberations

06 | Apr
07:00PM
06 | Apr
07:00PM

israel at 6o: jewish sovereignty: its promise and its reverberations

Bernard-Henri Levy: The Strange Experience of Jewish Sovereignty

Keynote Address: Bernard-Henri Levy, Philosopher, Journalist, Author
Moderated by Paul Berman, writer in residence, New York University

After the Exile, Jews did not experience sovereignty for thousands of years until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Levy brings his formidable intellect to the questions: Why does the new Jewish sovereignty rattle many Gentiles? Why does it rattle many Jews?

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

israel at 6o: jewish sovereignty: its promise and its reverberations

03 | Apr
06:00PM
03 | Apr
06:00PM

lecture & book signing

The German Bride by Joanna Hershon

A new novel by the author of Swimming, this elegant story describes one woman's quest for identity as she leaves Germany in the mid-19th century and makes a new life in the wild and untamed American Frontier. No matter how far she travels - by steamship over the Atlantic, and across the sweeping vistas of the Sante Fe Trail - her past torments her.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

lecture & book signing

02 | Apr
10:00AM
02 | Apr
10:00AM

book presentation

Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Edited by Professor Marion Kaplan
German (C.H. Beck Verlag, 2003), English (Oxford University Press, 2005), and Hebrew (The Zalman Shazar Center, 2008)

This book portrays the drama of German-Jewish history by examining the everyday lives of ordinary Jews. It traces the gradual ascent of Jews scattered throughout Germany, in rural areas as well as in more urban ghettos, from impoverished outcasts to comfortable bourgeois citizens, and their dramatic descent during the Nazi era. Using a wide variety of original sources, the authors focus on the qualitative aspects of ordinary life – emotions, impressions, and perceptions that provide insights easily overlooked in more traditional studies.

The program presented lectures by the contributing authors:

Steven Lowenstein, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, Changes in the Jewish Family in Germany 1780-1870.

Marion Kaplan, New York University, Friendship on the Margins: Social Relations between Jews and other Germans in Imperial Germany.

Trude Maurer, Universität Göttingen, Germany, Interactions between Jews and non-Jews in Weimar and Nazi Germany.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

book presentation

02 | Apr
08:00PM
02 | Apr
08:00PM

concert

Premiere Performance by the YU Ensemble-in-Residence: Momenta String Quartet

Celebrated for its eclectic programming, the Momenta Quartet is now the first ensemble-in-residence at Yeshiva Univeristy. The program will present a wide range of music by Jewish composers featuring John Zorn's Kol Nidre and the world premiere of David Glaser's Guitar Quintet.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum and Center for Jewish History

concert

01 | Apr
06:45PM
01 | Apr
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 1/4

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the first of four classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

31 | Mar
07:00PM
31 | Mar
07:00PM

lecture

Close Encounters: Jews and Germans in Occupied Germany

Dr. Atina Grossmann discussed the story of the "close encounters" in Allied occupied Germany between Jewish survivors of the Nazi Final Solution who found themselves on "cursed German soil" after the German surrender, and the defeated Germans with whom they continually interacted.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, Leo Baeck Institute and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

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

lecture

Churchill and Zionism: Not By Sufferance

Winston Churchill was a pivotal figure in modern Jewish history, particularly in his relation to Zionism. Like the great statesmen of the 19th century - Disraeli and Palmerston, for example - Churchill was immensely stirred by the idea of the Jewish return to Palestine. Still, he contrived the excision of Trans-Jordan from Palestine and did very little to curtail the British ban on Jewish migration to Palestine after the White Paper of 1939. Nonetheless, the Jews were one of Churchill's great romances in a very romantic life.

This evening featured a presentation by Michael Makovsky (Foreign Policy Director, Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, DC, Harvard University, Ph.D., Diplomatic History) about the clarity and ambiguity of Churchill's relationship to Jews and Zionism. This was followed by a discussion of the topic with Sir Harold Evans (Editor, The Times (London, 1981-1982); The Sunday Times (London, 1967-1981)), and the audience.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

26 | Mar
07:00PM
26 | Mar
07:00PM

works in progress

The Last Chanukah by Dan Fishback

Dan Fishback will present a reading of the new draft of "The Last Chanukah." A discussion will follow, with scholar David Shneer.

At turns light-hearted and brooding, The Last Chanukah is a neurotic exploration of social responsibility and progressive guilt. A young Jewish man, crippled by his overactive sense of empathy, tries to get out of bed in the morning, but is distracted by history itself. His personal history. The history of America. The history of Judaism. The history of everything bad that has ever happened, ever. Will he break under the pressure of other people's tragedies? Or will he put on some pants and go to work already?

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

works in progress

26 | Mar
07:00PM
26 | Mar
07:00PM

max weinreich center: classes

Treasures of the YIVO Sound Archives (in English) 3/3

with Lorin Sklamberg (Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of Sound Recordings)

A fascinating survey of YIVO’s audio holdings. Examples will include rare commercial and private audio and video recordings of Yiddish folk, theater and art songs, cantorial and klezmer music.

This is the third of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

25 | Mar
07:00PM
25 | Mar
07:00PM

works in progress

Voices of Our Mothers by Galeet Dardashti

This musical project explores some of the compelling yet underappreciated Jewish and non-Jewish female Bible characters. Drawing inspiration from the diverse musical, cultural and linguistic landscapes of the Middle East, Galeet weaves their stories with the sounds of our world today.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

works in progress

19 | Mar
07:00PM
19 | Mar
07:00PM

max weinreich center: classes

Treasures of the YIVO Sound Archives (in English) 2/3

with Lorin Sklamberg (Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of Sound Recordings)

A fascinating survey of YIVO’s audio holdings. Examples will include rare commercial and private audio and video recordings of Yiddish folk, theater and art songs, cantorial and klezmer music.

This is the second of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

19 | Mar
07:00PM
19 | Mar
07:00PM

lecture & book signing

Symphonic Aspirations: German Music and Politics, 1900-1945 by Karen Painter

Karen Painter, associate professor of musicology, explores the politicization of musical listening in Germany and Austria, showing how nationalism, anti-Semitism, liberalism, and socialism profoundly affected the experience of serious music.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

lecture & book signing

18 | Mar
06:45PM
18 | Mar
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 3/3

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the first of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

16 | Mar
02:00PM
16 | Mar
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Identical Strangers: Jewish Adoptees Fill in the Blanks to the Past

Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, co-authors of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.

Elyse Schein, a writer and filmmaker, had always known she was adopted, but it wasn't until her mid-thirties that she searched for her biological mother. When Elyse contacted Louise Wise Services, the prestigious Jewish adoption agency in Manhattan, she was shocked to discover she had an identical twin sister.

Paula Bernstein, a married freelance writer and mother, also knew she was adopted, but had no inclination to find her birth mother. When she answered a call from the adoption agency one spring afternoon, Paula's life suddenly divided into two starkly different periods: the time before and the time after she learned the truth.

After their reunion, Paula and Elyse set out to answer the haunting questions surrounding their origins and their separation. As they investigate their birth mother's past, Paula and Elyse move closer toward solving the puzzle of their lives.

This program is based on Bernstein and Schein's experiences researching Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited, which was published by Random House in October 2007. Bernstein and Schein will discuss how, as Jewish adoptees, they researched their biological roots using the Internet and the New York Public Library Genealogy Division.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute will be open 12:30 to 1:45 pm for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computers.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

13 | Mar
07:00PM
13 | Mar
07:00PM

lecture

The Rise and Fall of the Yiddish Empire

Benjamin Harshav, J & H Blaustein Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Yale University, author of Language in the Time of Revolution and The Moscow Yiddish Theatre: Art on Stage in the Time of Revolution, explored the complex relation of Yiddish and Hebrew in the 19th century Russian Empire. Jewish majorities were found in towns and shtetlakh of the vast territories, where 98% of Jewry declard Yiddish as their language. This was the time that entailed the total transformation of the Jews their languages, professions, education, and their place in general history. It was also the time when the base was laid for the emergence of a new Hebrew society which founded the state of Israel 60 years ago.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

12 | Mar
07:00PM
12 | Mar
07:00PM

max weinreich center: classes

Treasures of the YIVO Sound Archives (in English) 1/3

with Lorin Sklamberg (Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of Sound Recordings)

A fascinating survey of YIVO’s audio holdings. Examples will include rare commercial and private audio and video recordings of Yiddish folk, theater and art songs, cantorial and klezmer music.

This is the first of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

11 | Mar
06:45PM
11 | Mar
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 2/3

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the second of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

11 | Mar
07:00PM
11 | Mar
07:00PM

panel discussion

The YIVO Encyclopedia: A First Look

A celebration of the publication of the YIVO Encyclopedia. Chaired by editor-in-chief Gershon Hundert, with novelist Allegra Goodman, historians Marsha Rozenblit (University of Maryland) and Leo Spitzer (Dartmouth), and librarian Edward Kasinec (New York Public Library), who presented their initial impressions of the work.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

panel discussion

10 | Mar
02:00PM
10 | Mar
02:00PM

cjh graduate seminar program

Non-Jewish Jews, Exceptional Jews, or Hamburg Jews? Aby Warburg, Ernst Cassirer, and Erwin Panofsky in Weimar-Era Hamburg

Emily Levine, Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Fellow in Jewish Culture and Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University, presenting.

Dr. Samuel Moyn, Professor of History, Columbia University, responding.

CJH Graduate Seminars are conducted by:
Dr. Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor in American Jewish Studies, NYU

RSVP: email or (212) 294-8325

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

cjh graduate seminar program

09 | Mar
10:00AM
09 | Mar
10:00AM

conference

Rabbis and Rebbes, Artists and Intellectuals: Roundtable Conversations on the Culture of Eastern European Jewry 19th-20th Centuries

While certain topics such as Hasidism and Jewish Haskalah have been dealt with extensively by scholars, there has been relatively little discussion of the varieties of rabbinic, intellectual and artistic activity. We examined these activities in three panels, in which the invited scholars engaged in animated discussion.

Co-sponsored by the Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

conference

07 | Mar
12:00PM
07 | Mar
12:00PM

max weinreich center: yiddish language seminar

Boyen dem varshever muzey fun poylishe yidn

Michael Steinlauf (Gratz College)

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: yiddish language seminar

06 | Mar
08:00PM
06 | Mar
08:00PM

historical development of jewish music

The Influence of Modern Jewish Nationalism

This first concert in the series will feature vocal and instrumental works by Jewish composers of Eastern European origins as well as Jewish-influenced pieces by internationally known composers such as Dvorak, Bruch, and Glinka. We will explore the revival of interest in Jewish Folklore at the turn of the 20th century and its influence on serious composers.

Co-sponsored by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

historical development of jewish music

05 | Mar
07:00PM
05 | Mar
07:00PM

book reading

Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad

Naim Kattan was born into an intellectual Jewish family in Baghdad in 1928. He, his brother, and his friend Nessim were the only Jews in a group of young men who met every evening in a cafe to talk passionately about creating a national Iraqi literature in their newly independent country. They had a goo reason, for although the Jewish community in Iraq dated back 2500 years, and Jews were among the best Arabic scholars in the country, they were never considered equals by the Muslim majority.

In 1941, after British forces defeated the German-backed Iraqi insurgents, angry Bedouins entered Baghdad before it could be secured and began the Farhoud, the massacre of Jews in the city. The violence stopped just short of the Kattans' house, but the family immediately began the long application process for visas. Kattan began selling stories to literary magazines and speculating about the role of women in a country where even Jewish women wore veils. He eventually won a scholarship ti the Sorbonne and left his family, not to be reunited with them until five years later, when he found them in a settlement camp in Israel.

This is a memoir of identity, of growing up in a tumultuous polygot society, of change both personal and societal, of finding one's place in life. here is a fascinating portrait of a people, a city, a state, and a culture that are as troubled today as Kattan found them 60 years ago.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

book reading

04 | Mar
06:45PM
04 | Mar
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 1/3

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the first of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

03 | Mar
07:00PM
03 | Mar
07:00PM

hertz memorial lecture

"The Jewish Families of 16 Ujazdowskie Avenue: Assimilation and the Jews of Warsaw after the Second World War"

Karen Auerbach (Brandeis University)

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

hertz memorial lecture

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

max weinreich center: classes

Jewish Life and Food (in Yiddish) 3/3

with Eve Jochnowitz (NYU)

Food-related rituals, ceremonial foods, and culinary innovations form the structure around which Jewish life is organized. This course will examine the unique role of food in the Jewish life cycle with special attention to lesser-known sources in Yiddish.

This is the third of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

26 | Feb
06:30PM
26 | Feb
06:30PM

lecture

Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice by Janet Malcolm

Distinguished writer and journalist Janet Malcolm will read from her stunningly perceptive work Two Lives, in which she pursues the charmed life of famed literary couple Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in a Vichy France village and the larger question of biographical truth.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

lecture

26 | Feb
06:45PM
26 | Feb
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 3/3

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the third of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

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

max weinreich center: classes

Jewish Life and Food (in Yiddish) 2/3

with Eve Jochnowitz (NYU)

Food-related rituals, ceremonial foods, and culinary innovations form the structure around which Jewish life is organized. This course will examine the unique role of food in the Jewish life cycle with special attention to lesser-known sources in Yiddish.

This is the second of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

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

works in progress

Hidden Melodies Revealed by Jeremiah Lockwood of the Sway Machinery

CJH and the Six Points Fellowship present Works in Progress.

Come get a sneak peek as the Six Points Fellows present their newest projects. After each performance there will be a conversation with a noted scholar, exploring the creative process of these emerging artists.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

works in progress

19 | Feb
06:45PM
19 | Feb
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 2/3

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the second of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

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

works in progress

Haggadah by Dan Safer/Witness Relocation

CJH and the Six Points Fellowship present Works in Progress.

Come get a sneak peek as the Six Points Fellows present their newest projects. After each performance there will be a conversation with a noted scholar, exploring the creative process of these emerging artists.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

works in progress

17 | Feb
02:00PM
17 | Feb
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Arthur Szyk: An Artist's Self-Portrait in Documents

A case study of the life of political cartoonist, illuminist, and illustrator Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) will be presented through the use of genealogy documents. Szyk is noted for his extraordinarily detailed art involving Jewish themes, anti-Nazi cartoons, advertising, and illustrations in which he typically includes self-portraiture as well as characterizations of his family. While Szyk was a ubiquitous artist during the WW II era, this is the first time his life has been examined in the context of his involvement with bureaucratic systems during his most prolific periods. The detail of his self-portrait through documents is revealed through genealogical research strategies that intertwine rabbinic research, Polish records, the Holocaust, American immigration and naturalization, as well as FBI investigation. His Jewish, anti-Nazi, and Zionist themes are explored as an expression of his personal and artistic life.

Speaker Rhoda Miller, Ed.D.is a Certified Genealogist and Vice President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island. She teaches a credit-bearing course in family history at Dowling College, Oakdale NY, and has lectured widely at libraries, community groups, and genealogy societies as well as at annual conferences of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute will be open 12:30 to 1:45 PM for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computers.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

14 | Feb
07:30PM
14 | Feb
07:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Closing Night: Nuba of Gold and Light

Closing Night Screening and Reception

Nuba of Gold and Light
Director Izza Genini
Morocco, Spain and France, 2007, 80 mins

The word "nuba" (each one in turn) came to describe the process of reciting poems accompanied by music with a progressively accelerating tempo. In the 9th Century in Cordoba, Zyriab, also called the Blackbird, came from Baghdad to the Caliph's Court, where he set down the foundations of Arab-Andalusian music, within which the the "nuba," a musical suite, plays the key role. Tradition says that some of these suites were gradually lost after Cordoba's fall in 1236 and Seville's in 1249. From that time, Jewish and Muslim populations brought back to North Africa the al-Andalus scholar's musical art.

Genini's beautiful documentary presents North African music and features Franciose Atlan and the Orchestra of Mohammed Briouel from Fez; Ihsan Rmiki and the El Awj Ensemble; the Amine El Akrami Orchestra of Tetouan; the orchestra of M. Zitouni and the musicians of the Hanafta café in Tangiers; the Arab Andalou Orchestra and the Hadarate of Chefchaouen; Albert Bouadanah and Gérard Edery. Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

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

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

The Last Jews of Libya

USA, 2007, 75 mins, Hebrew, English, Italian, Arabic w/English subtitles
Director: Vivienne Roumani-Denn
Producer: Aryeh Bourkoff

Through the story of her own family, who moved from Benghazi to Boston when she was 12 years old, Vivienne Roumani-Denn tells the story of Libyan Jewry, an ancient Sephardic community that lived on the southern shores of the Mediterranean for hundreds of years. At the end of World War II, there were 36,000 Jews remaining in Libya. Not one remains today; they have scattered to the four corners of the earth. The film takes us back to the period of Ottoman rule, through the Fascist occupation under Mussolini and the subsequent Nazi occupation, and to the Arab nationalism that dealt the final blow to the ancient Jewish community. Rare archival segments (still photographs and film) show Libya during the 20th century, providing the special flavor that permeates this film. Isabella Rossellini’s narration makes elegant transitions between the speakers, and casts additional light on their stories.

Post-screening discussion with the director.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

13 | Feb
06:30PM
13 | Feb
06:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Leaving Paradise: The Jews of Jamaica and Ladino - 500 Years Young

Leaving Paradise: The Jews of Jamaica (U.S. Premiere, Jamaica, 2007)
Director: Melanie Levy
Producer: Chandra Simon

A lively and colourful look at the little know Jewish Community In Kingston, Jamaica . They have existed on the island for over 350 years, and possess one of the only five extant synagogues in the world with a white sand floor. Key characters make for a unique, and vibrant cast and drive the film as they discuss their efforts to keep the community alive despite economic and cultural challenges.

Followed by:
Ladino - 500 Years Young (Israel, 2006, 52mins. Ladino, Spanish, Hebrew w/English subtitles)
Director: Rina Papish

Yasmin Levy, an electrifying 29-year-old Israeli singer, is following in the footsteps of her father, Yitzhak Levy, a revered singer who dedicated his life to recording and documenting the musical culture of Ladino, the ancient language of the Jews of Spain. Since her father died when she was only one, Yasmin knows him only through his songs, but she has taken it upon herself to immortalize and disseminate the musical legacy that he helped preserve. Ladino follows Yasmin on a powerful and exciting singing tour in Israel and Spain. Some Israelis view it as a tragic, diasporic language, but Levy is determined to keep it alive.

Since their expulsion from Spain in 1492, generations of Sephardic Jews succeeded in maintaining the Ladino language, a hybrid of Hebrew, Spanish, Turkish and Greek. Like its Eastern European counterpart Yiddish, Ladino is not merely a language but a culture, kept alive in part by a rich musical tradition of songs and melodies. But today's descendants of Ladino speakers are fast losing touch with Ladino; even in Israel, where approximately 200,000 people still speak or understand some Ladino, this rich and beautiful culture is in danger of becoming extinct.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

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

max weinreich center: classes

Jewish Life and Food (in Yiddish) 1/3

with Eve Jochnowitz (NYU)

Food-related rituals, ceremonial foods, and culinary innovations form the structure around which Jewish life is organized. This course will examine the unique role of food in the Jewish life cycle with special attention to lesser-known sources in Yiddish.

This is the first of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

13 | Feb
08:30PM
13 | Feb
08:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Adieu Meres (Goodbye Mothers)

North American Premiere, France, 2007, French w/English subtitles
Director: Mohammed Ismael

A new film by director Mohamed Ismail discusses the relationship of two Moroccan families – one Jewish, the other Muslim – during a time of social upheaval in the 1960s. The film, shot mostly in Casablanca and Tetouan, depicts the situation of Moroccan Jews during the period known as the "Black Years of Emigration," when there was a pervading sense of hesitation between two conflicting desires: remaining in Morocco or uprooting themselves to emigrate.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

12 | Feb
06:45PM
12 | Feb
06:45PM

max weinreich center: classes

Advanced Yiddish: Written Style (in Yiddish) 1/3

with Hershl Glasser (YIVO)

This course will concentrate on reading advanced texts and practicing good idiomatic written style. This is the first of three classes.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: classes

11 | Feb
03:00PM
11 | Feb
03:00PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Mortgage and Black Over White

Mortgage (Israel, 2006, 55 mins Hebrew w/English subtitles)
Directors: Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon.

A comic drama that examines how far a young couple from Ramle will go in order to save their home. Beny and Esty love each other very much, but one day they find themselves unemployed, and the bank is about to confiscate their apartment if they don't settle their mortgage debt within a month. The two search for creative solutions to obtain the money, while each of them believes that his solution is saner. As the confiscation date approaches, the relationship is marred, but their deep love holds in store a very precious surprise.

Followed by:
Black Over White (New York Premiere, Israel, 2007, 50 mins Hebrew, Amharic w/English subtitles)
Director: Tomer Heymann

The "Idan Raichel Project" is a huge hit in Israel and worldwide for good reason: it envisions a modern, multicultural nation where voices of young and old, Ethiopian and Yemenite, unite in a unique and extraordinary sound. The film takes us on a journey to the group's musical origins in Ethiopia, and to the personal origins of singer Cabra Kasai, who was born on the way from Ethiopia to Israel, but had never before been in the country of her ancestors. This is a story about longing for home, and discovering identity.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

10 | Feb
12:00PM
10 | Feb
12:00PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Tribute to Israel at 60: Sallah Shabati

Israel, 1964, 110 mins Hebrew w/English subtitles
Director: Ephraim Kishon

This comedy, about the chaos of Israeli immigration and resettlement, introduced actor Chaim Topol (Fiddler on the Roof) to audiences worldwide. This social satire placed the director, Ephraim Kishon, and producer, Menahem Golan, among the first Israeli filmmakers to achieve international success. This film was nominated for a 1964 Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, a first for an Israeli production, but lost to the Italian film, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

An Oriental Jewish family moves to a settlement camp in Israel in 1949. The patriarch, a lazy rube, tries several schemes to make money and get housing, but becomes tangled up by slick politicians, government bureaucracy, European and Oriental Jews, the nearby kibbutz, and his marriageable daughter.

Categorized as a Bourekas film, Sallah Shabati will be part of the discussion following the screening on this Israeli cinematic genre that has strong similarities to the exploitation films of the US.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

10 | Feb
01:30PM
10 | Feb
01:30PM

family workshops

Let's Bake with the Amazing "Professor Bread"!

Gary Gomer, the Director of Learning Works, known in the school system and the corporate world as Professor Bread, will lead us in a wonderful workshop on making bread. We will learn where flour comes from, make the dough, shape it, bake it, and share the warm bread - fresh from the oven. Afterwards we will tour the exhibition Bread/Lechem: Photographs by Margalit Mannor, to learn how bread, the staff of life, is recycled in Israel to provide sustenance to farm animals.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

family workshops

10 | Feb
03:00PM
10 | Feb
03:00PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Souvenirs

Israel, 2006, 75 mins, Hebrew w/English subtitles
Directors: Shahar Cohen and Halil Efrat
Music: Shai Bachar
Audience Award winner - New York’s Tribeca Film Festival

Shahar, having completed his studies, is an unemployed filmmaker. His father, Sleiman, a strict 82 year old Yemenite, suggests that Shahar make a film about the Jewish Brigade, in which he served during WW II. Shahar’s motivation comes when he realizes that his father may have left some "souvenirs" with local girls while stationed in Amsterdam. He decides to make the film hoping to find his father’s lost offspring, and maybe lessen some of the burden of his father’s criticism. They set out together on the trail of the Jewish Brigade, beginning in Israel and continuing through Italy, Germany and ending in Holland, with a surprising discovery. With humor and compassion the film exposes a complex father-son relationship and raises universal questions and thoughts about the tension between myths of bravery and reality and between memory and historical truth.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

10 | Feb
04:30PM
10 | Feb
04:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Tribute to Israel at 60: Operation Mural

US Premiere, 2007, 55 mins Israel, Hebrew, English, French w/English subtitles
Director: Yehuda Kaveh
Producer: Ronit Dor

This film is presented in collaboration with the Dorot Division of the New York Public Library and the Institute for Sephardic Studies, CUNY Graduate Center.

Forty-five years after their clandestine mission, three Mossad agents return to Casablanca to retrace their steps in a humanitarian mission whereby 530 Jewish children reached Israel in 1961, under the guise of holidays in Switzerland. A special collective passport system was initiated, and then used with royal consent for the aliyah of 100,000 Jews in "Operation Yakhin" (1962-64). This film vividly documents how "Operation Mural" (16 March – 24 July 1961) succeeded beyond all expectations. The key actors relive their undercover activities: "Mural", code-name of David Gerald Littman – himself unaware that the operation was directed by the Mossad – and his contacts, "Georges" and "Jacques", assisted by a dedicated local group of Jewish youth (the Misgeret). There are many precious testimonies of children and key Mossad figures in Israel, and the Littmans in Switzerland – including a visit to the Home de la Foret. This film documents a forgotten story, adding a new page to Israel's heroic birth and history.

Post-screening discussion with the director and David Littman. Moderator: Professor Jane Gerber, Institute for Sephardic Studies, CUNY Graduate Center.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

10 | Feb
06:30PM
10 | Feb
06:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

The Jews of Lebanon (le Petite Histoire des Juifs de Liban)

2006, 77 mins France/Lichtenstein
Director: Yves Turquier

In the 1960's, there were nearly 8,000 Jews in Lebanon; today there are less than 60. Through the stories of community members, now scattered all over the world, this film recounts their times of happiness, and then their exile to many countries -- among them the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brasil, Israel, France, Italy, and Switzerland. The filming of this documentary took place in all of these countries, and tells of their hopes and hardships, and the attempt to vividly preserve the memory of the last Jews of Lebanon.

Post-screening discussion with the director.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

10 | Feb
08:30PM
10 | Feb
08:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Aviva My Love (Aviva Ahuvati)

Israel, 2006, Hebrew w/English subtitles
Director: Shemi Zarhin

Producer: Eytan Evan

The touching story of a hard-working mother in the small northern Israeli town of Tiberias. For years she has kept her remarkable writing skills under wraps, until her sister introduces her to Oded, an accomplished novelist who becomes her mentor. Aviva is on the brink of fulfilling her lifelong dream to become a published author, when she finds that her novelist mentor has other plans for her work. She learns about pursuing one’s dream in the face of brutal ambition and family obligations. Winner of six Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Script.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

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

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Tribute to Israel at 60: Exodus: Ada's Dream

North American Premiere, Italy, 2007, 140 mins Italian w/English subtitles
Director: Gianluigi Calderone

Based on the true story of Ada Sereni, who became a leader of the Aliyah Bet, helping the underground Jewish Brigade bring survivors to Palestine in 1945. She and her husband, Enzo, had moved to Palestine and founded a kibbutz where their three children were born. Enzo was parachuted into Germany to help save Jews, and was captured and sent to Mathausen. Ada, in her search for him, was asked by the Aliyah Bet to become their point person in Italy. The film shows her travels through Germany and Poland in search of Enzo, and her decision to accept the request of the Aliyah Bet. She mediated the departure of the ships both with the British and Italian Prime Ministers.

Post-screening Q & A.

A presentation of the Centro Primo Levi in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy, the Consulate General of Israel, the Italian Culture Institute, and RAI Corporation.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YU Museum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

09 | Feb
09:30PM
09 | Feb
09:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

Family Heroes (Le Héros de Famille)

US Premiere, France, 2006, 107 mins, French w/English subtitles
Director: Thierry Klifa
Producer: Said Ben Said
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Miou-Miou , Gérard Lanvin, Emmanuelle Béart, Géraldine Pailhas, Pascal Elbé , Valérie Lemercier, Mathilde Seigner
Partial nudity.

The story unfolds with the unexpected death of the cabaret owner of the Blue Parrot (in Nice, France), and his decision to leave his establishment not to his protege of the past 40 years, Nicky Guazzini, but rather to Nicky's children by different mothers. The result is confusion and pain, followed by secrets revealed and lives turned upside down.

Ticket Info:

Individual Film Ticket: $11/$9 for Seniors and Students

Festival Pass (for 5 films of choice): $45/$40 for ASF & YUMuseum members. Reservations for specific screenings must be made at time of purchase.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

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

patt memorial lecture

Lucy S. Dawidowicz: An American in Vilna, 1938

Dr. Nancy Sinkoff, who has just completed an introduction to the reissue of Lucy S. Dawidowicz's From That Place and Time: A Memoir, 1938-1947, will focus on Dawidowicz's approach to memoir, memory, and the writing of Eastern European Jewish history.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

patt memorial lecture

07 | Feb
07:30PM
07 | Feb
07:30PM

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

I Got No Jeep and My Camel Died

US Premiere, Israel, 2006, 65 mins Hebrew w/English subtitles
Director: Ehud Tomalak
Producers: Aida and Amos Michaeli

Like the historical Perfume Road, the film portrays the musical journey of Yair Dalal, from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, from antiquity to modern times and from performing in front of Bedouins to his nomination for the BBC World Music Award. Inspired by the Jewish masters of Iraqi music, he vows to carry on their vanishing legacy. A native Middle-Eastern Israeli, Dalal struggles for recognition in his roots by establishing "Almya" his music school in Jaffa, realizing a social cultural bridge between East and West.

Post-screening performance and discussion with Yair Dalal. Reception follows.

Ticket Info:

Opening Night: $45 General Admission for film, performance and reception

Opening Night Friend: $100 (includes all General Admission benefits + exclusive pre-screening VIP reception with the artist at 6:30pm)

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

12th new york sephardic jewish film festival

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

lecture

An Evening with the Straus Family

This seminal American Jewish family's legacy as merchants, philanthropists, and public servants will be remembered and discussed by family members at this special evening event.

For more information, please call: 212-294-6160.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

lecture

04 | Feb
06:00PM
04 | Feb
06:00PM

lecture

When Christians Were Jews: Honoring Israel's God from Jesus to Constantine

David Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania and Paula Fredriksen, Boston University

Centro Primo Levi is launching The Scholars' Roundtable, a new collaborative series with the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information visit the Centro Primo Levi website.

Tickets on-line or by telephone at: 212-868-4444.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

lecture

03 | Feb
11:00AM
03 | Feb
11:00AM

conference

Arthur Hertzberg: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual

This program will explore the varied facets of this multi-dimensional individual as a historian, public intellectual and social activist.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

conference

01 | Feb
12:00PM
01 | Feb
12:00PM

max weinreich center: yiddish language seminar

Amerikanish dertsoygene yidishe shrayber: 'Inzikh' vi a shite poezye un poetik

Itay Zutra (JTS)

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: yiddish language seminar

31 | Jan
07:00PM
31 | Jan
07:00PM

lecture

Jews and Basketball: Alan Dershowitz in Conversation with Jeffrey Gurock

An evening with two distinguished intellectuals as they discuss their passion for and the American Jewish experience with basketball.

Alan Dershowitz, a member of the Brooklyn Talmudic Academy basketball team, developed a deep love for the sport. An ardent fan of the Boston Celtics, he was a friend of the late Red Auberbach, the team’s legendary head coach, son of immigrants from Minsk and a Brooklyn high school player. Over the many years of their friendship, Dershowitz and Auberbach shared reflections and nostalgic stories. Jeffrey Gurock, American Jewish historian and athlete, is the author of Judaism’s Encounter with American Sports (2005) and for over 25 years, has been Yeshiva University’s assistant men's basketball coach.

These two well-known scholars shared their common passion, the popularity of basketball among Jewish men and women, and why basketball is a metaphor for larger issues relating to the Jewish experience in America.

Presented by: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and American Jewish Historical Society

lecture

27 | Jan
02:00PM
27 | Jan
02:00PM

family workshops

Jerusalem Motifs: Block-Printing Workshop

See some of the earliest photographs of historic landmarks of Jerusalem, taken in the 1850's, that are now on exhibit at YUM. Transfer these familiar images onto printing blocks, carve them, roll ink on them and print your own Mizrach or greeting card, suitable for framing. (Younger children will use scratchboard.)

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

family workshops

27 | Jan
05:00PM
27 | Jan
05:00PM

film and discussion

European Remembrance Day

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimó, the Italian Delegation at the United Nations, and RAI Corporation. For a full program of activities on Remembrance Day please visit the Centro Culturale Primo Levi website.

Reservations: via email.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center

film and discussion

22 | Jan
07:00PM
22 | Jan
07:00PM

lecture

From Jerusalem to Berlin and Back: The Honorable Shimon Stein Israeli Ambassador to Germany, 2001-2007

Diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany have existed for more than 40 years, underlying a commitment to cooperation and understanding between two nations whose national identities are inextricably bound together, but whose perceptions of events are often widely divergent.

Ambassador Stein is a first-hand witness/observer/participant in the complex relationship between Germany, Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. He will offer extraordinary insights from his diplomatic journey from Jerusalem to Berlin and back.

RSVP: 212-744-6400.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

lecture

20 | Jan
02:00PM
20 | Jan
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

State of the Art: Researching and Restitution

This program will demonstrate how Jewish genealogical research has been utilized to help solve looted art cases in New York, the Netherlands, Israel and Ukraine. Case studies for the Leo Baeck Institute and research for the Origins Unknown Agency will be highlighted. The cases vary from a potentially multi-million dollar restitution settlement for the Larsen family, to the return of a doll and furniture to a family who fled Germany to Palestine in the mid-1930s. Each study illustrates the specific research techniques and the general legal and ethical issues regarding looted art. Guest speaker Karen Franklin will also describe how the Council of American Jewish Museums’ Resolution on Nazi-Era Looted Art, which she co-authored, affects the Jewish community and claims for Jewish objects. She will examine how individuals who may wish to research or claim art may do so.

Karen S. Franklin is director of family research at the Leo Baeck Institute. She is a co-chair of the Board of Governors of JewishGen, and a past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Council of American Jewish Museums. She serves on numerous boards including ICOM-US (International Council of Museums) and ICOM’s Memorial Museums Committee, The Fund for Arts and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Commission for Looted Art in Europe. She recently completed research for The Plaut Family: Tracing the Legacy by Elizabeth S. Plaut, published by Avotaynu in fall 2007.

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute will be open 12:30 to 1:45 PM for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computers.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

20 | Jan
02:00PM
20 | Jan
02:00PM

family workshops

Tu B'Shevat Paper-Making Workshop

Celebrate the birthday of the trees! Learn about Tu B'Shevat, the holiday that marks the beginning of the growing cycle for trees in the land of Israel, and learn why paper is a gift of the trees. We will make our own specialty paper, using leaves and flower petals to enhance the pulp made from recycled paper. Bring your own dried leaves and flowers!

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

family workshops

17 | Jan
08:00PM
17 | Jan
08:00PM

sephardic nightlife music series

Piyyut Renaissance: Middle Eastern Jewish Music Comes to America

NY-based musical ensemble, Pharaoh’s Daughter, performs piyyutim, or liturgical, poems.

Presented by American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum.

This series is supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthopy Advisors.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum

sephardic nightlife music series

16 | Jan
07:00PM
16 | Jan
07:00PM

lecture, study, and discussion

(Postponed!) Celebrating the Ethical Teachings of Emmanuel Levinas

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Join scholars, Talmudists, and human rights activists in an evening of study and discussion in the style of Levinas' famous symposia, established fifty years ago in Paris, relating profound ethical lessons from the Talmud to issues of the day.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

lecture, study, and discussion

13 | Jan
02:00PM
13 | Jan
02:00PM

family workshops

Tu B'Shevat Paper-Making Workshop

Celebrate the birthday of the trees! Learn about Tu B'Shevat, the holiday that marks the beginning of the growing cycle for trees in the land of Israel, and learn why paper is a gift of the trees. We will make our own specialty paper, using leaves and flower petals to enhance the pulp made from recycled paper. Bring your own dried leaves and flowers!

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

family workshops

11 | Jan
12:00PM
11 | Jan
12:00PM

max weinreich center: yiddish language seminar

'Di bobetshke mit di eyniklekh' - di balibtste yidishe folks-mayse

Itzik Gottesman (Forverts)

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

max weinreich center: yiddish language seminar

10 | Jan
06:00PM
10 | Jan
06:00PM

gallery talk

The Art of the Mechitzah: Miriam Stern, Michael Berkowicz

Artist Miriam Stern will give a short tour of her installation, Ezrat Nashim, the women’s partitioned area in a traditional synagogue. Following the tour, she will offer her personal reflections on the aesthetics of Mechitzah. The second speaker, architect/designer Michael Berkowicz will present an illustrated lecture about the technical and religious considerations inherent in mechitzah design and compelling visual images of the many mechitzahs he has created for some of the well-known orthodox synagogues in various Jewish communities today.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

gallery talk

06 | Jan
10:00AM
06 | Jan
10:00AM

discussion

A Collector's Perspective on a Moment in History: Lorraine Beitler and the Dreyfus Affair

After viewing an exhibition on Alfred Dreyfus over a decade ago, educator Lorraine Beitler was inspired to amass a private collection that now comprises over 1000 items documenting the history of the Dreyfus Affair and its impact on society. In the process, she has become one of the most knowledgeable speakers on this significant historic event. She will talk about the contents of her collection and its moral, political and cultural implications for today’s complex world.

Co-sponsored by the Harry G. Friedman Society

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

discussion

06 | Jan
02:00PM
06 | Jan
02:00PM

family workshops

Jerusalem Motifs: Block-Printing Workshop

See some of the earliest photographs of historic landmarks of Jerusalem, taken in the 1850's, that are now on exhibit at YUM. Transfer these familiar images onto printing blocks, carve them, roll ink on them and print your own Mizrach or greeting card, suitable for framing. (Younger children will use scratchboard.)

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

family workshops