21 | Jun
06:30PM
21 | Jun
06:30PM

film screening and q&a with the director

An Article of Hope

When Ilan Ramon boarded the Space Shuttle Columbia, he made history as the first Israeli astronaut and a member of the most diverse crew in shuttle history. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Ramon also carried a piece of history with him – a tiny Torah scroll with an extraordinary story. Far above the earth, Ramon took on a mission within the mission: to tell that story to the world.

Ilan Ramon, was Israel’s first astronaut and a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia. A fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he was selected for the U.S. astronaut program in 1998. On February 1, 2003, the Columbia exploded as it was returning to Earth after 16 days in orbit. All seven members of the crew were killed. Ramon was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the only non-U.S. citizen recipient ever to receive that honor.

This is the final program in conjunction with the Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit exhibition

Financially supported by the generosity of Lisa and Joshua Greer, Kepco, Inc. & the Kupferberg Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

film screening and q&a with the director

17 | Jun
01:00PM
17 | Jun
01:00PM

walking tour

Family History Today: East Village Lost Synagogues Walking Tour

The East Village Lost Synagogues Walking Tour offers an in-depth look at old shuls and Jewish sites in "Alphabet City." These buildings are less well-known than those in the heart of the Lower East Side, but they are fascinating for their relation to genealogy, architecture, interfaith relations and much more. We will stop by at least one shul that was endangered, but is once again functioning as such. Others have become churches, private homes and a community center.

About the Tour Guide: Ellen Levitt is the "Lost Synagogues Lady," an author and photographer who documents the fates of former synagogues and other Jewish sites throughout New York City, New Jersey and elsewhere in the United States. Her trilogy on The Lost Synagogues of NYC was published by Avotaynu. She has also written about a variety of other topics and works as a teacher and tour guide. She is a lifelong Brooklynite.

Location and Other Details: This tour will begin at First Park, on the corner of 1st Avenue and East 1st Street (just 1 avenue east of the 2nd Avenue F/M subway station). Please plan to arrive at First Park at 12:45 PM to check in. We will not wait more than a few minutes for late arrivals. This tour will take place rain or shine. Please dress modestly and make sure you bring plenty of water, hat/sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Note: Most tour stops are not wheelchair accessible.

Presented by: the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

walking tour

14 | Jun
08:00PM
14 | Jun
08:00PM

opera

Don Giovanni

Set in Seville, Spain, Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, shows the unsatisfying ends that await a sordid life of scheming and serial seduction. Starring baritone David Serero in the title role, along with a large cast, the libretto was written by the Italian Sephardi Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

opera

13 | Jun
06:00PM
13 | Jun
06:00PM

panel discussion

Vera Schweitzer and the Naming of the Vera Institute of Justice

The namesake of a leading New York City and now national organization was a leading female philanthropic and business leader of the early 20th Century, Rebecca “Vera” Scwheitzer, whose story has been overlooked until now.  Learn about this one-time president of a major international corporation, founder of a hospital in Tiberias, and recipient of the French Légion d'Honneur, and learn how her name came to adorn the leading criminal justice research and reform organization in the nation and what that means today.  Speakers include Joel Levy, former President and CEO of the Center for Jewish History; Herb Sturz, founder of the Vera Institute of Justice; and Kevin Keenan, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel of the Vera Institute of Justice.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, The Vera Institute & Jewish Women’s Archive

panel discussion

11 | Jun
08:00PM
11 | Jun
08:00PM

opera

Don Giovanni

Set in Seville, Spain, Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, shows the unsatisfying ends that await a sordid life of scheming and serial seduction. Starring baritone David Serero in the title role, along with a large cast, the libretto was written by the Italian Sephardi Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

opera

10 | Jun
09:00AM
10 | Jun
09:00AM

conference

Israel at 70

A day-long conference that will features academics, artists, writers, and diplomats in discussion about Israeli society and politics as well as relations between Israel, America, and the Jewish diaspora.

Featured conference participants will include: former Ambassador and Israel Institute President Itamar Rabinovich, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams, author Nicole Krauss, President of the Center for Jewish History David Myers, and former Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Professor Emerita at Tel Aviv University Anita Shapira.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, Anti-Defamation League & Israel Institute Conference

conference

08 | Jun
03:00PM
08 | Jun
03:00PM

opera

Don Giovanni

Set in Seville, Spain, Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, shows the unsatisfying ends that await a sordid life of scheming and serial seduction. Starring baritone David Serero in the title role, along with a large cast, the libretto was written by the Italian Sephardi Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

opera

07 | Jun
07:00PM
07 | Jun
07:00PM

lecture

The Unknown and Heroic Anarchist Struggle against Communism

Join us for YIVO's annual Kronhill lecture given by Paul Berman, YIVO’s 2018 Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar in East European Jewish History.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

06 | Jun
08:00PM
06 | Jun
08:00PM

opera

Don Giovanni

Set in Seville, Spain, Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, shows the unsatisfying ends that await a sordid life of scheming and serial seduction. Starring baritone David Serero in the title role, along with a large cast, the libretto was written by the Italian Sephardi Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

opera

05 | Jun
09:00AM
05 | Jun
09:00AM

conference

The Yemenite Conference: Shared Cultural Values of Jews and Muslims inYemen

Scholarly and Cultural Conference

A three-day academic and cultural conference exploring the unique character of Yemeni Jewish heritage and the shared history and cultural commonalities of Yemeni Jews and Muslims. The conference will feature a keynote address by the great grandson of Imam Yahyeh, scholars from France, Egypt, Israel, Yemen, and other countries, and performances by Tsion Golan, Avihu Medina, as well as dance troupes and choirs from Israel.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

conference

05 | Jun
06:00PM
05 | Jun
06:00PM

conference

The Yemenite Conference: Shared Cultural Values of Jews and Muslims inYemen

Closing Ceremony at the United Nations

A three-day academic and cultural conference exploring the unique character of Yemeni Jewish heritage and the shared history and cultural commonalities of Yemeni Jews and Muslims. The conference will feature a keynote address by the great grandson of Imam Yahyeh, scholars from France, Egypt, Israel, Yemen, and other countries, and performances by Tsion Golan, Avihu Medina, as well as dance troupes and choirs from Israel.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

conference

05 | Jun
07:15PM
05 | Jun
07:15PM

panel discussion

The New York Times and the Jews

Featuring Ari Goldman (Professor of Journalism, Columbia University), Laurel Leff (author, Buried by The Times) and Ira Stoll (columnist, The Algemeiner).

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation, The Algemeiner and Kehilath Jeshurun

panel discussion

04 | Jun
09:00AM
04 | Jun
09:00AM

conference

The Yemenite Conference: Shared Cultural Values of Jews and Muslims inYemen

Scholarly and Cultural Conference

A three-day academic and cultural conference exploring the unique character of Yemeni Jewish heritage and the shared history and cultural commonalities of Yemeni Jews and Muslims. The conference will feature a keynote address by the great grandson of Imam Yahyeh, scholars from France, Egypt, Israel, Yemen, and other countries, and performances by Tsion Golan, Avihu Medina, as well as dance troupes and choirs from Israel.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

conference

03 | Jun
02:00PM
03 | Jun
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Researching Your Galitzianer Family: Vital Records and More

Mark Halpern, a member of the Board of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, will present an in-depth examination of Galician vital records along with a strategy to help researchers in acquiring them. Regulations that governed Jewish record-keeping and the regulations on civil marriages that impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children will be covered. Examination of sample records will reveal the contents and identify those having the most genealogical value.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

03 | Jun
05:30PM
03 | Jun
05:30PM

conference

The Yemenite Conference: Shared Cultural Values of Jews and Muslims in Yemen

Opening Cultural Evening

A three-day academic and cultural conference exploring the unique character of Yemeni Jewish heritage and the shared history and cultural commonalities of Yemeni Jews and Muslims. The conference will feature a keynote address by the great grandson of Imam Yahyeh, scholars from France, Egypt, Israel, Yemen, and other countries, and performances by Tsion Golan, Avihu Medina, as well as dance troupes and choirs from Israel.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

conference

01 | Jun
03:00PM
01 | Jun
03:00PM

opera

Don Giovanni

Set in Seville, Spain, Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, shows the unsatisfying ends that await a sordid life of scheming and serial seduction. Starring baritone David Serero in the title role, along with a large cast, the libretto was written by the Italian Sephardi Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

opera

31 | May
07:00PM
31 | May
07:00PM

book launch

Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women’s Liberation Movement

A book launch and panel discussion featuring author Joyce Antler, Judith Rosenbaum (Executive Director of the Jewish Women's Archive), Nona Willis Aronowitz (Splinter), and Dahlia Lithwick (Newsweek, Slate).

Jewish women were undeniably instrumental in shaping the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Yet historians and participants themselves have overlooked their contributions as Jews. This has left many vital questions unasked and unanswered—until now. Delving into archival sources and conducting extensive interviews with these fierce pioneers, Joyce Antler’s Jewish Radical Feminism has at last shattered the silence at the crossroads of being Jewish and feminist.

The AJHS is home to key collections of Jewish American women’s movements and organizations and feminist leaders working in the US and abroad, including the National Council of Jewish Women – the NY Section, Hadassah – the Women’s Zionist Organization, the Bnai Brith Women, the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations, and more.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society & Jewish Women’s Archive

book launch

29 | May
07:00PM
29 | May
07:00PM

book talk

Travels in Jewish History

Join Irene Shaland, an internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer for a report on her travels through Jewish history in Burma, India, China, Cuba, and Cambodia. Together with her husband-photographer Alex, Irene has visited over 60 countries.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

book talk

28 | May
28 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

27 | May
27 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

23 | May
07:00PM
23 | May
07:00PM

book launch

Hasidism: A New History

Join us for the launch of Hasidism: A New History, the first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern Judaism. The event includes a presentation from authors David Biale and Samuel Heilman.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

book launch

22 | May
06:00PM
22 | May
06:00PM

concert

Joachim Stutschewsky and the Music of his World

A concert featuring a variety of chamber music by Stutschewsky and composers of his coterie both in Russia and in Israel, as well as the premiere of a new composition by Ofer Ben-Amots, commissioned by YIVO for this occasion. Neil W. Levin, will deliver the pre-concert lecture on Joachim Stutschewsky’s life and work.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

concert

21 | May
21 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, May 21 for Shavuot.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

20 | May
20 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, May 20 for Shavuot.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

17 | May
06:30PM
17 | May
06:30PM

first person: jewish stories, jewish lives

Searching for Jewish Heritage with Joseph Berger

When Joseph Berger was growing up in the Bronx, his mother described Otwock, her hometown in Poland, as an "enchanted spot graced by tall pine trees, lush lilac bushes and bracing air." After she died, Joe and his sister went back to Poland and visited their parents’ childhood homes for the first time. What they discovered on their “roots journey” was both emotional and surprising.

Join Mr. Berger, a former New York Times reporter, and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Displaced Persons: Growing up American after the Holocaust, as he shares stories and photos from his fascinating journey and offers tips for successful family searches abroad. Reflecting on the current political climate in Poland and how it might impact a similar journey today, Joe will be joined by Jonathan Ornstein the Executive Director of the JCC in Krakow and Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland.

Presented in conjunction with Family History Today, the Center's monthly genealogy program series.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, Ackman and Ziff Genealogy Institute & YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

first person: jewish stories, jewish lives

16 | May
07:00PM
16 | May
07:00PM

history matters

Rupture and Renewal in American Jewish History
A History Matters Conversation with Jonathan Sarna and Jane Eisner

An evening with Professor Jonathan Sarna in conversation with Forward Editor Jane Eisner about past and present examples of renewal and vibrancy in American Jewish life. Professor Sarna will speak about his life and how it led him to study history, central themes in his prolific scholarship on the American Jewish past, and what studying American Jewish history can reveal about major issues confronting American Jews today.

The History Matters series is generously sponsored by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History and American Jewish Historical Society

history matters

15 | May
06:30PM
15 | May
06:30PM

discussion

Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany

In her new study, Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany, Kerry Wallach (Gettysburg College) challenges the notion that Jews in Weimar-era Germany sought to be invisible or indistinguishable from other Germans by “passing” as non-Jews. While Weimar Germany (1919–33) was an era of equal rights for women and minorities, it was also marked by antisemitism and growing hostility toward the Jewish population. This led some Jews to want to pass or be perceived as non-Jews; yet there were still occasions when it was beneficial to be openly Jewish.

When Wallach discusses her book with moderator Noah Isenberg (the New School), they will cite examples not only from the historical sources that Wallach draws on for her scholarly study, but the new German television series Babylon Berlin as well. The most expensive German television production in history and a vivid portrait of the political and cultural ferment of Weimar Berlin, Babylon Berlin features at least one explicitly Jewish major character. However, as Wallach and Isenberg will explain, this series about a detective on the trail of illegal arms smugglers in the Reichswehr is rich in examples of how manners of dress, dialects, political affiliations, professions, and consumer habits might have been legible as Jewish, non-Jewish, or ambiguous. It also offers opportunities to explore the ways in which markers of Jewish identity intersected with class, gender, and other social identities.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

discussion

14 | May
06:30PM
14 | May
06:30PM

curator's tour

Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy

Join curator Audra Lambert on a tour of 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.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum and American Sephardi Federation

curator's tour

14 | May
07:00PM
14 | May
07:00PM

theater

"One of Those" - A Yiddish Play by Paula Prilutski in Translation

Join us for "One of Those," a play by Paula Prilutski from the heyday of Yiddish theater in a newly-commissioned English translation. Allen Lewis Rickman will translate and direct a fully professional troupe of actors in this semi-staged presentation.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

theater

13 | May
03:00PM
13 | May
03:00PM

concert

A Musical Journey to Jerusalem

Marking Yom Yerushalayim / Jerusalem Day, Yeshiva University Museum presents a concert of music inspired by the City of Gold. Join cellist Elad Kabilio and an ensemble of musicians from MusicTalks for a selection of music ranging from Ladino and Klezmer to Opera and Israeli song.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum, MusicTalks & Center for Israel Studies of Yeshiva University

concert

10 | May
07:00PM
10 | May
07:00PM

book launch

20th-Century American Jewish Stardom: Between Eddie Cantor and Sophie Tucker

Featuring materials from the AJHS collections, The Eddie Cantor Story chronicles one of the most important entertainers of the 20th century. Red Hot Mama reveals how Sophie Tucker became one of the most powerful women in show business. Speakers include authors Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff and David Weinstein; moderated by Hasia Diner (NYU).

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

book launch

09 | May
07:00PM
09 | May
07:00PM

book talk

Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Middle Eastern Jewish Civilization Vanished

In Uprooted, Lyn Julius, a British journalist (Guardian, Standpoint) and daughter of Iraqi-Jewish refugees, explores the mass exodus of Middle Eastern Jewish minority communities, the clamour for recognition, redress, and memorialization, and how their cause can further peace and reconciliation between Israel and the Muslim world.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

book talk

08 | May
07:00PM
08 | May
07:00PM

conversation

Moses on Film – from The Ten Commandments to The Prince of Egypt

Join leading intellectuals and culture mavens John Podhoretz and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik in conversation as they show winning film clips, compare their favorite biblical movie lines, and explore the depiction and characterization of Moses on film in this pre-Shavuot.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum, Commentary Magazine & The Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought

conversation

07 | May
06:30PM
07 | May
06:30PM

conversation

Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit | Meet Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman

What's it like to spin a dreidel in zero gravity? Read the Torah in orbit? Celebrate Shabbat when the sun rises and sets nearly every hour? Join Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA’s first Jewish male astronaut and veteran of five space shuttle missions, as he shares out-of-this-world stories from his fascinating Jewish journey. Designed for space enthusiasts of all ages, the program includes a talk about the history and achievements of Jewish astronauts with Valerie Neal, Curator and Chair of the Space History Department at the Smithsonian Institution. After the program, explore the exhibition, Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, and see the dreidel, Torah pointer, and other Judaica that Dr. Hoffman carried on his missions.

Financially supported by the generosity of Lisa and Joshua Greer, Kepco, Inc. & the Kupferberg Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

conversation

06 | May
10:00AM
06 | May
10:00AM

family program

Jews in Space: Sensory Friendly Family Program

Come before the crowds. CJH will open one hour early for families to come and view this stellar exhibition! There will be arts and crafts for children, curator tours for adults, and space themed fun for all. People of all ages and ability levels welcome!

Financially supported by the generosity of Lisa and Joshua Greer, Kepco, Inc. & the Kupferberg Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

family program

06 | May
02:00PM
06 | May
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Searching Historical Directories and More at Genealogyindexer.org

Speaker Logan Kleinwaks is the creator of Genealogyindexer.org, a free website for searching historical European directories (business, address, telephone), yizkor books, Galician secondary school reports, military documents and more. Containing millions of personal names - often with towns, patronymics, occupations and other identifying information – most of the 2000+ sources are not searchable elsewhere. He will review recently added sources and new search functionality.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

03 | May
06:30PM
03 | May
06:30PM

panel discussion

Israel Diaspora Relations: Past, Present and Future

The historical connections between Babylon and Jerusalem, beginning with the Talmuds through to Israel- Diaspora relations today and into the future.

Inspired by
Leon H. Charney
Author of
Battle of Two Talmuds: Judaism’s Struggle with Power, Glory and Guilt
The Mystery of the Kaddish

The Legacy of Leon Charney
Prof. Nathaniel Laor
Professor of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Medical Education, Tel Aviv University

Moderator
Prof. David Myers
President & CEO of the Center for Jewish History
Professor of History at UCLA

Panelists:
Prof. Aaron J. Koller
Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University

Prof. Marjorie Lehman
Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary

Prof. Shaul Magid
Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University
Center for Jewish History NEH Senior Scholar

Alana Newhouse
Editor and Founder of Tablet Magazine

Musical Performance
"Breath and Hammer"
David Krakauer, clarinet and Kathleen Tagg, piano

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, Yeshiva University & Beit Hatfutsot of America

panel discussion

02 | May
07:30PM
02 | May
07:30PM

concert

Serenading Mozart: Phoenix Chamber Ensemble and Tesla String Quartet

Phoenix Chamber Ensemble and Tesla String Quartet performing Mozart's Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21 (arr. I. Lachner for piano, string quartet and double bass); Hugo Wolf’s "Italian Serenade"; and Inessa Zaretsky's "Image of Sound" for string quartet and video (Sally Boon Matthews, video artist).

Made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

concert

01 | May
02:00PM
01 | May
02:00PM

lecture

"In Their Struggle for Creative Survival": American Jewish Summer Camps, 1945-1980

In the American postwar period, Jewish leaders from across the ideological spectrum built of summer camps, in hopes of transforming a generation of American Jewish youth raised in affluence and comfort into their visions of "authentic" Jews. Zionist, Yiddishist, and denominational leaders and educators constructed the lived experience at their summer camps so that each and every hour of the day served their missions, simulating the perceived lifestyles of Jews from other times and places. While adults imagined, schematized, and implemented these totalizing Jewish summers, campers' reactions, desires, and behaviors shaped the camp experience as it attempted to shape them. Sandra will present her findings on the construction of authentic Jewishness in postwar Jewish summer camps with a focus on tensions between youth and adults at camp.

Sandra Fox is a PhD candidate in History and Hebrew Judaic Studies at New York University. Her research interests include American Jewish history, the history of youth and children, and Yiddish language and culture. Sandra serves on the editorial board of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies, and is the founder and producer of Vaybertaytsh: A Feminist Podcast, in Yiddish.

Presented by: AJS and Center for Jewish History

lecture

01 | May
07:00PM
01 | May
07:00PM

online course launch event

Oh Mama, I’m In Love! The Story of the Yiddish Stage

Delve into the exciting world of Yiddish theater at the launch of Oh Mama, I’m in Love! The Story of the Yiddish Stage, the third course in YIVO’s Shine Online Educational Series, presented by Edward Blank and Family.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

online course launch event

29 | Apr
10:00AM
29 | Apr
10:00AM

conference

Jewish Music and Humor

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the important relationship between music and humor in Jewish contexts. The keynote lecture, “Scoring Jewish Comedy: The (Very) Early Years,” will be given by Dr. Daniel Goldmark (Case Western Reserve University). Free kosher lunch provided.

Presented by: Jewish Music Forum

conference

29 | Apr
06:00PM
29 | Apr
06:00PM

book talk

Elliot Wolfson's The Duplicity of Philosophy's Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other

In this book, Elliot Wolfson intervenes in debates about the notorious philosopher as a scholar of Jewish mysticism who has been profoundly influenced by Heidegger’s work. In spite of Heidegger’s explicit anti-Semitic statements, Wolfson reveals some crucial aspects of his thinking that betray an affinity with dimensions of Jewish thought. Ultimately, as Wolfson argues, the greatness and relevance of Heidegger’s work is that he presents us with the opportunity to think the unthinkable as part of our communal destiny as historical beings in confronting the horrors of the Holocaust.

At the Center for Jewish History on April 29th, Elliot Wolfson will offer a brief lecture about his book. Shaul Magid, the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University and NEH Senior Scholar at the Center for Jewish History, will introduce and moderate the forum. Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of History and Comparative Literature and the CUNY Graduate Center, will offer a response. There will be a reception following the talk.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, Leo Baeck Institute & CUNY Graduate Center

book talk

26 | Apr
07:00PM
26 | Apr
07:00PM

history matters

History Matters: Ruth Wisse

Ruth Wisse (Harvard University) will be speaking with David N. Myers (President and CEO, CJH) about how her scholarship on the complex relationship between Jews and power in history informs contemporary debates. After a conversation, there will be an audience Q and A.

The History Matters series is generously funded by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

history matters

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

family history today

Family History Today for Young Professionals (20s-30s) – Genealogy Discoveries InstaMeet

New to genealogy? Eager to fill in the branches of your family tree? Join us for a unique after-hours opportunity to learn from our expert genealogy librarians. We’ll show you how to find out where your grandparents and great-grandparents lived, what kind of work they did, when they arrived in the U.S., and more. Then, you’ll dig into our treasure trove of online genealogy records. What will you discover about your ancestors? Instagram and let us know -- #cjhfamilyfinds. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Presented by: the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

family history today

25 | Apr
07:00PM
25 | Apr
07:00PM

book talk

Broadway Street the Jewish Way: A Celebration of Fran Leadon’s New Book Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles

Join us for a book talk to celebrate Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles and hear from author Fran Leadon about the extraordinary ways in which American Jews contributed to making Broadway an iconic street.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

book talk

24 | Apr
07:00PM
24 | Apr
07:00PM

celebration

HaHaCham HaYomi (The Daily Sage): An Unforgettable Tradition

ASF and the Alliance Israélite Universelle-KIAH invite you to celebrate the launch of an incredible database featuring the lives and writings of over 500 Sephardi sages, who exemplify the classic moral, ethical, inclusive, and tolerant traditional Judaism of Greater Sephardi communities.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation & Alliance Israélite Universelle-KIAH

celebration

24 | Apr
07:00PM
24 | Apr
07:00PM

asf young sephardi scholars series

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

The cultures and histories of Bukharian, Georgian, and Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews lie at the fascinating intersection of RSJ and Sephardic-Mizrahi life, but are often overlooked within both spheres. Join ASF Broome & Allen Fellow and COJECO Blueprint Fellow Ruben Shimonov’s multimedia learning series exploring the multilayered and rich stories of these communities. Co-sponsored by COJECO, Genesis Philanthropy Group, ASF Young Leaders.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

asf young sephardi scholars series

22 | Apr
02:00PM
22 | Apr
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

An Archive in Contexts: The Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive

Speaker: Jeffrey Shandler

Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University Professor of Jewish Studies, will examine the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive as a major project of public memory situated in a series of contexts: Jewish ethnographies, public memory projects at the turn of the millennium, and the different media used to document the Holocaust.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

22 | Apr
07:00PM
22 | Apr
07:00PM

musical adaptation

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano, a French army cadet, is a brash, strong-willed man, remarkable duelist, gifted, joyful poet, and musician, who suffers psychologically because of a physical imperfection. This French classic will be performed in English, featuring Sephardi and jazz standards in a world premiere adaptation by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical adaptation

19 | Apr
07:00PM
19 | Apr
07:00PM

ruth gay seminar in jewish studies

The Reclamation of the Papers of Naftali Herts Kon

Ina Lancman, daughter of Naftali Herts Kon, well-known Yiddish poet and writer, will give a presentation together with Polish attorney Tomasz T. Koncewicz. Lancman will focus on Naftali Herts Kon’s literary career and the stirring story of his persecution and the confiscations of his papers under the Soviet and communist Poland regimes. Koncewicz will present the legal side of the successful court battles he lead on behalf of Ina and her sister Vita Serf to reclaim their father's remaining confiscated papers from the post-communist Polish government. The presentation will be illustrated with manuscript samples and photographs. Ina Lancman and Vita Serf have donated the reclaimed papers to the YIVO Archives.

Inaugurated in 2008 thanks to a major gift from the family of Ruth Gay, the Ruth Gay Seminar in Jewish Studies was established in honor of Ruth Gay (1922-2006), the noted American Jewish historian and writer. This series is given by scholars who use the YIVO Archives and wish to share their research with the public.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

ruth gay seminar in jewish studies

19 | Apr
08:00PM
19 | Apr
08:00PM

musical adaptation

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano, a French army cadet, is a brash, strong-willed man, remarkable duelist, gifted, joyful poet, and musician, who suffers psychologically because of a physical imperfection. This French classic will be performed in English, featuring Sephardi and jazz standards in a world premiere adaptation by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical adaptation

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

book talk

A History of Judaism by Martin Goodman

Join us as Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford and President of the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies, speaks about his highly anticipated new book, A History of Judaism!

In this magisterial book, Martin Goodman takes readers from Judaism’s origins in the polytheistic world through to the many varieties of Judaism today. This book masterfully weaves together the different threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate that run throughout Judaism’s history.

Annette Yoshiko Reed, Associate Professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, and Shaul Magid, The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University and NEH Senior Scholar at the Center for Jewish History, will then offer responses.

Presented by: Presented by Center for Jewish History & Princeton University Press

book talk

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

lecture

Synagogues in Hungary-Genealogy, Typology and Architectural Significance

Rudolf Klein, professor of modern architectural history at Szent István University, Budapest, will give a talk on his new book, Synagogues in Hungary, 1867–1918 (Central European University Press, 2017). This is the first comprehensive study that systematically covers all synagogues in Hungary from the Edict of Tolerance by Joseph II to the end of World War I. Unlike prior attempts, dealing with post-World-War-II Hungary only, the geographical range of this study includes historic Hungary, today Austro-Hungarian successor states, within the mentioned chronological timespan. The study presents the architecture of Hungarian synagogues in a chronological order; the author gives special attention to the boom of synagogue architecture and art from 1867 to 1918, a time also called the modern Jewish Renaissance . However, the greatest contribution of this book is the innovative matrix method, which the author applies to determine the basic types of synagogues by using eight basic criteria. The book also deals with the problem of urban context, the position of the synagogue in the city and its immediate environment. There are two detailed case studies how communities built their synagogues and how these were received by the general public. A theoretical summary tries to determine the role of post-emancipation period synagogues in general architectural history.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

lecture

17 | Apr
08:00PM
17 | Apr
08:00PM

musical adaptation

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano, a French army cadet, is a brash, strong-willed man, remarkable duelist, gifted, joyful poet, and musician, who suffers psychologically because of a physical imperfection. This French classic will be performed in English, featuring Sephardi and jazz standards in a world premiere adaptation by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical adaptation

16 | Apr
07:00PM
16 | Apr
07:00PM

discussion

Wrestling with Shylock: Jewish Responses to the Merchant of Venice

Join us for a dynamic discussion led by Edna Nahshon (Jewish Theological Seminary) about her recent book, Wrestling with Shylock: Jewish Responses to the Merchant of Venice, co-edited with Michael Shapiro (University of Illinois), which examines the ever-expanding body of Jewish responses to Shakespeare's most Jewishly relevant play.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

discussion

15 | Apr
10:00AM
15 | Apr
10:00AM

family program

Jews in Space: Family Program

Bring your children, bring your grandchildren and join us for an extraterrestrial adventure! Explore our stellar exhibition on a fun-filled, family scavenger hunt. Design a rocket ship that really takes off! Discover the mystifying, mesmerizing music of the theremin, an instrument you play but never touch. Then try it yourself and listen to that sci-fi sound. All this, plus what do astronauts eat for dinner? We'll skype with a NASA food scientist and see what's on the menu.

Financially supported by the generosity of Lisa and Joshua Greer, Kepco, Inc. & the Kupferberg Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

family program

15 | Apr
07:00PM
15 | Apr
07:00PM

musical adaptation

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano, a French army cadet, is a brash, strong-willed man, remarkable duelist, gifted, joyful poet, and musician, who suffers psychologically because of a physical imperfection. This French classic will be performed in English, featuring Sephardi and jazz standards in a world premiere adaptation by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical adaptation

12 | Apr
03:00PM
12 | Apr
03:00PM

musical adaptation

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano, a French army cadet, is a brash, strong-willed man, remarkable duelist, gifted, joyful poet, and musician, who suffers psychologically because of a physical imperfection. This French classic will be performed in English, featuring Sephardi and jazz standards in a world premiere adaptation by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical adaptation

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

book talk

German-Jewish History after 1945

Historian Michael Brenner (American/University of Munich) will discuss contemporary Jewish life in Germany on the occasion of the publication of A History of Jews in Germany since 1945 (Indiana University Press, 2017).

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

book talk

11 | Apr
07:00PM
11 | Apr
07:00PM

book launch

We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust

We Spoke Out is a remarkable collection of Holocaust-related comic book stories. Long before the Holocaust was taught in schools, the youth of America was learning about the Nazi genocide from Batman, the X-Men, Captain America, and Sgt. Rock

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

book launch

11 | Apr
07:30PM
11 | Apr
07:30PM

concert

CXX Proof – the Diener Ensemble

CXX Proof, the Bernice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, perform the work of Jewish composers and featuring the world premiere of Proof Positive for violin, clarinet and piano by YU faculty composer David Glaser. Musicians: Christopher Grymes, clarinet; Xiao-dong Wang, violin; Xak Bjerken, piano.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

concert

11 | Apr
07:30PM
11 | Apr
07:30PM

lecture

Unsilencing Sephardic Women Writers: Jewish Voices from North Africa

Join French literary scholar Nina B. Lichtenstein as she “illuminates the shrouded histories and complicated… identities” of a multiply marginalized minority: Magrebi (Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian) Sephardic women writers.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

lecture

10 | Apr
07:00PM
10 | Apr
07:00PM

book launch

A Once in a Lifetime Story: Four Strangers, Three Faiths, One Escape to Freedom

The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America
by Mohammed Al Samawi

Featuring Mohammed Al Samawi in conversation with interviewer (TBA) and the first-ever reunion of the team that orchestrated his evacuation. Followed by a reception of Yemeni cuisine and book signing. All guests will receive a complimentary copy of The Fox Hunt.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfusot & Muslim American Leadership Alliance

book launch

09 | Apr
07:30PM
09 | Apr
07:30PM

concert

Singing and Laughing Against Fascism

Jewlia Eisenberg and David Shneer produce a 1930s anti-fascist cabaret from Amsterdam. Psoy Korolenko and Anna Shternshis perform satirical Yiddish anti-fascist songs from the lost Archive of the Bureau for Jewish Culture at the Ukrainian Academy of Science, written during World War II in the Soviet Union.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, East European Jewish Affairs, Singer Chair in Jewish History at the University of Colorado Boulder & American Jewish Historical Society

concert

08 | Apr
07:30PM
08 | Apr
07:30PM

lecture

Comics as Protest Art: Eli Valley on the Crisis in America and Israel

Lecturer, writer, artist, and cartoonist Eli Valley will speak about his work, followed by a conversation with NYU Professor of History and Italian Studies Ruth Ben-Ghiat. Coinciding with Diaspora Boy, his critically acclaimed compendium of comics, Valley will present a searing slide show on the urgency of our political moment and the meaning of Jewish pride. Interweaving personal history, American culture and contemporary Jewish life, he will narrate a journey that includes a childhood marching in rallies, an adolescence ricocheting between religiosity and secularism, and an adulthood revisiting the roots of contemporary Jewish self-perception. In the process, he will explore a century of popular art, from the tumultuous mayhem of MAD comics to the lacerating imagery of early Zionism, examining the ways pictures have created and perpetuated notions of Jewish authenticity. An urgent call to moral responsibility in the Trump era, Valley’s presentation envisions a return to the social-justice roots of the American Jewish experience.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, East European Jewish Affairs, Singer Chair in Jewish History at the University of Colorado Boulder & American Jewish Historical Society

lecture

06 | Apr
06 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Friday, April 06 for Passover.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

05 | Apr
05 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm Thursday, April 05 for Erev Passover.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

04 | Apr
07:00PM
04 | Apr
07:00PM

film: nyc premiere

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II is the first feature-length documentary for national public television to tell the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served in World War II.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

film: nyc premiere

03 | Apr
07:00PM
03 | Apr
07:00PM

symposium

Holocaust and Genocide: From the Past to the Present

This symposium honors the 70th anniversary of the UN Genocide Convention. Discussions will address the contentious history of the adoption of the Genocide Convention by the U.S and the present failure to intervene in and prevent acts of genocide.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

symposium

01 | Apr
01 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, April 01 for Passover.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

30 | Mar
30 | Mar

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Friday, March 30 for Erev Passover.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

29 | Mar
07:30PM
29 | Mar
07:30PM

concert

Two Pianos, Eight Hands: Phoenix Chamber Ensemble and friends celebrate Oxana Yablonskaya!

Phoenix Chamber Ensemble, featuring Ellen Braslavsky, Inessa Zaretsky, Vassa Shevel and Oxana Yablonsksaya, performing Scarlatti’s Three Sonatas (C Major, D minor, A minor); Chopin’s Waltz in E flat Major, Op.18, Waltz in A flat Major, Op. 42, Waltz in A flat Major, Op.64, No.3, Three Mazurkas, Op.50; Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, K.448 for Two pianos, Four hands; Zaretsky’s 5 Postcards; Franck’s Prelude, fugue et variation in B Minor, Op.18; Rachmaninoff’s Suite No.2 (for two pianos) and Suite No.1 (for two pianos); and Smetana’s Rondo in C Major for Two pianos, Eight hands.

Made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

concert

28 | Mar
06:30PM
28 | Mar
06:30PM

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

Mysteries of the Bible: Biblical Archaeology

Please Note: This program was rescheduled from March 21.

Like the swashbuckling hero in Raiders of the Lost Ark, George Washington University Professor Eric H. Cline has a taste for adventure. On campus, he’s a sought-after professor of classics and anthropology. But off campus, he travels the world unearthing clues to ancient times. An acclaimed archaeologist, Dr. Cline has led excavations across the Middle East for more than thirty years. He’s dug up daggers and bowls, discovered fragments of frescoes, and searched for evidence of biblical heroes and events. Was Abraham a real person? Did the Exodus actually happen? Dr. Cline, author of Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, will explore these mysteries and more with National Geographic Magazine’s archaeology editor, Kristin Romey, at the Center for Jewish History, March 21st at 6:30 pm. From 19th-century theologians who first headed to the Holy Land "with a bible in one hand and a trowel in another,” to the secrets 21st-century technology reveals, they’ll dig into this fascinating field and investigate the biblical mysteries archaeologists can – and can’t – solve. A copy of Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction is included with admission.

Mysteries of the Bible: Biblical Archaeology is part of Very Short Introductions: Short Talks on Big Subjects, a series produced in partnership with Oxford University Press and featuring authors of Oxford’s Very Short Introduction books.


About the Speakers

Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has degrees in Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, and Ancient History from Dartmouth (B.A., 1982), Yale (M.A., 1984), the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1991), and an honorary doctoral degree from Muhlenberg College in 2015. A Fulbright Scholar, National Geographic Explorer, and NEH Public Scholar, Dr. Cline is an active field archaeologist. He has more than 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. He is a former co-director at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon), where he dug from 1994 through 2014, and has co-directed the excavations of a 4,000-year-old Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri in Israel since 2005. Author of numerous books on archaeology, his international best-seller, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, was considered for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

Kristin Romey is the archaeology editor and writer for National Geographic. Her work has focused extensively on the archaeology of the Near East, most recently with Geographic's December 2018 cover article on the archaeology of Jewish Galilee and Jesus of Nazareth. The former executive editor of Archaeology Magazine and a fellow of the Explorers Club, Romey holds an A.B. in ancient Greek from Vassar College and an M.A. in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

27 | Mar
07:00PM
27 | Mar
07:00PM

history matters

From 1968 to 2018: A Fifty-Year Perspective on the American Left
A History Matters Evening with Todd Gitlin

Join us as Professor Todd Gitlin (Columbia University) discusses his prolific scholarship on liberalism in the United States, and specifically the continuities and departures between the 1960s and today. Professor Gitlin will be interviewed by Dr. Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society.

The History Matters series is generously funded by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History and American Jewish Historical Society

history matters

26 | Mar
06:30PM
26 | Mar
06:30PM

panel discussion

Triangle Fire: See You in the Streets

Presentation and discussion with author/artist Ruth Sergel and Cornell Professor Nick Salvatore. In its day, the worst industrial disaster in New York history spurred labor organizers and others to enact progressive legislation. A hundred years later, the Triangle fire tragedy is inspiring a new generation of activists to organize against global sweatshops. Learn about how Lower East Side Jewish and Italian immigrants lived and worked together in 1911. Hear about the annual commemoration that honors the loss and empowers the living through the memorial act of sidewalk “CHALK.” Reception to follow.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, Jewish Studies Program of Cornell University & American Jewish Historical Society

panel discussion

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

workshop

Pomegranates and Palm Trees for Passover

Explore the delightful variations of pomegranates and palm trees in the new exhibition Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy and use the same imagery to decorate a matzah cover or afikomen bag for Passover 2018. Work with felt appliqués, fabric markers, and embroidery thread to create unique, usable art.

This multi-sensory activity is also suitable for individuals who are blind or who have low vision. Programming for the blind and low vision community is made possible by a grant from The Shlomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

workshop

25 | Mar
03:00PM
25 | Mar
03:00PM

performance & discussion

Songs of Devotion and Desire: The Music Heritage of Jewish Spain

Sephardic music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, by Alonso Mudarra, Wolf Simoni, Alberto Hemsi, Roberto Pla, Zhul Levy, and Paul Ben-Haim, performed by Heather Buck, soprano; Janice Meyerson, mezzo soprano; Valeriya Sholokhova, cello; Lorne Richstone, piano; with commentary by Dr. Raymond Scheindlin.

Presented by: American Society for Jewish Music, American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation & Center for Jewish History

performance & discussion

25 | Mar
06:00PM
25 | Mar
06:00PM

lecture and discussion

The Freedom Seder: 49 Years Later with Arthur Waskow

Join us in celebration of the 49th anniversary of the Freedom Seder and Arthur Waskow’s Haggadah.

In 1969, on the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, nearly 800 people gathered in the basement of a black church in Washington, D.C. These Jews, blacks, rabbis, and ministers participated in what became known as the “Freedom Seder,” and used Arthur Waskow’s controversial Haggadah as their liturgical guide.

The Center for Jewish History and the Goldstein-Goren Center for the Study of American Jewish History will convene a symposium to explore the historical context and the impact of this event. The evening will begin with Arthur Waskow, co-founder of ALEPHAlliance for Jewish Renewal, who will offer his reflections on that first Freedom Seder, on his Haggadah, and on how it shaped American Jewish life.

We will then feature a panel of scholars who will contextualize the Freedom Seder. The panel will include:
Anthea Butler, Professor of Religious and Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania
Hasia Diner, Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center
Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth University
Shaul Magid, NEH Senior Scholar at the Center for Jewish History and Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University

There will be a reception following the talk.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History & NYU-HJS Goldstein Goren Center for the Study of American Jewish History

lecture and discussion

25 | Mar
06:00PM
25 | Mar
06:00PM

book launch and film screening

Alain Elkann's Money Must Stay in the Family

Welcoming remarks: Consul General of Italy, Francesco Genuardi

Alessandra Stanley, journalist, and former New York Times bureau chief in Rome and Moscow, Mario Calvo-Platero, writer and columnist for La Stampa, in conversation with the author, Alain Elkann and Giorgio Barba Navaretti on history, memory, and family.

Italian novelist, essayist, and journalist Alain Elkann follows the flight from fascist Italy of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis, who arrive in New York in 1939 and settle on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The plot, loosely inspired by the author's maternal family, the Ovazzas, unfolds around the matriarch's will, conceived to keep the family together. The gravitational center of the story is New York: the place of safety, new beginnings, mixing, and eventual return. Here, those who left behind everything re-invent themselves and at the same time reinforce their century-old attachment to their Jewish-Piedmontese origins.

As counterpoint to the novel, Giorgio Barba Navaretti will present a selection of home movies shot by Vittorio Ovazza between 1930 and 1936, and will discuss the history the Ovazza family, the flourshing of a Jewish elite in post-unification Italy, the radical embracing of fascism by some of its members, and the relation of minority to ruling powers. Reception to follow.

Presented by: Primo Levi Center, Italian Cultural Institute & American Sephardi Federation

book launch and film screening

21 | Mar
06:30PM
21 | Mar
06:30PM

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

Rescheduled to March 28: Mysteries of the Bible: Biblical Archaeology

Please note: This event has been rescheduled to March 28th

Like the swashbuckling hero in Raiders of the Lost Ark, George Washington University Professor Eric H. Cline has a taste for adventure. On campus, he’s a sought-after professor of classics and anthropology. But off campus, he travels the world unearthing clues to ancient times. An acclaimed archaeologist, Dr. Cline has led excavations across the Middle East for more than thirty years. He’s dug up daggers and bowls, discovered fragments of frescoes, and searched for evidence of biblical heroes and events. Was Abraham a real person? Did the Exodus actually happen? Dr. Cline, author of Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, will explore these mysteries and more with National Geographic Magazine’s archaeology editor, Kristin Romey, at the Center for Jewish History, March 21st at 6:30 pm. From 19th-century theologians who first headed to the Holy Land "with a bible in one hand and a trowel in another,” to the secrets 21st-century technology reveals, they’ll dig into this fascinating field and investigate the biblical mysteries archaeologists can – and can’t – solve. A copy of Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction is included with admission.

Mysteries of the Bible: Biblical Archaeology is part of Very Short Introductions: Short Talks on Big Subjects, a series produced in partnership with Oxford University Press and featuring authors of Oxford’s Very Short Introduction books.


About the Speakers

Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has degrees in Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, and Ancient History from Dartmouth (B.A., 1982), Yale (M.A., 1984), the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1991), and an honorary doctoral degree from Muhlenberg College in 2015. A Fulbright Scholar, National Geographic Explorer, and NEH Public Scholar, Dr. Cline is an active field archaeologist. He has more than 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. He is a former co-director at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon), where he dug from 1994 through 2014, and has co-directed the excavations of a 4,000-year-old Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri in Israel since 2005. Author of numerous books on archaeology, his international best-seller, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, was considered for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

Kristin Romey is the archaeology editor and writer for National Geographic. Her work has focused extensively on the archaeology of the Near East, most recently with Geographic's December 2018 cover article on the archaeology of Jewish Galilee and Jesus of Nazareth. The former executive editor of Archaeology Magazine and a fellow of the Explorers Club, Romey holds an A.B. in ancient Greek from Vassar College and an M.A. in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

20 | Mar
06:00PM
20 | Mar
06:00PM

family history today

Family History Today: Family Heirlooms

Although they were usually everyday items in their time, family heirlooms offer us precious, tangible windows into the lives of our ancestors. Bonni-Dara Michaels, Yeshiva University Museum’s Collections Curator, will share the intriguing stories behind a selection of family heirlooms from the Museum’s collection, including a Shabbat candlestick made in the Cyprus Detention camp and a coat worn by a child fleeing Nazi Germany for the United States. Then, Jennifer Sainato, the Center for Jewish History’s Preservation Services Manager, will offer practical advice on how to properly care for your own family heirlooms, so that they may remain a vital part of your family’s legacy for generations to come.

Presented by: Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute & Yeshiva University Museum

family history today

20 | Mar
06:30PM
20 | Mar
06:30PM

discussion

The German-Jewish Cookbook

The mother-daughter team behind The German-Jewish Cookbook (Brandeis University Press, 2017), Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman, discuss their historical and gastronomic exploration of German-Jewish cuisine with the Gefilteria’s Jeffrey Yoskowitz and historian Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union).

This event will include a reception (Kosher dairy) with a tasting menu of items from the book:

Berches (German-Jewish challa)
Liptauer (a classic cheese spread with Hungarian origins)
Krautsalat (cabbage slaw)
Orangentorte (orange cake)
Wine, Beer, and Soda

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

discussion

20 | Mar
07:00PM
20 | Mar
07:00PM

asf young sephardi scholars series

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

The cultures and histories of Bukharian, Georgian, and Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews lie at the fascinating intersection of RSJ and Sephardic-Mizrahi life, but are often overlooked within both spheres. Join ASF Broome & Allen Fellow and COJECO Blueprint Fellow Ruben Shimonov’s multimedia learning series exploring the multilayered and rich stories of these communities. Co-sponsored by COJECO, Genesis Philanthropy Group, ASF Young Leaders.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

asf young sephardi scholars series

19 | Mar
07:00PM
19 | Mar
07:00PM

performance & discussion

Israeli Songbook: The Songs of Rachel and Leah

An evening of music inspired by Rachel Bluwstein and Leah Goldberg, two of Israel’s greatest 20th-century poets, through a live performance by Elad Kabilio and an ensemble of musicians from MusicTalks. Interspersed with stories and historical background, the program is part of Yeshiva University Museum’s series musically celebrating Israel @ 70.

Presented in partnership with MusicTalks and Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum, MusicTalks & YU Center for Israel Studies

performance & discussion

18 | Mar
11:00AM
18 | Mar
11:00AM

history sprint

Research Sprint: History Unfolded

In collaboration with History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, a program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), CJH is hosting a “History Sprint”. Citizen historians are invited to conduct research in newspaper collections and investigate US press coverage for specific Holocaust events in 1938. Participation in the project helps 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. This program will take place in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room.

Please note: This event ends at 2pm.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

history sprint

18 | Mar
02:00PM
18 | Mar
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

More Stories from Ellis Island

Speaker: Fred Voss

Fred Voss, genealogist and volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island, will explore the personal, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of those millions of immigrants who came through Ellis Island, particularly those whose visit to the US ended there, and those whose stay on the island was unexpectedly lengthy, and what the records show of their experience.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

18 | Mar
02:00PM
18 | Mar
02:00PM

panel discussion

The Return of the Basket Weavers: How the Toren family recovered a stolen Max Liebermann painting

Max Liebermann’s oil painting, “The Basket Weavers” was once part of the extensive art collection of David Friedmann in Breslau, Silesia, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). After the spectacular discovery of over 1,000 looted works of art in a Munich apartment became public in 2013, Friedmann’s grandnephew David Toren learned that several of his family’s paintings had been among those owned by the infamous Nazi art dealer, Hildebrand Gurlitt. One of the paintings, Max Liebermann’s “Two Riders on the Beach” was among those recovered in the apartment of Gurlitt’s son, Cornelius. Toren sued the German government for the “Riders” and became one of the very few heirs to recover stolen work from the Gurlitt stash. “The Basketweavers” remained missing; it had been sold at auction in 2000 to an anonymous collector in Israel. After a successful lawsuit to force the auction house to reveal the identity of the buyer, Toren recovered the painting, which is now on temporary display at the Center for Jewish History. David Toren, a retired New York attorney who was born in 1925 and escaped Germany on a Kindertransport to Sweden in 1939, will join his son Peter Toren for a discussion of this unique and ongoing restitution case, with an opportunity to view the “Basketweavers.”

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

panel discussion

18 | Mar
06:00PM
18 | Mar
06:00PM

musical

Queen Esther’s Dilemma, The Musical

Queen Esther's Dilemma, a musical by Samuel J. Bernstein, is inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther. This original musical play blends humor with anguish, tragedy with triumph, while exploring Jewish identity in all its complexities.

In Queen Esther's Dilemma, inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther, a contemporary Purim Party is interwoven with the principal features of the traditional Purim story. The party includes Purim games; dancing; singing; and, of course, the drinking of many cups of wine. The Biblical narrative recounts the efforts of Haman, an evil Persian, to annihilate the Jews, and the actions of Queen Esther; Mordechai, her cousin; and King Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, to counteract the machinations of Haman. In this theatrical rendering, Esther faces various difficult ethical problems as she strives to be a woman loyal to the interests of the Jews, as interpreted by Mordechai, and yet a person with strong pacifistic inclinations.

CAST: Amanda Martinez (Queen Esther), David Serero (Ahasuerus, King of Persia), Mark Singer (Mordecai), Christopher Romero Wilson (Haman), Christian Sineath (Zeresh / Barnia), Rachel Duval (Queen Vashti / Hatach), Stefan Miller (Teresh / Farbad / Prince), Benjamin Culpepper (Bigthana / Hegai), Maxwell Porterfield (Atash), Shawn Chang (Piano), Abby Swidler (Violin), Juan Herrera (Drums & Percussions). Directed and produced by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical

15 | Mar
07:00PM
15 | Mar
07:00PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Iraqi Closing Night: Revitalizing Middle Eastern Roots

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

14 | Mar
07:00PM
14 | Mar
07:00PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

On the Road to Zion: The Living Legacy of the Queen of Sheba & King Solomon

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

13 | Mar
03:00PM
13 | Mar
03:00PM

musical

Queen Esther’s Dilemma, The Musical

Queen Esther's Dilemma, a musical by Samuel J. Bernstein, is inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther. This original musical play blends humor with anguish, tragedy with triumph, while exploring Jewish identity in all its complexities.

In Queen Esther's Dilemma, inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther, a contemporary Purim Party is interwoven with the principal features of the traditional Purim story. The party includes Purim games; dancing; singing; and, of course, the drinking of many cups of wine. The Biblical narrative recounts the efforts of Haman, an evil Persian, to annihilate the Jews, and the actions of Queen Esther; Mordechai, her cousin; and King Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, to counteract the machinations of Haman. In this theatrical rendering, Esther faces various difficult ethical problems as she strives to be a woman loyal to the interests of the Jews, as interpreted by Mordechai, and yet a person with strong pacifistic inclinations.

CAST: Amanda Martinez (Queen Esther), David Serero (Ahasuerus, King of Persia), Mark Singer (Mordecai), Christopher Romero Wilson (Haman), Christian Sineath (Zeresh / Barnia), Rachel Duval (Queen Vashti / Hatach), Stefan Miller (Teresh / Farbad / Prince), Benjamin Culpepper (Bigthana / Hegai), Maxwell Porterfield (Atash), Shawn Chang (Piano), Abby Swidler (Violin), Juan Herrera (Drums & Percussions). Directed and produced by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical

13 | Mar
07:00PM
13 | Mar
07:00PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Sephardi Shorts

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

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

curator's tour

The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back

Join Jacob Wisse, director of YUM, on a tour through the Museum’s exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, exploring the image and legacy of the Arch of Titus from Imperial Rome to modern-day Israel.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum & YU Center for Israel Studies

curator's tour

12 | Mar
07:00PM
12 | Mar
07:00PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Young Professionals Night - A Moroccan-Israeli’s #MeToo

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

11 | Mar
01:30PM
11 | Mar
01:30PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Sunday Matinee - The Promised Land: Mabarot Memories

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

11 | Mar
05:30PM
11 | Mar
05:30PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

The Egyptian Jewish Experience

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

10 | Mar
08:30PM
10 | Mar
08:30PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Classic Movie Night - Greek Sephardim in the Shoah

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

08 | Mar
07:00PM
08 | Mar
07:00PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Nora’s Will

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

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

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Anti-Semitism in France: Why do they hate us?

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

06 | Mar
07:00PM
06 | Mar
07:00PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

The Life and Escape of the Jews of Syria (1930-1967)

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

05 | Mar
07:00PM
05 | Mar
07:00PM

ny sephardic jewish film festival

Moroccan Opening Night - Pomegranate Awards Ceremony

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. The ten-day Festival features premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees and guests. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony on Opening Night celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts. Past recipients include Senior Counselor to the King of Morocco André Azoulay, French-Algerian recording legend Enrico Macias, Kuwaiti star and human rights activist Ema Shah, and Morocco-Israeli poet Erez Bitton.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

ny sephardic jewish film festival

04 | Mar
11:00AM
04 | Mar
11:00AM

family program

March Mash-Up: A Family Festival

So many Jewish traditions under one roof! Join us as we team up with YIVO and our partner organizations for a Purim themed March Mash-Up of family fun. Laugh along with a puppet show, enjoy storytelling from many lands, make colorful craft projects, sing-along to classic Jewish songs, and experience the delightful diversity of Jewish culture from countries around the world – right here on West 16th Street. Plus family friendly gallery tours of our new exhibitions Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit and Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy and delicious holiday treats too!

Featuring The Gefilteria’s Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, Singer Eléonore Biezunski, Storyteller Shane Baker, and the Yiddish puppet theater troupe Great Small Works.

Presented by: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society, Leo Baeck Institute & Yeshiva University Museum

family program

04 | Mar
02:00PM
04 | Mar
02:00PM

workshop

Dig Your Roots

A surefire way to discover more than you ever imagined about your family! Learn the best ways to trace your roots with some of the world's most experienced family history researchers and genealogists from the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogical Institute's research library. Join us for a special after-hours event.

Presented by: Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute & Museum at Eldridge Street

workshop

04 | Mar
03:00PM
04 | Mar
03:00PM

concert

Music in Our Time: 2018

Honoring the memory of the musical visionary Hadassah Markson (z"l) with the music of her father, Abraham W. Binder, and celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday and Samuel Adler’s 90th birthday, the concert will also feature new voices in contemporary Jewish music – Stanislav Fridman, Dina Pruzhansky and Samuel Dylan Rosner.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society and American Society for Jewish Music

concert

04 | Mar
08:00PM
04 | Mar
08:00PM

musical

Queen Esther’s Dilemma, The Musical

Queen Esther's Dilemma, a musical by Samuel J. Bernstein, is inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther. This original musical play blends humor with anguish, tragedy with triumph, while exploring Jewish identity in all its complexities.

In Queen Esther's Dilemma, inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther, a contemporary Purim Party is interwoven with the principal features of the traditional Purim story. The party includes Purim games; dancing; singing; and, of course, the drinking of many cups of wine. The Biblical narrative recounts the efforts of Haman, an evil Persian, to annihilate the Jews, and the actions of Queen Esther; Mordechai, her cousin; and King Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, to counteract the machinations of Haman. In this theatrical rendering, Esther faces various difficult ethical problems as she strives to be a woman loyal to the interests of the Jews, as interpreted by Mordechai, and yet a person with strong pacifistic inclinations.

CAST: Amanda Martinez (Queen Esther), David Serero (Ahasuerus, King of Persia), Mark Singer (Mordecai), Christopher Romero Wilson (Haman), Christian Sineath (Zeresh / Barnia), Rachel Duval (Queen Vashti / Hatach), Stefan Miller (Teresh / Farbad / Prince), Benjamin Culpepper (Bigthana / Hegai), Maxwell Porterfield (Atash), Shawn Chang (Piano), Abby Swidler (Violin), Juan Herrera (Drums & Percussions). Directed and produced by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical

01 | Mar
02:00PM
01 | Mar
02:00PM

musical

Queen Esther’s Dilemma, The Musical

Queen Esther's Dilemma, a musical by Samuel J. Bernstein, is inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther. This original musical play blends humor with anguish, tragedy with triumph, while exploring Jewish identity in all its complexities.

In Queen Esther's Dilemma, inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther, a contemporary Purim Party is interwoven with the principal features of the traditional Purim story. The party includes Purim games; dancing; singing; and, of course, the drinking of many cups of wine. The Biblical narrative recounts the efforts of Haman, an evil Persian, to annihilate the Jews, and the actions of Queen Esther; Mordechai, her cousin; and King Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, to counteract the machinations of Haman. In this theatrical rendering, Esther faces various difficult ethical problems as she strives to be a woman loyal to the interests of the Jews, as interpreted by Mordechai, and yet a person with strong pacifistic inclinations.

CAST: Amanda Martinez (Queen Esther), David Serero (Ahasuerus, King of Persia), Mark Singer (Mordecai), Christopher Romero Wilson (Haman), Christian Sineath (Zeresh / Barnia), Rachel Duval (Queen Vashti / Hatach), Stefan Miller (Teresh / Farbad / Prince), Benjamin Culpepper (Bigthana / Hegai), Maxwell Porterfield (Atash), Shawn Chang (Piano), Abby Swidler (Violin), Juan Herrera (Drums & Percussions). Directed and produced by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

musical

27 | Feb
06:30PM
27 | Feb
06:30PM

website launch

Projekt 1938: Commemorating 80 Years Since 1938

A new website and exhibition explore the dramatic events of 1938 from the perspectives of ordinary people. This event focuses on the annexation of Austria (March 12), when 190,000 Jews were suddenly subject to restrictions that had developed over 5 years in Nazi Germany.

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

website launch

26 | Feb
07:00PM
26 | Feb
07:00PM

exhibit opening

Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit

The countdown begins! Join YIVO and CJH on February 26th  for the launch of our new exhibition, Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit. Explore the Jewish quest to understand the heavens from 18th century rabbinical texts, to the origins of popular science fiction, to Jewish astronauts celebrating Shabbat in orbit. Reserve your spot today for an opening night of curator tours, space themed fun, and a first look at this stellar exhibition.

Financially supported by the generosity of Lisa and Joshua Greer, Kepco, Inc. & the Kupferberg Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

exhibit opening

26 | Feb
07:00PM
26 | Feb
07:00PM

asf young sephardi scholars series

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

The cultures and histories of Bukharian, Georgian, and Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews lie at the fascinating intersection of RSJ and Sephardic-Mizrahi life, but are often overlooked within both spheres. Join ASF Broome & Allen Fellow and COJECO Blueprint Fellow Ruben Shimonov’s multimedia learning series exploring the multilayered and rich stories of these communities. Co-sponsored by COJECO, Genesis Philanthropy Group, ASF Young Leaders.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

asf young sephardi scholars series

22 | Feb
07:00PM
22 | Feb
07:00PM

performance & discussion

Israeli Songbook: The Life and Music of Arik Einstein

Celebrate the music and life of Arik Einstein, “the voice of Israel” and a pioneer of Israeli rock music, through a live performance by Elad Kabilio and an ensemble of musicians from MusicTalks. Interspersed with stories and historical background, the program is part of Yeshiva University Museum’s series musically celebrating Israel @ 70.

Presented in partnership with MusicTalks and Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum, MusicTalks & YU Center for Israel Studies

performance & discussion

21 | Feb
06:30PM
21 | Feb
06:30PM

family history today

Family History Today: Researching your Ancestors’ Immigration Experiences

J.D. Arden, Genealogy and Reference Librarian at the Center for Jewish History, will present research tools and approaches to finding data on, as well as imagining an informed historical context of, your ancestors’ immigration experiences. This lecture is designed for beginner and advanced genealogy researchers. No previous experience or preparation is necessary.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History and American Jewish Historical Society

family history today

20 | Feb
07:00PM
20 | Feb
07:00PM

history matters

Rightward Turns: Europe Yesterday and Today
A History Matters Evening with Jan Gross

An evening with Jan Gross, Emeritus Professor of History at Princeton University; interviewed by Jonathan Brent, Executive Director of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Structure: 45 minutes to an hour of interview, followed by general Q & A.

The History Matters series is generously funded by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

history matters

19 | Feb
19 | Feb

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, February 19th for President's Day.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

18 | Feb
02:00PM
18 | Feb
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

What You Can Learn from Bubbe's Photos:  Or, Jewish Clothing as Cultural History

For most of Jewish history, clothing represented a tension between dressing Jewish and dressing like everybody else. This was especially true in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when most of our ancestors migrated to the U.S. Professor Eric Silverman, author of A Cultural History of Jewish Dress, will show how we can "read" the clothing in old photographs to illustrate the wider Jewish experience,

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

15 | Feb
07:00PM
15 | Feb
07:00PM

film screening and discussion

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels cinematically weaves the tale of Marion Kreith who, evading Nazi capture, escaped Europe to Havana as a young girl with her family. Marion’s story mingles with the personal accounts of other refugees placed in an unfamiliar land.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society and the Leo Baeck Institute

film screening and discussion

13 | Feb
07:00PM
13 | Feb
07:00PM

performance & discussion

Israeli Songbook: The Music of Naomi Shemer

Experience the music of Naomi Shemer, the “First Lady” of Israeli song and poetry, through a live performance by Elad Kabilio and an ensemble of musicians from MusicTalks. Interspersed with stories and historical background, the program is part of Yeshiva University Museum’s series musically celebrating Israel @ 70.

Presented in partnership with MusicTalks and Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum, MusicTalks & YU Center for Israel Studies

performance & discussion

08 | Feb
07:00PM
08 | Feb
07:00PM

book talk

Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art

What does Jewish art look, sound or feel like today? How compatible are contemporary art and Jewish art? Why does the stigma of Jewish visual culture persist? Join art historian Peter R. Kalb (Brandeis University) and artist Ben Schachter (Saint Vincent College) for a wide-ranging and timely conversation around Schachter’s new book, Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art (Penn State University Press, 2017).

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

book talk

07 | Feb
07:00PM
07 | Feb
07:00PM

discussion/performance

Jewish Baroque: A Lecture-Performance

Featuring Dr. Michael Beckerman (NYU) and Dr. Simona Frankel (HUC-JIR), this program will study the introduction of art music into European synagogues, and explore mystical atonement rituals of Jews during the Baroque era. The audience will be treated to performances of Jewish Baroque music and learn about its context.

Presented by: Jewish Music Forum

discussion/performance

06 | Feb
07:00PM
06 | Feb
07:00PM

mini-course

Radical Jewish Politics in Postwar America and Israel

In this course, we will examine a number of leading radical Jewish thinkers in the post-war period, focusing on: Arthur Waskow, Meir Kahane, Yoel teitelbaum, and Zvi Yehuda Kook. Different as they may seem on major social and political questions, these four were united in proposing radical Jewish visions of a post-liberal society.

Continues February 13, 21, 27.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

mini-course

05 | Feb
05:00PM
05 | Feb
05:00PM

book launch

The Essential Fictions of Isaac Babel: New Translations by Val Vinokur

Join us for the launch of a new book of Isaac Babel translations with readings by translator Val Vinokur and discussion with Isaac Babel expert, YIVO’s Executive Director Jonathan Brent.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

book launch

05 | Feb
07:30PM
05 | Feb
07:30PM

concert

The IV International Shashmaqam Forever Yunus Rajabi Memorial Concert

The American Sephardi Federation invites you to join Muslim and Jewish masters of Shashmaqam from Uzbekistan and the USA for performances of classical Central Asian music as it was experienced in the royal courts of the Emirs of the Bukharan Empire more than 100 years ago.

The IV International Shashmaqam Forever, a two-day Festival in Queens and Manhattan, will bring together Muslims and Jews to celebrate the legacy of the Peoples Artist of Uzbekistan, Yunus Rajabi. The Memorial Concert will feature virtuosi vocalists and instrumentalists performing Shashmaqam, one of the world's most sophisticated and refined classical musical systems developed through centuries of cultural collaboration. Shashmaqam was recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of humanity's intangible cultural heritage. Literally meaning six maqam ("maqam" is roughly equivalent to the concept of mode or scale in Western music), Shashmaqam is a canon of instrumental melodies and poetic texts set to music.

Previously presented at Carnegie Hall, Shashmaqam Forever has been described as a unique cultural event link[ing] the Bukharian Jewish community, Uzbek-Americans, and their historic homeland. Founded by Bukharian Times Editor-in-Chief and composer Rafael Nektalov and philanthropist David Mavashev, who directs the Izkhak Mavashev Foundation - Institute of Bukharian Jewish Heritage in Diaspora, Shashmaqam Forever is an event like none other, a bridge between communities and a celebration of culture, said Nektalov, Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Festival presenters include The Bukharaian Jewish Congress of the USA and Canada, American Sephardi Federation, Bukharian Jewish Community Center, Turkistan-American Association, Uzbek-American Art Foundation, and MiRaf Entertainment with the support of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s Cultural Ministry, Embassy to the United States, Consulate General at New York, and Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

The IV International Shashmaqam Forever Concert is dedicated to Yunus Rajabi (1897-1976), a composer, musician, and scholar who collected, systematized, and transcribed more than a thousand songs and pieces from the Shashmaqam repertoire. His life's work ensured that Shashmaqam survived Soviet suppression.

The day before the Concert, on Sunday, February 4, a scholarly symposium on Central Asian Classical Music: Yunus Rajabi and his Jewish musical environment, will be held at the Bukharian Jewish Community Center (106-16 70th Avenue, Forest Hills, New York). Researchers participating include: Prof. Walter Zev Feldman (New York University in Abu Dhabi), Prof. Steven Blum (CUNY Graduate Center), Rafael Nektalov (President of the Shashmaqam Forever Festival), Prof. Evan Rapport (Eugene Lang College at the New School), and Zoya Tajikova.

We are grateful for the support and assistance of the following individuals and organizations: Nastel Technologies, Inc., CASC (Central Asia Seed Company), Aziz Mamev, Ben Kurbanov, Michael Yusupov, Versailles Palace, and Star Entertainment.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

concert

30 | Jan
07:00PM
30 | Jan
07:00PM

history matters

Professor Deborah Lipstadt

Prof. Deborah Lipstadt (Emory University) on antisemitism past and present

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Generously sponsored by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

history matters

30 | Jan
07:30PM
30 | Jan
07:30PM

lecture

Jewish Spain in American Tongue: The Sephardic Return of Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus, the 19th-century Sephardic American poet and translator, expressed an identity particularly engaged with the Jewish legacy of medieval Spain. This ASF Young Sephardi Scholars Series Lecture by 2018 Broome & Allen Fellow Dr. Leonard Stein will explore Lazarus’s proto-Zionism, sexuality, and advocacy for a compassionate American society, positions informed by her readings of al-Andalus and the Spanish Inquisition as interpellated by contemporary German Jewish scholars. Comparing her poetry with these historical sources reveals how her famous work against anti-Semitism and nationalist chauvinism stem from a commitment to her ancestral past.

Leonard Stein is a Connaught International Doctoral Scholar for the Centre for Comparative Literature in a collaborative program with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. His research compares medieval Jewish-Iberian identity with modern literature from the Sephardic diaspora. He currently serves as the President pro tem and program chair for the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies and editor for the University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. His newest publications include “Jubanidad and the Literary Transmission of Cuban Crypto-Judaism” for the forthcoming edited volume, Caribbean-Jewish Crossings: Atlantic Literature and Theory (University of Virginia Press), and “The New Literature of Hip Hop Music” for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

lecture

29 | Jan
06:30PM
29 | Jan
06:30PM

lecture

Family History Today: From Family History to Present Family – Finding Living Relatives You Have Never Met!

Are you interested in reconnecting with your long-lost cousins? Moriah Amit, the Center for Jewish History’s Senior Genealogy Reference Librarian, will cover major resources and strategies for locating the living descendants of deceased individuals on your family tree.

Presented by: the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

lecture

28 | Jan
02:00PM
28 | Jan
02:00PM

festival

International Ladino Day: A Celebration of Story and Song

Join us to celebrate Ladino, the remarkable language also known as Judeo-Spanish.

Jane Mushabac (CUNY) performs excerpts from her 2016 Ladino-rich novel, His Hundred Years, A Tale. Also hear singer/accordionist Jane Carver; Sephardic thought leaders Rabbi Marc Angel and Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé; and a musical finale by Trio Sefardi with Howard Bass, Tina Chancey, and Susan Gaeta, who has toured with the legendary Flory Jagoda.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society and American Sephardi Federation

festival

24 | Jan
06:30PM
24 | Jan
06:30PM

first person: jewish stories, jewish lives

The Book of Separation

When she broke away from Orthodox Judaism, Tova Mirvis left her marriage and the way of life she’d always known. The bestselling novelist of The Ladies Auxiliary, The Outside World, and Visible City, Mirvis speaks with columnist Marjorie Ingall (Tablet Magazine) about her moving new memoir, The Book of Separation, and her new life in the secular world.

Book signing and reception to follow.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History in partnership with the Oxford University Press

first person: jewish stories, jewish lives

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

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

All Jewish History in Less Than an Hour with David N. Myers

Love history but short on time? Join CJH President and distinguished Jewish History Professor David N. Myers for a fast and fascinating discussion. Author of Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction, Myers covers 5778 years in a very short program. Sound impossible? Set the clock. And see how much you’ll learn.

Meet our new CJH President! Book signing and reception to follow.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History in partnership with the Oxford University Press

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

21 | Jan
02:00PM
21 | Jan
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Warsaw Genealogy Research

Speaker: Hadassah Lipsius

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and at the onset of World War II had the largest population of Jews in all of Europe. Hadassah Lipsius will present a lecture about genealogy research in Warsaw and specifically research of your Warsaw family. Sources will include vital record research, newspaper announcements, business directories, homeowner lists, cemetery records, notarial records, business records and more. She will review the sources, show examples and provide aids and tips in how to perform your search.

In order to assist researchers who will attend the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Warsaw from August 5 to August 10, 2018, Hadassah Lipsius will also present an introductory talk, prepared by the organization committee.

Hadassah Lipsius is long-time board member of JRI-Poland, as well as Archive Coordinator for the Warsaw and Tomaszow Mazowiecki Archives. She is the database manager for JewishGen's Warsaw Research Group, and has helped index Warszawa newspaper life cycle announcements. She serves on the executive council of the Jewish Genealogical Society. Hadassah has traveled many times to Poland to pursue her family reserach.

Presented by: Jewish Genealogical Society and the Ackman & the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

17 | Jan
07:15PM
17 | Jan
07:15PM

panel discussion

The AMIA Bombing and the Murder of Alberto Nisman: Is Justice in Sight?

On the eve of the anniversary of Argentinian Prosecutor Alberto Nisman's tragic murder, The Algemeiner Editor’s Club and the American Sephardi Federation invite you to a discussion addressing the dramatic and unexpected latest developments in the struggle for justice on behalf of the victims of the AMIA Jewish Center Bombing and Nisman's posthumous vindication.

The panel will feature The Algemeiner's own Ben Cohen, Toby Dershowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Matthew Taylor, creator of the documentary film Los Abandonados, and will be moderated by Brazilian journalist and TV host Miriam Spritzer. The discussion will be followed by a Q & A session.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Algemeiner Editor’s Club

panel discussion

15 | Jan
15 | Jan

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

holidays and closures

10 | Jan
06:30PM
10 | Jan
06:30PM

curator's tour

The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back

Join Jacob Wisse, director of YUM, on a tour through the Museum’s exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, exploring the image and legacy of the Arch of Titus from Imperial Rome to modern-day Israel.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum & YU Center for Israel Studies

curator's tour

10 | Jan
07:00PM
10 | Jan
07:00PM

discussion

East West Street: Personal Histories of Genocide and Raphael Lemkin’s Thought

Featuring remarkable materials housed at AJHS, Philippe Sands will explore how personal lives and history are interwoven in his book East West Street. A conversation with Douglas Irvin-Erikson, author of Raphäel Lemkin and the Concept of Genocide will follow.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

discussion

09 | Jan
07:00PM
09 | Jan
07:00PM

lecture

Schmaltz: Jewish Cooking Past, Present and Futures

Join us for a lecture on Jewish food by best-selling author Michael Wex. Wex will discuss his book Rhapsody in Schmaltz and reflect on why the serious study of Jewish food has been a blind spot in the study of Eastern European Jewry. He will then be joined by Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz of The Gefilteria, who will discuss their work in contemporary Jewish cuisine and lead a live cooking demonstration rendering schmaltz and gribenes, and then making chopped liver. A light reception featuring Jewish food favorites will follow the event.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture

08 | Jan
02:00PM
08 | Jan
02:00PM

lecture

The Fate of Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust

In 1943, Bulgaria complied with German demands and deported nearly 11,400 Jews from occupied territories in northern Greece and Yugoslavia (Macedonia). At the same time, Bulgaria successfully resisted repeated German pressures to deport the 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria. Dr. Benatov will offer an overview of the facts surrounding these historical events and will focus on the conflicting opinions about the role played by King Boris III, church officials, and politicians in the rescue of Bulgaria’s Jewish population. Dr. Benatov will also discuss the international debate over the way in which this historical moment should be interpreted, remembered, and commemorated.

Dr. Joseph Benatov teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of the 2017 Fred and Ellen Lewis / JDC Archives Fellowship. His research in the JDC Archives is on JDC activities in Bulgaria in the postwar period, 1945-1949, and its support of the Jewish community and involvement in the mass immigration of the Bulgarian Jewish community to Israel.

Presented by: JDC Archives and Center for Jewish History

lecture

08 | Jan
06:30PM
08 | Jan
06:30PM

film and discussion

Reversing Oblivion

The New York City premiere of this documentary film brings us to the filmmaker’s discovery of her grandparents’ confiscated pre-World War II estate and her own German Jewish heritage, and records the work of a Cornell University architecture team to design creative new uses for the site. With filmmakers Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, and Cornell Architecture Professor Aleksandr Mergold. Reception to follow.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, Jewish Studies Program of Cornell University, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research & Leo Baeck Institute

film and discussion

07 | Jan
11:00AM
07 | Jan
11:00AM

exhibit tour and discussion

The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back

Verbal Description Tour

Visitors who are blind or have low vision are invited to a special tour of YUM’s exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back. The tour will feature handling objects, including a quarter-scale replica of the Spoils of Jerusalem panel from the Arch of Titus.

This program is funded by a grant from The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum & YU Center for Israel Studies

exhibit tour and discussion