Thu, Jul 18
04:00PM
Thu, Jul 18
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

Yiddish New York

Between the 1870s and the 1920s, perhaps a million and a half East European Jewish immigrants settled in New York City. This lecture will examine the mutual influence of New York on Yiddish and Yiddish on New York in the years around the turn of the twentieth century.

Delivered in Yiddish.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Soyer


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Thu, Jul 18
08:00PM
Thu, Jul 18
08:00PM

opera

The Marriage of Figaro

A comic opera composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Figaro tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer, Count Almaviva, to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity. This world premiere production will feature the Sephardic origins of Lorenzo Da Ponte and will be directed and adapted by David Serero. Starring David Serero as Figaro.

Ticket Info: $26 general; $36 VIP seating at asffigaro.bpt.me/ or 800-838-3006


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opera

Sun, Jul 21
06:00PM
Sun, Jul 21
06:00PM

opera

The Marriage of Figaro

A comic opera composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Figaro tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer, Count Almaviva, to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity. This world premiere production will feature the Sephardic origins of Lorenzo Da Ponte and will be directed and adapted by David Serero. Starring David Serero as Figaro.

Ticket Info: $26 general; $36 VIP seating at asffigaro.bpt.me/ or 800-838-3006


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Mon, Jul 22
04:00PM
Mon, Jul 22
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

Yiddish Theater in America – An Overview

This lecture will review the American Yiddish theater’s formative years, its performance style, and the intense bond between auditorium and stage.

Delivered in English.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Nahshon


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Mon, Jul 22
06:30PM
Mon, Jul 22
06:30PM

walking tour

Sold out: Happy Birthday, Emma Lazarus

Enjoy a festive evening stroll in honor of Emma Lazarus’s 170th birthday! Born on July 22, 1849, Lazarus is best known for writing The New Colossus, the poem emblazoned on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  Friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson, cousin of Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, Emma Lazarus grew up in a prominent Sephardic-Jewish family, was educated by private tutors, and called Union Square home.  Our twilight tour will pass by the gorgeous brownstone home where she wrote her most famous poem, the art studios and publication houses of her literary friends, and the almost-hidden cemetery of her family’s congregation. Along the way, Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society will tell the story of this gifted and fascinating woman and the changing city that inspired and motivated her. We’ll end at the Center for Jewish History, where we’ll see Emma Lazarus’s handwritten manuscript of The New Colossus and celebrate her life with birthday cake.

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Wed, Jul 24
06:30PM
Wed, Jul 24
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

"A person is only forgotten when their name is forgotten" - The German Stolpersteine

In this talk, Michael Simonson, Archivist and the Director of Public Outreach at the Leo Baeck Institute, will introduce us to the history and current practice of laying Stolpersteine (literally “stumbling stone”) memorials in Germany. Drawing on his personal experiences working with those who wish to remember former Jewish citizens, Michael will highlight the stories of some of the Jewish families being remembered, elucidate the steps he took to track down living descendants, and discuss the reactions of those in the communities where these stones have been placed. An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

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


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Thu, Jul 25
04:00PM
Thu, Jul 25
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

What Yiddish is That?

Varieties of Yiddish are distinguished – some in professional but some only in informal usage. This lecture will identify what the several terms refer to and bust some myths where the terminology is misleading.

Delivered in Yiddish.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Braun


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Mon, Jul 29
04:00PM
Mon, Jul 29
04:00PM

yiddish civilization lecture series

The Keeper of the Flame: Rachel Auerbach and Holocaust Witnessing

As only one of three survivors of Emanuel Ringelblum's Oyneg Shabes archive in the Warsaw Ghetto, Rachel Auerbach dedicated the rest of her life to preserving Ringelblum's memory and defending the vital importance of survivor testimony.

Delivered in English.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/YCLS2019-Kassow


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Wed, Jul 31
07:00PM
Wed, Jul 31
07:00PM

theatrical performance

Breach of Promise

On July 31st, YIVO will present another of its Treasures from the Archives: a rehearsed reading of Leon Kobrin’s 1912 play Breach of Promise—a tragicomic slice of tenement life in New York City. 

Kobrin's play follows protagonist Katie Tsimbel—an unmarried 28-year-old—who has gotten herself “in trouble.” At her mother’s urging, she tries to force their recent-immigrant boarder--a Jewish ex-soldier in the Tsar’s army, whose fiancé is expected to arrive in America soon—to marry her by framing him with a Breach of Promise charge.

The reading will be in English, in a newly commissioned translation by director and translator Allen Lewis Rickman, and will feature a cast of professional actors.  

“It’s about time Kobrin was rediscovered — he was one of the most interesting Yiddish playwrights of his time,” said Rickman. “And BREACH OF PROMISE was a play he was very proud of. It’s a story of simple immigrants trying to adjust to the realities of an alien civilization; the characters are multi-sided, the humor in the play comes out of naturalistic situations, and the whole thing feels like a snapshot of the old Lower East Side.”

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YIVO members, students; free for Uriel Weinreich Summer Program students at yivo.org/Breach-of-Promise


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Thu, Aug 01
06:00PM
Thu, Aug 01
06:00PM

walking tour

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

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.

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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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Sun, Aug 11
02:00PM
Sun, Aug 11
02:00PM

film premiere and discussion

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Jewish Refugees She Saved: The Story of the S. S. Quanza

In August of 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left the port of Lisbon carrying several hundred Jewish refugees -- most of whom held Sousa Mendes visas -- to freedom.  But events went terribly wrong, and the passengers became trapped on the ship because no country would take them in.  The new documentary Nobody Wants Us (Laura Seltzer-Duny, 2019) tells the gripping true story of how Eleanor Roosevelt herself stepped in to save the passengers on board because of her moral conviction that they were not “undesirables” (as the US State Department labeled them) but rather were “future patriotic Americans.”This is an episode in American history that everyone needs to know.  The film, which is 35 minutes in length, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Blanche Wiesen Cook, the leading world expert on Eleanor Roosevelt and the author of her three-volume biography; Michael Dobbs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and author of The Unwanted (2019), and other experts and eyewitnesses, including a passenger who was on the ship in 1940.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $120 sponsorship ticket including VIP lunch at storyofthessquanza.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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Tue, Aug 13
06:30PM
Tue, Aug 13
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Researching your Ancestral Town

Are you interested in learning more about the day-to-day lives of your ancestors? Find out how you can investigate the history and culture of the Jewish community in your ancestral town(s) at the Center for Jewish History and beyond. Presented by Moriah Amit, the Center’s Senior Genealogy Reference Librarian. An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

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


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