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Mon, Sep 23
07:00PM
Mon, Sep 23
07:00PM

book talk

Anneliese Landau’s Life in Music: Nazi Germany to Émigré California, with Dr. Lily E. Hirsch

The subject of her new book, Lily E. Hirsch introduces us to a woman who truly persisted. Anneliese Landau pushed past bias to earn a PhD in musicology in 1930. She then lectured on early German radio, breaking new ground in a developing medium. After the Nazis forced the firing of all Jews in broadcasting in early 1933, Landau worked in the Berlin Jewish Culture League (Jüdischer Kulturbund), a closed cultural organization created by and for Jews in negotiation with Hitler's regime. Although Rabbi Leo Baeck tried to help Landau’s parents leave Germany, in 1939, she would emigrate alone, the fate of her family members tied separately to the Kindertransport and to the Terezín concentration camp.

Landau settled in Los Angeles, assuming duties as music director of the Jewish Centers Association in 1944. In this role and those that came before, she knew and worked with many significant historical figures, among them Arnold Schoenberg, Bruno Walter, and Leo Baeck.

Anneliese Landau's Life in Music offers fresh perspective on the Nazi period in Germany as well as on music in southern California, impacted as it was by the many notable émigrés from German-speaking lands who settled in the area. Landau's story is ultimately one of stubborn survival: an account of one woman's confrontation with other people's expectations of her, as a woman and a Jew.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP at jewishmusicforum.org or 800-838-3006


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Wed, Sep 25
03:00PM
Wed, Sep 25
03:00PM

lecture

A Jewish King of Poland for One Night: On the Polish-Jewish Royal Dynasty that Never Was

In 2014, in an official visit to Poland, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shared a curious personal anecdote: that he was the heir of the Polish throne. According to a family tradition, one of his ancestors, Saul Wahl, was elected King of Poland for one night.

Rivlin’s speech is just one example of an oft-repeated legend, which has persisted since the 18th century among the descendants of Saul Wahl (d. 1617). Most scholarship has focused on locating a “grain of truth” in the legend, but,historians have established that Wahl was never appointed king.

Ofer Dynes examines how this legend has informed the perspectives of those who considered themselves part of this Polish-Jewish royal dynasty. What, for example, can we glean from the legend’s political insights? How did Jews make sense of their place in the Polish political landscape? How did they imagine the possibilities and complexities of a Jew becoming the king of Poland? Second, on the basis of archival evidence, Dynes will reconstruct what the legend meant for Saul Wahl’s descendants, the prominent Katzenellenbogen rabbinic family, who considered themselves claimants for the Polish throne. Finally, Dynes will explore what it means – for both Poland and Israel – that the current Israeli President considers himself as a legitimate heir of a Polish royal dynasty.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/Jewish-King or 917-606-8290


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Wed, Sep 25
07:00PM
Wed, Sep 25
07:00PM

concert

A Tribute to Oded Halahmy and the Music of Babylon

Elad Kabilio and MusicTalks offer a vibrant musical tribute to the work and spirit of artist Oded Halahmy, celebrating the launch of a catalogue of YUM’s Hey, Wow! exhibition.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YUM/ASF members & YU students, faculty, staff at odedconcert.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Thu, Sep 26
07:30PM
Thu, Sep 26
07:30PM

concert

All in the Family: Songs and Trios by the Schumanns and the Mendelssohns

On September 26, the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble (Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky, pianists) will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth by joining with Anna Elashvili (violin), Andrew Janss (cello) and  Pavel Sulyandziga (tenor) to  present an evening of Songs and Trios from Clara and Robert Schumann and Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.
Robert Schumann: selection of songs from Dichterliebe (A Poets Love)
Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op.17
Fanny Mendelssohn: selection of songs
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op.49

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 allinthefamily.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Wed, Oct 02
06:30PM
Wed, Oct 02
06:30PM

exhibit opening

The Art of Exile: Paintings by German-Jewish Refugees

Opening celebration for this exhibition that tells the personal stories of artists uprooted from their homelands, whose work is linked by a sense of loss and displacement.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations at art-exile.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Oct 06
10:30AM
Sun, Oct 06
10:30AM

walking tour

Sold out: Soapbox Walks: Overlooked Landmarks

This installment, featuring professor of historic preservation Andrew Dolkart, explores the architecture and development of the surrounding neighborhood.

This series pairs a wonderful roster of scholars to co-lead tours with AJHS ED Annie Polland.

The Soapbox Walks Series has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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Mon, Oct 07
07:00PM
Mon, Oct 07
07:00PM

lecture

North African French Resistance:A Well Kept Secret

The Vichy Regime, the Allies, and the Camps
by Dr. Nicole Cohen-Addad

They were hundreds, they were a thousand. French citizenship had been confiscated from most through discriminatory Vichy laws. Nevertheless, they fought as “patriots,” neutralizing the Vichy forces and paving the way for American and the British landings on the coasts of Morocco and Algeria in 1942, the first successful Allied landings on Axis soil. This was a major turning point in the Second World War. And, then, inexplicably, they were sent to camps in North Africa. Join us as we explore this little-known aspect of World War II history.

Dr. Nicole Cohen-Addad has been building an array of oral archives over since 2002, with various actors and witnesses of this very special time around 8 November 1942. The video interviews are readily available for viewing on the website of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum under her name.

Ticket Info: $15 general at bpt.me/4330256 or 800-838-3006


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Thu, Oct 17
06:30PM
Thu, Oct 17
06:30PM

film and discussion

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Join AJHS and CJH for a film screening followed by a conversation with Director Oren Rudavsky about the fascinating life and legacy of Joseph Pulitzer. 

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People explores the remarkable man behind the prestigious prizes. A Jewish immigrant from Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer began as a gifted journalist before becoming a successful publisher and businessman. Pulitzer was famous in his own time for his outspoken and cantankerous editorial voice and his newspapers’ striking illustrations, visual style, national circulation and financial success. Against the context of America’s explosive growth as a world force during the Gilded Age, Pulitzer emerges as the country’s first media titan, reshaping the newspaper to bear witness to and even propel that transformation. Joseph Pulitzer championed what he regarded as the sacred role of the free press in a democracy.

Narrated by Adam Driver, the documentary tells the story of Pulitzer’s life and accomplishments through a combination of archival footage, reenactments and interviews with authors, journalists and scholars. Liev Schreiber is the voice of Pulitzer, Tim Blake Nelson is the voice of Roosevelt and Rachel Brosnahan is the voice of investigative journalist Nellie Bly.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students; $20 at the door at bpt.me/4309891 or 800-838-3006


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film and discussion

Sun, Oct 20
10:30AM
Sun, Oct 20
10:30AM

walking tour

Sold out: Soapbox Walks: Jewish Radicals

Tony Michels traces how the Yiddish socialist movement influenced NY politics and culture. Co-sponsored by Jewish Currents.

This series pairs a wonderful roster of scholars to co-lead tours with AJHS ED Annie Polland.

The Soapbox Walks Series has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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Sun, Oct 27
10:30AM
Sun, Oct 27
10:30AM

workshop

Prose & Pose: Soapbox Yoga

Young families will work together to connect past and present through poses inspired by the stories of Emma Lazarus and the soapbox speakers of Union Square.

Ticket Info: $10 per family at bpt.me/4309884 or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Oct 27
02:00PM
Sun, Oct 27
02:00PM

lecture

The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Comes Alive!

Contrary to dusty first impressions, genealogy can be an adventure. In Dan Oren's book, The Wedding Photo, a visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launches a 20-year search to solve the mystery of "Who is Buried in Sarah's Tomb?" A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photo of a Berlin family wedding from 1926 and leads to discovering their unimaginable post-wedding history. An archivist in Prague discovers a secret uncle whose life takes the reader from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Vatican in Rome. A memoir by Philip Roth shocks a daughter into unlocking a father's concealed past. In this talk, Dr. Oren will share his genealogical research strategies.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dan A. Oren, M.D. has worked for thirty years as a psychiatrist and faculty member at Yale Universtiy, the US National Institute of Mental Health, and the Univesity of Rzeszow, Poland. The author of Joining the Club: A History of Jews and Yale, he is the founder and president of the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland.

Ticket Info: $5 general at weddingphoto.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; free for CJH/JGS members (tickets not required)


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Sun, Oct 27
05:00PM
Sun, Oct 27
05:00PM

book talk

Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Join Mikhal Dekel in conversation with Natalia Aleksiun about a family story that complicates our understanding of refuge, displacement, new homes, and the unexpected fate of child refugees.

Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey tracks the fates of those Polish Jews who during WWII were "saved by deportation.” It follows them alongside other Polish nationals from their Polish hometowns, into the Soviet interior, Central Asia, Iran, India and Mandatory Palestine. Dekel travels these paths of escape, refuge, exile and new home, probing archives and people - from Polish nationalists to Russian oligarchs to Korean Uzbeks - and painting a dynamic, situational history of Jews and Catholics, refugees and evacuees, natives and newcomers, the millions and the one - her father -  a former child refugee. Tehran Children is also a history of the present: of ways in which complex pasts have been obliterated from but nonetheless have bled into present-day Poland, Russia, Uzbekistan, Iran, and Israel, of the limited frameworks at our disposal for understanding these pasts and of the possibility of expansion

A reception and book signing will follow the program.

This event is co-sponsored by the CCNY Foundations.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 seniors; $5 CJH/Partner members; free for students at tehranchildren.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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About the Speakers:

Mikhal Dekel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts She is the author of The Universal Jew: Masculinity, Modernity and the Zionist Moment and Oedipus in Kishinev.

Natalia Aleksiun is Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. She is the author of Where to? The Zionist Movement in Poland, 1944-1950 and Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust.


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Mon, Oct 28
07:00PM
Mon, Oct 28
07:00PM

film

Who Will Write Our History

With a wealth of archival footage and detailed re-enactments, this film recounts the incredible story of Emanuel Ringelblum, who secretly led a team of writers and intellectuals to preserve a vibrant Jewish culture in the Warsaw Ghetto shortly after the Nazis took over. What resulted was a startlingly deep and diverse portrait of European Jewish life, as the Oyneg Shabes Archive made an invaluable contribution to the historical record. Based on the book by Samuel Kassow. An Abramorama release.

96 minutes. In English, Yiddish, and Polish with English subtitles.

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


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Tue, Oct 29
06:30PM
Tue, Oct 29
06:30PM

family history today

DNA and the Golden Rule – The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy

Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.

About the Speaker: The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer?. Her award-winning blog is at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at geneticgenealogy.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Wed, Oct 30
07:30PM
Wed, Oct 30
07:30PM

concert

The Places of Israel – in Song

Elad Kabilio and the MusicTalks ensemble embark on a musical journey across Israel’s diverse sites with a concert of music inspired by the landscapes of Israel.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YUM members & YU students, faculty, staff at musictalksplaces.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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