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

walking tour

Sold out: Soapbox Walks: Jewish Radicals

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

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

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

Ticket Info: This event is sold out.


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

workshop

Prose & Pose: Soapbox Yoga

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

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


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

lecture

The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Comes Alive!

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

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

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


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

book talk

Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

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

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

A reception and book signing will follow the program.

This event is co-sponsored by the CCNY Foundations.

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


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About the Speakers:

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

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


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

film

Who Will Write Our History

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

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

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


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

family history today

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

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

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

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

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


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

concert

The Places of Israel – in Song

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

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


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Fri, Nov 01
06:00PM
Fri, Nov 01
06:00PM

shabbat dinner

The 10th Annual SIGD Celebration: Traditional Kosher Ethiopian Shabbat Dinner

Ticket Info: $45 general; weekend pass $75, $85 VIP at sigd2019.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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shabbat dinner

Sun, Nov 03
10:30AM
Sun, Nov 03
10:30AM

walking tour

Soap Box Walks: African American History

This installment of Soapbox Walks features Professor Leslie Harrisand illuminates how African American history and US history intersected on Union Square, from Civil War demonstrations, Frederick Douglass’s 1878 Memorial Day Speech, and early 20th century socialism. This program is made possible through The National Endowment for the Humanities.

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


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Sun, Nov 03
05:00PM
Sun, Nov 03
05:00PM

celebration

The 10th Annual SIGD Celebration 2019

Join us for NY’s only Sigd celebration, featuring celebratory meals, traditional Ethiopian music, dancing, and crafts in commemoration of the Ethiopian Jewish community’s commitment to the Torah. Since 2008, Sigd is observed as a national holiday in Israel.

Ticket Info: $45 general; weekend pass $75, $85 VIP at sigd2019.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Mon, Nov 04
07:00PM
Mon, Nov 04
07:00PM

conversation

Everyone knows Phil Rosenthal loves to eat. The star of the hit series, Somebody Feed Phil, and co-creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, travels the world to taste the best local cuisine. So, what will we feed Phil at the Center for Jewish History? With hundreds of vintage Jewish cookbooks here in the archives, we have a few recipes in mind. (Crisco Recipes for the Jewish Housewife, anyone?)  Tablet’s Marjorie Ingall joins Phil for a mouthwatering conversation about his fabulous food forays, his German-Jewish family, and the two key ingredients in his phenomenal show-biz success.

Ticket Info: Holiday Sale: $18 tickets while supplies last
$20 general at rosenthal.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $25 at the door


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About the Speakers:

Phil Rosenthal is the creator and host of “Somebody Feed Phil,” an Emmy Award nominated series on Netflix that combines Phil’s love of food and travel with his unique brand of humor. The son of Holocaust survivors, Phil was born in Queens, New York and grew up in New City, New York.  After graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer and director in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles and in 1995, he and Ray Romano created the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which aired from 1996-2005. The program was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 awards, including 2 for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.

The author of You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom, Phil also co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” the 9/11 telethon which aired in September 2001, for which he won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing. In April 2011, Rosenthal wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film, "Exporting Raymond,” the true story  about the attempt to turn "Everybody Loves Raymond" into a Russian sitcom

Among his numerous awards and nominations, Phil also received the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Television Program, on Location for his first travel food series, “I’ll have What Phil’s Having.” He lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children.

Marjorie Ingall is a columnist for Tablet Magazine and the author of Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children. She often writes about children’s books for the New York Times Book Review, and has written for many other magazines and newspapers, including Self (where she was a contributing writer), Glamour (where she was a contributing editor), The Jewish Forward (where for seven biblical years she was the “East Village Mamele”), New York, Ms., Food & Wine, and the late, lamented Sassy (where she was the senior writer and books editor). She has consulted for Scholastic, Nickelodeon, MTV Books, and The Exploratorium Museum; she's also been a ghostwriter. For a short while she was a news and talk show writer/producer for the Oxygen TV network, where she learned that her perkiness levels were not up to a job in daytime television. She lives in NYC's East Village with her husband Jonathan Steuer, two daughters, and two extremely vocal cats.


Arrangements for the appearance of Phil Rosenthal made through Greater Talent Network, LLC., New York, NY


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Wed, Nov 06
07:00PM
Wed, Nov 06
07:00PM

book talk

Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they announced the overthrow of a world scarred by exploitation and domination. In the very moment of revolution, these sentiments were put to the test as antisemitic pogroms swept the former Pale of Settlement. The pogroms posed fundamental questions of the Bolshevik project, revealing the depth of antisemitism within sections of the working class, peasantry and Red Army.

Brendan McGeever’s new book Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution offers the first book-length analysis of the Bolshevik response to antisemitism. Contrary to existing understandings, it reveals this campaign to have been led not by the Party leadership, as is often assumed, but by a loosely connected group of radicals who mobilized around a Jewish political subjectivity. By examining pogroms committed by the Red Army, McGeever also reveals the explosive overlap between revolutionary politics and antisemitism, and the capacity for class to become racialized in a moment of crisis.

Join YIVO for a presentation on this new book by Brendan McGeever. The evening will include an introduction by Jack Jacobs, and be capped off with a panel discussion with McGeever, Jacobs, Andrew Sloin, Polly Zavadivker, and YIVO’s Jonathan Brent.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations at yivo.org/Antisemitism-and-the-Russian-Revolution or 917-606-8290


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Sun, Nov 10
10:30AM
Sun, Nov 10
10:30AM

family program

Prose & Pose: Circle the Square

A part of our new family program series, families will work together to discover the untold stories of Union Square through this activity-based walking tour!

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


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Tue, Nov 12
07:00PM
Tue, Nov 12
07:00PM

panel discussion

Embraced by some, deplored by others, misunderstood by many, socialism is back and it’s a hot topic in presidential politics. With younger voters increasingly supporting socialism, the growing movement is changing the national conversation and potentially, the Democratic party. But when a recent Gallup poll asked Americans what the word actually means, answers varied wildly. Veteran journalist, Columbia Journalism School Director of Academic Affairs, and former Editor-in-Chief of the Forward Jane Eisner sits down with an all-star panel to discuss socialism today, its complicated past, and the movement’s deep Jewish roots. She is joined by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of American Jewish History, Tony Michels; Washington Post columnist, Catherine Rampell; New York Post columnist, Karol Markowicz; and former Deputy Director of the Democratic Socialists of America, David Duhalde.

Part of the Soapbox Talks series, History Behind the Headlines: Socialism is the first in a series of panel discussion leading up to the 2020 elections designed to bring historical perspective to today’s pressing issues.

Ticket Info: $18 general; $15 seniors; $12 CJH/Partner members, students at socialism.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $20 at the door


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About the Speakers:

Journalist, educator, non-profit leader and public speaker, Jane Eisner (moderator) is currently director of academic affairs at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, overseeing the Masters of Arts program. For more than a decade, she was The Forward’s editor-in-chief, and the first woman to hold the position at America’s foremost national Jewish news organization. Under her leadership, the publication dramatically expanded its digital reach and won numerous regional and national awards. Eisner is known for her interviews of notable figures including President Barack Obama, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and her editorials have been repeatedly honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and other media groups.

Prior to her work at The Forward, Eisner held executive editorial and news positions at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years. She served as vice president of the National Constitution Center from 2006 to 2008, and has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a senior fellow at Penn’s Program for Research and Religion in Urban Civil Society.  Eisner frequently contributes to The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, NPR, and other major news outlets, and is the author of Taking Back the Vote: Getting American Youth Involved in Our Democracy, (Beacon Press, 2004). A graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia Journalism School, Eisner lives in New York City with her husband, Dr. Mark Berger.

David Duhalde is a NYC-based political and socialist activist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and East Asian studies from Bowdoin College and masters degrees in public policy and nonprofit business administration from The Heller School at Brandeis University. He currently serves on the Democratic Socialists of America Fund board, a c3 sister educational nonprofit to the membership-based Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Duhalde has previously held roles at Our Revolution, the Bernie Sanders-inspired grassroots organization, and deputy director of DSA.

Karol Markowicz is a weekly columnist at the New York Post. She has also contributed to USA Today, Time, Washington Examiner, Jewish Forward, National Review, Daily Beast, Business Insider, Haaretz, US Spectator and many others. Karol was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in Brooklyn where she still lives with her husband and three children.

Tony Michels is the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. His research and teaching interests include American Jewish history, Yiddish culture, Russian Jewish history, socialism, working-class history, and nationalism. He is the editor of Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History (New York Univ. Press) and co-editor of The Cambridge History of Judaism. Volume Eight: The Modern World, 1815-2000 (Cambridge Univ. Press). Professor Michels’ first book, A Fire in Their Hearts:  Yiddish Socialists in New York (Harvard Univ. Press), won the Salo Baron Prize from the American Academy for Jewish Research. His articles have appeared in The Forward, Jacobin, Jewish Currents, Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly, and other publications.

Catherine Rampell writes a twice-weekly syndicated opinion column for The Washington Post. She is a politics and economics commentator for CNN and a special correspondent for PBS Newshour’s Making Sen$e series. She frequently covers economics, public policy, politics, and culture, with a special emphasis on data-driven journalism. Catherine previously worked at The New York Times as an economics reporter, founding editor of the award-winning Economix blog, and columnist for the New York Times Magazine’s “It’s the Economy” column. She also moonlit as a theater critic for the Times, reviewing Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway plays. She is a regular guest on Marketplace and has appeared on many other radio and TV shows. Catherine received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism and is a four-time Gerald Loeb Award finalist. She grew up in Florida and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton.


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Sun, Nov 17
09:30AM
Sun, Nov 17
09:30AM

conference

Philistines - Rehabilitating a Biblical Foe

Drawing on recent archaeological, textual, and scientific research, an international group of scholars will challenge the common misconception that the biblical Philistines were . . . philistine.

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


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Sun, Nov 17
10:30AM
Sun, Nov 17
10:30AM

walking tour

Soap Box Walks: Art & Politics

This installment of Soapbox Walks features Professor Daniel Soyer on politics and art on Union Square, from the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the Rand School and Fourteenth Street School of Art. This program is made possible through The National Endowment for the Humanities.

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


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Mon, Nov 18
03:00PM
Mon, Nov 18
03:00PM

film screening

The Righteous Gypsy

Directed by Jakov & Dominik Sedlar and Pravednica Ciganka, this 2016 short film tells the story of the only Gypsy woman honored by Israel as a "Righteous amongst the Nations."

Ticket Info: $10 general at bpt.me/4333932 or 800-838-3006


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Mon, Nov 18
07:00PM
Mon, Nov 18
07:00PM

discussion

POSTPONED: Rembrandt’s Legacy: A Personal Conversation

Please note: This event has been postponed.

Commemorating the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Thomas Kaplan, philanthropist and private collector of the Dutch master’s works, discuss Rembrandt’s legacy.


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discussion

Thu, Nov 21
07:00PM
Thu, Nov 21
07:00PM

book launch

Deeply knowing, highly entertaining, and just a little bit irreverent, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia is an unputdownable encyclopedia of all things Jewish and Jew-ish covering culture, religion, history, habits, language, and more. Readers will refresh their knowledge of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the artistry of Barbra Streisand, the significance of the Oslo Accords, the meaning of words like balaboosta,balaganbashert, and bageling. Understand all the major and minor holidays. Learn how the Jews invented Hollywood. Remind themselves why they need to read Hannah Arendt, watch Seinfeld, listen to Leonard Cohen. Even discover the secret of happiness (see "Latkes"). Join two of the authors, Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz, for the newish-Jewish story behind this concise compendium. Reception and book signing follow the program.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students at encyclopedia.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $18 at the door


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About the Speakers:

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.

Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet and the author of several books, including, most recently, A Broken Hallelujah, a spiritual biography of Leonard Cohen. He has a PhD in video games from Columbia, a fact that makes his seven-year-old self very happy. He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.   


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Sun, Nov 24
02:00PM
Sun, Nov 24
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

"One of the Greatest Untold Stories of WWII": A Decade-Long Quest After My Father and a Quarter Million Other Holocaust Refugees

It is a largely unknown and astonishing fact that most Polish Jews who escaped Nazi extermination survived as refugees in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and India. Mikhal Dekel, whose then 13-year-old father was such a refugee, will share her archival research and global travel to retrace their 13,000 mile route. Dekel tells a story at once intimate and historically sweeping, conversing along the way with Polish nationalists, Russian oligarchs and human rights activists, Iranians, Korean Uzbeks and Israelis, and painting a story of interlinked and divergent histories, of death and survival, of hospitality and cruelty, and of 20th- and 21st-century politics.

Mikhal Dekel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Rifkind Center for Humanities and the Arts. She is the author of Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey (W.W.Norton, 2019) and other books and articles.

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


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Mon, Dec 02
09:30AM
Mon, Dec 02
09:30AM

conference

Displacement of Jewish Life in Islamic Lands and Cultural Reconstruction

Scholars, students, and performers from Israel, the US, and Canada will explore the history and culture of the Jews from Islamic lands, their displacement, and resettlement in Israel and elsewhere.

Ticket Info: $30 general, $40 VIP at bpt.me/4333895 or 800-838-3006


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Thu, Dec 05
07:30PM
Thu, Dec 05
07:30PM

concert

The Israeli Songbook: Ofra, Izhar, Gali & Co - Celebrating Yemenite Singers

Elad Kabilio and the MusicTalks ensemble featuring Ariella Edvy celebrate the music of Yemenite Israeli singers including Ofra Haza, Izhar Cohen and Gali Atari.

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


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Sun, Dec 08
02:30PM
Sun, Dec 08
02:30PM

lecture

Emancipation, Then and Now

For all their unquestionable importance, the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel now loom so large in modern Jewish history that we have mostly lost sight of the fact that they are only part of—and indeed reactions to—the central event of that history: emancipation. In his new book and in this lecture, David Sorkin (Yale) seeks to reorient Jewish history by offering the first comprehensive account in any language of the process by which Jews became citizens with civil and political rights in the modern world. Ranging from the mid-sixteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first, Jewish Emancipation tells the ongoing story of how Jews have gained, kept, lost, and recovered rights in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the United States, and Israel.

This is the 62nd Leo Baeck Memorial Lecture, which is endowed by Marianne C. Dreyfus and Family, the descendants of Rabbi Leo Baeck.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at  emancipation.bpt.me or 800-8383-3006


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Mon, Dec 09
07:00PM
Mon, Dec 09
07:00PM

panel discussion

Soon to be a feature length documentary

Western Jewish pioneers are a largely forgotten chapter in U.S. history. And yet, they played a definitive and often colorful role shaping the expansion of the United States. There were nationally known names such as Levi Strauss, Samsonite founder Jesse Shwayder and the Guggenheim family, who built their great fortunes through grit and determination in California and Colorado. And there were also lesser-known characters such as Solomon Carvalho, a Sephardic painter and photographer who spent the mid-1800s documenting the territories of Kansas, Colorado and Utah. Wyatt Earp’s wife, Josephine Marcus Earp, was a Jewish dancer whose beauty is rumored to have triggered the fight at the OK Corral. And by the end of the 19th century nearly every notorious Wild West town, including Deadwood and Tombstone, had a Jewish mayor.

The wagon trains that moved westward with Jewish families traveled for the same reason as many settlers: opportunity. By 1912, it is estimated over 100,000 Jews had migrated to the Wild West. They put down roots and, today, many of their descendants are entrepreneurial and philanthropic leaders in the West. They epitomize the important legacy of immigration in America.

Soon to be a feature length documentary, Jews of the Wild West was partially researched in the archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Amanda Kinsey speaks with Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society and Ann Kirschner, author of Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students at wildwest.bpt.me or 800-838-3006; $18 at the door


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About the Speakers:

Ann Kirschner is a distinguished writer, educator, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor.

Her writings include the award-winning book Sala’s Gift, the story of her mother’s wartime rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps.  Sala’s Gift has been published in German, Polish, Italian, French, Czech, and Chinese, and is the subject of an international traveling exhibit, a theatrical play that has been performed at over 113 schools and theatres, and a forthcoming documentary film.

Her most recent book is Lady at the OK Corral:  the True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, the definitive biography of Josephine Marcus Earp, a Jewish woman from New York who became the common-law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Hailed as “scrumptious” by USA Today, and “splendid” by the Wall Street Journal, Lady at the OK Corral is a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and romance reflective of America itself, from the post-Civil War years to World War II.

Ann Kirschner herself covers a lot of territory, from the classroom to the boardroom.  She is Dean Emerita of Macaulay Honors College, a remarkable success story in public higher education, and University Professor at the City University of New York.  A former senior executive of five start-ups including nfl.com, she serves on the board of directors of several companies and nonprofit organizations, including Princeton University, the Movado Group, Strategic Cyber Ventures, Footsteps, and the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation. 

She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a PhD.  She received a BA from University of Buffalo and an MA from University of Virginia.

Ann Kirschner lives in New York with her husband, Dr. Harold Weinberg, and is the mother of three grown children – and a grandmother of two.

"Jews of the Wild West" is a feature length documentary currently in production. The independent film is produced by Electric Yolk Media and directed by award-winning filmmaker Amanda Kinsey. Through on-camera interviews, archival footage and images, the film will preserve this dynamic chapter of Jewish history and the role it played in shaping the United States. The hope is to also shed a positive light on the importance of immigrants in forming America as we know it. The film is expected to be completed in 2020.

Amanda is an independent filmmaker, five-time Emmy Award winning producer and fourth-generation photojournalist. Prior to founding her own production company Electric Yolk Media in 2013, she spent over a decade writing and producing for NBC News. During that time, she was also awarded with several Edward R. Murrow Awards, National Headliner Awards and a Gracie Allen Award.

In 2010, Amanda won an Emmy for her Today Show story “The Fighting Grossmans” about a Jewish American family with eight soldier sons in WWII. Her most recent productions are an hour long documentary for PBS’s “Treasures of New York” and a docuseries for VICE Sports. She is a graduate of both Barnard College and Columbia Business School.

Amanda recently relocated from Brooklyn to Denver with her family. Her passion for the Wild West is personal. Amanda's grandmother was born in Denver and once jumped out of an airplane for $100, her great-grandparents ran a photography studio in Butte, Montana at the turn of the 19th Century and her great-great-grandfather owned a San Francisco saloon during the California Gold Rush.

Dr. Annie Polland is a public historian, author, and Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Programs & Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversaw exhibits and interpretation. She is the co-author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. She received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, and served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (Yale University). Polland has taught at New York University and serves as an educator for the Bronfman Fellowship. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


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Wed, Dec 11
06:30PM
Wed, Dec 11
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Personal Archiving 101 - Preserving your Digital Memories

VHS? Floppy disks? Vacation photographs? Everyone has digital materials that hold personal meaning and tell stories about their lives. Join archivist Maggie Schreiner for a personal digital archiving workshop and learn how to care for and preserve your digital memories! Master the basics of digitizing and caring for your collections of documents, photos, and audiovisual materials. Learn about file formats and storage, straightforward tools and techniques, and common risks and dangers (and how to avoid them!).

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

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


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About the Speaker:

Maggie Schreiner is the Manager of Archives and Special Collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She has previously held positions at New York University and the Queens Memory program at Queens Library, where she first began teaching about personal digital archiving. Maggie holds an MA in Archives and Public History from New York University.


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family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Thu, Dec 12
07:30PM
Thu, Dec 12
07:30PM

concert

Dedications: Trios by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performs Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9 (in memory of Tchaikovsky), and Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A minor, Op.50 (in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein). Pianists Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky are joined by Annaliesa Place - violin and Serafim Smigelskiy – cello in a concert of the great Russian Trios.

Made possible by Stravinsky Institute Foundation through the generous support of Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $12 seniors; $10 CJH/Partner members, students at dedications.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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concert

Sun, Dec 15
01:00PM
Sun, Dec 15
01:00PM

art workshop for adults

Spread the Light - the Menorah in Cut Paper

Artist Deborah Ugoretz returns for a new papercut program:  designs for the hanukkiah or the Biblical menorah.   Includes viewing of hanukkiot from Yeshiva University Museum’s collection.

Ticket Info: $12 general, $10 YUM/CJH/Partner members, YU students, faculty, staff at hanukkahcuts.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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art workshop for adults

Sun, Dec 15
02:00PM
Sun, Dec 15
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Mismatched Mishpocha: Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA

This lecture will discuss how best to weed out false-positive DNA matches that Jewish DNA test-takers face daily. Alec will outline the data that demonstrates the unique ways in which endogamous populations match each other. Then, by using visualization tools such as DNA Painter, he will illustrate webs of interrelationships and identify genetic pile-up regions (or multiple shared autosomal DNA segments stacked up on top of each other) that may not indicate shared ancestors. Although there is no surefire method as of yet to remove false matches, by having a more thorough understanding of endogamous results, we can better analyze our match data.

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


About the Speaker:

Alec Ferretti is a Dual Masters Student at New York University and Long Island University, where he is pursuing degrees in Archival Studies and Library Science. He works as a genealogist with the Wells Fargo Family and Business History Center, specializing in Italian and Jewish research. He is President of the NY Genealogy & Technology Group, and recently joined the Board of Directors of Reclaim the Records.


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jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Sun, Dec 15
07:00PM
Sun, Dec 15
07:00PM

celebration

International Nash-Didan (Judeo-Aramaic) Day

The first of its kind to take place outside of Israel, an evening featuring an international team of scholars exploring the history, culture, language, and traditions of the Nash Didan, the Aramaic speaking Jewish communities of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $25 VIP at bpt.me/4333902  or 800-838-3006


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celebration

Sun, Dec 22
03:00PM
Sun, Dec 22
03:00PM

concert

The Annual Chanukah Concert

Ever a joyous experience, with music, song plus a special story for the holiday. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon that will thrill and delight.

Ticket Info: $18 general; $12 AJHS/ASJM/CJH members; $9 seniors, students at bpt.me/3671934 or 800-838-3006


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concert

Mon, Dec 23
07:00PM
Mon, Dec 23
07:00PM

lecture

A Very Jewish Christmas: Old World Jewish Christmas Traditions

The "December Dilemma" is a long-standing issue in America, but it also has deep roots in Eastern Europe, where the context and relationships between Jews and Gentiles were quite different. In this talk, Itzik Gottesman will examine the fascinating Jewish beliefs and traditions related to Christmas in the Old World.

A Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony and a kosher Chinese food dinner will follow the presentation.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Christmas2019 or 917-606-8290


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