Sun, Mar 24
11:00AM
Sun, Mar 24
11:00AM

workshop

The Center for Jewish History is proud to host two History Unfolded Workshop Events on February 24th and March 24th, 2019 in collaboration with History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, a program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in support of their upcoming exhibition on American reactions to the Holocaust. More on History Unfolded: https://www.ushmm.org/learn/history-unfolded

Citizen historians are invited to register for a research account on the History Unfolded website prior to visiting the Center for Jewish History to conduct research in newspaper collections and investigate US press coverage for specific Holocaust events.

Participants will gain hands-on instruction for using online tools to search for newspaper articles as well as physically handling collections. These workshops help the Holocaust Memorial Museum to discover what Americans knew and how they responded to news of Nazi persecution. Users can submit their findings to the USHMM’s online database which will be available to anyone, anywhere—from historians to curators to students.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4069416 or 800-838-3006


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Sun, Mar 24
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 24
02:00PM

lecture

Life Under the Tsars: Registration, Residence, and Exit Routes

To help trace our families before their departure from the Russian Empire, genealogist Alan Shuchat will discuss the system of registration and residence permits under the Tsars, the different social estates, and the process of obtaining steamship tickets and travel from the shtetls to the ports.

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


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lecture

Sun, Mar 24
06:00PM
Sun, Mar 24
06:00PM

book talk

Sarah Schenirer and Bais Yaakov: A Revolution in the Name of Tradition

This program will explore the emergence of the Bais Yaakov schools in interwar Poland, when it grew from a one-room school in Sarah Schenirer's living quarters to a school system with over 200 schools, 36,000 students, and an international reach.

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


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Mon, Mar 25
06:30PM
Mon, Mar 25
06:30PM

film screening and discussion

Born in 1933, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But her unique, personal journey to a seat on the nation’s highest court was largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. The Oscar nominated film, RBG explores Ginsberg’s fascinating life and brilliant career – from the young legal scholar who was shunned by law firms because of her gender, to the masterful appellate litigator who successfully argued before the Supreme Court for women’s rights, to the U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Join MALA and the Center for Jewish History for a special screening and panel discussion of this critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary. Following the film, RBG Director/Producer Julie Cohen and Associate Producer Nadine Natour discuss their own fascinating journeys chronicling the life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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; $7 senior; $5 CJH/MALA member at Eventbrite


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About the Speakers:

Julie Cohen has directed and produced nine feature documentaries, including RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films), The Sturgeon Queens (7th Art Releasing/PBS); and American Veteran (Freestyle). She has won a duPont Columbia Award, two Gracie Awards, three New York Emmy Awards and the 2017 Panavision Showcase Award for best New York filmmaker. Before she started making documentaries, Julie was a staff producer for Dateline NBC and the creator and producer of Supreme Court Watch on Court TV. She holds a B.A. from Colgate and masters’ degrees from Columbia Journalism School and Yale Law School.


The associate producer of RBG, Nadine Natour has shot, field produced, and edited a feature-length doc, American Veteran (Freestyle Releasing; Winner of the G.I. Film Festival Founders Award and the Panavision Showcase Award),  and co-edited The Sturgeon Queens (PBS: 2015 Berlinale Official Selection). She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2012 graduate of the Columbia Journalism School and a 2012 – 2013 News Associate at NBC.


Paul M. Barrett (program moderator) joined the NYU Center for Business and Human Rights as deputy director in September 2017 after spending more than three decades as a journalist and author focusing on the intersection of business, law, and society. Most recently, Paul worked for 12 years for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, and from 1986 to 2005, he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, serving as the newspaper’s Supreme Court correspondent and later as the page one special projects editor. He is the author of four critically acclaimed nonfiction books, the most recent of which are GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun (2012), a New York Times Bestseller, and Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win (2014). Both of those books have been optioned for Hollywood movies. An adjunct professor at New York University School of Law since 2008, Paul is married to RBG director Julie Cohen.


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film screening and discussion

Tue, Mar 26
06:30PM
Tue, Mar 26
06:30PM

lecture

Bukharian Jews

At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds: A Three-Part Learning and Cultural Series on the Greater Sephardic Communities of the Former Soviet Union

Back by popular demand, the American Sephardi Federation’s Young Sephardi Scholars Series is excited to once again host a 3-part learning and cultural series about the Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) communities of the Greater Sephardic world. The cultures and histories of Bukharian, Georgian, and Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews are situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of RSJ, Sephardic and Mizrahi life. Led by Ruben Shimonov, this multimedia learning series will provide a unique opportunity to explore the multilayered and rich stories of the three communities.

Co-sponsored by JDC Entwine. This project was created as part of the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship, supported by COJECO and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Light dinner reflecting the cuisine of Bukharian Jews will be served.

Ticket Info: $18 general; $36 for all 3 lectures at brownpapertickets.com/event/4064109 or 800-838-3006


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Wed, Mar 27
06:30PM
Wed, Mar 27
06:30PM

curator's talk

Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album

Join curator Jacob Wisse on a tour of Lost & Found, exploring the remarkable story of a pre-war family photo album that was owned by a woman who was deported from the Kovno Ghetto in 1943. Prior to her deportation, she smuggled the album to a non-Jewish Lithuanian family for safekeeping. After the album’s fortuitous discovery in 2013, it was reunited with the original owner’s descendants.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU students, faculty, staff; registration required at fcurator.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006


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curator's talk

Wed, Mar 27
07:00PM
Wed, Mar 27
07:00PM

book launch

Avrom Goldfaden and the Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater

The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater examines its origins, from roughly 1876 to 1883, through the works of one of its best-known and most colorful figures, Avrom Goldfaden. Join us for the launch of this book with a discussion of this rich theatrical tradition as well as the broader social life that its study sheds light on.

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


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book launch

Thu, Mar 28
07:30PM
Thu, Mar 28
07:30PM

concert

Stern College for Women New Music Ensemble-in-Residence

The Ensemble-in-Residence of Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, performs the work of 20th-century and contemporary Jewish composers, including the premiere of Concertino No. 2 for clarinet.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU students, faculty, staff at sternmusic.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006


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concert

Sun, Mar 31
11:00AM
Sun, Mar 31
11:00AM

conference

Immigration Matters: Jews, Other Immigrants and America

Immigration made America and its Jews. Historians will explore the Jewish stake in immigration as a historical matter and ask about the contemporary moment. Speakers include Maddalena Mariani, Joel Perlman, Randy Storch, Libby Garland, Hasia Diner and Carl Bon Tempo.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP required at rsvp@ajhs.org


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conference

Mon, Apr 01
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 01
06:30PM

curator's tour

Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

Join curator Ilona Moradof on a tour of Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, illuminating the organized rescue efforts that brought thousands of children from Nazi Europe to Great Britain in the late 1930s. Explore the children’s difficult and often heartbreaking journeys through personal stories, artifacts and engaging media.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU students, faculty, staff at ktcurator.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006


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curator's tour

Mon, Apr 01
07:00PM
Mon, Apr 01
07:00PM

book talk

As a professor of philosophy at Yale, a scholar of propaganda, and the child of World War II Jewish Refugees, Jason Stanley understands how democratic societies can be vulnerable to fascism. Alarmed by the pervasive rise of fascist tactics both at home and around the globe, Stanley set out to analyze the language and beliefs that separate people into an “us” and a “them.” In his new book, How Fascism Works, The Politics of Us and Them, Stanley knits together reflections on history, philosophy, sociology, and critical race theory with stories from contemporary Hungary, Poland, India, Myanmar, and the United States, among other nations. In a fascinating First Person conversation, Stanley speaks with journalist Peter Beinart about the ten pillars of fascist politics, the recurring patterns he sees, and how his own family history influences his world view today.

A reception, book sale and signing follow the program.

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: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members at jasonstanley.bpt.me


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About the Speakers:

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of five books, including How Propaganda Works (Princeton, 2015), winner of the 2016 Prose Award in Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers, and How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (Random House, 2018), called by historian Jan T. Gross a “must-read for all of us who take seriously our responsibility as citizens.” Stanley serves on the board of the Prison Policy Initiative, and writes frequently about propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, democracy, and authoritarianism for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Project Syndicate.  http://www.jason-stanley.com/; @jasonintrator.


Peter Beinart is Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. He is currently a Contributor to The Atlantic, a Senior Columnist at the Forward, a CNN Political Commentator and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Beinart has appeared on numerous television programs including Meet the Press and The Colbert Report and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek among other periodicals . Named Columnist of the Year by The Week Magazine in 2005, he is also author of three books: The Good Fight (HarperCollins, 2006); The Icarus Syndrome (HarperCollins, 2010); and The Crisis of Zionism, (Times Books, 2012). Editor of The New Republic from 1999-2006, Beinart graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar.


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Wed, Apr 03
07:30PM
Wed, Apr 03
07:30PM

concert

Israel and Eurovision 1973-2019

Featuring Israeli singers Ariella Edvy and Omer Shaish along with the MusicTalks Ensemble, this high-energy concert celebrates Israel’s participation in Europe’s iconic song competition. Host Elad Kabilio highlights Israel’s entries from past competitions, including winning songs such as “Abanibi,” “Hallelujah” and “Toy” by Netta Barzilai, last year’s winner.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YUM members, other offers available at musictalksapril.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006


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concert

Thu, Apr 04
06:30PM
Thu, Apr 04
06:30PM

film

The City without Jews

Jews are hounded by mobs and driven from Vienna in this 1924 expressionist film based on the satirical novel by Hugo Bettauer. The sensational film that anticipated the Holocaust and cost Bettauer his life was rediscovered in 2015. With commentary by film scholar Noah Isenberg (UT Austin) and a live score.

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


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film

Thu, Apr 04
07:00PM
Thu, Apr 04
07:00PM

book talk

A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America

Join author Kirsten Fermaglich in conversation with Jennifer Mendelsohn (Resistance Genealogy) to celebrate the publication of A Rosenberg by Any Other Name. A groundbreaking history of the practice of Jewish name changing in the 20th century, this book showcases just how much is in a name.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 AJHS/CJH members, seniors, students at bpt.me/4051795 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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book talk

Sun, Apr 07
11:00AM
Sun, Apr 07
11:00AM

walking tour

Ladies Mile Walking Tour with Ephemeral New York’s Esther Crain

It sold out last fall, so our popular walking tour is back! Enjoy a storied stroll along Ladies Mile, a nine- block stretch once known for posh department stores and architectural grandeur. Join Esther Crain, writer of the award-winning Ephemeral New York blog, and author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, as she weaves in Jewish stories and Gilded Age tales about the people and places that once populated these historic blocks.

Ticket Info: $25 general; $20 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at crain.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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About the Speaker:

Esther Crain, a native New Yorker, is the author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910 (Hachette Books, 2016) and New York City in 3D in the Gilded Age (Black Dog and Leventhal, 2014). In 2008 she launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city's past. Ephemeral New York has been featured in The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, and other publications. She speaks regularly on topics relating to New York City history and conducts walking tours that explore New York's hidden pockets and little-known stories.


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walking tour

Sun, Apr 07
11:00AM
Sun, Apr 07
11:00AM

workshop

Family Genealogy Day: Exploring Family Photos

Session 1: 11:00am-12:30pm
Session 2: 1:30pm-3:00pm
(morning and afternoon sessions are identical)

Through a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family, find out how family photos can help you discover and document your family’s history. Search for informative clues within our family photo exhibitions, create a portrait collage of your family, color historical fashions that your ancestors may have worn, learn simple tips for preserving your family photos and scrapbooks, and more.  We welcome explorers of all ages and abilities.

This program is presented in conjunction with the following exhibitions: Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album and All in the Family: Photographs from Across the Jewish World. On April 7, all Center for Jewish History exhibitions will be open from 11 AM – 5 PM. To learn more about our current exhibitions, please visit cjh.org/culture/exhibitions. Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall. Please note that food and drinks are prohibited in all exhibition galleries.

>The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society are proud to partner with PJ Library for this and other upcoming family programs. PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family!

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: Free; reservations required (must select Session 1 or 2) at familyday.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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workshop

Mon, Apr 08
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 08
06:30PM

tour in yiddish

Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album

Join Yiddish literature scholar Ruth Wisse on a Yiddish-language tour of Lost & Found, exploring the remarkable story of a pre-war family photo album that was owned by a woman (Wisse’s aunt) who was deported from the Kovno Ghetto in 1943. Prior to her deportation, she smuggled the album to a non-Jewish Lithuanian family for safekeeping.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU students, faculty, staff; registration required at https://lfyiddish.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006


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tour in yiddish

Mon, Apr 08
07:00PM
Mon, Apr 08
07:00PM

book talk

Award-winning biblical translator and acclaimed literary critic Robert Alter is the author of more than two dozen books including, most recently, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary. A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible, now complete, reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration.

In his brief new book The Art of Bible Translation, Alter offers a personal and passionate account of what he learned about the art of Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible. Alter provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible. Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker called the book “hugely entertaining and irreverent.”

Alter will appear in conversation with Dr. Adriane Leveen, senior lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Dr. Leveen received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of California at Berkeley under the supervision of Robert Alter. Dr. Leveen is a trained psychotherapist and practiced for 17 years in both Israel and the United States before getting her doctorate in biblical studies.

A reception, book sale, and signing will follow the program.


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About the Speakers:

Robert Alter is professor of the Graduate School and emeritus professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary (Norton). He is the recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Contribution to American Letters, among other awards, and lives in Berkeley, California.


Adriane Leveen is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, having previously taught at Stanford University. Her books include Biblical Narratives of Israelites and their Neighbors: Strangers at the Gate (2017) and Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers (2008). She has contributed to edited collections including The Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative (2016) and Torah in the Book of Numbers (2013).


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book talk

Tue, Apr 09
04:00PM
Tue, Apr 09
04:00PM

open house

Educators Open House at the Center

Learn about educational programs for K-12 and for undergraduate students and participate in the interactive Teacher Professional Development workshops presenting method- and content-based approaches to teaching with primary sources. Get exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of our collection areas and timely exhibitions led by our expert staff.

Take home “Ready-to-Use” lesson plans and free access to online lessons and lectures. Learn how the CCSS and SSSS standards connect to the rich collections of our five partner organizations: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, American Jewish Historical Society, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and American Sephardi Federation.

Participation in the all activities of the Open House will be awarded with 2 CTLE credits.

Light refreshments will be served.

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


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open house

Tue, Apr 09
07:00PM
Tue, Apr 09
07:00PM

concert

And All the Days Were Purple

Join us for the launch of and all the days were purple, a new album by composer Alex Weiser which features songs that set Yiddish and English poems to music which search for the divine while reflecting on the longing, beauty, and tumult of life. 

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/and-all-the-days-were-purple or 917-606-8290


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concert

Wed, Apr 10
07:00PM
Wed, Apr 10
07:00PM

lecture

Carnegie Hall’s Migrations Festival Comes to YIVO: The Musical Legacy of Eastern European Jews

Mark Slobin, acclaimed scholar of East European and American Jewish music, will discuss Carnegie Hall’s April 15th musical program, From Shtetl to Stage. He will use images and recordings and cover a range of Yiddish theater songs, novelty numbers, concert music and songs of social movements.

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


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lecture

Sun, Apr 14
01:30PM
Sun, Apr 14
01:30PM

art workshop

Transforming Haggadah Text into Textile

Create a fabric wall hanging or functional piece (such as a matza cover!) inspired by a favorite prayer, verse, quote – or words of your own. Class will be taught by fiber artist Heather Stoltz, whose quilted wall hangings and fabric sculptures are inspired by social justice issues and Hebrew texts.

Ticket Info: $8 general; $6 YUM/CJH/partner members, YU faculty/staff at https://artpassover.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006


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art workshop

Mon, Apr 15
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 15
06:30PM

lecture

From Macy's to the Titanic – The Straus Family Legacy

Department store historian Michael Lisicky discusses how the Straus family rose from German-Jewish peddlers to merchant princes and major philanthropists before Isidor Straus's untimely death on the RMS Titanic.

Pop-up exhibition of Titanic memorabilia from the collections of the Straus Historical Society open from 5 pm.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 LBI/CJH/Partner members at straus-historical-society.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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lecture

Tue, Apr 16
06:30PM
Tue, Apr 16
06:30PM

lecture

Georgian Jews

At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds: A Three-Part Learning and Cultural Series on the Greater Sephardic Communities of the Former Soviet Union

Back by popular demand, the American Sephardi Federation’s Young Sephardi Scholars Series is excited to once again host a 3-part learning and cultural series about the Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) communities of the Greater Sephardic world. The cultures and histories of Bukharian, Georgian, and Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews are situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of RSJ, Sephardic and Mizrahi life. Led by Ruben Shimonov, this multimedia learning series will provide a unique opportunity to explore the multilayered and rich stories of the three communities.

Co-sponsored by JDC Entwine. This project was created as part of the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship, supported by COJECO and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Light dinner reflecting the cuisine of Georgian Jews will be served

Ticket Info: $18 general; $36 for all 3 lectures at brownpapertickets.com/event/4064109 or 800-838-3006


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lecture

Tue, Apr 16
07:00PM
Tue, Apr 16
07:00PM

panel discussion

Iranian Jews Between Iran, Zion, and America

This talk with Leah Mirakhor (Yale University), Lior Sternfeld (Penn State University) and moderator Atina Grossman (Cooper Union) celebrates the new groundbreaking work of two social historians on Iranian Jewish life and community in the 20th century between immigrations and diasporas in Iran, Israel, and the U.S.  The speakers will pay tribute to the work of HIAS in helping Jews immigrate and resettle in the U.S. in the years post the 1979 revolution in Iran.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 AJHS/ASF/CJH members, seniors, students at bpt.me/4051807 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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About the Speakers:

Leah Mirakhor is Lecturer in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) and the Program in American Studies at Yale University. Mirakhor’s writing has appeared in The Yale Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, African American Review, The James Baldwin Review, and Studies in American Jewish Literature. Mirakhor is the author of “After the Revolution to the War on Terror: Iranian Jewish American Literature in the United States,” which appeared in Studies in American Jewish Literature 35.1 (2016).

Lior Sternfeld is a social historian of the modern Middle East with particular interests in Jewish (and other minorities’) histories of the region. Sternfeld teaches at the Jewish Studies Program at Penn State University. Sternfeld’s new book, Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth Century Iran, examines the integration of the Jewish communities in Iran into the nation-building projects of the twentieth century. This book examines the development of the Iranian Jewish communities vis-à-vis ideologies and institutions such as Iranian nationalism, Zionism, and constitutionalism, among others.


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panel discussion

Wed, Apr 17
07:00PM
Wed, Apr 17
07:00PM

film and discussion

The recent uptick in antisemitic, anti-immigrant, and racist rhetoric have created a burst of new interest in the acclaimed documentary, From Swastika to Jim Crow.  Based on the book by Gabrielle Simon Edgcomb, the film tells the little-known story of two very different cultures, sharing a common burden of oppression. In the 1930s, German universities were some of the first targets of Nazi activity.  Jewish professors and intellectuals who were able to immigrate to the United States faced an uncertain future.  Confronted with antisemitism at American universities and a public distrust of foreigners, a surprising number sought refuge in a most unlikely place – the traditionally black colleges in the then- segregated South.  Securing teaching positions, these scholars came to form lasting relationships with their students, and went on to significantly impact the communities in which they lived and worked.

Nineteen years after the film was originally released, the filmmakers, Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, feel its message –that more binds us together than separates us - must be heard.  They passionately believe that as long as racism and inequality exist in our society, there will be a compelling need to bring From Swastika to Jim Crow to a wider audience. One-hour screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and historian Charles L. Chavis, Jr.

Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society and Leo Baeck Institute are grateful to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for its support as a promotional partner for this program..

Ticket Info: $10 general;$7 seniors; $5 LBI/CJH/AJHS members at bpt.me/4100610 or 800-838-3006


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About the Speakers:

Steven FischlerSteven Fischler and Joel Sucher founded Pacific Street Films in 1971, and they have produced and directed documentary films for venues as diverse as the United Nations, the BBC and commercial and public television in the United States.  These include portraits of Hollywood artists like Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Jessica Lange, as well as investigations of police surveillance and misconduct.  They are the recipients of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film, Emmy Awards, Cine Golden Eagles, and the John Grierson Award for Social Documentaries.  Both the Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archives have honored Pacific Street Films with career retrospective programs.

Steven Fischler was the director of the 2007 PBS-broadcast documentary, “Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & The Movies” and the producer of “Dressing America: Tales From The Garment Center,” broadcast in 2014. Fischler wrote and directed the documentary, “Five Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History,” which had its broadcast premiere on Thirteen/WNET in March of 2017.

Joe SucherIn addition to his work with Pacific Street Films, Joel Sucher has written and blogged for a number of platforms including American Banker, In These Times, Huffington Post, Observer. com and medium.com/@joelsucher




Charles L. Chavis, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History and Director of the Program for History, Justice and Racial Reconciliation, at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Before joining the S-CAR, he served as the Museum Coordinator for the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Chavis’s work focuses on the history of racial violence and civil rights activism and Black and Jewish relations in the American South. His areas of specialization include Civil Rights oral history, historical consciousness, and racial violence and reconciliation. He has received numerous grants, awards and fellowships and is the author of the upcoming book, “‘Maryland, My Maryland’: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State” and editor of For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).


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film and discussion

Mon, Apr 22
07:00PM
Mon, Apr 22
07:00PM

concert reading

Award winning actors Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh star in a concert reading of The Soap Myth, a powerful play about survival, memory, and truth. Set more than fifty years after WWII, a young Jewish reporter grapples with different versions of the same story - did the Nazis make soap from the corpses of murdered Jews?  Ed Asner portrays Milton Saltzman, a Holocaust survivor committed to proving that this atrocity happened while Tovah Feldshuh plays dual roles of a Holocaust scholar and a Holocaust denier - both of whom reject Saltzman’s memory. Performed in tribute to Yom HaShoah, The Soap Myth dramatizes the painful confrontation between survivors, scholars, and Holocaust deniers, and questions who has the right to write history. Written by Jeff Cohen and directed by Pam Berlin, the production features Ned Eisenberg in multiple roles including Holocaust scholar Daniel Silver and Liba Vaynberg as journalist Annie Blumberg. The concert reading at the Center for Jewish History is part of the production’s National Tour.

This performance will be filmed by ALL ARTS, a new broadcast channel and streaming platform produced and distributed by WLIW, a member of the WNET family of public media organizations. Visit allarts.org for information on how to watch.

The program will be followed by a Q&A with Ed Asner, Tovah Feldshuh, Jeff Cohen, and cast.

Ticket Info: $25 general; $20 CJH/Partner members at thesoapmyth.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $30 at the door


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About the Actors and Playwright:

ED ASNER (Milton Saltzman)
Seven-time Emmy Award and five-time Golden Globe Winner, Ed Asner is beloved for such legendary roles as Lou Grant in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant,” Santa Claus in the Will Farrell-comedy Elf, and Carl Fredrickson in the smash animated feature Up. This marks the third year that he will perform the role of Holocaust survivor Milton Saltzman in The Soap Myth. Mr. Asner also starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's 2009 box office hit UP! and as Santa Claus in the holiday classic Elf opposite Will Ferrell. He most recently starred in the feature films Honor Amongst Men alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett, Angels on Tap opposite Marion Ross, and The Parting Glass with Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O’Hare, and Anna Paquin, as well as appearances in television shows “Forgive Me,” “Cobra Kai,” “Michael: Every Day,” “The Good Wife,” and “Bones,” among many others. Asner returned to Broadway in the fall of 2013 starring in the comedy drama Grace opposite Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington, written by Craig Wright and directed by Dexter Bullard. He’s also been touring the country as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the critically acclaimed one man show FDR for over 5 years. Serving as the National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms, Asner was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2002, he received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession.


TOVAH FELDSHUH (Esther Feinman/Brenda Goodsen)
For her critically acclaimed work on the New York stage, Tovah Feldshuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circles, the Obie, the Theatre World and the Lucille Lortel Award. Her show, Golda’s Balcony by William Gibson, became the longest-running one-woman play in Broadway history. Her additional Broadway credits include the titular role in Yentl, Sarava, Lend Me a Tenor, Irena’s Vow, and most recently starred as Berthe in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin. She also has a storied career as a cabaret artist, touring her show Tovah: Out of Her Mind! internationally and selling out an eight-week run on London’s West End. On television, Ms. Feldshuh received her first Emmy nomination for Helena, the Czech freedom fighter, in the NBC mini-series "Holocaust", and her second nomination for her continuing role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on NBC’s “Law & Order.” She is widely known for her starring roles on TV’s “The Walking Dead” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Film credits include Kissing Jessica Stein (Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker, and Brewster’s Millions. Other recent credits include She’s Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, Angelica with Janet McTeer and Jena Malone, a recurring role as President of the United States on TV’s “Salvation,” and the title role in Glinda (“Best in Fest”- ‘14 Palm Beach Film Festival.) Long known for her commitment to social justice causes, Ms. Feldshuh is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, the Hadassah Mother of the Year Award, and the Israel Peace Medal.


JEFF COHEN (Playwright)
As a playwright, Jeff Cohen is known for original work and adaptations including The Soap Myth, Men Of Clay – a memoir about his father Stan “Squeaky” Cohen and tennis in 1970s Baltimore (Best New Play, Baltimore City Paper), The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller - adapted from the Christopher Stokes short story (Critics Pick, The New York Times and Time Out New York), Whoa-Jack! – his racially-charged adaptation of Woyzeck starring Golden Globe nominee Michael Ealy (AUDELCO Award), and The Seagull/The Hamptons, his highly-acclaimed American adaptation of The Seagull whose various productions have featured Tammy Grimes, D.B. Sweeney, Marin Hinkle, Lizbeth Mackay, Neil Huff, and the New York stage debut of Laura Linney (Ten Best of the Year – The Boston Globe). He has recently finished two new plays: Righteous, about a “righteous gentile” who warned the world about the Final Solution in August, 1942, and Squeaky, a sequel to Men of Clay about end-of-life events with his father Stan “Squeaky” Cohen. Mr. Cohen was founder and artistic director of three Off-Broadway theaters – the RAPP Arts Center, the Worth Street Theater Company/Tribeca Playhouse, and Dog Run Rep. Directing highlights include Christopher Shinn’s Four (New York Times Critics Pick, Lortel Award, Drama Desk nominee), Tristine Skyler’s The Moonlight Room (Critics Pick and Annual Ten Best list – New York Times, two Lortel nominations, Outer Critics nominee) and Marlene Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction (Obie Award). Mr. Cohen is best known for his signature theatrical event responding to the Attacks of 9/11, THE TRIBECA PLAYHOUSE STAGE DOOR CANTEEN – a 10-week USO style variety show to “entertain the troops” (the rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero) and received a special 2002 Drama Desk Award.


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concert reading

Tue, Apr 23
11:00AM
Tue, Apr 23
11:00AM

workshop

Passover Objects Up Close and Personal

Join Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels as she handles and sheds light on unique Passover objects from the Museum’s collection, which are currently not on view to the public. See an array of historic holiday artifacts up close – and while they are not behind glass – including traditional and modern Seder plates, Miriam cups, beautiful fabric items, and whimsical artworks.

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workshop

Tue, Apr 23
12:30PM
Tue, Apr 23
12:30PM

art workshop

Emboss a Metal Plaque

Create a Mizrach, a family name plate, or a decorative plaque of your choice. Choose from a selection of Hebrew fonts and design motifs to create a personally meaningful work of art for the Passover holiday.

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art workshop

Tue, Apr 23
02:00PM
Tue, Apr 23
02:00PM

workshop

Passover Objects Up Close and Personal

Join Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels as she handles and sheds light on unique Passover objects from the Museum’s collection, which are currently not on view to the public. See an array of historic holiday artifacts up close – and while they are not behind glass – including traditional and modern Seder plates, Miriam cups, beautiful fabric items, and whimsical artworks.

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workshop

Wed, Apr 24
11:00AM
Wed, Apr 24
11:00AM

workshop

Passover Objects Up Close and Personal

Join Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels as she handles and sheds light on unique Passover objects from the Museum’s collection, which are currently not on view to the public. See an array of historic holiday artifacts up close – and while they are not behind glass – including traditional and modern Seder plates, Miriam cups, beautiful fabric items, and whimsical artworks.

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workshop

Wed, Apr 24
12:30PM
Wed, Apr 24
12:30PM

art workshop

Emboss a Metal Plaque

Create a Mizrach, a family name plate, or a decorative plaque of your choice. Choose from a selection of Hebrew fonts and design motifs to create a personally meaningful work of art for the Passover holiday.

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art workshop

Wed, Apr 24
02:00PM
Wed, Apr 24
02:00PM

workshop

Passover Objects Up Close and Personal

Join Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels as she handles and sheds light on unique Passover objects from the Museum’s collection, which are currently not on view to the public. See an array of historic holiday artifacts up close – and while they are not behind glass – including traditional and modern Seder plates, Miriam cups, beautiful fabric items, and whimsical artworks.

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workshop

Sun, Apr 28
10:30AM
Sun, Apr 28
10:30AM

walking tour

Union Square Walking Tour with Annie Polland

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 Sangers Planned Parenthood townhouse and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This special walking tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look at the objects and primary sources including Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of the New Colossus that inspired the tour.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at brownpapertickets.com/event/4051817 or 800-838-3006


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walking tour

Sun, Apr 28
02:00PM
Sun, Apr 28
02:00PM

lecture

Using FamilySearch.org for Jewish Research

An overview of effective methods for locating records of Jewish ancestors on FamilySearch.org, a leading website for free international genealogical records. Presented by W. Todd Knowles, FamilySearch’s Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer.

Tours of the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, a FamilySearch affiliate library, will begin at 12:30 pm.

Ticket Info: Free; no reservations required


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lecture

Thu, May 02
06:30PM
Thu, May 02
06:30PM

book launch

Join Anita Norich in conversation with Joseph Berger about Jewish refugees in America, female authors, Yiddish novels, translation and more to celebrate the launch of Professor Norich’s translation of Kadya Molodovsky’s novel.

Rivke Zilberg, a 20-year-old Jewish woman, arrives in New York shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland, her home country. In this fictionalized journal originally published in Yiddish, author Kadya Molodovsky provides keen insight into the day-to-day activities of the large immigrant Jewish community of New York. By depicting one woman's struggles as a Jewish refugee in the US during WWII, Molodovsky points readers to the social, political, and cultural tensions of that time and place. A copy of the book is included with admission. A reception and book signing will follow the program.

A limited number of seats are available for this event; reservations are required.

This event is generously supported by the Covenant Foundation.

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


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About the Speakers:

Anita Norich is Collegiate Professor Emerita of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, and currently the National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Scholar at the Center for Jewish History. Her recent publications include Writing in Tongues: Yiddish Translation in the 20th Century and Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Literature in America During the Holocaust.

Joseph Berger is a renowned journalist, author, and speaker. For many years he was a staff reporter of The New York Times. His books include Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust, and The World in a City: Traveling the Globe through the Neighborhoods of the New York.


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book launch

Sun, May 19
10:30AM
Sun, May 19
10:30AM

walking tour

Union Square Walking Tour with Annie Polland

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 Sangers Planned Parenthood townhouse and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This special walking tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look at the objects and primary sources including Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of the New Colossus that inspired the tour.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at brownpapertickets.com/event/4051817 or 800-838-3006


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walking tour

Sun, May 19
02:00PM
Sun, May 19
02:00PM

lecture

WHAT"S IN A NAME? A case study of (Re)Discovering Jewish Identity on (and off) an Unlikely African Archipelago

From Poland to Brazil to New Mexico, individuals, families and communities around the world are discovering that they have Jewish ancestors who renounced and/or suppressed their religious identity. What happens when Christians today learn that some of their long-ago relatives were Jewish? The West African nation of Cabo Verde offers an especially compelling place from which to explore this intriguing process because of the unexpected convergence of Jews and Africans on a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic.

Professor Alma Gottlieb, an award-winning cultural anthropologist , will discuss her research with the Cabo Verdeans who are reconnecting with their Jewish heritage.

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


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lecture

Thu, May 23
07:00PM
Thu, May 23
07:00PM

conversation

On February 14, 2018, Fred Guttenberg’s 14-year-old daughter Jaime was murdered at school by a gunman with a semiautomatic rifle. Jaime was one of 17 students killed that day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Grieving, Fred found himself unable to stand still. The day after the murder, he attended a vigil and while there was asked to speak. That was the start of a new public life for Fred. Channeling his anger into action, he is now devoting his life to advocating for public safety.

ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members at bpt.me/4103496


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About the Speaker:

A native of Long Island, Fred says his Jewish upbringing instilled him with a commitment to family, service, and standing up for others - values he imparted to his own children. Join Fred for a conversation about speaking out, fighting back, and challenging elected officials to do more.


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conversation

Sun, Jun 09
10:30AM
Sun, Jun 09
10:30AM

walking tour

Union Square Walking Tour with Annie Polland

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 Sangers Planned Parenthood townhouse and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This special walking tour ends with a behind-the-scenes look at the objects and primary sources including Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of the New Colossus that inspired the tour.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at brownpapertickets.com/event/4051817 or 800-838-3006


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walking tour

Sun, Jun 23
02:00PM
Sun, Jun 23
02:00PM

lecture

Death Records for Genealogical Research

Speaker: Phyllis Kramer

Records generated when a person dies are a great resource for the family genealogist. This presentation will cover in depth each type of record beginning with the death certificate and continuing with cemeteries, landsmanshaftn, gravestones, Social Security records, medical records, undertakers, newspaper obituaries and probate.

Phyllis Kramer is a practicing genealogist with primary interest in Eastern European Jewish research. As Vice President of Education at JewishGen.org, Phyllis created the Education Program and teaches courses and maintains 15 Kehilalinks for her ancestral shtetls.

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


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lecture