21 | Mar
07:30PM
21 | Mar
07:30PM

concert

Bach Turns 333! Phoenix Chamber Ensemble Celebrates Bach's Birthday

The program includes two Bach keyboard concerti, in D minor (BWV 1052) and G minor (BWV 1058) with a string quartet; and the F-minor concerto (BWV 1056) - 1 piano 4-hand version; Martinu’s three Madrigals for violin and viola; and Handel’s Halvorsen Passacaglia for violin and cello.

Made possible by Stravinsky Institute Foundation through the generous support of Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Presented by: the Center for Jewish History

concert

19 | Mar
02:00PM
19 | Mar
02:00PM

lecture

Searching for Survivors: the Fate of the St. Louis Passengers

On the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the St. Louis’ fateful voyage from Hamburg, Germany, the JDC Archives and the American Jewish Historical Society invite you to a special public program:

Eighty years ago, in early June of 1939, the St. Louis, a passenger ship carrying 937 people – almost all of them Jews fleeing Nazi Germany – was denied entry into both Cuba and the United States. With no refuge in sight, the St. Louis was forced to sail back to Europe. The fates of its passengers, however, remained an unsolved mystery for over sixty years.

Scott Miller, former Director of Curatorial Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss his decades-long search to uncover the fate of every passenger from this tragic journey and JDC’s historic role in striving to rescue them.

Scott Miller was a founding staff member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he worked for 30 years and now serves as a consultant on special acquisitions for the Holocaust Museum’s National Institute for Holocaust Documentation. He is the co-author with Sarah Ogilvie of Refuge Denied – The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust, the story of their search for the St. Louis passenger

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society &American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

lecture

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

film and discussion

Black Honey: The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutzkever

Black Honey: The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutzkever (2018) recounts the story of one of the greatest Yiddish poets who became a symbol of national resistance and creative survival. The film, which complements YUM’s exhibition Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album, will be followed by a discussion with Yiddish literature scholar Ruth Wisse about the poet’s writing and legacy.

film and discussion

17 | Mar
11:00AM
17 | Mar
11:00AM

family program

Children’s Day

Join us for our annual Children’s Day, where visitors of all ages will enjoy a wonderful selection of Purim-themed activities and performances. This year’s program will have something for everybody – sing-alongs of Yiddish folk staples, a magic show, and delicious treats, among other activities – to enjoy.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

family program

13 | Mar
06:30PM
13 | Mar
06:30PM

film

My Knees Were Jumping—Remembering the Kindertransports

Join director Melissa Hacker and NPR journalist Uri Berliner to watch and discuss the first documentary film to tell the heart-wrenching story of the Kindertransports. After the screening, Hacker and Berliner will talk about how the Kindertransport affected their own family histories.

Presented by: Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum

film

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

book talk

First Person: Matti Friedman in Conversation with Lucette Lagnado

Matti Friedman’s new book, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel tells the unknown story of four of Israel’s first spies. Recruited by a rag-tag outfit called the Arab Section before the 1948 War of Independence, they assumed Arab identities to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage and assassinations. At the height of the war the spies posed as refugees fleeing the fighting, reached Beirut, and set up what became Israel’s first foreign intelligence station. Spies not only tells a breathtaking and true espionage story, it also explores a different story about how the state was founded and raises many questions that are relevant today.

In a wide-ranging First Person conversation, Matti Friedman speaks with author Lucette Lagnado (The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit) about his journalism career, researching and writing his new book, and what Spies of No Country reveals about Israel in the 20th and 21st centuries.

A reception, book sale and signing follow the program.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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

book talk

10 | Mar
01:30PM
10 | Mar
01:30PM

art workshop

Assemblage Portraiture in the Spirit of Purim

Multi-media artist Deborah Yasinsky will lead participants in a portraiture workshop, using recycled, non-traditional materials to create a richly textured image with hidden elements! Learn new techniques and explore the idea of hiddenness (hester panim) in the holiday of Purim.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

art workshop

10 | Mar
04:00PM
10 | Mar
04:00PM

concert

Al Naharot Bavel (By the Waters of Babylon): Jewish Musicians at the Courts of England and Italy

NYC ensembles ARTEK and PARTHENIA offer a concert of music by Jewish composers of the Renaissance and early baroque, in Italy and England.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

concert

07 | Mar
06:30PM
07 | Mar
06:30PM

curator's tour

Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

Join curator Ilona Moradof on a tour of Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, illuminating the organized rescue efforts that brought thousands of children from Nazi Europe to Great Britain in the late 1930s. Explore the children’s difficult and often heartbreaking journeys through personal stories, artifacts and engaging media.

Presented by: Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum

curator's tour

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

book launch and panel discussion

America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

On the day of publication, join us in launching Pamela Nadell’s America's Jewish Women. A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women have maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history. Panelists include author Pamela Nadell, Barbara Dobkin (Ma’yan) and Jane Eisner.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

book launch and panel discussion

04 | Mar
07:30PM
04 | Mar
07:30PM

concert

PLEASE NOTE: Cancelled due to pending extreme weather
The Land of Israel – in Song

Israeli singer Ariella Edvy and the MusicTalks Ensemble embark on a musical journey through Israel’s diverse sites and environments – from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, from bustling cities to agricultural kibbutzim. Through an array of vivid site-specific songs, host Elad Kabilio offers up a fresh auditory experience of the landscape of Israel.

Presented by: Yeshiva University Museum & Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies

concert

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

not just funny girl: jewish american women in comedy

Happy Birthday, Molly! Celebrate East and West and Other Migrating Identities

Live score and film screening of the silent classic East and West (1923) featuring the composer of the original score for the 1991 remastered film, Pete Sokolow, and musician Michael Winograd (Sandaraa), celebrating the 121st birthday of Molly Picon.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society, Carnegie Hall, YIVO Institute, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History & Center for Jewish History

not just funny girl: jewish american women in comedy

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

panel discussion

Is America Different? Anti-Semitism in the United States

Panel Discussion with Lila Corwin Berman (Temple University), Tony Michels (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University). Moderated by Samuel G. Freedman (Columbia University).

In the wake of the murderous attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, anti-Semitism in America fosters debate. To what extent is America different from diaspora countries? Do more recent events warrant a change in our understanding, or is this part of longer patterns? Join award-winning historians Lila Corwin Berman, Tony Michels and Jonathan Sarna for a conversation that covers recent events but is also rooted in history. Documents and images from the AJHS archives will punctuate the conversation.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

panel discussion

26 | Feb
08:00PM
26 | Feb
08:00PM

the american sephardi music festival

Journey in Judeo-Arabic Songs

Moroccan Star Rachid Halihal and His Andalusian Orchestra – Journey in Judeo-Arabic Songs from Andalusia to Moroccan classics.

Join us for more sophisticated Sephardic sounds by world-renowned artists in the Sephardic and world music genres during the 2nd ASF session. Artistic direction by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

the american sephardi music festival

25 | Feb
05:30PM
25 | Feb
05:30PM

panel discussion

Looking In, Speaking Out: Commemorating the Khojaly Tragedy

The Khojaly Tragedy occurred on 26 February 1992 when Armenian military forces killed 613 Azerbaijani citizens in the town of Khojaly, Azerbaijan. This year, MALA and ASF will commemorate Khojaly by creating a space for learning, remembrance, and dialogue about ending ethnic cleansing and genocide of all kinds. MALA and ASF will bring in a panel of guest speakers to facilitate a discussion about identity, erasure, genocide, and memory in the light of the 27th anniversary of the Khojaly Tragedy.

Genocide and ethnic cleansings so often begin with the erasure of histories, heritage, and the silencing of voices. MALA and the ASF are committed to building platforms for individuals and communities to share their histories and learn collectively through our profound individual stories. By holding in memory some of the most somber moments in history, we increase our ability, as a community, to work towards a unified future.

Please join us as we stand in solidarity to remember those whose lives were lost. Let us strive to build our communities with an understanding of the past to ensure a better tomorrow.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Muslim American Leadership Alliance

panel discussion

25 | Feb
08:00PM
25 | Feb
08:00PM

the american sephardi music festival

Azerbaijan Evening – In memory of the Khojaly Massacre

Jeffrey Werbock, a world renowned musician will perform Traditional Azerbaijani Instrumental Mughal Music in tribute to the Khojaly Tragedy.

Join us for more sophisticated Sephardic sounds by world-renowned artists in the Sephardic and world music genres during the 2nd ASF session. Artistic direction by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

the american sephardi music festival

24 | Feb
11:00AM
24 | Feb
11:00AM

workshop

History Unfolded

The Center for Jewish History is proud to host two History Unfolded Workshop Events on February 24th and March 24th, 2019 in collaboration with History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust, a program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in support of their upcoming exhibition on American reactions to the Holocaust. More on History Unfolded: https://www.ushmm.org/learn/history-unfolded

Citizen historians are invited to register for a research account on the History Unfolded website prior to visiting the Center for Jewish History to conduct research in newspaper collections and investigate US press coverage for specific Holocaust events.

Participants will gain hands-on instruction for using online tools to search for newspaper articles as well as physically handling collections. These workshops help 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.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

workshop

24 | Feb
02:00PM
24 | Feb
02:00PM

lecture

Lublin’s “Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre” and the 43 Thousand Project: Documenting an Entire Lost Jewish Community of Lublin, One Individual at a Time

Olivier Szlos will present the work of Lublin’s “Grodzka Gate-NN Theatre” Centre to reclaim Jewish memory in the Lublin region of Poland, with its 43 Thousand Project, by exploring archives, personal testimonies and private collections to retrieve names, photos, documents and stories, and provide a hands-on approach to the project’s public access database that might add to your family research.

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

lecture

24 | Feb
06:00PM
24 | Feb
06:00PM

the american sephardi music festival

Tango Shalom

Paboli Zinger and Nicole Murad perform Tango Shalom – Jewish tangos from all over the world!

Join us for more sophisticated Sephardic sounds by world-renowned artists in the Sephardic and world music genres during the 2nd ASF session. Artistic direction by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

the american sephardi music festival

24 | Feb
08:00PM
24 | Feb
08:00PM

the american sephardi music festival

Cantor Shiree Kidron

Cantor Shiree Kidron – Musical pearls of Sepharad

Join us for more sophisticated Sephardic sounds by world-renowned artists in the Sephardic and world music genres during the 2nd ASF session. Artistic direction by David Serero.

Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation

the american sephardi music festival

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

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Genealogy Lecture for Sephardi and Mizrahi Families

Curious about family history outside of the Pale of Settlement? J.D. Arden, Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History, will provide an overview of tools for researching Jewish community records and Jewish life in the Sephardi and Mizrahi Diaspora.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Presented by: the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at Center for Jewish History and American Sephardi Federation

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

21 | Feb
07:30PM
21 | Feb
07:30PM

concert

Composer Karol Rathaus and His Circle

A concert of Karol Rathaus’ (1895-1954) chamber music by seven distinguished New York performers, and a roundtable discussion, with Drs. Leon Botstein and Michael Hass, about Rathaus and his circle, whose promising compositional careers were derailed by the Nazis.

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

concert

19 | Feb
06:30PM
19 | Feb
06:30PM

lecture

Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews

At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds: A Three-Part Learning and Cultural Series on the Greater Sephardic Communities of the Former Soviet Union.

Back by popular demand, the American Sephardi Federation’s Young Sephardi Scholars Series is excited to once again host a 3-part learning and cultural series about the Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) communities of the Greater Sephardic world. The cultures and histories of Bukharian, Georgian, and Kavkazi (Mountain) Jews are situated at the fascinating, yet lesser known, intersection of RSJ, Sephardic and Mizrahi life. Led by Ruben Shimonov, this multimedia learning series will provide a unique opportunity to explore the multilayered and rich stories of the three communities.

Co-sponsored by JDC Entwine. This project was created as part of the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship, supported by COJECO and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Light dinner reflecting the cuisine of Kavkazi Jews will be served.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation Young Sephardi Scholars Series

lecture

14 | Feb
07:30PM
14 | Feb
07:30PM

concert

Music in Our Time 2019

The combined choirs of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary present an array of exciting Jewish choral music from noted composers of the 20th century (including some important birthday anniversaries) and their 21st-century colleagues.

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

concert

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

concert & multimedia presentation

Andy Statman and Zev Feldman: Klezmer Pioneers Reunited!

This special program reunites the legendary klezmer duo of Andy Statman (clarinet/mandolin) and Walter Zev Feldman (tsimbl/hammered dulcimer) for the first time in 35 years! The evening will include a performance and multimedia presentation celebrating the duo’s work in the 1970s with legendary klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras and other important immigrant musicians.

Presented by: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research & Center for Traditional Music and Dance

concert & multimedia presentation

12 | Feb
06:30PM
12 | Feb
06:30PM

book talk

Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures

Pauline Kael called him “the greatest American screenwriter.” Jean-Luc Godard said he was “a genius” who “invented 80% of what is used in Hollywood movies today.” With credits that include ScarfaceTwentieth Century and Notorious, novelist, reporter, and playwright Ben Hecht also emerged during WWII as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe and later became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Adina Hoffman speaks with Phillip Lopate about her new biography of this charismatic and contradictory figure, who came to embody much that defined America—especially Jewish America—in his time. Book sales and signing follow the program.

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

book talk

10 | Feb
02:00PM
10 | Feb
02:00PM

sephardic music festival: scholar series

International Ladino Day: A Celebration of Words and Music

Celebrate a remarkable language, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish).  Hear clarinetist Danny Elias; author Jane Mushabac; scholar Bryan Kirschen (Binghamton); storyteller Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé; composer Avi Amon on his musical fantasy, Salonika; and Alhambra Sephardic Ensemble, with oud, violin, shawm, dumbek and voices.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation, American Jewish Historical Society, Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of American & Binghamton University Judaic Studies Department

sephardic music festival: scholar series

07 | Feb
03:00PM
07 | Feb
03:00PM

book talk

Motor City Music: A Detroiter Looks Back

Marc Slobin discusses his recently published Motor City Music: A Detroiter Looks Back (Oxford University Press, 2018). Motor City Music examines the melting pot of musical life throughout Detroit.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

book talk

07 | Feb
06:30PM
07 | Feb
06:30PM

short talks on big subjects

The Treaty of Versailles with Michael Neiberg

Collection of the Australian War Memorial


The Treaty of Versailles ended more than the First World War. By putting a final end to the German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman Empires it also raised questions about the future of the Jews who lived in those empires. In our continuing series, Short Talks on Big Subjects, Michael S. Neiberg, author of The Treaty of Versailles: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the watershed events of 1916-1919 and their connection to the Jewish people today.  Book included with admission and a book signing follows the program.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History, Leo Baeck Institute & Oxford University Press

short talks on big subjects

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

curator's tour

Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

Join curator Ilona Moradof on a tour of Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, illuminating the organized rescue efforts that brought thousands of children from Nazi Europe to Great Britain in the late 1930s. Explore the children’s difficult and often heartbreaking journeys through personal stories, artifacts and engaging media.

Presented by: Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum

curator's tour

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

book talk & live podcast recording

Michael Walzer Discussion with the Tel Aviv Review

Join us for an in-depth conversation between eminent author and scholar Michael Walzer and the Tel Aviv Review podcast’s Gilad Halpern, where they will be discussing Walzer’s new critically-acclaimed book A Foreign Policy for the Left. Originally adapted from a selection of Walzer’s writings previously published in the quarterly Dissent, A Foreign Policy for the Left requires leftists to reevaluate presumed ideologies regarding today's international affairs.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

book talk & live podcast recording

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

book talk

Love and Strife: A Celebration of Saul Bellow Life and Storytelling

Join us for a celebration of the publication of the highly acclaimed Zachary Leader’s The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005, volumes 1 and 2, in discussion with Marc Cohen, the author of the newly published Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose.

Presented by: the American Jewish Historical Society

book talk

03 | Feb
02:00PM
03 | Feb
02:00PM

staged reading

Out of the Depths

“She has beautiful eyes, this woman. And a beautiful face. And she is all day and all night in my thoughts. When I see the sun, I see her. When I see the moon, I see her, I hear her voice in the wind.”

So says Young Ansky in Chaim Potok’s original play, Out of the Depths. Based on the life of Solomon Rappaport (S. Ansky), the play begins in 1920 in a Warsaw rehearsal room where the Vilna Troupe are rehearsing Ansky’s The Dybbuk. Potok transports the audience to various times and locations in Ansky’s life, and against a backdrop of war and revolution, shows us how Ansky’s own life evolved into The Dybbuk. Directed by David Bassuk and introduced by Rena Potok, the performance celebrates the publication of The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok, edited by Rena Potok. A book signing follows the program. 

Chaim Potok (1929-2002) is the author of nine novels, including The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, Davita’s Harp, and I Am the Clay. He also wrote Wanderings: Chaim Potok’s History of the Jews as well as Young Adult fiction, children’s books, a collection of novellas, biographies, and numerous essays and short stories. An ordained rabbi, Potok served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Korea. The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok is the first volume of his plays to be published.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History and the Forward

staged reading

31 | Jan
07:00PM
31 | Jan
07:00PM

book talk

Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s

Join us for a panel to celebrate the publication of Marc Dollinger’s Black Power Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s with the author and special guests Including April Baskin (The Union for Reform Judaism), Cheryl Greenberg (Trinity College), Ilana Kaufman (The Jews of Color Field Building Initiative) and Rivka Press Schwartz (Associate Principal, SAR High School and Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America).In this book, Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power-inspired ethnic nationalism. He shows how, in a period best known for the rise of black antisemitism and the breakdown of the black-Jewish alliance, black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda—including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism.

AJHS is home to the records of the American Jewish Congress, where numerous photos trace the participation of Rabbis and other prominent Jewish leaders in the 1963 March on Washington, the 1965 March from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama, and other events and causes of the Civil Rights movement era. AJHS is also home to the collection of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews, which helped Ethiopian Jews receive recognition, aid, and refuge as they were trying to flee Ethiopia since the 1970s. 

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity and pluralism and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.

Presented by: American Jewish Historical Society & Shalom Hartman Institute

book talk

30 | Jan
07:15PM
30 | Jan
07:15PM

conversation

The Changing Arab Military Threat to Israel

A special evening featuring former CIA analyst and renowned scholar Kenneth Pollack in conversation with Algemeiner editor-in-chief Dovid Efune. The talk will draw from Pollack’s new book, Armies of Sand, in which he argues that Arab forces have consistently punched below their weight since the Second World War. Mr. Pollack will explore these patterns while sharing a powerful and riveting historical account of the Middle East.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and The Algemeiner

conversation

29 | Jan
09:00AM
29 | Jan
09:00AM

conference

Jewish Africa Conference: Past, Present, and Future

Join us for a three-day cultural and scholarly conference bringing together emerging North & Sub-Saharan African scholars and leaders to analyze the history and contemporary situation of Jewish Africa, which is home to some of the oldest, most diverse and fascinating communities in the world.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation & Association Mimouna

conference

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

film festival

Jewish Africa Film Festival

Journey to Judaism: The Story of Madagascar (2016). Joshua Kristal. (12.5 minutes)

Re-Emerging : The Jews of Nigeria (2012). Jeff Lieberman. (1 hr 33 minutes)

Each evening will feature either the director or a participant in the film as a presenter, including a Q&A.

Wine and cheese reception at 6:30pm.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Association Mimouna

film festival

28 | Jan
09:00AM
28 | Jan
09:00AM

conference

Jewish Africa Conference: Past, Present, and Future

Join us for a three-day cultural and scholarly conference bringing together emerging North & Sub-Saharan African scholars and leaders to analyze the history and contemporary situation of Jewish Africa, which is home to some of the oldest, most diverse and fascinating communities in the world.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation & Association Mimouna

conference

28 | Jan
06:30PM
28 | Jan
06:30PM

curator's talk

Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album

Join curator Jacob Wisse on a tour of Lost & Found, exploring the remarkable story of a pre-war family photo album that was owned by a woman who was deported from the Kovno Ghetto in 1943. Prior to her deportation, she smuggled the album to a non-Jewish Lithuanian family for safekeeping. After the album’s fortuitous discovery in 2013, it was reunited with the original owner’s descendants.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

curator's talk

28 | Jan
06:30PM
28 | Jan
06:30PM

film festival

Jewish Africa Film Festival

Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana (2016). Gabrielle Zilkha. (45 minutes)

Yearning to Belong (2007). David Vinik and Debra Gonshor Vinik. (58 minutes))

Each evening will feature either the director or a participant in the film as a presenter, including a Q&A.

Wine and cheese reception at 6:30pm.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation and Association Mimouna

film festival

27 | Jan
02:00PM
27 | Jan
02:00PM

lecture

Bad Rabbi: and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press

Eddy Portnoy, Ph.D., author of Bad Rabbi, Academic Advisor for the Max Weinreich Center and Exhibition Curator at YIVO, will discuss the Yiddish press in New York and Warsaw and the often strange stories about Jews that appear in it, as well as its use as a genealogical resource.

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

lecture

27 | Jan
06:30PM
27 | Jan
06:30PM

conference

Jewish Africa Conference: Past, Present, and Future

Join us for a three-day cultural and scholarly conference bringing together emerging North & Sub-Saharan African scholars and leaders to analyze the history and contemporary situation of Jewish Africa, which is home to some of the oldest, most diverse and fascinating communities in the world.

Presented by: American Sephardi Federation & Association Mimouna

conference

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

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

SOLD OUT: Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist

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

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

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

23 | Jan
07:00PM
23 | Jan
07:00PM

concert and discussion

Sam Adler: Building Bridges with Music

The prolific composer and educator Sam Adler, born the son of a cantor in 1928 in Mannheim, Germany, reflects on a life in music in an intimate interview and performance of his chamber works.

Presented by: American Society for Jewish Music & the Leo Baeck Institute

concert and discussion

20 | Jan
10:00AM
20 | Jan
10:00AM

conference

Yiddish Anarchism: New Scholarship on a Forgotten Tradition

This conference, the first of its kind, highlights emerging new scholarship on the forgotten world of Yiddish-speaking anarchists. It brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose multilingual research examines the origin, evolution and contributions of Jewish anarchism in NYC and beyond.

Presented by: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, Labor and Working Class History Association, Tamiment Library at NYU, Working-Class Studies Association & Yiddish Book Center

conference

20 | Jan
01:30PM
20 | Jan
01:30PM

workshop

Paper-Art Workshop for Tu B’Shevat with guest paper artist Marna Chester

As we prepare to mark the “birthday of the trees”, explore new ways to create art from paper. Taking inspiration from the songs and ceremonies of Tu B’Shevat – featuring flowers, birds and the seven species of the Land of Israel – this workshop explores unconventional ways to think about paper in both 2D and 3D. Our guest paper artist, Marna Chester, will inspire us to curl, fold, pinch, crumple, roll, poke, tear and cut paper, to craft new shapes and dramatic effects.

Presented by: the Yeshiva University Museum

workshop

17 | Jan
06:30PM
17 | Jan
06:30PM

book talk

The Many Deaths of Jew Süss

Princeton Historian Yair Mintzker’s innovative new book on Joseph Süss Oppenheimer’s notorious trial and execution in 1738 draws on the accounts of four contemporaries, who paint a lurid tale of greed, sex, violence and disgrace. But can these narrators be trusted?

Presented by: the Leo Baeck Institute

book talk

14 | Jan
06:30PM
14 | Jan
06:30PM

curator's tour

Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War

Join curator Ilona Moradof on a tour of Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, illuminating the organized rescue efforts that brought thousands of children from Nazi Europe to Great Britain in the late 1930s. Explore the children’s difficult and often heartbreaking journeys through personal stories, artifacts and engaging media.

Presented by: Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum

curator's tour

13 | Jan
05:30PM
13 | Jan
05:30PM

concert

Flute Music of New York Jewish Composers

How did the greatest city on earth influence the lives and music of Jewish composers? Join some of New York’s most accomplished chamber musicians for a winter afternoon of flute music by such 20th and 21st-century musical luminaries as (clockwise) Miriam Gideon, Ernest Bloch, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein. Curated by music historian Nancy Toff, the concert will be introduced by Dr. Tina Frühauf of Columbia University.

Founded in 1920, The New York Flute Club is the oldest orchestral instrument club organization in the United States.

Presented by: Center for Jewish History & New York Flute Club

concert

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

lecture

Beyond Simple Myths: History and Memory of the Shoah in Eastern Europe

Historical memory has become a deeply contentious topic in the post-communist societies of Eastern Europe, particularly with regards to World War II, communism and nationalism. Christoph Dieckmann will share his experiences and impressions of both history and memory in Eastern Europe from the perspective of an engaged German historian.

Presented by: the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

lecture