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Sat, Feb 29
06:00PM
Sat, Feb 29
06:00PM

film screening

23rd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s festival includes premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, powerful narratives, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees, dignitaries, and diplomats. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.

In partnership with YUM, ASF presents a special extension of "Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy."

Ticket Info: For screening times, to purchase passes and tickets, and additional information about films and filmmakers, visit www.NYSephardiFilmFestival.org.


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Sun, Mar 01
01:00PM
Sun, Mar 01
01:00PM

curator's tour

Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy – Closing Event

On its final day, join curator Audra Lambert on a tour of this exhibition featuring dynamic, lyrical sculptures and paintings echoing Jews’ traditions and ancient history in Babylonia.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YUM/ASF members, seniors, students, YU community at heywow.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Mar 01
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 01
02:00PM

celebration

League for Yiddish Celebration

Devoted Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Afn Shvel, Dr. Sheva Zucker, after 15 years of inspired and groundbreaking work, is passing the baton to new Editor-in-Chief Dr. Miriam Trinh and new Executive Director Noah Barrera. The event will feature guest speaker Dr. Rakhmiel Peltz, greetings from Dr. David E. Fishman, and musical program by Mira Kessler. The chair is Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/League-for-Yiddish-Celebration or 917-606-8290


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celebration

Sun, Mar 01
07:30PM
Sun, Mar 01
07:30PM

performance & discussion

About a 17th-Century Purim Opera

In advance of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts’ performance of Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo (Esther, Liberator of the Jewish People) the Purim Story by Alessando Stradella (1639 -1682), ensemble members perform excerpts and discuss the opera.

Ticket Info: Free; reserve tickets by e-mailing  info@JewishMusicForum.org


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Mon, Mar 02
07:00PM
Mon, Mar 02
07:00PM

book talk

The Odyssey of an Apple Thief

In his autobiography The Odyssey of An Apple Thief, Moishe Rozenbaumas takes us through his fascinating life, starting with his boyhood in pre-war Lithuania, with a focus on the most impoverished part of the Jewish population, rarely accounted for in the books written by survivors after the war. Join us for an event celebrating the release of a new English translation of this book translated by Jonathan Layton and edited by Isabelle Rozenbaumas. Scholars Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Sam Kassow will join Rozenbaumas in a conversation about this new publication. The evening will also feature readings from the book by Yuri Venedyapin and musical performances by violinist and singer Eléonore Biezunski, Yuri Venedyapin (guitar, vocals), and Ilan Moss (accordion) including songs in Yiddish, Russian, and French.

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


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Thu, Mar 05
06:30PM
Thu, Mar 05
06:30PM

lecture

Field Report: Stories from a Diarna Researcher

Join us as we hear an update from intrepid adventurer and Diarna researcher Aaron Cederberg about his experiences documenting Jewish historical sites around the world (most recently in India and Mexico)  and conducting interviews with the last primary source generation who remember Jewish life in diverse but dwindling (or vanished) Jewish communities in the MENA region.

Aaron Cederberg is a documentary photographer and writer who specializes in multimedia storytelling that provides humanizing insights into our world. He has worked with NGOs and non-profits, focusing on heritage preservation across the globe, and helped create long distance hiking trails in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority Territories. Aaron founded Arc Moment (arcmoment.org), an online magazine dedicated to longform photo-essays, and currently splits his time between Jerusalem and Amman.

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Ticket Info: $15 general admission at fieldreport.bpt.me or call 800-838-3006


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Thu, Mar 05
07:30PM
Thu, Mar 05
07:30PM

concert

The Israeli Songbook – A Tribute to Women Poets

Acclaimed Israeli American singer-songwriter Shira Averbuch and an all-female MusicTalks ensemble pay tribute to Israel's female poets, including Rachel Bluwstein, Leah Goldberg, Tirza Atar and others.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YUM members, YU community at musictalkswomen.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Mar 08
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 08
02:00PM

conversation

From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History

In honor of International Women’s Day, the AJHS and YIVO are delighted to host a panel discussion of Nancy Sinkoff’s new book, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, the first comprehensive biography of a pioneer historian in the field of Holocaust Studies. Dawidowicz emerged from an interwar immigrant Yiddishist background to become a major Jewish public intellectual in postwar American life. Nancy Sinkoff is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University and additional panelists include Adam Kirsch, author of Why Trilling Matters, of Columbia University's Center for American Studies, Francine Klagsbrun, author of more than a dozen books including Lioness, Golda Meir and The Nation of Israel, and Annie Polland, co-author, with Daniel Soyer of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Era of Immigration. 

Ticket Info: $18 general; $15 seniors, CJH/Partner members, students at left2right.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Tue, Mar 10
06:00PM
Tue, Mar 10
06:00PM

book talk

Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust

Natalia Aleksiun and Sam Kassow will discuss the legacies of Jewish historians before the Holocaust who wrote both academic and popular history for their community and engaged in creating a sense of Polish-Jewish belonging, while also fighting for their rights as an ethnic minority. What shaped their sense of both scholarly and communal mission? How relevant is their work to writing Jewish history today and to our understanding of the modern Jewish experience in East Central Europe?

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


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About the Speakers:

Natalia Aleksiun is Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. She specializes in the social, political and cultural history of modern East European Jewry and has written extensively on the history of the Jewish intelligentsia in East Central Europe, Polish-Jewish relations, modern Jewish historiography, the history of medicine and the Holocaust. Her book, Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust, will be published with Littman in 2020. She is currently working on two new books: about the so-called cadaver affair at European Universities in the interwar period and on a project dealing with daily lives of Jews in hiding in Galicia during the Holocaust.

Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and is recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Holocaust and Ashkenazi Jews. He is a consultant to the POLIN Museum of History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw. He is widely known for his 2007 book, Who will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive. A featured documentary film drawing from this book, called Who Will Write Our History, written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, was released in 2018.


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Tue, Mar 10
07:00PM
Tue, Mar 10
07:00PM

conversation

Why the Far Right Kills

The October 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, committed by a Far Right activist, was the most lethal assault on Jews on U.S. soil in history. It was followed by attacks on synagogues in Poway, California and Halle, Germany. The Far Right has also massacred immigrants in El Paso, Texas and Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. In fact, the postwar Far Right has killed thousands of people. Why is this political faction, compared to others, so violent—and what drives them to kill again and again?

Researcher Chip Berlet, who has investigated the Far Right for forty years, will explain how the movement’s internal dynamic drives its participants into homicidal outbursts. Berlet will discuss the Far Right’s themes of demonization, scapegoating, conspiracism and apocalypticism with journalist Talia Lavin, and they will offer their perspectives on how to deal with this toxic social current.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/Why-the-Far-Right-Kills or 917-606-8290


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conversation

Wed, Mar 11
06:00PM
Wed, Mar 11
06:00PM

exhibit opening

Refuge in the Heights: The German Jews of Washington Heights with Robert Snyder

Rob Snyder, author of the book Crossing Broadway, Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City and Professor of Journalism and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, will help LBI celebrate its new exhibition on the German-Jewish refugees of Washington Heights with a talk on the northern Manhattan neighborhood once known as “Frankfurt on the Hudson” for its large population of German-Jewish refugees. Eight decades later, the neighborhood is still a vibrant home for new immigrant communities.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at wash-heights.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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exhibit opening

Thu, Mar 12
06:30PM
Thu, Mar 12
06:30PM

book launch

Midwives, Musicians, Soldiers, Rabbis: Whose Stories Will Become Jewish History?

Come join leading musicians, historians, and an award-winning novelist on March 12 to celebrate the release of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 6: Confronting Modernity, 1750-1880, edited by Elisheva Carlebach.

A lively discussion will explore “Whose stories will become Jewish history?” as Deborah Dash Moore, Elisheva Carlebach, Dara Horn, Itamar Borochov  bring to life through words and music the period of CONFRONTING MODERNITY,1750-1880, “in which every aspect of Jewish life underwent the most profound changes to have occurred since antiquity.”

For some Jews, this period announced a transition into modernity, for others into colonial rule, while for others yet, a growing confidence that they could achieve security in lands of relative civic equality. We’ll listen to voices that are rarely heard as part of Jewish culture, such as that of Roza, a multilingual Jewish midwife or that of a Jewish soldier during the Civil War.

And we’ll hear about Jews who championed a movement to integrate “indigenous” music into the Western canon while Jews debated all sides of religious and political issues. Some defended and others repudiated the notion of private property. Some defended and others repudiated the institution of slavery.

What happens to our understanding of Jewish civilization when those often marginalized move to the center of the story? Come and discover the unexpected breadth of Jewish culture.

A festive reception with music by Cabinet of Melodies, led by Ira Khonen Temple will follow the discussion.

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


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Sun, Mar 15
10:00AM
Sun, Mar 15
10:00AM

children's workshop

Kids in the ‘Hood: Discover the History of Your Community - For Children 7-12 and Their Families

Kids in the ‘Hood: Discover the History of Your Community - For Children 7-12 and Their FamiliesFrom the United Jewish Appeal - Federation of New York collection. Courtesy of the AJHS

Join us for an exciting morning of activities that will inform, inspire, and motivate you to learn more about the history of your family and community.

Activities include:

PHOTO EXPEDITION: Tour our newest exhibit, Refuge in the Heights , and uncover clues hidden in photos. Bring your own neighborhood photos or examine some of ours. 

YOU DO THE INTERVIEW: Learn kid-friendly techniques for great family interviews. 

DETECTIVE’S TOOLBOX: Discover the best places to search for community history. Next: Explore more on our computers!

TALES ARTIFACTS TELL: Examine “everyday” objects from New York City history in the Museum’s collection – and discover what artifacts can reveal about your neighborhood.

Every family that attends this program will be entered into a raffle, with prizes including a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com and an Ancestry DNA kit. Raffle winners must be present at the 12:30 PM drawing to claim their prize.

About the program’s lead developer/presenter: Ira Wolfman is the author of Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids (and other beginners). He’s developed materials for kids and families for Sesame Street, Highlights for Children, Weekly Reader, and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

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/family; $8/family CJH/Partner members (maximum of 4 children per family) kidsinthehood.bpt.me or 800-838-3006.

Note: Our programs frequently sell out. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.


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Mon, Mar 16
07:00PM
Mon, Mar 16
07:00PM

film and discussion

Stories of New York: City College
Cinema and Sanctuary

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This February and March, join historians, writers, filmmakers, and alumni at the Center for Jewish History for a series of discussions and films about City College, its rich Jewish history, and its transformative role in the lives of so many.

Part III: Cinema and Sanctuary

It was the first documentary film school in the United States and it began in 1941 at the City College of New York. Led for many years by the German filmmaker and refugee, Hans Richter, the school guided working-class students into prestigious film careers. The Institute of Film Techniques lasted a little less than two decades but its stunning success and lasting influence has been called one of the best-kept secrets in film history. Award-winning director and CUNY Professor Dave Davidson tells this remarkable story in Cinema and Sanctuary, a documentary he produced with current CUNY film students. Discussion with Professor Davidson, legendary filmmaker Manny Kirchheimer, and current documentary film students after the screening. Moderated by CUNY Professor Jerry Carlson.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at cinemaandsanctuary.bpt.me


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About the Speakers:

Professor Dave Davidson, the director of Cinema and Sanctuary, is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and media educator whose work focuses on social issues, culture and the arts.  Dave has directed over twenty acclaimed documentaries, many broadcast nationally on PBS. These include, A Place Out of Time-The Bordentown School (2010), Into the Light-the Furious Birth of The American Film Industry (1996), The Dancing Man-Peg Leg Bates (1992) and Cissy Houston-Sweet Inspiration (1988). He also directed A Gesture and a Word, which won Audience Choice—Best Feature Film at The Richmond International Film Festival. From 2010 to 2013, Davidson was Director of Photography and Co-Producer on the 9-part PBS series, Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. Davidson is professor emeritus at The City College of New York (CUNY) where he was the founding director of the MFA in Media Arts Production Program.

Joann Huang, CCNY '20,  a Documentary Film MFA candidate, assisted director Dave Davidson in the making of Cinema and Sanctuary. Her own work in film explores traditions within her culture. A travel enthusiast, Huang has worked since 2014 as the Creative Designer at CCNY’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Communications. She holds an MFA in Design and Technology from The New School’s Parsons School for Design and a BA in Business Communication with a specialization in Graphic Design from CUNY's Baruch College.

Manfred (Manny) Kirchheimer CCNY ‘52, graduated from the CCNY Film Institute and is profiled in Cinema and Sanctuary. An award-winning, independent filmmaker, he has been producing and directing documentaries since 1965. His films include: We Were So Beloved, Free Time, Middle Class Money, Honey, Dream of a CityMy Coffee with Jewish Friends, Canners, Art Is . . .The Permanent RevolutionSprayMastersTallStations of the Elevated, Bridge High, Short Circuit, Claw, Leroy Douglas, Haiku, and Colossus on the River. His films have been shown in theaters, on television and at festivals around the world including New York, London, Jerusalem, Berlin, Edinburgh, Venice, Melbourne, and the Kennedy Center, among many others. In February 2017 he had a retrospective of his films at the Museum of Modern Art and his work has also been showcased at The Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art,  The Jewish Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Munich Filmmuseum, and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Recently retired as professor of film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Kircheimer is listed in Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the East, and The Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film.

Eric Ocasio is currently a senior at City College pursuing a BFA in Film Production. A set designer on Cinema and Sanctuary, Eric is an accomplished photographer, videographer, and artist. His short film, Dinky’s Day  won Best Cinematography at the VPC Film Festival in New York City.  Eric is a member of the Street Smart Collective NYC and under the name Eric Halliwell, his art works and fashion designs have been showcased at exhibitions around the city.

Professor Jerry Carlson (moderator) is Chair of the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College CUNY; a member of the doctoral faculties of French, Film Studies and Comparative Literature and a Senior Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies.  In addition to lecturing at a wide variety of universities, Professor Carlson is also an active producer, director, and writer with eleven Emmy Awards. As a Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series City Cinematheque about film history, Canape about French-American cultural relations, and Nueva York (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City. As an independent producer, his award-winning films include the Showtime Networks production Dirt directed by Nancy Savoca and Looking for Palladin directed by Andrzej Krakowski. In 1998 he was inducted by France as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. He received his BA from Williams College (B.A.) and MA and PhD from  the University of Chicago.


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film and discussion

Tue, Mar 17
02:00PM
Tue, Mar 17
02:00PM

curator's tour

From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli Art from YU Museum’s Collection

Join Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels for a tour of From A(gam) to Z(aritsky), exploring the character of Israeli art and the personal relationships between artists and collectors.

Ticket Info: Free; registration required at atozcurator2.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Mar 22
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 22
02:00PM

book talk

A Forgotten Land: Growing up in the Jewish Pale

Speaker: Lisa Cooper

A Forgotten Land is the story of one Jewish family in the Russian Empire of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, set within the wider context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Lisa Cooper is fortunate that her grandmother was a great storyteller. Lisa’s father, who grew up in Canada surrounded by his mother’s tales of shtetl life, made recordings of her stories and later translated them from the Yiddish.  These stories, and the book which grew from them, give us insight into the lives of our ancestors.

Lisa Cooper is a British writer, journalist and artist. Lisa studied Russian at Edinburgh University.  During her year as a student in the then-Soviet Union, armed with an address dating from the 1960s and a family tree, she made contact with cousins in Kiev who introduced her to a web of relatives she’d known nothing about. The experience helped breed an interest in both family history and Ukrainian Jewish history.

Ticket Info: $5 general at cooper.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; free for JGS/CJH members, no reservation required


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Sun, Mar 22
05:00PM
Sun, Mar 22
05:00PM

book launch

An Actor’s Director: The Life and Work of Sidney Lumet

Acclaimed as the ultimate New York movie director, Sidney Lumet began his astonishing five-decades-long directing career with the now classic 12 Angry Men, followed by such landmark films as SerpicoDog Day Afternoon, and Network. Sidney Lumet: A Life, written by Professor Maura Spiegel, is the first biography of the American director whose life and work traces a line through American entertainment history.

Joining the author in conversation is A.O. Scott, American journalist and chief film critic for the New York Times. Maura Spiegel has been teaching literature and film at Columbia University for over two decades. She is the co-director of the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she teaches film to first year medical students.

Ticket Info: $18 general; $15, CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at sidneylumet.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Mon, Mar 23
07:00PM
Mon, Mar 23
07:00PM

memorial

Remembering Yiddish Actress Mina Bern

YIVO and the Congress for Jewish Culture invite you to a special program remembering the Yiddish actress Mina Bern in honor of her 10th yortsayt. The event is hosted by two of her prominent colleagues and friends: Tony-nominated director Eleanor Reissa and Shane Baker, Director of the Congress for Jewish Culture, who will be joined by Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, and acclaimed Broadway actress Lori Wilner, as well as other special surprises.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Mina-Bern or 917-606-8290


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memorial

Tue, Mar 24
02:30PM
Tue, Mar 24
02:30PM

talk

Out of the Box:  Four Sons, Frogs…and an Orange?

Haggadot, matzah covers, Seder plates, wine labels, greeting cards, and recipes! More than 230 Passover items spanning over 300 years are carefully conserved in the Yeshiva University Museum’s collections. Join curator Bonni-Dara Michaels for an illustrated talk as she shares slides, stories, and surprises from the museum’s  astonishing array of artifacts. What is a Sederzwehl? She’ll show you. How was Hannah Arendt involved? She’ll tell you. And what about that orange? Come find out. Plus some rarely seen objects come Out of the Box and onto a table for you to examine up close  - just in time for Passover!

Space is limited for this program and we highly recommend reserving your tickets in advance.

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


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About the Speaker:

Bonni-Dara Michaels is Collections Curator of Yeshiva University Museum.  She manages, documents and researches the Museum’s collection and has been with YUM since 1985. Michaels also develops and curates some of the Museum’s exhibitions including the current exhibition From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli Art from YU Museum’s Collection and the 2016/17 exhibition Uncommon Threads: Clothing & Textiles from the YU Museum Collection.  In addition to work on YUM publications, Michaels co-authored The Art of Passover with Gabriel Goldstein.


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Tue, Mar 24
06:30PM
Tue, Mar 24
06:30PM

lecture and theatrical reading

Lew Nussimbaum aka Essad Bey aka Kurban Said – Wanderer Between Worlds

Born to a Jewish family in Kiev, raised in Baku, and converted to Islam in Berlin, Essad Bey’s orientalist writings reached a huge audience in the Weimar Republic. Although his novels and essays depicting life in locales such as Azerbaijan and the Caucasus helped shape notions of a mysterious and romantic East in the German public imagination, the Muslim community in Berlin and scholars of the region found his imagination was sometimes stronger than his command of history. His own incredible life may have been the most fantastical story he left us, however. Michael Lahr will give a lecture on Essad Bey’s life and times, followed by a dramatic reading of selected works (in German) by the actor Gregorij H. von Leitis.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at essad-bey.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Wed, Mar 25
07:00PM
Wed, Mar 25
07:00PM

sidney krum young artists concert series

Sephardic Art Song: A Musical Legacy of the Sephardic Diaspora

The history and culture of Sephardic Jewry can be found in the rich repertoire of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) folksongs. These folksongs reflect on Jewish traditions and stories as well as universal human themes such as love, death, and despair. In the 20th and 21st century Western classical composers such as Alberto Hemsi, Yehezkel Braun, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joaquin Rodrigo, Wolf Simoni (Louis Saguer), Lazare Saminsky, Paul Ben-Haim, and others used these melodies to create a repertoire of Ladino Art Songs. These Art songs provided the composers a way to preserve the folksongs and, in many cases, an avenue through which they could reflect on their own heritage. The musical styles of these songs draw on diverse traditions ranging from Spanish, Greek, Balkan, and Turkish/Ottoman folk and classical traditions as well as Western classical music more broadly.

Join us for a lecture recital about this fascinating and little known repertoire led by mezzo-soprano and music scholar Lori Sen. Sen will discuss the history, language, and culture of the Sephardim, with a special focus on the elements and stylistic features of Sephardic music. The lecture will be followed by a recital of Sephardic songs for voice, piano, and guitar for which S?en will be joined by guitarist Jeremy Lyons and pianist Alexei Ulitin.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YIVO/ASF members, students at yivo.org/Sephardic-Art-Song or 917-606-8290


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sidney krum young artists concert series

Thu, Mar 26
08:00PM
Thu, Mar 26
08:00PM

concert

EXILE: Music of the Early-Modern Jewish Diaspora

EXILE highlights Jewish music as it shifted and melded with traditions in early modern Europe. The program takes as its starting point the rich musical cultures fostered by Jews in early modern Italy and their points of contact with non-Jewish traditions. From there, it touches on the influences of Italian, German, and English music and Jewish culture, highlighting Jewish musicians, the non-Jewish composers they influenced, and composers who inspired innovations in Jewish composition. The purpose of the EXILE project is to highlight the mutual influences of the early modern European Jewish experience – to break down preconceptions of Jewish music and culture and explore the implications of diaspora on Jewish artistic legacy. 

The concert will feature Incantare’s core instrumental ensemble plus four singer specialists, as well as special guests Dongmyung Ahn, violin, and Rebecca Cypess, organ and harpsichord. The program It is closely tied with the forthcoming book Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy. This book “demonstrates that musical culture was fluid and shared between Jews and non-Jews, and that this shared cultural space involved complexities of identity and meaning.” The concert will contain narration and commentary on the music by author contributors.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at JewishMusicForum.org


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concert

Sun, Mar 29
10:00AM
Sun, Mar 29
10:00AM

conference

Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms

The book of Psalms echoes from the ancient Jerusalem Temple to the modern concert hall, and its role as an inspiration for musical works is unquestionable. In this one-day conference, we bring together scholars from across disciplines in order to begin to answer the following question: How are we to understand the relationship between the book of Psalms and the music it inspires? Through investigating Psalms across religious traditions and geographic regions, we hope to foster conversation about the wide-ranging importance of Psalms, and the relationship between music and sacred text more broadly.

Dr. Yael Sela (The Open University, Israel) will present the keynote talk, “Singing a Song of Zion: On Psalms as a Currency of Exile, Redemption, and Jewish National Consciousness.”

Join us for a day of music, cutting edge scholarship, and rich conversation.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at JewishMusicForum.org


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conference

Sun, Mar 29
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 29
02:00PM

art workshop for adults

Transforming Haggadah Text into Textile

Create a wall hanging or matza cover inspired by Hebrew text for Passover. Fabric artist Heather Stoltz returns to lead this workshop; sewing experience not required!

Ticket Info: $12 general; $10 YUM members, YU community at passovertext.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Tue, Mar 31
07:00PM
Tue, Mar 31
07:00PM

book launch

Houdini: The Elusive American

He was the greatest escape artist who ever lived. Famous for jumping handcuffed off bridges, dangling upside down in a straitjacket, and breaking out of jails all over America and Europe, Harry Houdini was a death-defying, self-liberating, American superhero. Born Erik Weisz, he was also the son of a rabbi and a Jewish immigrant who escaped his impoverished childhood thanks to talent and ferocious determination. But long after he achieved fame and fortune, Houdini continued to push the boundaries and flirt with death. In his new biography, Houdini: The Elusive American, acclaimed author Adam Begley tracks the restless magician’s wide-ranging exploits and questions not how Houdini did it, but why. Illuminating Houdini’s carefully constructed career - his advertising genius, his crusade against spiritualists, and his relationship with Arthur Conan Doyle - Begley speaks with author Margalit Fox (Conan Doyle for the Defense) about his book’s central question: What kind of man was this?

Purchase the book with your ticket in advance and save $10 off list price. Pick up your book at the front desk when you arrive on the evening of the event.

Jewish Lives is Yale’s prize winning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity.

Ticket Info: Without book: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students. With book: $31 general; $28 seniors; $26 CJH/Partner members, students at jewishlives1.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $18 at the door (books will be available for purchase at list price of $26 on the night of the program)


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About the Speakers:

Credit: Zach GrossThe author of Updike and The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera,Adam Begley was books editor of The New York Observer from 1997 to 2009. For many years he was an advisory editor with The Paris Reviewhe wrote for the London Review of Books and was a frequent contributor to a variety of magazines including Mirabella, where he wrote a monthly column. He has written hundreds of book reviews and other bits of literary journalism for many publications including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Spectator, The Guardian, andthe Financial Times. Begley grew up in New York and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and now lives north of London.

Credit: Ivan FarkasA retired senior writer at The New York Times, Margalit Fox is considered one the foremost explanatory writers and literary stylists in American journalism. As a longtime member of the newspaper’s celebrated Obituary News Department, she has written the front-page public sendoffs of some of the leading cultural figures of our age. The author of three books including Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer (2018), Margalit is the recipient of numerous awards and was named one of the six best writers in the Times’s history by the Poynter Institute in 2016. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the writer and critic George Robinson.


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Wed, Apr 01
07:30PM
Wed, Apr 01
07:30PM

concert

Stern College for Women Ensemble in Residence

CXX Proof Ensemble with Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev mezzo-soprano. Music by Copland, Chasalow, Adler, and a premiere by David Glaser.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU community. Registration required at sternmusic2020.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Apr 05
06:00PM
Sun, Apr 05
06:00PM

book launch

Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth

Join Magda Teter (Fordham University) in conversation with Sara Lipton (SUNY Stony Brook), on the release of Teter’s new book, Blood Libel: On the Trail of Antisemitic Myth. The book explores the medieval myth that Jews murder Christian children to use their blood— and its surprising temporal and geographical breadth of reach. The invention and development of the printed press contributed to widespread dissemination of the myth, turning it into a “persistent template of hate”: from mid-12th-century monastic manuscripts to the Facebook group “Jewish Ritual Murder”, shut down in 2014, and beyond.

Teter will discuss her book, the longevity of antisemitic tropes, and the role of media in disseminating and preserving stereotypes, with Sara Lipton, the author of Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography.

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


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Mon, Apr 06
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 06
06:30PM

conversation

Dis-Integration? Perspectives on a German Debate with Max Czollek & Rebecca Guber

Author Max Czollek’s essay collection Desintegriert Euch transformed the debate about the integration of minorities in Germany when it appeared in 2018.  His perspective on the roles of contemporary Jews in German society and its “theater of memory” struck a nerve not just among Jews, but other minority groups as well. “The threat from the right has created a new kind of solidarity,” he recently told the New York Times, speaking about his efforts to forge alliances among various minority groups in Germany. Czollek will help translate this debate for an American audience in conversation with Rebecca Guber, founder and director of Asylum Arts, a global network of Jewish Artists.

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


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conversation

Sun, Apr 12
10:30AM
Sun, Apr 12
10:30AM

walking tour

Soapbox Walks: Arts & Politics

Union Square's soapboxes drew captivating speakers who energized crowds with ideas about America. This series pairs a wonderful roster of scholars to co-lead tours with AJHS ED Annie Polland. This installment of Soapbox Walks features Professor Daniel Soyer on politics and art on Union Square, to the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the Rand School and Fourteenth Street School of Art.  This tour will depart from the Center for Jewish History.

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

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/partner members, seniors, students at soapboxwalks.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Mon, Apr 13
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 13
06:30PM

lecture

Jewish and Christian Passover Haggadot as Sites of Interfaith Engagement

Jessica Cooperman, the CJH-Fordham Fellow in Jewish-Christian Studies, will discuss her research project.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at cooperman.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Apr 19
02:00PM
Sun, Apr 19
02:00PM

lecture

Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies: The Stories Families Don't Tell

Speaker: Renee Steinig

In the course of decades of genealogical research, Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" – cases of illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. A suburban businessman who led two lives; a Romanian immigrant hanged -- or so his family thought -- for "stealing horses;" a Jewish GI's love affair in Belgium during World War II; a young woman who married, had a baby, then vanished.... Renee will talk to us about these family secrets and others, the research tools that uncovered them, and the reunions and reconciliations that followed many of her discoveries.

Renee Steinig began doing genealogical research in the 1970s. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she began to accept client work. She is member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a past president and longtime trustee of the JGS of Long Island, and a director of Gesher Galicia.

Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS members


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lecture

Mon, Apr 20
07:00PM
Mon, Apr 20
07:00PM

concert

Beethoven in the Yiddish Imagination

Ludwig van Beethoven, a figure emblematic of the peaks of Western culture, loomed large in the Yiddish imagination. From Yiddish translations of Ode to Joy by poets such as Y. L. Peretz and M. Rivesman, to short stories written for children about Beethoven, to biographies, novellas, and poems about Beethoven, to centennial celebrations reflecting on Beethoven's legacies in the Yiddish press, there are ample testaments to Yiddish speaking Jewry's love for Beethoven.

Join us for an evening celebrating Beethoven in the Yiddish imagination including a performance of Ode to Joy in Yiddish translation, a bilingual dramatic reading of a Yiddish retelling of an apocryphal story of the origins of the Moonlight Sonata by actors Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson, and performances of two of Beethoven’s masterworks with Jewish connections: his song cycle An die ferne Geliebte, written to texts by German Jewish poet Alois Isidor Jeitteles, and his String Quartet Op. 131 which uses a melodic motif from a traditional Kol Nidre recitation – a traditional Jewish liturgical melody. Musical performances will feature baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco, pianist Spencer Myer, and the Ulysses Quartet.

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


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Tue, Apr 21
06:00PM
Tue, Apr 21
06:00PM

exhibit opening

An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown

Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, a collaboration with the Museum of Chinese in America, featuring highlights from a never-before-seen collection of Chinatown photographs taken in the 1970s and 80s by Emile Bocian (1912-1990), a Jewish New Yorker from a Polish immigrant family.

As a photojournalist for The China Post, a Chinese-language daily, Bocian captured protests, celebrations, and crime scenes, as well as storefronts and streetscapes that provide a glimpse into a vanishing New York. His archive, exhibited here for the first time, features snapshots of local luminaries and Chinatown visitors as far-flung as Cardinal Cook, Muhammad Ali, and Big Bird.

Kevin Chu, Collections Manager at MOCA, will share his research into Emile Bocian’s life that made it possible for MOCA to arrange and describe the photos. Also in attendance will be some of Bocian’s remaining family members, as well as Mae Wong, a Chinese-American actress and close friend of Bocian’s, who rescued the collection from his Chinatown apartment.

Refreshments will be served.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bocian.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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exhibit opening

Thu, Apr 23
07:00PM
Thu, Apr 23
07:00PM

book launch

Stan Lee: A Life in Comics

He created Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. The son of Jewish immigrants, he changed his name and transformed American pop culture. But Stan Lee’s Jewish roots ran deep. Join author Liel Liebovitz for the launch of his new book, Stan Lee: A Life in Comics and a discussion about the surprising connections between Lee’s celebrated comic book heroes and the ancient tales of the Bible, the Talmud, and Jewish mysticism. Was Spider-Man just a reincarnation of Cain? Is the Incredible Hulk simply Adam by another name? Liel speaks with Unorthodox Podcast co-host Stephanie Butnick about the deeply Jewish and surprisingly spiritual roots of Stan Lee and Marvel Comics.

Purchase the book with your ticket in advance and save $10 off list price. Pick up your book at the front desk when you arrive on the evening of the event.

Jewish Lives is Yale’s prize winning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity.

Ticket Info: Without book: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students. With book: $31 general; $28 seniors; $26 CJH/Partner members, students at jewishlives2.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $18 at the door (books will be available for purchase at list price of $26 on the night of the program)


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About the Speakers:

Credit: Chia MessinaBorn in Israel to a rabbinic family, Liel Leibovitz pored over Marvel comic books with the same fiery intensity his ancestors had devoted to studying the Talmud. A senior writer for Tablet Magazine and the co-host of its popular podcast, Unorthodox, Liel received his PhD from Columbia University and is the author or co-author of several works of non-fiction including, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen. He lives in New York with his family.

Stephanie Butnick is the deputy editor of Tablet and has written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She has a Bachelor’s degree in religion from Duke and a Master’s in religious studies from NYU. She lives in New York with her husband and their cat, Cat Stevens.


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book launch

Sun, Apr 26
10:00AM
Sun, Apr 26
10:00AM

walking tour

Walking Tour: The Unexpected Story of Jewish Williamsburg (2.5 hours)

It would be fair to call Williamsburg the Lower East Side’s lesser known sibling. Opening in 1903, the Williamsburg bridge, which connects the Lower East Side to Williamsburg, soon came to be known as “The Jewish Highway.” Jewish immigrants, seeking to escape the crowded tenements of the Lower East Side, resettled in Williamsburg in large numbers. They brought with them all of the character of similar enclaves – Yiddish, kosher butchers, and synagogues – as well as the familiar ambition of upward mobility. However, unlike the Lower East Side, Williamsburg was not soon past its heyday.

After the Holocaust, Hungarian survivors, many of whom were Hasidic, became the next wave of immigrants to make their American starter homes in Williamsburg. But this second wave did not want to move on and Americanize. They stayed in Williamsburg, despite the polluted East River, high crime and crumbling infrastructure, and maintained their traditions. Even as North Williamsburg has been reborn as a trendy hipster enclave in recent decades, the fourth generation of Hasidim continue to thrive in South Williamsburg. Our tour will take us through this story by way of the buildings, streets, and synagogues, with a nosh of the famous Hungarian kosher cooking.

About the Tour Guide: Frieda Vizel is a New York City tour guide who specializes in Jewish Williamsburg. She grew up in the Satmar Hasidic community and her four holocaust survivor grandparents lived in Williamsburg. She has since left the fold, but remains drawn to the area‘s rich legacy.

Location and other details: This tour will begin at Congregation Beth Jacob Ohev Sholom (284 Rodney St.). Please plan to arrive at 9:45 AM to check in. We will not wait more than a few minutes for late arrivals. This tour will take place rain or shine. Please dress modestly, wear weather-appropriate clothing/shoes, and bring water. Note: Some tour stops are not wheelchair accessible.

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: $30 general; $25 CJH/Partner members, students, seniors at williamsburg.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Apr 26
10:30AM
Sun, Apr 26
10:30AM

walking tour

Soapbox Walks: History’s Intersection

Union Square is where two major roads intersected and where labor unions gathered energy, and it is also the place where Jewish history and American history intertwined in fascinating and diverse ways.  Come analyze the buildings—Macy’s, Tammany Hall, Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood townhouse—and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This tour will depart from the Center for Jewish History.

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

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/partner members, seniors, students at soapboxwalks.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Mon, Apr 27
07:00PM
Mon, Apr 27
07:00PM

concert

Where is Our Homeland? Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive

In 2018, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University, along with musician-in-residence D. Zisl Slepovitch, began production of an album of songs transcribed from testimonies in the Archive titled Where is Our Homeland? The widely diverse compositions presented on the album form a multidimensional image of the lives of Holocaust survivors and the multiple identities they carried as Jews by faith and roots, and as European citizens. The songs bring to life insights into their experiences both during World War II and in the period preceding the war, all of which are documented in their testimonies. Join us to hear this album performed live by the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble.

Joshua Camp (accordion, piano)
Dmitry Ishenko (contrabass)
Craig Judelman (5-string violin)
D. Zisl Slepovitch (composer, arranger, producer, clarinet, alto saxophone, flute)

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Fortunoff or 917-606-8290


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Tue, Apr 28
06:30PM
Tue, Apr 28
06:30PM

book talk

People of the Book Club – The Flight Portfolio

Go behind the stories and peer inside the archives at our bi-monthly book discussion, led by Lauren Gilbert, Senior Manager for Public Services at the Center for Jewish History. This session will feature a discussion of The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer, a work of historical fiction about American journalist Varian Fry’s attempts to rescue artists and intellectuals during the Nazi occupation of France, followed by a show and tell of documents and artworks from the Center’s collections that are connected to the historical figures in the book.

Participants will need to obtain their own copy to read before the discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

Ticket Info: Free, registration required at bookclub2.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Tue, Apr 28
07:00PM
Tue, Apr 28
07:00PM

conversation

Erna Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time

Curator Alison Gingeras leads a discussion with Adam Sandauer about the life and career of Surrealist postwar Polish artist Erna Rosenstein. This conversation happens on the occasion of ‘Once Upon a Time,’ Rosenstein’s first monographic exhibition outside of Poland, on view at Hauser and Wirth Gallery (April 23 – July 31). A Surrealist and member of the pre-war Communist underground, Rosenstein's practice encompasses visual languages that act as a direct expression of protest against the post-war Polish state. Featuring autobiographical artworks and fairytale texts written and illustrated by Rosenstein, the exhibition works to share the established artist's story in a grander, global context.

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


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About the Speakers:

Alison M. Gingeras is a curator and writer based in New York and Warsaw. Gingeras has served as curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou Paris, and Palazzo Grassi, Venice.  Currently she serves as an adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary and a guest curator at Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami in addition to working independently.

Known for her scholarly yet anarchic approach to art history, Gingeras organized several groundbreaking exhibitions, such as “Dear Painter, Paint Me: Painting the Figure Since Late Picabia” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2002) and co-curated “Pop Life” at the Tate Modern (2009).  Most recently, she curated “My Life as a Man: John Currin” at Dallas Contemporary and “New Images of Man” at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles (Feb.-March 2020). Her writing regularly appears in such periodicals as Artforum, Playboy, Tate Etc., Spike, as well as in scores of books and exhibition catalogues.  The cult imprint Heinzfeller Nileisist recently published Totally My Ass and Other Esssays—an anthology of Gingeras’ writing.

Adam Sandauer: Born in Poland in 1950, he is the only son of Erna Rosenstein (1913 - 2004) - surrealist artist and poet, and Artur Sandauer (1913 - 1989) - literary critic, writer, translator, and professor at the University of Warsaw. He represents both his parents' estates. Sandauer has been politically active starting at a young age. In 1969 he was accused of distributing leaflets in protest of the arrest of university students during the antisemitic campaign of March 1968 and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. As a result, he was suspended from the University of Warsaw and put on trial. The penalty trial against Sandauer lasted for a few years and eventually ended in amnesty. He was able to return to college and in 1980 received a PhD in Physics from the Institute of Physics at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the founder and honorary president of the Primum Non Nocere Patients Association, dedicated to bringing aid to victims of medical malpractice. Since 1998 he has been actively lobbying for pensioners' rights in Poland. In 2016 he was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta (Order of the Rebirth of Poland).


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conversation

Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM
Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM

conversation

Kabbalah and the Founding of America: Christian Uses of Jewish Thought in the Nascent Republic

Brian Ogren, the National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Scholar at the Center, will discuss his research project with Michael Hoberman.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at ogren.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM
Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM

lecture

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism

How did Jewish designers, architects, patrons, and merchants contribute to the history of modern architecture and design? What do their stories tell us about Jewish assimilation into American society?  And in the aftermath of World War II, how did creative communities like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Pond Farm in Guerneville, California welcome Jewish emigre architects and designers? Join the Art Deco Society of New York and author and curator Donald Albrecht for an illustrated talk about Jewish contributions to America’s 20th-century domestic landscape.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/Partner members at artdeco.org/cjh-jews-and-modernism; use password CJHDeco20 (case sensitive) for special CJH prices; $18 at the door


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About the Speaker:

Donald Albrecht is an independent curator who has organized exhibitions for the Getty Center, Library of Congress, Museum of the City of New York, and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, among others. He served as curator of the exhibition Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco in 2014.


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