The Israeli Songbook: Ofra, Izhar, Gali & Co - Celebrating Yemenite Singers
Elad Kabilio and the MusicTalks ensemble featuring Ariella Edvy celebrate the music of Yemenite Israeli singers including Ofra Haza, Izhar Cohen and Gali Atari.
Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YUM, ASF members, YU students, faculty, staff at musictalksdecember.bpt.me or 800-838-3006
Emancipation, Then and Now
For all their unquestionable importance, the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel now loom so large in modern Jewish history that we have mostly lost sight of the fact that they are only part of—and indeed reactions to—the central event of that history: emancipation. In his new book and in this lecture, David Sorkin (Yale) seeks to reorient Jewish history by offering the first comprehensive account in any language of the process by which Jews became citizens with civil and political rights in the modern world. Ranging from the mid-sixteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first, Jewish Emancipation tells the ongoing story of how Jews have gained, kept, lost, and recovered rights in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the United States, and Israel.
This is the 62nd Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture, which is endowed by Marianne C. Dreyfus and Family, the descendants of Rabbi Leo Baeck.
Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at emancipation.bpt.me or 800-8383-3006
Soon to be a feature length documentary
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a film screening.
Western Jewish pioneers are a largely forgotten chapter in U.S. history. And yet, they played a definitive and often colorful role shaping the expansion of the United States. There were nationally known names such as Levi Strauss, Samsonite founder Jesse Shwayder and the Guggenheim family, who built their great fortunes through grit and determination in California and Colorado. And there were also lesser-known characters such as Solomon Carvalho, a Sephardic painter and photographer who spent the mid-1800s documenting the territories of Kansas, Colorado and Utah. Wyatt Earp’s wife, Josephine Marcus Earp, was a Jewish dancer whose beauty is rumored to have triggered the fight at the OK Corral. And by the end of the 19th century nearly every notorious Wild West town, including Deadwood and Tombstone, had a Jewish mayor.
The wagon trains that moved westward with Jewish families traveled for the same reason as many settlers: opportunity. By 1912, it is estimated over 100,000 Jews had migrated to the Wild West. They put down roots and, today, many of their descendants are entrepreneurial and philanthropic leaders in the West. They epitomize the important legacy of immigration in America.
Soon to be a feature length documentary, Jews of the Wild West was partially researched in the archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. In a conversation moderated by Rabbi Joseph Black of Temple Emanuel in Denver, Amanda Kinsey speaks with Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society and Ann Kirschner, author of Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp.
Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students at jewsofwildwest.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $18 at the door
Ann Kirschner is a distinguished writer, educator, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor.
Her writings include the award-winning book Sala’s Gift, the story of her mother’s wartime rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps. Sala’s Gift has been published in German, Polish, Italian, French, Czech, and Chinese, and is the subject of an international traveling exhibit, a theatrical play that has been performed at over 113 schools and theatres, and a forthcoming documentary film.
Her most recent book is Lady at the OK Corral: the True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, the definitive biography of Josephine Marcus Earp, a Jewish woman from New York who became the common-law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Hailed as “scrumptious” by USA Today, and “splendid” by the Wall Street Journal, Lady at the OK Corral is a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and romance reflective of America itself, from the post-Civil War years to World War II.
Ann Kirschner herself covers a lot of territory, from the classroom to the boardroom. She is Dean Emerita of Macaulay Honors College, a remarkable success story in public higher education, and University Professor at the City University of New York. A former senior executive of five start-ups including nfl.com, she serves on the board of directors of several companies and nonprofit organizations, including Princeton University, the Movado Group, Strategic Cyber Ventures, Footsteps, and the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation.
She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a PhD. She received a BA from University of Buffalo and an MA from University of Virginia.
Ann Kirschner lives in New York with her husband, Dr. Harold Weinberg, and is the mother of three grown children – and a grandmother of two.
"Jews of the Wild West" is a feature length documentary currently in production. The independent film is produced by Electric Yolk Media and directed by award-winning filmmaker Amanda Kinsey. Through on-camera interviews, archival footage and images, the film will preserve this dynamic chapter of Jewish history and the role it played in shaping the United States. The hope is to also shed a positive light on the importance of immigrants in forming America as we know it. The film is expected to be completed in 2020.
Amanda is an independent filmmaker, five-time Emmy Award winning producer and fourth-generation photojournalist. Prior to founding her own production company Electric Yolk Media in 2013, she spent over a decade writing and producing for NBC News. During that time, she was also awarded with several Edward R. Murrow Awards, National Headliner Awards and a Gracie Allen Award.
In 2010, Amanda won an Emmy for her Today Show story “The Fighting Grossmans” about a Jewish American family with eight soldier sons in WWII. Her most recent productions are an hour long documentary for PBS’s “Treasures of New York” and a docuseries for VICE Sports. She is a graduate of both Barnard College and Columbia Business School.
Amanda recently relocated from Brooklyn to Denver with her family. Her passion for the Wild West is personal. Amanda's grandmother was born in Denver and once jumped out of an airplane for $100, her great-grandparents ran a photography studio in Butte, Montana at the turn of the 19th Century and her great-great-grandfather owned a San Francisco saloon during the California Gold Rush.
A nationally recognized musician, writer, and poet, Joseph Black (moderator) has served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO since July 2010. Before moving to Denver, he served in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from Cincinati’s Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1987 and in 2012 he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Black serves as a Chaplain in the Colorado House of Representatives and is Past President of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. A frequent contributor to anthologies and collections of Jewish writing, Rabbi Black has also recorded five critically-acclaimed albums of Jewish music, a songbook, and two videos. Two of his songs, Boker Tov and The Afikoman Mambo, have been made into children’s books and distributed by the PJ Library. Rabbi Black and his wife Sue have two children: Elana and Ethan.
Dr. Annie Polland is a public historian, author, and Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Programs & Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversaw exhibits and interpretation. She is the co-author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. She received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, and served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (Yale University). Polland has taught at New York University and serves as an educator for the Bronfman Fellowship. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
family history today: genealogy programs at the center
Personal Archiving 101 - Preserving your Digital Memories
VHS? Floppy disks? Vacation photographs? Everyone has digital materials that hold personal meaning and tell stories about their lives. Join archivist Maggie Schreiner for a personal digital archiving workshop and learn how to care for and preserve your digital memories! Master the basics of digitizing and caring for your collections of documents, photos, and audiovisual materials. Learn about file formats and storage, straightforward tools and techniques, and common risks and dangers (and how to avoid them!).
An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at archiving.bpt.me or 800-838-3006
Maggie Schreiner is the Manager of Archives and Special Collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She has previously held positions at New York University and the Queens Memory program at Queens Library, where she first began teaching about personal digital archiving. Maggie holds an MA in Archives and Public History from New York University.
family history today: genealogy programs at the center
Dedications: Trios by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff
Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performs Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9 (in memory of Tchaikovsky), and Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A minor, Op.50 (in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein). Pianists Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky are joined by Annaliesa Place - violin and Serafim Smigelskiy – cello in a concert of the great Russian Trios.
Made possible by Stravinsky Institute Foundation through the generous support of Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students at dedications.bpt.me or 800-838-3006
art workshop for adults
Spread the Light - the Menorah in Cut Paper
Artist Deborah Ugoretz returns for a new papercut program: designs for the hanukkiah or the Biblical menorah. Includes viewing of hanukkiot from Yeshiva University Museum’s collection.
Ticket Info: $12 general, $10 YUM/CJH/Partner members, YU students, faculty, staff at hanukkahcuts.bpt.me or 800-838-3006
art workshop for adults
jewish genealogical society programs at cjh
Mismatched Mishpocha: Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA
This lecture will discuss how best to weed out false-positive DNA matches that Jewish DNA test-takers face daily. Alec will outline the data that demonstrates the unique ways in which endogamous populations match each other. Then, by using visualization tools such as DNA Painter, he will illustrate webs of interrelationships and identify genetic pile-up regions (or multiple shared autosomal DNA segments stacked up on top of each other) that may not indicate shared ancestors. Although there is no surefire method as of yet to remove false matches, by having a more thorough understanding of endogamous results, we can better analyze our match data.
Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS members
Alec Ferretti is a Dual Masters Student at New York University and Long Island University, where he is pursuing degrees in Archival Studies and Library Science. He works as a genealogist with the Wells Fargo Family and Business History Center, specializing in Italian and Jewish research. He is President of the NY Genealogy & Technology Group, and recently joined the Board of Directors of Reclaim the Records.
jewish genealogical society programs at cjh
International Nash-Didan (Judeo-Aramaic) Day
The first of its kind to take place outside of Israel, an evening featuring an international team of scholars exploring the history, culture, language, and traditions of the Nash Didan, the Aramaic speaking Jewish communities of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Ticket Info: $15 general; $25 VIP at bpt.me/4333902 or 800-838-3006
Hanukkah Celebration Around the World
Hanukkah music from around the world with Elad Kabilio and the musicians from MusicTalks. Enjoy holiday songs from Israel, Yemen, Spain, and Ukraine, and a sing-along as well!
Ticket Info: $15 general at eventbrite.com/e/hanukkah-celebration-around-the-world-tickets-81770671279 or 800-838-3006
The German Menorah — Lecture and Antique Judaica Roadshow
Join us for a brief talk about the unique menorahs in LBI's Chanukah-themed pop-up exhibition and light holiday snacks. Then, show off your own antique Judaica for an “Antique Judaica Roadshow”–style appraisal from the curator, Tsadik Kaplan. Start “searching the attic” to bring in your old menorahs, Kiddush cups, candlesticks, Torah ornaments, etc. to learn more about their history and significance!
Tsadik Kaplan is a collector and appraiser who writes the “Antique Judaica Roadshow” column in The Jewish Press and the author of Jewish Antiques: From Menorahs to Seltzer Bottles. A selection of German menorahs from his personal collection will be on display in the Paul S. And Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall at the Center for Jewish History starting December 16.
This brief lecture is just one of several programs celebrating the beginning of Chanukah at the Center for Jewish History. You are also invited to join us for a family program of Chanukah songs from around the world with Elad Kabilio and the MusicTalks ensemble at 11:00 AM and the American Society of Jewish Music's Annual Chanukah Concert at 3:00 PM Ticket holders for both concerts are welcome to stay or come early for the lecture at no additional charge.
Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 LBI/CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at german-menorah.bpt.me or 800-838-3006
The Annual Chanukah Concert: Lighting the World
Celebrating Yosl Papirovsky – The Miracle of Joseph Papp
Ever a joyous experience, with music and song, featuring Avi Hoffman; Betty Silberman; David Kener (original cast of Songs of Paradise), Sarah Cooper Gordon, Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmuelson. Join us for a fun-filled, multi-media afternoon that will thrill and delight.
Sponsored by the American Society for Jewish Music and the American Jewish Historical Society, in conjunction the Museum of Yiddish Theater, YIVO and the Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative, this year’s Chanukah Concert is a celebration of Brooklyn-born Yosl Papirovsky (Joseph Papp 1921-1991) whose life and faith showed that miracles are not just a part of our past, but can be an ever-present part of today, and our future. In the spirit of creating light in the world, Papp brought us an enduring cultural legacy: Shakespeare in the Park, the Public Theater, and his own rediscovery of the joy of Yiddish.
Joe Papp’s story is a special one – a modern miracle. The concert will celebrate his Jewish life and career and will honor the founders of the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre: Gail Merrifield Papp, Rena Berkowitz Borow, and Professor Miriam Hoffman.
Ticket Info: $18 general; $12 AJHS/ASJM/CJH members; $9 seniors, students at bpt.me/3671934 or 800-838-3006
A Very Jewish Christmas: Old World Jewish Christmas Traditions
The "December Dilemma" is a long-standing issue in America, but it also has deep roots in Eastern Europe, where the context and relationships between Jews and Gentiles were quite different. In this talk, Itzik Gottesman will examine the fascinating Jewish beliefs and traditions related to Christmas in the Old World.
A Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony and a kosher Chinese food dinner will follow the presentation.
Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Christmas2019 or 917-606-8290