23 | Feb
02:00PM
23 | Feb
02:00PM

lecture

The Rest of the Story: Finding Your Family in Online Newspapers

Janeen Bjork will share her search methodology using several case studies to illustrate the techniques of finding and preserving family items from online newspapers. She will discuss OCR (optical character recognition, the technology that allows newspapers to be searched online), and how to work around its significant failure rate. Other topics will include best practices for searching in popular newspaper resources, and websites to explore.

Janeen Bjork is a TV researcher and genealogy teacher. She has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain ever since she found a story about the 1894 murder of her great-great grandfather in a Syracuse, NY newspaper.

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


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01 | Mar
01:00PM
01 | Mar
01:00PM

curator's tour

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

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

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


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02 | Mar
07:00PM
02 | Mar
07:00PM

book talk

The Odyssey of an Apple Thief

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

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


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05 | Mar
06:30PM
05 | Mar
06:30PM

lecture

The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life

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

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

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


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08 | Mar
02:00PM
08 | Mar
02:00PM

conversation

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

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

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


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10 | Mar
06:00PM
10 | Mar
06:00PM

book talk

Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust

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

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


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About the Speakers:

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

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


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10 | Mar
07:00PM
10 | Mar
07:00PM

conversation

Why the Far Right Kills

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

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

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


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12 | Mar
06:30PM
12 | Mar
06:30PM

book launch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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16 | Mar
07:00PM
16 | Mar
07:00PM

film and discussion

Stories of New York: City College
Cinema and Sanctuary

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

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

Part III: Cinema and Sanctuary

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

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


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About the Speakers:

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

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

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

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

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


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film and discussion

22 | Mar
02:00PM
22 | Mar
02:00PM

book talk

A Forgotten Land: Growing up in the Jewish Pale

Speaker: Lisa Cooper

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

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

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


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22 | Mar
05:00PM
22 | Mar
05:00PM

book launch

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

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

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

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


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24 | Mar
06:30PM
24 | Mar
06:30PM

lecture and theatrical reading

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

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

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


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lecture and theatrical reading

31 | Mar
07:00PM
31 | Mar
07:00PM

book talk

Houdini: The Elusive American

Born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874, Harry Houdini grew up an impoverished Jewish immigrant in the Midwest and became world-famous thanks to talent and ferocious determination. In his new book, Houdini: The Elusive American, acclaimed biographer Adam Begley tracks the restless magician’s wide-ranging exploits and asks: What kind of man was this?

Purchase the book with your ticket in advance and save $10 off list price. Book will be given to you when you arrive on the evening of the event.

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

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


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book talk

05 | Apr
06:00PM
05 | Apr
06:00PM

book launch

Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth

Magda Teter will discuss her new book with Sara Lipton, exploring diverse faces of antisemitism across centuries, and the role of media in disseminating facts and myths.

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


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06 | Apr
06:30PM
06 | Apr
06:30PM

conversation

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

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

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


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conversation

13 | Apr
06:30PM
13 | Apr
06:30PM

lecture

Jewish and Christian Passover Haggadot as Sites of Interfaith Engagement

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

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


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19 | Apr
02:00PM
19 | Apr
02:00PM

lecture

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

Speaker: Renee Steinig

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

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

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


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lecture

23 | Apr
07:00PM
23 | Apr
07:00PM

book talk

Stan Lee: A Life in Comics

Join author and Unorthodox podcast host Liel Liebovitz for his rich and original take on the deeply Jewish and surprisingly spiritual roots of Stan Lee and Marvel Comics. In conversation with Stephanie Butnick.

Purchase the book with your ticket in advance and save $10 off list price. Book will be given to you when you arrive on the evening of the event.

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

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


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book talk

28 | Apr
06:30PM
28 | Apr
06:30PM

book talk

People of the Book Club – The Flight Portfolio

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

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

Light refreshments will be served.

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


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30 | Apr
06:30PM
30 | Apr
06:30PM

conversation

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

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

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


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30 | Apr
06:30PM
30 | Apr
06:30PM

lecture

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism

Join author and curator Donald Albrecht for an illustrated talk about the modern, 20th-century American domestic landscape and the contributions and creations of Jewish designers, architects, patrons, and merchants.

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


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