Tue, Jun 02
10:00AM
Tue, Jun 02
10:00AM

lecture

The Muslim World’s Reaction to the Six Day War – Live on Zoom

Bar-Ilan University Lecturer Dr. Mordechai Kedar discusses the Muslim world's reaction to the Six Day War.


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lecture

Tue, Jun 02
02:00PM
Tue, Jun 02
02:00PM

book talk

LBI Book Club, Vol II, Part 1: The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig, featuring George Prochnik – Live on Zoom

Join us for a discussion of Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday, featuring George Prochnik, author of The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World.

Please note that the discussion for The World of Yesterday will be broken into 2 parts, Chapters 1-8 and Chapters 9-16. The first 8 chapters will be discussed in the June 2nd meeting. The second 8 chapters will be discussed in the June 9th meeting. IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND BOTH SECTIONS, PLEASE REGISTER FOR BOTH. This is the webpage for the first session. The page for the second session is here. Thank you!

Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, The World of Yesterday recalls the golden age of literary Vienna—its seeming permanence, its promise, and its devastating fall.  Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, Stefan Zweig draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction. The World of Yesterday is often described as Zweig’s memoir to a lost world.


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book talk

Mon, Jun 01
12:00PM
Mon, Jun 01
12:00PM

lecture

Values and Consequences in the Halakhic Process: A Sephardi Perspective  - Live on Zoom

Professor Zvi Zohar on the Sephardi perspective of values and consequences in the halakhic process.


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lecture

Sun, May 31
11:00AM
Sun, May 31
11:00AM

family program

Virtual Visit: Meet Emma Lazarus

Step back in time and into the sitting room of Emma Lazarus, a fifth-generation American Jew caught in an important turning point in American history. In this live interactive program, children have the opportunity to engage with the famous poetess about her life and the issues of her time. Emma will encourage families to identify a cause that they care about and discover their own creative voice. Recommended for children age 7 – 12, but family of all ages are welcome to follow along.


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family program

Sun, May 31
12:00PM
Sun, May 31
12:00PM

lecture and musical program

Musical Source of the Yemenite Tefillah and its Distinction from Other Groups – Live on Zoom

The Yemenites were a fixed community in the southern Arabian peninsula for 3,000 years. Barak Oded is a musicologist who specializes in Yemenite songs of all types, as well as the language and tunes involved in the context of other Jewish communities. In these sessions, Barak will show the uniqueness of Yemenite song and prayers as they were distinct from other communities. Prayers were chanted, there wasn't and still isn't music and song in liturgical services. Men would sing songs based on Jewish texts, and in Hebrew, while women would sing in Arabic about daily life.

Samples of each of these categories will be presented throughout these presentations.


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lecture and musical program

Thu, May 28
02:00PM
Thu, May 28
02:00PM

panel discussion

Refuge in the Heights: Migration, Memory, and Authoritarianism in the 20th Century – Live on Zoom

From "Frankfurt on the Hudson" to the "Little Dominican Republic", Washington Heights has often been defined by the immigrant groups who started new lives there. Since the 1930s, many of those immigrants have been fleeing authoritarian regimes. European Jews escaped Hitler, Dominicans brought the memory of Trujillo and his brutal successors, and Jews from the Soviet Union also settled in Washington Heights beginning in the 1970s. Although the Heights was no different than other immigrant destinations, where immigrants lived in enclaves and mixed only uneasily, many of these groups found support from the same network of urban institutions, such as the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, that serve new immigrant groups today.

Our panelists will discuss different groups of immigrants and institutions have experienced their own refuge in Washington Heights, especially focusing on shared experiences of trauma in the old country and exclusion in an unequal New York City, but also solidarity and resilience.

This discussion will be held over Zoom. After registering on Eventbrite, you will receive the Zoom information before the event. If the event is sold out, don't worry! We will be live-streaming the panel discussion on our Facebook and YouTube pages.


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panel discussion

Wed, May 27
12:00PM
Wed, May 27
12:00PM

lecture

Global Nacão - Five part Zoom Series

Western Sephardi cantorial practices


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lecture

Wed, May 27
04:00PM
Wed, May 27
04:00PM

book talk

Yiddish in Israel – A History – Live on Zoom

The new book Yiddish in Israel: A History challenges the commonly held view that Yiddish was suppressed or even banned by Israeli authorities for ideological reasons, offering instead a radical new interpretation of the interaction between Yiddish and Israeli Hebrew cultures. Following the Israeli Yiddish scene through the history of the Yiddish press, Yiddish theater, early Israeli Yiddish literature, and high Yiddish culture, author Rachel Rojanski tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew. Join us for a discussion of this book with Rachel Rojanski in conversation with Rachel BrennerShachar Pinsker, and Sunny Yudkoff.


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book talk

Tue, May 26
12:00PM
Tue, May 26
12:00PM

virtual tour

Global Nacão - Five part Zoom Series

A Tour of Western Sephardi Synagogues from Jamaica, Bayonne, Philadelphia, Montreal, and New York with S&P Central’s Joshua Mendes


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virtual tour

Tue, May 26
04:00PM
Tue, May 26
04:00PM

book talk

Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century – Live on Zoom

What are the long-lasting consequences of refugee crises? How can one attempt to fully grasp the transnational fate of those displaced in the chaos of wars? What can we do to alleviate the suffering?

Join Adam Teller (Brown University), in conversation with Jonathan Karp (SUNY Binghamton), about the untold story of the 17th-century Jewish refugee crisis which spread from war-torn Poland-Lithuania through the Middle East, North Africa, and Western Europe— its social-cultural, economic, and cultural consequences, and the ways Jewish society responded to it. Whether by raising money to ransom those Jews put up for sale on the slave markets or adopting new social and religious forms to help relieve the suffering of those who had undergone traumatic experiences, 17th-century Jewish society exerted itself mightily to help the refugees and presents us with new ways to think about refugee issues.

The conversation celebrates Adam Teller’s new book, Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century, recently published by Princeton University Press. You can purchase the book at a 30% discount with free shipping by using this link and the discount code CJH30-FG: press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691161747/rescue-the-surviving-souls

Offer valid through July 17, 2020.


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book talk

Tue, May 26
06:30PM
Tue, May 26
06:30PM

workshop

Virtual Workshop: Poetry Salon

Led by celebrated teaching poets and contributors to the 92nd Street Y's #ANewColossus poetry festival, These virtual poetry workshops will delve into the construction and techniques used in writing “The New Colossus,” and place Lazarus' poem side by side with work by contemporary poets that is “descended” from, or inspired by, the original poem.

Using what they have discovered as a springboard, salon participants will have two writing sessions per class based on prompts inspired by the poems they have discussed. During each salon, participants will have the chance to share the work they have created with their peers.  Some take-home revision and new poem prompt ideas will be provided as well.

Salon participants have the opportunity to submit their work to AJHS' national poetry contest. Poems are being accepted on a rolling basis, and winner will be announced September of 2020.


About the Speaker:

Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Refusenik, Landscape with Sex and Violence, and If I Should Say I Have Hope, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space. Her essays have appeared in LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a book about Dolly Parton that is also a bit of a memoir, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2022. A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and previously on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y.


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workshop

Mon, May 25
12:00PM
Mon, May 25
12:00PM

lecture

Values and Consequences in the Halakhic Process: A Sephardi Perspective  - Live on Zoom

Professor Zvi Zohar on the Sephardi perspective of values and consequences in the halakhic process.


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lecture

Sun, May 24
10:00AM
Sun, May 24
10:00AM

lecture

Global Nacão - Five part Zoom Series

Just before Shavuot, we gather for a reading of the Azharot, as is customary in Sephardi communities.


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lecture

Sun, May 24
11:00AM
Sun, May 24
11:00AM

family program

Virtual Class: Soapbox Yoga

A key part of activism – is to take action and be active.  This virtual series uniquely blends storytelling and physical movement and connects families in real time through Zoom! These 45-minute classes invite families to get up and participate in connecting past and present through poses inspired by the stories of Emma Lazarus and the soapbox speakers of Union Square. 

This program is geared towards families with children age 4 to 7 years old.


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family program

Thu, May 21
01:00PM
Thu, May 21
01:00PM

concert

A Musical Journey to Jerusalem - Live on Zoom

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim / Jerusalem Day, join Elad Kabilio and Avigail Malachi of MusicTalks for a musical journey through the City of Gold, featuring selections from Yeshiva University Museum's collection.


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concert

Thu, May 21
07:00PM
Thu, May 21
07:00PM

discussion

Photographs of the Depression: a Jewish Angle – Live on Zoom

In this online virtual session, historians Beth Wenger and Deborah Dash Moore show how photographs shed light on history. Special emphasis will be placed on photographs in AJHS's collection, particularly those of JB Lightman, a social worker who set out to document a disappearing Jewish Lower East Side.


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discussion

Wed, May 20
12:00PM
Wed, May 20
12:00PM

lecture

Global Nacão - Five part Zoom Series

Global Nacão conference may have been postponed, but we're still giving you a glimpse into the world of Western Sephardim through an academic perspective.


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lecture

Tue, May 19
04:00PM
Tue, May 19
04:00PM

conversation

Bad Rabbi – Live Podcast Recording

Join us for a live recording of Charlie Buckholtz’s Bad Rabbi Podcast in which Buckholtz will be joined by YIVO’s Eddy Portnoy for a discussion of Portnoy’s book, Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press. An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Portnoy’s Bad Rabbi mines the Yiddish press to expose the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One part Isaac Bashevis Singer, one part Jerry Springer, this irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into an unknown Yiddish world that was.


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conversation

Tue, May 19
07:30PM
Tue, May 19
07:30PM

lecture

Living in Liminal Spaces: Refugees in Italian Displaced Persons Camps, 1945-1951 – Live on Zoom

Since the end of WWII in 1945, many Jews from Eastern and Central Europe viewed Italy as the byway to Israel, and although blockades and quotas had significantly prolonged their tenure in Italian Displaced Persons (DP) camps, by 1949 many had made their way to the Israel; in 1948 Jewish refugees from North Africa were now hoping to follow the same trajectory. This lecture will compare the daily experiences of European and North African Jewish refugees and their ability to turn the DP camps into new "home" spaces. Through a series of case studies, it will examine what options single adults, unaccompanied children, and families felt they had in order to build a future for themselves, and whether their sense of agency differed based on age, gender, and/or national origin. In examining the daily lives of those in Italian DP camps, it will argue that many established homes in these temporary spaces that attempted to both re-create elements of their former lives and at the same time to project what they hoped their future lives might look like.


About the Speaker:

Danielle Willard-Kyle is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at Rutgers University and an Association for Jewish Studies Dissertation Fellow. She received her M.St. in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford, an M.A. in History and Jewish Studies from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in History and English from Westmont College. Her dissertation, "Living in Liminal Spaces: Refugees in Italian Displaced Persons Camps, 1945-1951," recovers the stories of long-silenced European and North African Jewish displaced persons after World War II. She has given presentations on her research at multiple national and international academic conferences and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Association for Jewish Studies Dissertation Fellowship, the Steven Spielberg Endowment for Jewish Studies and the Memory of the Shoah Special Doctoral Fellowship, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Graduate Research Fellowship, the JDC Archives Regional Fellowship, the Ben and Zelda Cohen Visiting Fellowship at the United States Memorial Museum and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Fellowship.


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lecture

Mon, May 18
12:00PM
Mon, May 18
12:00PM

lecture

Values and Consequences in the Halakhic Process: A Sephardi Perspective  - Live on Zoom

Professor Zvi Zohar on the Sephardi perspective of values and consequences in the halakhic process.


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lecture

Sun, May 17
11:00AM
Sun, May 17
11:00AM

family program

Virtual Visit: Meet Emma Lazarus

Step back in time and into the sitting room of Emma Lazarus, a fifth-generation American Jew caught in an important turning point in American history. In this live interactive program, children have the opportunity to engage with the famous poetess about her life and the issues of her time. Emma will encourage families to identify a cause that they care about and discover their own creative voice. Recommended for children age 7 – 12, but family of all ages are welcome to follow along.


Presented by:

family program

Sun, May 17
12:00PM
Sun, May 17
12:00PM

virtual tour

Global Nacão - Five part Zoom Series

Virtually tour the Chatham Street Cemetery with Congregation Shearith Israel ’s Sexton Zachary Edinger


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virtual tour

Wed, May 13
12:00PM
Wed, May 13
12:00PM

lecture

The Syrian-Jewish Community of NY: Similarities & Differences to other Jewish Communities

ASF Broome & Allen Fellow Dr. Murray Mizrahi on the Jewish Syrian community.


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lecture

Tue, May 12
02:00PM
Tue, May 12
02:00PM

virtual tour

Virtual Lag Ba’Omer – Live on Zoom

A hilula like no other, as Diarna Geo-Museum Tours digitally transports pilgrims to shrines in multiple countries, including IranIraqTunisia, and Morocco. No Passport, Airfare, or Quarantines!


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virtual tour

Tue, May 12
03:00PM
Tue, May 12
03:00PM

book talk

LBI Book Club, Vol I: My Blue Piano by Else Lasker-Schüler

Join LBI's staff online for our first book club to discuss Else Lasker-Schüler's anthology of poems, My Blue Piano.

Else Lasker-Schüler wrote her 1943 collection, My Blue Piano (Mein Blaues Klavier) while living in exile in Jerusalem after fleeing Nazi Germany. The poems collected in this bilingual volume represent the full range of Lasker-Schüler’s work, from her earliest poems until her death. Brooks Haxton’s translation embraces the poems’ lyrical imagery, remaining faithful to the poet’s vision while also capturing the cadence and rhythms of the poetry.

Purchase a digital copy of the book online here or a print copy here. Additionally, the book may be available digitally at your local library. It is available through the New York Public Library here.


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book talk

Tue, May 12
04:00PM
Tue, May 12
04:00PM

conversation

Jewish Thought and Messianism in the Colonial Puritan Imagination: The Case of Judah Monis – Live on Zoom

Jews made up less than one tenth of a percent of the population of late colonial America, but due to a Puritan obsession with the Hebrew Bible and an early idea of America as the new Promised Land, Jewish thought played a key role in American identity formation. At the same time, many Puritans hoped for the conversion of the Jews as an integral part of the end of times. In this conversation, we will explore the role of Judah Monis, a seminal figure who both brought Jewish thought to the American Protestant public and who acted as an ‘exemplar’ by converting to Christianity. Monis was the first Jew to receive an advanced degree in North America and the first full-time Hebrew instructor at Harvard.

CJH-NEH Senior Scholar Brian Ogren (Rice University) and Michael Hoberman (Fitchburg State University) will discuss the figure of Judah Monis as an unwitting focal point for Puritan messianic projections. They will look at his career, and the kabbalistically tinged discourses given at his public baptism, as sources for better understanding the often slippery early American notions of religious identity formation.


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conversation

Tue, May 12
06:30PM
Tue, May 12
06:30PM

workshop

Virtual Workshop: Poetry Salon

Led by celebrated teaching poets and contributors to the 92nd Street Y's #ANewColossus poetry festival, These virtual poetry workshops will delve into the construction and techniques used in writing “The New Colossus,” and place Lazarus' poem side by side with work by contemporary poets that is “descended” from, or inspired by, the original poem.

Using what they have discovered as a springboard, salon participants will have two writing sessions per class based on prompts inspired by the poems they have discussed. During each salon, participants will have the chance to share the work they have created with their peers.  Some take-home revision and new poem prompt ideas will be provided as well.

Salon participants have the opportunity to submit their work to AJHS' national poetry contest. Poems are being accepted on a rolling basis, and winner will be announced September of 2020.


About the Speaker:

Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Refusenik, Landscape with Sex and Violence, and If I Should Say I Have Hope, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space. Her essays have appeared in LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a book about Dolly Parton that is also a bit of a memoir, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2022. A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and previously on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y.


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workshop

Tue, May 12
07:00PM
Tue, May 12
07:00PM

book talk

Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons – Live on Zoom

In 1978, Jakub Slucki passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of seventy-seven. A Holocaust survivor whose first wife and two sons had been murdered at the Nazi death camp in Chelmno, Poland, Jakub had lived a turbulent life. Just over 37 years later, his son Charles died of a heart attack. David Slucki’s Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons tells the story of his father and his grandfather, and the grave legacy that they each passed on to him. This is a story about the Holocaust and its aftermath, about absence and the scars that never heal, and about fathers and sons and what it means to raise young men. It is a story of a family’s century-long attachment to the Jewish Labor Bund. Based on thirty years of letters from Jakub to his brother Mendel, on archival materials, and on interviews with family members, Slucki’s unique memoir blends the scholarly and literary, grounding the story of his grandfather and father in the broader context of the 20th century.

Join us for a discussion of this new book with author and historian David Slucki in conversation with Eddy Portnoy (YIVO Academic Advisor and Director of Exhibitions).


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book talk

Mon, May 11
12:00PM
Mon, May 11
12:00PM

lecture

Values and Consequences in the Halakhic Process: A Sephardi Perspective  - Live on Zoom

Professor Zvi Zohar on the Sephardi perspective of values and consequences in the halakhic process.


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lecture

Sun, May 10
11:00AM
Sun, May 10
11:00AM

family program

Virtual Class: Soapbox Yoga

A key part of activism – is to take action and be active.  This virtual series uniquely blends storytelling and physical movement and connects families in real time through Zoom! These 45-minute classes invite families to get up and participate in connecting past and present through poses inspired by the stories of Emma Lazarus and the soapbox speakers of Union Square. 

This program is geared towards families with children age 4 to 7 years old.


Presented by:

family program

Thu, May 07
07:00PM
Thu, May 07
07:00PM

book launch

Stan Lee: A Life in Comics – Live on Zoom

He created Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. The son of Jewish immigrants, Stanley Martin Lieber changed his name and transformed American pop culture. But Stan Lee's Jewish roots ran deep. Was Spider-Man just a reincarnation of Cain? Is the Incredible Hulk simply Adam by another name? How were Lee's celebrated comic book heroes inspired by the ancient tales of the Bible, the Talmud, and Jewish mysticism? Author Liel Leibovitz speaks with Unorthodox Podcast co-host Stephanie Butnick about his new book, Stan Lee: A Life in Comics, and the surprisingly spiritual roots of Marvel Comics.

Special Book Offer!  Purchase here with discount code STANLEE for 25% off and free shipping.

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

Please note that if you already registered for the original April 23 date and received the new May 7 Zoom link, you do not need to re-register.


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book launch

Wed, May 06
04:00PM
Wed, May 06
04:00PM

conversation

Historians of the Jews and the Making of Plague Memory – Live on Zoom

Following our program on April 22, this is the second conversation between Joshua Teplitsky and Magda Teter on disease and plagues in Jewish history and memory. During this installment, Professors Teplitsky and Teter will discuss the role historians have played in shaping public memory of the plagues. They will examine the role premodern chroniclers played in defining “facts” and the way modern historians have approached the topic from the earliest days of modern historiography in the nineteenth century to more recent works.


About the Speakers:

Joshua Teplitsky (Ph.D. NYU) teaches Jewish history at SUNY Stony Brook. He is the author of Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library (Yale University Press, 2019), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is also the author of dozens of articles in academic journals and popular venues. Joshua Teplitsky received many prestigious fellowships. He is currently a Harry Starr Fellow at Harvard University, working on a book about Jews and plagues in premodern Europe.

Magda Teter (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth (Harvard University Press, 2020), Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege after the Reformation (Harvard, 2011), and Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland (Cambridge, 2006). She has published numerous articles in English, Hebrew, Italian, and Polish. Her research has been supported by  the John Simon Guggenheim and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundations,the Yad Ha-Nadiv Foundation, Harvard University, and the NYPL's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, among others.


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conversation

Tue, May 05
06:30PM
Tue, May 05
06:30PM

workshop

Virtual Workshop: Poetry Salon

Led by celebrated teaching poets and contributors to the 92nd Street Y's #ANewColossus poetry festival, These virtual poetry workshops will delve into the construction and techniques used in writing “The New Colossus,” and place Lazarus' poem side by side with work by contemporary poets that is “descended” from, or inspired by, the original poem.

Using what they have discovered as a springboard, salon participants will have two writing sessions per class based on prompts inspired by the poems they have discussed. During each salon, participants will have the chance to share the work they have created with their peers.  Some take-home revision and new poem prompt ideas will be provided as well.

Salon participants have the opportunity to submit their work to AJHS' national poetry contest. Poems are being accepted on a rolling basis, and winner will be announced September of 2020.


About the Speaker:

Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Refusenik, Landscape with Sex and Violence, and If I Should Say I Have Hope, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space. Her essays have appeared in LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a book about Dolly Parton that is also a bit of a memoir, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2022. A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and previously on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y.


Presented by:

workshop

Mon, May 04
04:00PM
Mon, May 04
04:00PM

lecture

War Orphans Find Home: Child Holocaust Survivors and US Adoptions – Live on Zoom

This program is sponsored by the “Hear Their Cry: Understanding the Jewish Orphan Experience” Scholars Working Group, which has been meeting at the Center for Jewish History since September 2019.

Soon after the conclusion of WWII, American Jewish families began to express interest in adopting young Jewish war orphans. Prompted by the fundraising images of child survivors that peppered the postwar press, letters of inquiry quickly reached the offices of Jewish communal workers. Their interest belied the reality; there were few surviving orphans to be had. Nevertheless, estimates suggest more than a thousand arrived to families in the war's immediate aftermath. Using images from the postwar US press, this lecture will highlight the fraught experience of those destined for the United States who were both children and survivors of the Holocaust.


About the Speaker:

Beth B. Cohen received her PhD in Holocaust history from Clark University and her Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University. Her first book, Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar America, analyzes the reception of adult survivors by the American Jewish community.  Her second book, Child Survivors of the Holocaust: The Youngest Remnant and the American Experience, focuses on child survivors and their complex identity as survivors, children, and Americans. Her work can also be found in: Fogelman, Kangisser Cohen, and Ofer, eds. Children in the Holocaust and its Aftermath; Patt and Berkowitz, eds., We Are Here: New Approaches to Displaced Persons in Germany; Cesarani and Sundquist, eds, After the Holocaust: Challenging the Myth of Silence, and others. She has also served as a consultant to numerous Holocaust education projects including the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, March of the Living, and PBS -TV's Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State. Cohen is currently a lecturer at California State University, Northridge, CA.


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lecture

Sun, May 03
11:00AM
Sun, May 03
11:00AM

family program

Virtual Visit: Meet Emma Lazarus

Step back in time and into the sitting room of Emma Lazarus, a fifth-generation American Jew caught in an important turning point in American history. In this live interactive program, children have the opportunity to engage with the famous poetess about her life and the issues of her time. Emma will encourage families to identify a cause that they care about and discover their own creative voice. Recommended for children age 7 – 12, but family of all ages are welcome to follow along.


Presented by:

family program

Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM
Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM

conversation

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


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conversation

Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM
Thu, Apr 30
06:30PM

lecture

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism - Live on Zoom

Please note: This is a Live Streamed Event via Zoom

How did Jewish designers, architects, patrons, and merchants contribute to the history of modern architecture and design? What do their stories tell us about Jewish assimilation into American society?  And in the aftermath of World War II, how did creative communities like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Pond Farm in Guerneville, California welcome Jewish emigre architects and designers? Join the Art Deco Society of New York and author and curator Donald Albrecht for an illustrated talk about Jewish contributions to America’s 20th-century domestic landscape.


About the Speaker:

Donald Albrecht is an independent curator who has organized exhibitions for the Getty Center, Library of Congress, Museum of the City of New York, and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, among others. He served as curator of the exhibition Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco in 2014.


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lecture

Wed, Apr 29
06:30PM
Wed, Apr 29
06:30PM

poetry workshop

Poetry Salon - Live on Zoom

Emma Lazarus’s “New Colossus,” written in 1883, is perhaps America’s most enduring poem and has been inspiring people — and poets — for generations. Lazarus immersed herself in the debates, adding her own voice to the mix with her poetry and other writing. AJHS invites you to craft a poem that addresses the nation's debates: if you could write a poem for the Statue of Liberty, what would it say?

Led by celebrated teaching poets and contributors to the 92nd Street Y's #ANewColossus poetry festival, These 90-minute interactive virtual poetry workshops will delve into the construction and techniques used in writing “The New Colossus,” and place Lazarus' poem side by side with work by contemporary poets that is “descended” from, or inspired by, the original poem. Using what they have discovered as a springboard, salon participants will have two writing sessions per class based on prompts inspired by the poems they have discussed and share the work they have created.


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poetry workshop

Tue, Apr 28
06:30PM
Tue, Apr 28
06:30PM

book talk

People of the Book Club: The Flight Portfolio – Live on Zoom

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

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


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book talk

Tue, Apr 28
07:00PM
Tue, Apr 28
07:00PM

conversation

CANCELLED: Erna Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time


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conversation

Mon, Apr 27
07:00PM
Mon, Apr 27
07:00PM

concert

Where is Our Homeland? Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive - Live on Zoom & Facebook Live

In 2018, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University, along with musician-in-residence D. Zisl Slepovitch, began production of an album of songs transcribed from testimonies in the Archive titled Where is Our Homeland? The widely diverse compositions presented on the album form a multidimensional image of the lives of Holocaust survivors and the multiple identities they carried as Jews by faith and roots, and as European citizens.The songs bring to life insights into their experiences both during World War II and in the period preceding the war, all of which are documented in their testimonies. Join us for a live digital discussion with the musicians behind this project including the premiere of new, never-before-heard renditions of songs from the album.


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concert

Sun, Apr 26
10:00AM
Sun, Apr 26
10:00AM

walking tour

CANCELLED: Walking Tour: The Unexpected Story of Jewish Williamsburg (2.5 hours)


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walking tour

Sun, Apr 26
10:30AM
Sun, Apr 26
10:30AM

walking tour

CANCELLED: Soapbox Walks: History’s Intersection


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walking tour

Sun, Apr 26
11:00AM
Sun, Apr 26
11:00AM

workshop

Soapbox Yoga - Live on Zoom

A key part of activism – is to take action and be active. This virtual series uniquely blends storytelling and physical movement and connects families in real time through Zoom! These 45-minute classes invite families to get up and participate in connecting past and present through poses inspired by the stories of Emma Lazarus and the soapbox speakers of Union Square. Recommended for children age 4 – 8, but family of all ages are welcome. (This program is made possible through the generous support of PJ Library.)


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workshop

Thu, Apr 23
04:00PM
Thu, Apr 23
04:00PM

conversation

Strange New World: Time in David Bergelson’s Literary Work – Live on Zoom

Delays, inaction, repetition, the failure to take advantage of opportunities, missing the right moment—all sound bad.  We are constantly told to move on. Yet sometimes, not doing, daydreaming, and standing still can be positive, even, creative. David Bergelson lived in a time of enormous upheaval and violent change.  His characters, in contrast, do nothing. What can we learn from Bergelson in the Strange New World we live in?

Harriet Murav (University of Illinois) and Justin Cammy (Smith College) will discuss the texture of time, futurity, and activating the unrealized potentialities of the discarded past in Bergelson’s literary work, drawing on Murav’s recently published book, Strange New World: Untimeliness, Futurity. The conversation will begin with a general discussion about time and timing, using examples from The End of Everything, Bergelson’s 1913 masterpiece. We then turn to one of his most controversial novels, Judgment (1926) which, regardless of its sympathies for the Bolshevik cause, is not so interested in the new socialist future as much as the expansion of time and the exit from ongoing time found in holidays. The holiday, yontev, and the importance of holiday time (yontevdikayt) are key to Bergelson’s notion of creativity. To create literary work is to experience holiday time.


About the Speakers:

Harriet Murav is Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to studies of Dostoevsky, and Russian law and literature, her books include Identity Theft: The Jew in Imperial Russia and the Case of Avraam Uri Kovner (Stanford University Press, 2003), and Music from a Speeding Train: Jewish Literature in Post-Revolution Russia (Stanford University Press, 2011). Her most recent book is David Bergelson’s Strange New World. Untimeliness and Futurity, published in 2019. 

Justin Cammy is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and of World Literatures at Smith College. He is a literary and cultural historian with research and teaching interests in Yiddish literature, Eastern European Jewish history, and Zionism and contemporary Israel. Justin Cammy's publications range from essays on Yiddish literary history to scholarly translations of Yiddish literature to introductions to new editions of works by Yiddish writers and memoirists. He is currently working on two projects: English translation and scholarly edition of the Abraham Sutzkever’ s memoir of the Vilna ghetto and testimony at Nuremberg, and a book,Young Vilna: Yiddish Culture of the Last Generation, to be published by Indiana University Press.


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conversation

Wed, Apr 22
04:00PM
Wed, Apr 22
04:00PM

conversation

Epidemics, Disease, and Plagues in Jewish History & Memory - Live on Zoom

Epidemic diseases usually strike humans indiscriminately. Yet the social and cultural responses to them can often exacerbate the differences that set people apart. The plague first broke out in Europe in 1348, but it recurred every generation, and was a feature of daily, social, and cultural life. For Jews, outbreaks of disease carried a double threat: one biological, the other social. In this conversation we explore examples of disease in the Jewish past to examine the ways in which moments of epidemic challenged Jewish life and ritual, and to explore how governments, Jewish leaders, and Jewish and Christian neighbors responded to the pressures of plague. Joshua Teplitsky (SUNY Stony Brook) and Magda Teter (Fordham University) will discuss the role of memory and the constructions of myths and narratives about health, hygiene, immunity, and responsibility as they revolved around public health and the fear of contagion.


About the Speakers:

Joshua Teplitsky (Ph.D. NYU) teaches Jewish history at SUNY Stony Brook. He is the author of Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library (Yale University Press, 2019), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is also the author of dozens of articles in academic journals and popular venues. Joshua Teplitsky received many prestigious fellowships. He is currently a Harry Starr Fellow at Harvard University, working on a book about Jews and plagues in premodern Europe.

Magda Teter (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth (Harvard University Press, 2020), Sinners on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege after the Reformation (Harvard, 2011), and Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland (Cambridge, 2006). She has published numerous articles in English, Hebrew, Italian, and Polish. Her research has been supported by  the John Simon Guggenheim and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundations,the Yad Ha-Nadiv Foundation, Harvard University, and the NYPL's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, among others.


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conversation

Tue, Apr 21
06:00PM
Tue, Apr 21
06:00PM

exhibit opening

CANCELLED: An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown


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exhibit opening

Mon, Apr 20
03:00PM
Mon, Apr 20
03:00PM

concert

Beethoven in the Yiddish Imagination - Facebook Live

Ludwig van Beethoven, a figure emblematic of the peaks of Western culture, loomed large in the Yiddish imagination. From Yiddish translations of Ode to Joy by poets such as Y. L. Peretz and M. Rivesman, to biographies, novellas, poems, and stories written for children, there are ample testaments to Yiddish speaking Jewry's love for Beethoven.

Join us for two Facebook livestreams celebrating Beethoven in the Yiddish imagination. A 3pm performance by baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and pianist Spencer Myer will feature Ode to Joy in Yiddish translation alongside An die ferne Geliebte, a song cycle Beethoven wrote setting to music poetry by German Jewish poet Alois Isidor Jeitteles. A 4pm livestream with actors Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson showcases a bilingual dramatic reading of Bethovens levone sonate - a Yiddish children’s story by Shloyme Bastomski retelling an apocryphal story of the origins of the Moonlight Sonata.

Note: Facebook Live Streams remain available after the live performance ends


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concert

Mon, Apr 20
03:00PM
Mon, Apr 20
03:00PM

conversation

Overcoming the Present - a Virtual Salon with Max Czollek

Author Max Czollek’s essay collection Desintegriert Euch transformed the debate about the integration of minorities in Germany when it appeared in 2018. His perspective on the roles of contemporary Jews in German society and its “theater of memory” struck a nerve not just among Jews, but other minority groups as well. “The threat from the right has created a new kind of solidarity,” he recently told the New York Times, speaking about the potential for alliances among various minority groups in Germany.

As a poet and theater-maker, Czollek has also found creative and provocative ways to to express his ideas through art, including several volumes of poetry and projects such as the "Radical Jewish Culture Days" in 2017 at the Maxim Gorki Theater which resulted in the satirical newscast, Jews News Today.

Join LBI live online for an exclusive discussion with the author, who will discuss his view of contemporary Jewish life in Germany today and how Jewish experience has informed his poetry and theater work. The first 50 registrants will have the opportunity to participate in a Zoom call, which will also be live-streamed to the public on YouTube and Facebook.


About the Speaker:

Max Czollek lives in Berlin, where he was born in 1987. After studies of political science at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin, he earned a doctorate at the TU's Center for Research on Antisemitism. Since 2009 he is member of the poetry collective G13, which published books and organized lectures. 2013–2018 he was curator of the international project “Babelsprech.International” for the connection of the young German-speaking and European poetry scene. Together with Sasha Marianna Salzmann he was initiator of “Desintegration. Ein Kongress zeitgenössischer jüdischer Positionen” (2016) and “Radikale Jüdische Kulturtage” (2017) at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Studio. His lyric books Druckkammern (2012), Jubeljahre (2015) and Grenzwerte (2019) were published at Verlagshaus Berlin. 2018 his non-fiction book Desintegriert Euch! was published at Carl Hanser.


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conversation

Mon, Apr 20
04:00PM
Mon, Apr 20
04:00PM

concert

Beethoven in the Yiddish Imagination - Facebook Live

Ludwig van Beethoven, a figure emblematic of the peaks of Western culture, loomed large in the Yiddish imagination. From Yiddish translations of Ode to Joy by poets such as Y. L. Peretz and M. Rivesman, to biographies, novellas, poems, and stories written for children, there are ample testaments to Yiddish speaking Jewry's love for Beethoven.

Join us for two Facebook livestreams celebrating Beethoven in the Yiddish imagination. A 3pm performance by baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and pianist Spencer Myer will feature Ode to Joy in Yiddish translation alongside An die ferne Geliebte, a song cycle Beethoven wrote setting to music poetry by German Jewish poet Alois Isidor Jeitteles. A 4pm livestream with actors Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson showcases a bilingual dramatic reading of Bethovens levone sonate - a Yiddish children’s story by Shloyme Bastomski retelling an apocryphal story of the origins of the Moonlight Sonata.

Note: Facebook Live Streams remain available after the live performance ends


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concert

Mon, Apr 20
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 20
06:30PM

comedy show

Laughter is the Best Medicine: Virtual Comedy Show with K-von - Live on Zoom

Join nationally acclaimed writer, actor, and comedian K-von for a virtual comedy show.

K-von has garnered millions of views online with sketches, stand-up comedy clips, and a viral ‘TED Talk’. He also produced an award-winning documentary about Noruz (the Persian New Year), and is currently working on a book which details his unique upbringing and journey into comedy.

During this time of Social Distancing, laughter can sometimes be the best medicine.


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comedy show

Sun, Apr 19
11:00AM
Sun, Apr 19
11:00AM

family program

Meet Emma Lazarus - Live on Zoom

Step back in time and into the sitting room of Emma Lazarus, a fifth-generation American Jew caught in an important turning point in American history. In this live interactive program, children have the opportunity to engage with the famous poetess about her life and the issues of her time. Emma will encourage families to identify a cause that they care about and discover their own creative voice. Recommended for children age 7 – 12, but family of all ages are welcome to follow along.


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family program

Sun, Apr 19
12:00PM
Sun, Apr 19
12:00PM

workshop

Tracing your Roots: A Two-Part Workshop With Genie Milgrom - Live on Zoom

Tracing her family back 15 generations to the early 1500s in Spain, Genie Milgrom was able to unravel the web of lies and deceit that her family had spun around themselves in order to survive the Spanish Inquisition. This fascinating story brought her on a journey she could have never imagined.  For those of you looking to trace your own roots, or begin a genealogical expedition, Genie will share what she learned and how she has helped others trace their own roots. At the end of the first session there will be time for questions. For more intricate inquiries, please email drora@americansephardi.org before the second session.

It is recommended that you read her first book, My 15 Grandmothers, before the workshop. There Genie takes the reader through her journey – from growing up Catholic to finding her Crypto-Jewish lineage and embracing the religion of her ancestors.

Genie Milgrom was born into a Roman Catholic family in Havana, Cuba and today lives in Miami, Florida where her family emigrated during the Cuban Revolution. Genie is currently the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, President of Tarbut Sefarad-Fermoselle, and President of the Society of Crypto-Judaic Studies at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.


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workshop

Sun, Apr 19
02:00PM
Sun, Apr 19
02:00PM

lecture

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


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lecture

Tue, Apr 14
06:30PM
Tue, Apr 14
06:30PM

poetry workshop

Poetry Salon - Live on Zoom

Emma Lazarus’s “New Colossus,” written in 1883, is perhaps America’s most enduring poem and has been inspiring people — and poets — for generations. Lazarus immersed herself in the debates, adding her own voice to the mix with her poetry and other writing. AJHS invites you to craft a poem that addresses the nation's debates: if you could write a poem for the Statue of Liberty, what would it say?

Led by celebrated teaching poets and contributors to the 92nd Street Y's #ANewColossus poetry festival, These 90-minute interactive virtual poetry workshops will delve into the construction and techniques used in writing “The New Colossus,” and place Lazarus' poem side by side with work by contemporary poets that is “descended” from, or inspired by, the original poem. Using what they have discovered as a springboard, salon participants will have two writing sessions per class based on prompts inspired by the poems they have discussed and share the work they have created.


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poetry workshop

Mon, Apr 13
03:00PM
Mon, Apr 13
03:00PM

lecture and discussion

German-Jewish Judaica for Passover - Live on Zoom

Join us for a brief online talk about a unique collection of Passover-themed Judaica live on Zoom. After the talk, discuss your own antique Judaica for an “Antique Judaica Roadshow”–style appraisal from the curator, Tsadik Kaplan. Snap and share a photo of your unique Judaica to share its story, learn more, and perhaps even discover its value.

Tsadik Kaplan is a collector and appraiser who writes the “Antique Judaica Roadshow” column in The Jewish Press and the author of Jewish Antiques: From Menorahs to Seltzer Bottles.

Invitations to the videoconference are limited to the first 30 participants, but anyone can watch live (or later!) online.


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lecture and discussion

Mon, Apr 13
04:00PM
Mon, Apr 13
04:00PM

lecture

Jewish and Christian Passover Haggadot as Sites of Interfaith Engagement – Live on Zoom

Please note: This is a Live Streamed Event via Zoom

Passover is often described as the quintessential domestic Jewish holiday, celebrated by more American Jews than other religious ritual. Since the mid-20th century, however, Seders have also been reinterpreted as auspicious sites for Jewish-Christian engagement. While early modern European Christian writing about Jews often depicted the Seder as a mysterious, secretive Jewish domestic ritual with sinister associations with murder and blood libel, contemporary American engagements with Passover have radically altered this depiction, reconceiving it as an opportunity for connection between Jews and Christians through the celebration of a ritual that an increasing number of Christians have come to regard as an important part of their own heritage.

In this talk, Jessica Cooperman examines some of the ways American Jews and Christians have reimagined their engagement with the Passover seder, both together and separately, and to consider the ways that the Passover seder has been redefined and reinterpreted as a Christian ritual. An exploration of these new approaches to the seder can perhaps offer us a window onto the multiple and shifting dynamics of Jewish-Christian relations in the post-World War II United States.


About the Speaker:

Jessica Cooperman is an Associate Professor of Religion Studies and Director of Jewish Studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Her research focuses on 20th century American Judaism and on connections between American religion and state policy. Her book, Making Judaism Safe for America: World War I and the Origins of Religious Pluralism, was published by NYU Press in 2018 and received an honorable mention for the Saul Viener Prize in American Jewish History. Her current research explores projects for promoting Jewish-Christian dialogue and understanding after World War II.


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lecture

Mon, Apr 13
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 13
06:30PM

lecture

Joy & Halvah: A Family’s Story - Live on Zoom

Grab your Joyva jelly rings and join us for this virtual program just in time for Passover! When Nathan Radutzky immigrated from Kiev, he brought with him a recipe for halvah, a confection made from crushed sesame. In 1907 Nathan set up shop in Brooklyn New York selling his confections. Over the years Joyva Halvah expanded its sweet offerings and became ubiquitous in Jewish Americana and touched the lives of millions. Four generations later the manufacturer is still family-owned and Brooklyn based. Join us as we explore the history of this New York institution with award winning documentary filmmakers Sam Radtuzky and Josh Freund. They will be sharing footage from their upcoming documentary about the candy company and sharing how immigration, gentrification, and a drive to preserve cultural heritage have shaped the candy company’s past, present, and future.


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lecture

Sun, Apr 12
10:30AM
Sun, Apr 12
10:30AM

walking tour

CANCELLED: Soapbox Walks: Arts & Politics


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walking tour

Sun, Apr 12
12:00PM
Sun, Apr 12
12:00PM

workshop

Tracing your Roots: A Two-Part Workshop With Genie Milgrom - Live on Zoom

Tracing her family back 15 generations to the early 1500s in Spain, Genie Milgrom was able to unravel the web of lies and deceit that her family had spun around themselves in order to survive the Spanish Inquisition. This fascinating story brought her on a journey she could have never imagined.  For those of you looking to trace your own roots, or begin a genealogical expedition, Genie will share what she learned and how she has helped others trace their own roots. At the end of the first session there will be time for questions. For more intricate inquiries, please email drora@americansephardi.org before the second session.

It is recommended that you read her first book, My 15 Grandmothers, before the workshop. There Genie takes the reader through her journey – from growing up Catholic to finding her Crypto-Jewish lineage and embracing the religion of her ancestors.

Genie Milgrom was born into a Roman Catholic family in Havana, Cuba and today lives in Miami, Florida where her family emigrated during the Cuban Revolution. Genie is currently the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, President of Tarbut Sefarad-Fermoselle, and President of the Society of Crypto-Judaic Studies at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.


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workshop

Tue, Apr 07
04:00PM
Tue, Apr 07
04:00PM

book launch

Live on Zoom - Blood Libel: On the Trail of an Antisemitic Myth

Please note: This is a Live Streamed Event via Zoom

In these uncertain times, with widespread myths pervading the media, government policy, and our homes, there is a deeper urge to not only discover what is true, but to be able to recognize falsehoods. This year our Passover will be different from all other Passovers – with more questions to share at real and virtual Seder tables.

That's why we're pleased to announce that the discussion between Magda Teter (Fordham University) and Sara Lipton (SUNY Stony Brook) about Dr. Teter’s new book, Blood Libel: On the Trail of Antisemitic Myth, will happen online via Zoom, right before Passover on April 7 at 4 pm EST.

The book explores the medieval myth that Jews murder Christian children to use their blood— and its surprising persistence over centuries, cultures, and continents. The invention and development of printed media contributed to widespread dissemination of the myth, turning it into a “persistent template of hate”: from mid-12th-century monastic manuscripts to the Facebook group “Jewish Ritual Murder,” shut down in 2014, and beyond.


About the Speakers:

Magda Teter is Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies and Professor of History at Fordham University. Her work focuses on early modern religious and cultural history, with emphasis on Jewish-Christian relations, the politics of religion, and transmission of culture among Jews and Christians across Europe in the early modern period. She published numerous articles and books in English, Polish, Italian, and Hebrew. Magda Teter was recently appointed the 2020-2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow at the Center for Jewish History, and she will be working on her current research project, The Dissemination and Uses of the Jewish Past: The Role of The Present in The Production and Politics of History.

Sara Lipton is Professor of History at the State University of New York at  Stony Brook. Her work focuses on religious identity and experience, Jewish-Christian relations, and art and culture in the high and later Middle Ages (11th–15th centuries).  Her book,  Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Iconography (Metropolitan Books, 2014) examines how changes in Christian devotion and politics affected the visual representation of the Jew. It explains the emergence of the iconographically identifiable Jew around the year 1080 and brings theoretical coherence to the dizzying proliferation of images of Jews in subsequent centuries. Sara Lipton’s current project, The Vulgate of Experience: Art and Preaching in the High Middle Ages (1180–1300), explores why and to what effect Christendom invested so much in worshiping the ineffable Word through the material thing.


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book launch

Mon, Apr 06
01:00PM
Mon, Apr 06
01:00PM

concert

Israeli Art & Song – from A to Z – Live on Zoom

Join Elad Kabilio of MusicTalks for a program of music and art. This livestream performance will pair works from Yeshiva University Museum’s exhibition, From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli Art from Yeshiva University Museum’s Collection with music ranging from Klezmer to classical, from piyyut and poetry to Israeli pop. Elad, on cello, will be joined by clarinetist and singer, Avigail Malachi, and singer, Inbar Goldman.


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concert

Mon, Apr 06
06:30PM
Mon, Apr 06
06:30PM

conversation

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


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conversation

Thu, Apr 02
07:30PM
Thu, Apr 02
07:30PM

concert

CANCELLED: Stern College for Women Ensemble in Residence


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concert

Sun, Mar 29
10:00AM
Sun, Mar 29
10:00AM

conference

CANCELLED: Psalmody through the Ages: Music and the Book of Psalms


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conference

Sun, Mar 29
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 29
02:00PM

art workshop for adults

CANCELLED: Transforming Haggadah Text into Textile


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art workshop for adults

Thu, Mar 26
08:00PM
Thu, Mar 26
08:00PM

concert

CANCELLED: EXILE: Music of the Early-Modern Jewish Diaspora


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concert

Wed, Mar 25
07:00PM
Wed, Mar 25
07:00PM

sidney krum young artists concert series

CANCELLED: From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Sephardic Art Song: A Musical Legacy of the Sephardic Diaspora


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sidney krum young artists concert series

Tue, Mar 24
02:30PM
Tue, Mar 24
02:30PM

talk

CANCELLED: Out of the Box

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talk

Tue, Mar 24
06:30PM
Tue, Mar 24
06:30PM

lecture and theatrical reading

CANCELLED: From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Lew Nussimbaum aka Essad Bey aka Kurban Said – Wanderer Between Worlds


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lecture and theatrical reading

Mon, Mar 23
07:00PM
Mon, Mar 23
07:00PM

memorial

CANCELLED: From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Remembering Yiddish Actress Mina Bern


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memorial

Sun, Mar 22
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 22
02:00PM

book talk

CANCELLED: From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): A Forgotten Land: Growing up in the Jewish Pale


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book talk

Sun, Mar 22
05:00PM
Sun, Mar 22
05:00PM

book launch

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

Please note: This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date.


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book launch

Tue, Mar 17
02:00PM
Tue, Mar 17
02:00PM

curator's tour

CANCELLED: From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli Art from YU Museum’s Collection


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curator's tour

Tue, Mar 17
07:00PM
Tue, Mar 17
07:00PM

film screening

CANCELLED: From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives: A Journey of Identity


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film screening

Mon, Mar 16
07:00PM
Mon, Mar 16
07:00PM

film and discussion

POSTPONED: Stories of New York: City College
Cinema and Sanctuary

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Please note: This event is postponed. A new date and time will be announced as soon as possible.


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film and discussion

Sun, Mar 15
10:00AM
Sun, Mar 15
10:00AM

children's workshop

CANCELLED: Kids in the ‘Hood: Discover the History of Your Community - For Children 7-12 and Their Families

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Please note: This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date.


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children's workshop

Thu, Mar 12
06:30PM
Thu, Mar 12
06:30PM

book launch

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


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book launch

Wed, Mar 11
06:00PM
Wed, Mar 11
06:00PM

exhibit opening

Refuge in the Heights: The German Jews of Washington Heights with Robert Snyder

Rob Snyder, author of the book Crossing Broadway, Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City and Professor of Journalism and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, will help LBI celebrate its new exhibition on the German-Jewish refugees of Washington Heights with a talk on the northern Manhattan neighborhood once known as “Frankfurt on the Hudson” for its large population of German-Jewish refugees. Eight decades later, the neighborhood is still a vibrant home for new immigrant communities.


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exhibit opening

Tue, Mar 10
06:00PM
Tue, Mar 10
06:00PM

book talk

CANCELLED: Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust

Please note: This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date.


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book talk

Tue, Mar 10
07:00PM
Tue, Mar 10
07:00PM

conversation

Why the Far Right Kills

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

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


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conversation

Sun, Mar 08
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 08
02:00PM

conversation

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

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


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conversation

Thu, Mar 05
06:30PM
Thu, Mar 05
06:30PM

lecture

Field Report: Stories from a Diarna Researcher


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lecture

Thu, Mar 05
07:30PM
Thu, Mar 05
07:30PM

concert

The Israeli Songbook – A Tribute to Women Poets

Acclaimed Israeli American singer-songwriter Shira Averbuch and an all-female MusicTalks ensemble pay tribute to Israel's female poets, including Rachel Bluwstein, Leah Goldberg, Tirza Atar and others.


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concert

Mon, Mar 02
07:00PM
Mon, Mar 02
07:00PM

book talk

The Odyssey of an Apple Thief

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


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book talk

Sun, Mar 01
01:00PM
Sun, Mar 01
01:00PM

curator's tour

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

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


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curator's tour

Sun, Mar 01
02:00PM
Sun, Mar 01
02:00PM

celebration

League for Yiddish Celebration

Devoted Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Afn Shvel, Dr. Sheva Zucker, after 15 years of inspired and groundbreaking work, is passing the baton to new Editor-in-Chief Dr. Miriam Trinh and new Executive Director Noah Barrera. The event will feature guest speaker Dr. Rakhmiel Peltz, greetings from Dr. David E. Fishman, and musical program by Mira Kessler. The chair is Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath.


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celebration

Sun, Mar 01
07:30PM
Sun, Mar 01
07:30PM

performance & discussion

About a 17th-Century Purim Opera

In advance of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts’ performance of Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo (Esther, Liberator of the Jewish People) the Purim Story by Alessando Stradella (1639 -1682), ensemble members perform excerpts and discuss the opera.


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performance & discussion

Sat, Feb 29
06:00PM
Sat, Feb 29
06:00PM

film screening

23rd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s festival includes premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, powerful narratives, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees, dignitaries, and diplomats. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.

In partnership with YUM, ASF presents a special extension of "Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy."


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film screening

Thu, Feb 27
06:00PM
Thu, Feb 27
06:00PM

film screening

23rd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s festival includes premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, powerful narratives, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees, dignitaries, and diplomats. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.

In partnership with YUM, ASF presents a special extension of "Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy."


Presented by:

film screening

Wed, Feb 26
06:00PM
Wed, Feb 26
06:00PM

film screening

23rd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s festival includes premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, powerful narratives, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees, dignitaries, and diplomats. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.

In partnership with YUM, ASF presents a special extension of "Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy."


Presented by:

film screening

Tue, Feb 25
06:00PM
Tue, Feb 25
06:00PM

film screening

23rd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s festival includes premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, powerful narratives, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees, dignitaries, and diplomats. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.

In partnership with YUM, ASF presents a special extension of "Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy."


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film screening

Mon, Feb 24
06:00PM
Mon, Feb 24
06:00PM

film screening

23rd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s festival includes premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, powerful narratives, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees, dignitaries, and diplomats. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.

In partnership with YUM, ASF presents a special extension of "Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy."


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film screening

Sun, Feb 23
02:00PM
Sun, Feb 23
02:00PM

lecture

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

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

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


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lecture

Sun, Feb 23
06:00PM
Sun, Feb 23
06:00PM

film screening

23rd NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

Lights, Camera, Action! The NYSJFF showcases contemporary voices steeped in the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities. This year’s festival includes premiere film screenings, intriguing stories, evocative documentaries, powerful narratives, Q&As with filmmakers, as well as special honorees, dignitaries, and diplomats. The Pomegranate Awards Ceremony celebrates Sephardi excellence in the arts.

In partnership with YUM, ASF presents a special extension of "Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy."


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film screening

Thu, Feb 20
06:30PM
Thu, Feb 20
06:30PM

book talk

Lives in Limbo: Jewish Refugees in Portugal, 1940–1945

Historian Marion Kaplan explores the experience of refugees from Nazi Germany in Portugal, the port of last resort once Hitler invaded France.


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book talk

Wed, Feb 19
06:30PM
Wed, Feb 19
06:30PM

book talk

People of the Book Club

Go behind the stories and peer inside the archives at this new bi-monthly book discussion, led by Lauren Gilbert, Senior Manager for Public Services at the Center for Jewish History. The first session will feature a discussion of The Promised Land by Mary Antin, a celebrated 1912 memoir by a Russian-Jewish immigrant to Boston, followed by a show and tell from the Mary Antin papers as well as other archival materials related to the immigrant Jewish experience held by the American Jewish Historical Society.

Participants will need to obtain their own copy to read before the discussion. The book is available as a free download via Amazon.com, Project Gutenberg (Gutenberg.com) or NYPL. Inexpensive used copies are available for purchase via Amazon.com or abebooks.com.

Light refreshments will be served.


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book talk

Tue, Feb 18
03:00PM
Tue, Feb 18
03:00PM

lecture

Jewish Brick and Mortar in the Russian Capital: The Architectural Dialogue between the St. Petersburg Jewish Community and the Tsarist Metropolis

The Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowship and the Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowship

In this lecture, Dr. Vladimir Levin will consider the uneasy relationship between the architectural oeuvre of the Jewish community and the capital city of the Russian Empire. Although concentrating on St. Petersburg, the talk will address questions and problems that many Jewish communities in European and American cities had to wrangle with. Every Jewish community that settled in a large or small city had to decide how to represent itself vis-à-vis that city, how prominent and visible should their representation should be; what are the ways to express Jewishness in the general cityscape and which means should be employed toward achieving this goal. The lecture will discuss how the Jews of St. Petersburg and their non-Jewish allies looked for a style that was best suited for marking their presence in the city, and how a unique convergence of architecture and manuscript illuminations was created to that end.


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lecture

Tue, Feb 18
06:00PM
Tue, Feb 18
06:00PM

book launch

Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays by Chava Rosenfarb

Chava Rosenfarb (1923-2011) was one of the most prominent Yiddish novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Poland in 1923, she survived the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen, immigrating to Canada in 1950 and settling in Montreal. The new book, Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays by Chava Rosenfarb, compiled and edited by Goldie Morgentaler, comprises thirteen personal and literary essays by Rosenfarb, ranging from autobiographical accounts of her childhood and experiences before and during the Holocaust to literary criticism that discusses the work of other Jewish writers, as well as two travelogues describing trips to Australia and Prague. This book marks the first time that Rosenfarb's non-fiction writings have been presented together in English, deepening the reader's understanding of an incredible Yiddish woman and her experiences as a survivor in the post-Holocaust world. Join us to celebrate the launch of this book with a talk by Goldie Morgentaler.

Confessions of a Yiddish Writer is the winner of a 2019 Canadian Jewish Literary Award.


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book launch

Thu, Feb 13
07:30PM
Thu, Feb 13
07:30PM

concert

Beethoven Turns 250: Phoenix Chamber Ensemble and Tesla Quartet Celebrate Beethoven's 250th Birthday

Phoenix Chamber Ensemble and Tesla Quartet performing Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 36, No. 1; Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op.59, No. 3, Finale; and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No.2, in A Major, Op.81


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concert

Tue, Feb 11
06:30PM
Tue, Feb 11
06:30PM

book talk

Prince of the Press: David Oppenheim and His Library

Historian Joshua Teplitsky will introduce his new book about one of the world's largest collections of Jewish books, and the man who used his collection to cultivate power, prestige, and political influence.

David Oppenheim (1664–1736), chief rabbi of Prague in the early eighteenth century, built an unparalleled collection of Jewish books and manuscripts, all of which have survived and are housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. His remarkable collection testifies to the myriad connections Jews maintained with each other across political borders, and the contacts between Christians and Jews that books facilitated. From contact with the great courts of European nobility to the poor of Jerusalem, his family ties brought him into networks of power, prestige, and opportunity that extended across Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Containing works of law and literature alongside prayer and poetry, his library served rabbinic scholars and communal leaders, introduced old books to new readers, and functioned as a unique source of personal authority that gained him fame throughout Jewish society and beyond. The story of his life and library brings together culture, commerce, and politics, all filtered through this extraordinary collection. Based on the careful reconstruction of an archive that is still visited by scholars today, Joshua Teplitsky’s book offers a window into the social life of Jewish books in early modern Europe.


About the Speaker:

Joshua Teplitsky is assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University. He specializes in the history of the Jews in Europe in the early modern period and in the study of books and media. He lives in New York City.


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book talk

Tue, Feb 11
07:00PM
Tue, Feb 11
07:00PM

book talk

Stories of New York: City College
The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

Stories of New York: City College<br>
The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

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

Part II: The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

At a school better known for intellectual achievement than athletic prowess, the 1949-1950 City College Beavers were the unlikeliest of champions.  An unheralded group of Jewish and African-American city kids, the Beavers stunned the basketball world by becoming the only team in history to win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same season. But the next year, the starting five were arrested, charged with point shaving, and engulfed in a scandal that would affect the rest of their lives. Bestselling author Matthew Goodman discusses his critically acclaimed new book, The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team, with Clyde Haberman, CCNY 1966. They are joined by former City College basketball co-captain, Ron Nadell, CCNY ’51 and former sports editor of The Campus, Mort Sheinman CCNY ’54.


About the Speakers:

Matthew Goodman is a New York Times bestselling author of four books of nonfiction: The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team (2019); Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the WorldThe Sun and the Moon: Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York; and Jewish Food: The World at Table. Matthew’s books have been Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers, Indie Next “Great Reads,” and Borders Original Voices selections, and have been translated into eight languages. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street JournalUSA TodayThe American Scholar, the Harvard ReviewSalon, the Forward, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

Ron Nadell CCNY ‘51, was born in Brooklyn. He was a star player for the Erasmus Hall High School basketball team and named co-captain of the CCNY Beavers for the 1950-51 season. After graduating, Ron moved to Long Island where he worked in real estate. Married for 63 years, Ron and his wife Rhoda have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mort Sheinman CCNY ’54, is Bronx born and raised. After attending Bronx public schools, he entered CCNY in 1950. Mort joined the student newspaper, The Campus, and during his undergraduate years he was a sportswriter, sports editor and managing editor. When he was a freshman, the CCNY basketball team made history by winning the NIT and NCAA championships and he was a sophomore when the “point-shaving” scandal broke. Mort spent his career in journalism writing for a variety of publications including the New York Daily News and Women’s Wear Daily, where he was the long-time managing editor. Mort was also the founding managing editor of W magazine. He is a long-time board member and former president of the Society of the Silurians (now called the Silurians Press Club), and he was inducted into the CCNY Communications Alumni Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

Clyde Haberman (moderator) CCNY '66, first worked at The New York Times while a student at CCNY. Having been editor-in-chief of the college newspaper The Campus, he became CCNY correspondent for the Times. In 1966, he began reporting for The New York Post, ultimately returning to The New York Times in 1977. From 1982 to 1995, Clyde was a foreign correspondent based successively in Tokyo, Rome and Jerusalem. Returning home, he wrote the twice-a-week NYC column from 1995 to 2011 and in 2009, he was part of a Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, for coverage of the prostitution scandal that led to Governor Eliot Spitzer's resignation. Since 2014 he has written a regular Times column accompanying Retro Report, a series of video documentaries exploring major news stories of the past and their continuing resonance.

Clyde is also the writer and editor of The Times of the Seventies: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities That Shaped the Decade (2013 by Black Dog & Leventhal). Among other journalistic honors, he was inducted in 2015 into the New York Press Club's Hall of Fame.


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book talk

Thu, Feb 06
07:00PM
Thu, Feb 06
07:00PM

book launch

CANCELLED: Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets

Please note: This event has been cancelled.


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book launch

Wed, Feb 05
06:30PM
Wed, Feb 05
06:30PM

lecture

Family History Today: Jewish Students, Medical Globetrotters, and Persevering Women

At first, aspiring Jewish men from Galicia, Lithuania, and elsewhere ventured to Padua University to study medicine when other schools across Europe refused their admission. Then, from the end of the eighteenth century onward, Jews from Galicia attended Habsburg universities—from Lemberg/Lwów and Kraków, to Vienna, Pest and Prague. Many nineteenth-century Jewish medics influenced Galician life beyond their profession, advocating educational, religious and civic reforms. At the turn of the twentieth century, Jewish women were at the forefront of newly won access to university education, changing societal and family norms.

This presentation will take us across the countries and continents, with genealogical information illustrated by unique archival records, newspaper accounts, and maps. You don’t have to have medical practitioners among your ancestors to find this topic interesting and helpful in your family history research.

About the Speaker: Andrew Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is the vice president of Gesher Galicia, a non-profit organization devoted to genealogical and historical research on Galicia. Andrew Zalewski has also authored two books on Austrian Galicia: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

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


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lecture

Wed, Feb 05
06:30PM
Wed, Feb 05
06:30PM

tour

From A[gam] to Z[aritsky]: Highlights of Israeli Art from YU Museum’s Collection

Join YUM Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels for a tour of From A[gam] to Z[aritsky], exploring the character of Israeli art and the personal relationships between artists and collectors.


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tour

Tue, Feb 04
07:00PM
Tue, Feb 04
07:00PM

lecture and concert

What is the Cantorial “Golden Age”?

Among aficionados and practitioners, the term cantorial "Golden Age" draws to mind a discrete body of work recorded by a well-known cadre of Eastern European cantors working in Europe and America in the 1900s-30s. This narrative of a Golden Age was shaped by cantors working in tandem with commercial distribution networks, advertisements in print media, and the efforts of intellectuals and impresarios who worked to establish a canon of stars and hit records through journalism, liner notes and show-business style promotion. Remarkably, recordings of cantors singing through-composed recitative settings on liturgical prayer texts achieved the status of mass media entertainment among Jewish listeners in the early 20th century.

However, the “Golden Age” of recorded cantorial music did not come about without pushback and controversy. Critics of recorded cantorial music saw new technology as a contamination of tradition that vulgarized sacred sound through commerce and the displacement of the liturgy from its temporal-spatial location in ritual contexts. While communal leaders accused cantorial recording stars of degrading sacred art, the cantorial recording stars positioned themselves as defenders of an older strand of Jewish folk prayer music that had been displaced by the Sulzerian Romantic choral music which had become normative in elite urban synagogues. Recorded cantorial music offers a populist, hyper-emotional memory work that interpolates Jewish listeners into a sense of self-recognition by performing a theatrical imagined ethnography of Jewish sacred folklore.

In this presentation, scholar and musician Jeremiah Lockwood will offer insights from the YIVO archival holdings that illuminate the impassioned debates among cantors and their critics in the early 20th century. He will be joined by Cantor Yoel Kohn, one of the leading young voices reviving Golden Age cantorial music, who will sing representative works from classic records.


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lecture and concert

Sun, Feb 02
10:00AM
Sun, Feb 02
10:00AM

keynote, panel discussion & film/discussion

Stories of New York: City College
The "Jewish Harvard" and a World of Ideas

Stories of New York: City College<br>
The

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

Part I: The “Jewish Harvard” and a World of Ideas

“From first day to last I felt privileged to be a student at City. I experienced City first with awe, then with pleasure, and finally with love.” Vivian Gornick, CCNY 1957

Its dazzling list of alumni includes playwrights and poets, politicians and journalists, engineers, scientists, teachers, and Nobel Prize winners. The City College of New York was established to provide children of working class and immigrant families access to a tuition-free, merit-based higher education. For many years, its student body was largely Jewish and for most it was “City College or nothing” at a time when quotas and cost kept Jews out of more prestigious institutions. Join us for Part I: The "Jewish Harvard" and a World of Ideas.  Enjoy all-star line-up of speakers and great stories in the morning, and an award-winning film in the afternoon. Program schedule below.

10:00am Coffee in the Great Hall at the Center for Jewish History
10:30am Welcome
The Rank and File of Sturdy Sons and Eventually Daughters
Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, CCNY 1971
11:15am An Engine of Transformation
CCNY alumni panel discussion with:
Joseph Berger, CCNY 1966
Ralph Blumenthal, CCNY 1963
Sid Davidoff, CCNY 1960
Vivian Gornick, CCNY 1957
Irena Klepfisz, CCNY 1962
12:30pm Stories from Our Past, Dreams of Our Future
Dr. Vincent Boudreau
President, The City College of New York
 
Dr. Lev Sviridov, CCNY 2005
Assistant Professor Chemistry; Director, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College
1:00pm Light Lunch
Galleries Open
2:00pm Arguing the World
Film screening and talkback with filmmaker Joseph Dorman, Princeton Professor David Bell, University of Oklahoma Assistant Professor, Ronnie Grinberg. Moderated by Barry Gewen.




About the Speakers:

Keynote Speaker Jeffrey S. Gurock, CCNY '71 was a history major and a four year letterman on the college's lacrosse team where he was the recipient of the Abraham Kalman Scholar-Athlete award. In 2015,he was awarded the Townsend Harris Medal from CCNY in recognition of his post-graduate work. Presently the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University and former chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, Professor Gurock is the author or editor of 22 books including Jews in Gotham: New York Jews in a Changing City 1920-2010 (NYU Press, 2012) which received the “Book of the Year Award” from the National Jewish Book Council; The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline and Revival of a Jewish Community (NYU Press, 2016), and Parkchester: A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity (NYU Press, 2019).

David A. Bell received an AB from Harvard in History and Literature, and an MA and PhD from Princeton in History. The son of Daniel Bell (profiled in Arguing the World) David is a specialist in the history of early modern Europe. He has taught at Yale, Johns Hopkins (where he also served as Dean of Faculty), and since 2010 has held the Lapidus chair in the History Department at Princeton. Among his awards and fellowships are a Guggenheim, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. He is the author of six books, including The Cult of the Nation in France and The First Total War. In 2020, Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish his latest book, Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution. He is a regular contributor to The Nation and The New York Review of Books.

Joseph Berger, CCNY '66, a former reporter for The Campus, was a New York Times reporter, columnist, and editor for over 30 years, writing about education, religion, New York City, Israel and the Middle East.  For the previous 14 years he had been a reporter for the New York Post and Newsday. In 2011, Joe was honored with the Peter Kihss Award for a distinguished career given by the Society of Silurians, the city’s oldest press club. Retired from the Times since 2014, Joe is now a contributing writer and teaches two urban affairs courses at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College. Joe is the author of four books, including his memoir,  Displaced Persons: Growing Up American after the Holocaust. Called an "extraordinary memoir" by New York Times, it was named a Times notable book of the year in 2001. His next book, a biography of Elie Wiesel will be published by Yale University Press in 2020. 

Ralph Blumenthal, CCNY '63 was Editor-in-Chief of The Campus and a stringer for The New York Times at City College where he majored in English. After graduation, he attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism ('64) and went on to the Times where he worked for the next 45 years. Over the course of his career, Ralph was a metro reporter, foreign correspondent, investigative reporter, crime writer, culture reporter and Southwest Bureau Chief based in Houston. He was also on the metro team that won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting of the 1992 terrorist  truck bombing of the World Trade Center. After retiring from The New York Times in 2009, Ralph was named a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College where he taught journalism and currently supervises historic collections in the Library Archives. He is the author of five non-fiction books, and a sixth, about a Harvard professor who studied encounters with UFOs and aliens, is scheduled for publication in 2021.

Vincent Boudreau was appointed president of The City College of New York in December 2017. Prior to becoming president, he has served in many positions at City College including as founding dean and director of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY;  director of the M.A. Program in International Relations; chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the International Studies Program, and the deputy dean of the Division of Social Science. Boudreau is also a professor of political science at City College and member of the City University of New York graduate faculty. A specialist in the politics of social movements, particularly in Southeast Asia, his latest book is Resisting Dictatorship: Repression and Protest in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press).

Sid Davidoff, CCNY ’60, grew up in Queens and attended Baruch College, also known as CCNY “downtown.” A member of the City College wrestling team, he was active in student government and graduated with a degree in public administration. Sid earned his J.D. from New York University in 1963 and was administrative assistant to New York Mayor John V. Lindsay for seven years. Recognized as one of New York’s best known attorneys in special City and State agency work, Sid is currently Chair of the Administrative Law and Government Relations groups at  Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.  Among his many accomplishments, Sid was a Chubb Fellow at Yale University, a lecturer to the special Root-Tilden students at New York University School of Law, and also played a divorce lawyer on an episode of The Sopranos.

Joseph Dorman is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and the founder of Riverside Films. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed documentary, Arguing the World about the controversial sixty-year political journey of the eminent political writers and thinkers, Daniel Bell, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer.  Described by The New York Times  as “enthralling…  one of the deepest portraits of… of ideas ever filmed,”  the film won a George Foster Peabody Award for excellence and was short-listed for the Academy Awards.  Joseph also directed Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011), Colliding Dreams (2016) about the controversial history of Zionism, and co-directed Moynihan, a documentary about the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s lifelong fight against poverty in America. A writer for The New York Times Book Review and other publications, Joseph is also the author of  Arguing the World: The New York Intellectuals in their Own Words (2001) and co-editor of the forthcoming When Ideas Mattered, The Nathan Glazer Reader. 

Barry Gewen, who has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Harvard, has been an editor at The New York Times Book Review for over 30 years. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Times, The New Republic, Dissent, The National Interest and The American Conservative. His first book, The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World, will be published by Norton this spring.

Vivian Gornick, CCNY '57 is a renowned memoirist, essayist, and biographer. Born in the Bronx, she received her BA from City College and her MA from NYU in 1960. After teaching English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1966–1967 and at Hunter College in 1967–1968, Vivian worked as a reporter for The Village Voice from 1969 to 1977 where she wrote prolifically about feminism and the women's movement. She is the author of twelve books including Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life (2013), Fierce Attachments (1987), The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton (2005), The Men in My Life (2008), and The Odd Woman in the City (2015). The New York Times recently selected Fierce Attachments as the "#1 Best Memoir of the Past 50 Years. Vivian lives in New York City.

Ronnie Grinberg is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, and a core faculty member of OU’s Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the New York intellectuals tentatively titled, Write Like a Man: Jewish Masculinity and the New York Intellectuals, under contract with Princeton University Press. Dr. Grinberg is a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and contributes to the Society of U.S. Intellectual History, among other professional organizations. She received her doctorate in American history from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University. 

Credit: Linda EberIrena Klepfisz, CCNY ’62, was born in the Warsaw Ghetto and spent the war in a Polish orphanage. She came to New York with her mother in 1949 and they settled in the Bronx. At City College Irena studied English and Yiddish and after graduating, she entered the University of Chicago where she received her PhD.  A poet, author, Yiddish translator, teacher and feminist/lesbian activist, Irena co-founded the feminist magazine, Conditions, served as Yiddish editor for the feminist Bridges magazine, and co-edited The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Woman's Anthology and A Jewish Woman's Call for Peace.She is the author of A Few Words in the Mother Tongue (poetry) and Dreams of an Insomniac (essays). For ten years, Irena taught in the college program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for women and for twenty-two years taught Jewish Women's Studies at Barnard College.  Among her many honors, Irena is a recipient of an NEA fellowship and NYFA grant in poetry, was a finalist for the poetry Lambda Award, and recently received the Dreaming in Yiddish Prize from the Adrienne Cooper Fund.

Lev Sviridov, CCNY ’05 immigrated to the United States as a child from the former Soviet Union. He studied chemistry, mathematics, physics, and pottery at The City College of New York and also served in student government where he was elected President. Following his graduation, Lev attended the University of Oxford and completed his D.Phil. in Inorganic Chemistry as a Rhodes' Scholar. He serves on the boards of The Foundation for City College, Concord Consortium, and Human Rights First. Currently, he is the Director of the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College of CUNY.


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keynote, panel discussion & film/discussion

Tue, Jan 28
06:30PM
Tue, Jan 28
06:30PM

lecture

Eugen Bárkány: A Pioneer of Jewish Heritage Preservation in Slovakia

Eugen Bárkány (1885–1967) was a civil engineer and successful entrepreneur during the interwar period – and passionate collector in Eastern Slovakia. In 1928, he became a director of the Slovakia´s first Jewish museum in Prešov, which was a private initiative of the Jewish museum association, which Bárkány chaired. The museum assembled a remarkable collection, which survived the war and from 1952–1993 was stored at the State Jewish Museum in Prague, before it was returned to the Jewish Community of Prešov.

Bárkány hid in Budapest in 1942–1945 and returned to Prešov in 1945, where he was subsequently persecuted by the Communist regime, which expelled him from his city. In 1955, Bárkány settled down in Bratislava, where he lived in humble conditions. He continued his survey of Jewish heritage and travelled extensively around Slovakia. In Bratislava, Bárkány assembled another Judaica collection in the Neolog synagogue, and in 1966 a new Jewish museum was planned. This project was not fulfilled, the synagogue was demolished in 1969 and the collection deposited at the Slovak National Museum, from where it returned only in 2002. In 2012, the Jewish Community Museum was established in Bratislava´s only synagogue, which remains in use as an Orthodox house of worship. Since 2016, the Eugen Bárkány Prize has been awarded annually for achievements in Jewish heritage preservation by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Slovakia.

The Jewish Community Museum in Bratislava dedicated in 2018 and 2019 two exhibition projects to Eugen Bárkány and Slovakia´s first Jewish museum in Prešov. The precious collection has remained in the research and exhibition focus of the Museum.

The Museum’s director Maroš Borský will give an overview of Bárkány’s remarkable life, the collection he built, and its future. He will also discuss current synagogue restoration projects in Slovakia and major achievements of the past decade.

This event is co-sponsored by the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews, the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York, and the Jewish Cultural Institute, Bratislava


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lecture

Tue, Jan 28
07:00PM
Tue, Jan 28
07:00PM

conversation

Ten Years Without Avrom Sutzkever

Remembered as “the greatest poet of the Holocaust,” a Partisan fighter, and a book smuggler, Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever’s legacy as a poet for poetry’s sake deserves more attention.

Sutzkever was a member of Eastern Europe’s last literary circle Yung yidish, and also a kindred spirit of New York’s in zikh movement of introspective Yiddish poets. Rejecting politics in poetry, Sutzkever transcended the stylistic boundaries of his peers and drew inspiration from outside of the Yiddish world including from Russian and Polish Romantic and symbolist poets. Sutzkever’s poetry is known for its Neo-romantic interest in nature and wonder, and for his virtuosic, inventive use of the Yiddish language. Having left behind an oeuvre which includes more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, and a memoir on his experience in the Vilna Ghetto, Sutzkever is also remembered for his work for almost 50 years as founder and editor of Tel Aviv’s premiere Yiddish Magazine, Di goldene keyt.

Join YIVO for an evening critically engaging with Sutzkever’s poetic legacy including recitations of his poetry, and discussion with literary scholar Ruth Wisse, translator Barbara Harshav, and poet Irena Klepfisz.


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conversation

Mon, Jan 27
07:30PM
Mon, Jan 27
07:30PM

concert

MusicTalks presents "Ashes and Dust"

A Holocaust Remembrance Day performance of Yehuda Poliker’s celebrated 1988 album “Ashes and Dust,” a tribute to children of survivors, by Israeli singer Gilad Paz.


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concert

Sun, Jan 26
02:00PM
Sun, Jan 26
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

The Sugihara Refugee Story: Survivors and Those Without Whom This Story Would Not Be Told

Most Jewish genealogists know the story of Chiune Sugihara, the "Japanese Schindler", who issued over 2,000 Japanese transit visas that enabled many Jews to escape war torn Europe in the summer of 1940. But there is more to the story. There were many people-Europeans, Americans, Japanese- who helped to save these people. We will identify some of them and talk about their exploits. We will trace one women's journey around the world, documenting her journey using genealogical methods and records.

Mark Halpern was a businessman who lived in Japan. While on business in Poland, he became interested in his roots. Now retired, Mark works with JRI-Poland, JewishGen, IAJGS, and Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Philadelphia. He chaired the program committee for the 2009 and 2013 IAJGS conferences. He received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.


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jewish genealogical society programs at cjh

Tue, Jan 21
07:00PM
Tue, Jan 21
07:00PM

conversation

Rembrandt’s Legacy: A Personal Conversation

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik moderates a discussion on Rembrandt’s legacy between Thomas Kaplan, philanthropist and private collector, and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of Northern Baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art.


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conversation

Thu, Jan 16
07:00PM
Thu, Jan 16
07:00PM

book talk

The Flight Portfolio

In 1940, Varian Fry, a Harvard-educated American journalist, traveled to occupied France carrying a little money and a short list of imperiled artists and writers, many of whom were Jewish. Determined to save prominent refugees and their work, Fry spent 13 months procuring false documents, amassing emergency funds, and setting up escape routes for luminaries like Hannah Arendt,  Max Ernst, and Marc Chagall. Inspired by Fry’s extraordinary story, bestselling author Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge) weaves together fact and fiction in her suspenseful new novel, The Flight Portfolio, and poses a difficult and enduring question: how do we weigh human lives? Orringer speaks with Jewish Week’s Sandee Brawarsky and Jonathan Wiesner of the International Rescue Committee.


About the Speakers:

Julie Orringer is the author of the novel The Invisible Bridge and the award-winning short story collection How to Breathe Underwater, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She is the winner of The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for Fiction and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sandee Brawarsky, an award-winning journalist and editor, is the culture editor of The Jewish Week and writes primarily about books, theatre, art and museums, television, special events, and personalities from all walks of life. She also curates and moderates literary events around New York City. The author of several books, most recently 212 Views of Central Park: Experiencing New York’s Jewel from Every Angle (with photographer Mick Hales), her essays and articles have appeared in The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, The Lancet, Hadassah, the Jerusalem Post, and other publications. She is the co-editor of Two Jews, Three Opinions: A Collection of Twentieth Century American Jewish Quotations (with Deborah Mark). For The New York Times, she has written about the neighborhoods of New York City, ethnic festivals and events, historic sites and walking in the city at all hours, and about weddings in the “Vows” column. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband, Barry Lichtenberg and their three children.

Jonathan Weisner has served in a leadership capacity on several environmental and humanitarian NFP/NGO boards over the past 22 year and is currently Chair of the NY Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land (TPL). He has been on the Board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) since 1995 where he was Co-Chair of the Board and is now Chairman Emeritus. As a Board member, he has visited many of the programs and comments that he is in awe of the refugees that IRC serves because of their courage and optimism.  “Despite being driven from their homes, refugees want nothing more than the chance to rebuild their lives.”  As a CEO and owner of a privately held apparel company, he has created a "mission" to adopt sustainable practices and achieved B Corp certification.


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book talk

Wed, Jan 15
06:30PM
Wed, Jan 15
06:30PM

panel discussion

SOLD OUT: Straight into the Lions' Den: The Left, Zionism, and Antisemitism

How do we distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism?  How have thinkers on the Left wrestled with Zionism with and the actual State of Israel - sometimes championing it as a progressive cause, at other times seeing it as a racist or colonialist enterprise?

Join us as Bari Weiss, author of How to Fight Anti-Semitism, and Susie Linfield, author of The Lion's Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky, tackle these urgent questions, moderated by Nextbook's Jonathan Rosen.  Natan named both books Fall 2019 Natan Notable Books, and this is the first time the authors will be in conversation.


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panel discussion

Sun, Jan 12
02:00PM
Sun, Jan 12
02:00PM

celebration

International Ladino Day: A Celebration of Story and Song

Celebrate Ladino—Judeo-Spanish— with acclaimed scholars and musicians. Hear Prof. Gloria Ascher, who has taught courses in Ladino at Tufts University for 17 years; Prof. Dina Danon, whose Stanford University Press book brings Izmir’s Ottoman Jewish community to life; two scenes from a New York Ladino play; a panel of Generation Y and Z Ladino enthusiasts; and musicians dear to our hearts, The Elias Ladino Ensemble and Sarah Aroeste. Light refreshments will be served.

Ladino is a bridge to many cultures. It is a variety of Spanish that has absorbed words and expressions from many languages, most notably Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, and French. The mother tongue of Jews in the Ottoman Empire for 500 years, Ladino became the home language of Sephardim worldwide. While the number of Ladino speakers has sharply declined, distinguished programs like this one celebrate and preserve a vibrant language and culture for future generations.

Since 2013, Ladino Day celebrations have been held around the world. January 12th marks Manhattan’s 3rd Annual Ladino Day created by CUNY Prof. Jane Mushabac for the American Sephardi Federation at The Center for Jewish History.


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celebration

Thu, Jan 09
07:00PM
Thu, Jan 09
07:00PM

lecture

Jewish Life in Putin’s Russia

For centuries Ashkenazi Jews claimed the Russian Empire as their home. After a history of pogroms, state-imposed antisemitism in the Soviet Union, and large waves of emigration to the United States and Israel, the post-Soviet era with its democratization of politics brought many Jews who had emigrated in 1970s and 1980s back to Russia to start businesses. Quite a few were successful.

In 1996 a Russian Jewish Congress was launched as an umbrella organization for all Russian Jews, whether secular or religious. Hundreds of Torah scrolls were returned to the community from museums and storages across the country.  Shuls were reopened, rebuilt, renovated. Today there are kosher stores in Moscow, and the Chabad Lubavitch rebbe Berel Lazar is a frequent guest of Putin's state dinners. And yet, in the last several years, since Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012, Russia has been marked by increased Jewish immigration to Israel — some 45 percent more in 2018, than in the previous year.

What do Jews know that the rest of the world seems not to? Why are they leaving Russia en masse? Yevgenia M. Albats, a former member of the Presidium of the Russian Jewish Congress, a current member of its Public Council, a prominent Russian journalist and an academic, currently a distinguished fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will discuss Jewish life in today’s Russia.


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lecture