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