15 | Nov
07:00PM
15 | Nov
07:00PM

film screening & conversation

Seltzertopia: Neither Egg, Nor Cream

Join us for a NY premier screening of the short Egg Cream and a celebration of the publication of Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink. Featuring Peter Miller and Barry Joseph and followed by tastings of various egg creams.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3618545 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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film screening & conversation

18 | Nov
01:00PM
18 | Nov
01:00PM

lecture

The Afterlives of Shabbatai Zvi: A Lecture on the Memory of Heresy

This lecture by David Biale will examine the way 19th- and 20th-century authors remembered the Sabbatian movement, the great heretical explosion in the Jewish world of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/Shabbatai-Zvi


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19 | Nov
06:30PM
19 | Nov
06:30PM

ruth gay seminar in jewish studies

Political and Spiritual Resistance, from Russia to France: The Extraordinary Case of Rabbi Zalman Schneerson

Harriet Jackson will discuss the relief, rescue, and resistance activities of Rabbi Zalman Schneerson and the Association des Israélites pratiquants (AIP) in Vichy France, 1940-1944. The rabbi's prior experience in clandestine activities and spiritual resistance in Soviet Russia served as a training ground, she believes, for the later resistance work he undertook in Vichy. Schneerson and his family were able to shelter, feed, and educate more than eighty children during the war, save at least fifty-three children from deportation, and help smuggle at least thirty-five children to Switzerland. Strengthened by his faith and love of the children whom he was protecting in Vichy France, the rabbi was fearless against his political enemies and remained strictly observant while protecting the lives of himself, his family, his staff and children under his care. That Schneerson and his family survived and rescued Jewish refugees in Vichy France, a regime that willingly deported nearly half of its foreign Jewish population to death camps, demonstrates that he and his wife Sara were not novices in clandestine work and operated within a larger Resistance network. Indeed, their staunch resistance to Vichy antisemitism was largely a legacy of Hasidic resistance to antisemitism under Stalinist rule.

Jackson will be joined by Hadassa [nee Schneerson] Carlebach who will discuss her experiences during the war which led her to become a public speaker on the Holocaust, and Professor Mordechai Paldiel (Yeshiva University) who will offer observations about Jackson’s talk, and discuss his own experience in France during the war, his work as a writer, professor, his work at Yad Vashem, and his latest book on Jews saving Jews.

Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/Zalman-Schneerson


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ruth gay seminar in jewish studies

27 | Nov
07:00PM
27 | Nov
07:00PM

not just funny girl: jewish american women in comedy

From Jean Carroll to Mrs. Maisel: Jewish Women Comedians as Inspiration

A talk with Noah Gardenswartz, writer for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Grace Overbeke, Dramaturg and Professor at Northwestern University. Join us for an evening of conversation, film clips, and good laughs as we discuss the life and work of comedian Jean Carroll, and how the character of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was inspired by Carroll, Joan Rivers, and other Jewish women comedians.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS members, seniors, students at  bpt.me/3660982 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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not just funny girl: jewish american women in comedy

27 | Nov
07:00PM
27 | Nov
07:00PM

lecture

What Did the Ten Commandments Look Like? Depictions in Text and in Art from the Bible to Rembrandt

Professor Jordan S. Penkower (Zalman Shamir Bible Department at Bar-Ilan University) will review the history of the Tablets of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments inscribed thereon, from the Bible through the Middle Ages, in both Jewish and Christian Art. Included is a study of two of Rembrandt’s paintings, in which the last five Commandments can be read clearly.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP to yu.edu/rembrandt


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About the Speaker:

Professor Penkower is an expert on the transmission of the Hebrew Bible and masorah both in manuscripts and printed editions. His research extends to broad aspects of the Bible in rabbinic interpretation, as well as Jewish medieval biblical exegesis, especially that of Rashi. His publications focus on Textual Transmission of the Bible and the Masorah, The Bible in Rabbinic Exegesis and Medieval Jewish Biblical Exegesis.


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lecture

28 | Nov
06:30PM
28 | Nov
06:30PM

curator's tour

Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Join curator Audra Lambert on a tour of the exhibition Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy, featuring lyrical sculptures and painted reliefs that reflect the rich, complex history of Jewish heritage in Babylonia. Celebrating the notion of homeland, Hey, Wow! explores themes originating in the eponymous popular Hebrew song originating from Iraq.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU students, faculty, staff at bpt.me/3671118 or 800-838-3006


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curator's tour

29 | Nov
06:30PM
29 | Nov
06:30PM

leo baeck memorial lecture

Otto Frank & His Daughter’s Diary: The Making of a Universal Icon

Raphael Gross (German Historical Museum) will discuss Otto Frank’s role in helping to establish his daughter’s diary as the “emotional anchor” of West Germany’s first empathic confrontation with what would later be known as the Holocaust.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bpt.me/3621119 or 800-838-3006


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leo baeck memorial lecture

03 | Dec
06:30PM
03 | Dec
06:30PM

curator's tour

Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

Join us 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 kindertransport.bpt.me/33671412 or 800-838-3006


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curator's tour

10 | Dec
09:00AM
10 | Dec
09:00AM

conference

The Displacement of Jewish Communal Life in Islamic Lands and Cultural Reconstruction in Israel

Scholars from Israel, the U.S., and Canada will explore the history and culture of the Jews from Islamic lands, their displacement and resettlement in Israel. Topics include: Jewish communal life, rabbis and religious life, cultural institutions and the responses of international institutions.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bpt.me/3687694 or 800-838-3006


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conference

10 | Dec
06:30PM
10 | Dec
06:30PM

book talk

Reclaiming Citizenship: Stories of a New Jewish Return to Germany

Donna Swarthout, editor of a volume of essays by authors who reclaimed German citizenship as the descendants of persecuted Jews, discusses her story with historian David Sorkin (Yale), whose research on Jewish Emancipation illuminates the meanings of citizenship in Jewish history.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 LBI members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3621130 or 800-838-3006


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13 | Dec
06:30PM
13 | Dec
06:30PM

lecture

If not now, when? Turning to Gender in Jewish Studies

Prof. Anita Norich (2018-19 NEH Senior Scholar at CJH, University of Michigan) will deliver this keynote lecture as a part of the colloquium “The Gender Turn in Jewish Studies”. It concludes the work of the Scholars Working Group on Women and Gender which met for two years at the Center for Jewish History.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at The New School.

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


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16 | Dec
02:00PM
16 | Dec
02:00PM

lecture

The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project

Jonathan Brent, Executive Director and CEO of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, will speak about the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project, begun in 2015, to conserve and digitize YIVO's entire prewar library and archival collections located in NYC and Vilnius, Lithuania, reuniting them through a dedicated web portal.

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


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lecture

19 | Dec
07:00PM
19 | Dec
07:00PM

book talk

Queer Expectations: A Genealogy of Jewish Women's Poetry

With Author Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Irena Klepfisz, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (Congregation Beth Simchat Torah), Sarah Chinn (Hunter College, CUNY), Roni Mazal (NYU) and other special guests. Jewish women have had a fraught relationship with history, struggling for inclusion while resisting their limited role as (re)producers of the future. In Queer Expectations, Zohar Weiman-Kelman shows how Jewish women writers turned to poetry to write new histories, developing “queer expectancy” as a conceptual tool for understanding how literary texts can both invoke and resist what came before. Bringing together Jewish women’s poetry from the late nineteenth century, the interwar period, and the 1970s and 1980s, Weiman-Kelman takes readers on a boundary-crossing journey through works in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew, setting up encounters between writers of different generations, locations, and languages. Queer Expectations highlights genealogical lines of continuity drawn by authors as diverse as Emma Lazarus, Kadya Molodowsky, Leah Goldberg, Anna Margolin, Irena Klepfisz, and Adrienne Rich. These poets push back against heteronormative imperatives of biological reproduction and inheritance, opting instead for connections that twist traditional models of gender and history. Looking backward in queer ways enables new histories to emerge, intervenes in a troubled present, and gives hope for unexpected futures.

Queer Expectations is one of the most original books of literary analysis, historiography, biography, and queer theory I have ever read. Its originality and its methodology turn traditional ways of thinking about literary analysis, questions of influence, and what queer can mean upside down. This is a truly brilliant book.” — Evelyn Torton Beck, editor of Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology, Revised and Updated Edition

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3743586 or 800-838-3006


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23 | Jan
06:30PM
23 | Jan
06:30PM

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist

In this fun and informative workshop, Sherlock Cohn, the internationally-known Jewish genealogy sleuth, will demonstrate how and why it is important to mine the clues our ancestors left for us in their photographs. The first part of the program will focus on understanding how immigration and assimilation, as well as religious customs and practices of our Jewish ancestors, help us learn more about the personalities and the stories hidden within our family photos. In the second portion of the program, Sherlock will use case studies, including one from Yeshiva University Museum’s current exhibition, Lost and Found – A Family Photo Album, to illustrate how photo dating, photo identification, knowledge of fashion and artifact history, and matching vital records can illuminate our relatives’ lives and help us solve some of our vexing genealogy mysteries. At the conclusion, she will help workshop attendees begin the process of analyzing their own family photos.

If you plan to attend this workshop and have a family photo you would like Sherlock Cohn to analyze, please read the photo submission guidelines here.

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


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About the Speaker:

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn is an internationally-recognized professional genealogist who specializes in the dating and interpretation of Jewish family photographs. Ava is a graduate of Brandeis University and has completed coursework in decorative arts, art history and costume history at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. For the past ten years, she has worked professionally as Sherlock Cohn and was a volunteer photo analyst for many years before starting her own business.


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family history today: genealogy programs at the center