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03.06.2013 (2061 Days Ago)
TitleJune Programs
Place nameCenter for Jewish History
Date start03.06.2013 10:12 (2061 Days Ago)
Date end01.07.2013 10:12 (2033 Days Ago)
Tuesday, June 4, 6:30pm
Center for Jewish History and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum present:
Hungary and the Holocaust: Assessing the Past, Preparing for the Future


A transport of Jews from Subcarpathian Rus is taken off the trains and assembled on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Yad Vashem (Public Domain).

Panel Discussion Three leading experts will examine the post-Holocaust and post-communist Jewish community in Hungary through both a historical and contemporary lens.  The program will explore three intersecting topics: the Holocaust in Hungary; anti-Semitism and Holocaust minimization in Hungary since 1989; and contemporary Hungarian Jewish ritual, practice, and identity. Together, these topics form a cohesive yet complex image of the state of history, memory, and practice in Hungary since the fall of communism.

  • Randolph Braham, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science, CUNY, who will address the complex question of why the Holocaust in Hungary occurred and unfolded;
  • Paul A. Shapiro, Director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, who will explore the current state of Holocaust memory in Hungary; and
  • Anna Manchin, Prins Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Jewish History, who will present the multifaceted portrait of Jewish life and innovation in Hungary today.

The panel is co-sponsored by The Center for Jewish History in New York and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Admission: Free; RSVP required at SmartTix

Monday, June 24, 6:30pm
Center for Jewish History and the Jewish Women’s Archive presents:
Bread and Roses, Too

Photograph from the George Grantham Bain Collection documenting strikers during the 1909 Uprising of the 20,000.

Panel Discussion The labor movement has always been a place of innovation and activity for Jewish women. Exploring this path from the perspective of an early innovator, a labor historian, a union leader, and a cultural activist, this multi-generational panel will explore the role Jewish women continue to play.

With Maida Rosenstein, President Local 2110, UAW; Eleanor Tilson, co-founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and Executive Director of  1199 Service Employees International Union Benefit and Pension Fund; and Rachel Bernstein, a co-founder and co-historian of LABOR ARTS and Adjunct Professor of History at the Program in Public History at NYU. Moderated by Esther Cohen, author, activist, former Executive Director of Bread and Roses.

Admission: $10 general; $8 CJH and JWA members, seniors, students
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Sunday, June 2, 3pm
American Society for Jewish Music with American Jewish Historical Society present:
Music in Our Time: 2013

The annual concert features music with Jewish content.  This year's program features music by Judith Lang Zaimont, Joel Mandelbaum, Gerald Cohen, Gabriel Kahane, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner.

Admission: $18 general; $12 ASJM, AJHS, CJH members; $9 seniors; students free with ID
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Monday, June 3, 6pm
American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum present:
Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War/Jews and the Battle of Gettysburg

Lecture/Panel Discussion Historian and Civil War scholar John Sellers details a major new research project to identify the thousands of Jews who fought in America’s deadliest conflict. Followed by a panel discussion with collector Robert D. Marcus, historian Lance Sussman and Gettysburg tour guide extraordinaire Gary Kross, who explore the little-known but significant participation of Jews in this most famous – and fateful – of Civil War battles.

Admission: $15 general; $10 AJHS, CJH, YUM members, seniors, students  
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Wednesday, June 5, 7pm
Leo Baeck Institute presents:
Shmuel Barzilai and Daniel Gildar in Concert

Barzilai and Gildar set out on an evening exploring song and prayer through music from around the world. Their wide-ranging program includes music by: Koussevitzky, Loew, Kvartin, Malavsky, Elstein, Zim, Pucinni, Shemer, and others.


Tenor Shmuel Barzilai was born into a family of cantors in 1957 in Jerusalem, Israel. The essentials of cantorial singing were brought to him by the Viennese Cantor Zalman Polak before he graduated from the Institute of Music and Cantorial Singing in Tel Aviv. Following his classical music education, Barzilai majored in philosophy and Judaic studies at the University of Vienna. He became the Chief Cantor of the Vienna Jewish Community in 1992. Barzilai performs regularly throughout Europe, Israel, and the US and has participated in various music festivals, both as a soloist and with the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir, which tours Europe every year. He also has recorded many CDs and was chosen to sing the prayer El Maleh Rachamim at the memorial service in Mauthausen in 2000.

Pianist Daniel Gildar, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, studied piano, theory, and voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He then took part in seven historic missions to Eastern and Central Europe under the auspices of the Chaim and Gila Weiner Society for the Advancement of Cantorial Art. Gildar has an international reputation as an accompanist of Jewish music in voice and piano and accompanied every concert produced by Cantors of the World as well as the annual conventions of the Cantorial Council of America. Daniel Gildar not only performs all around the world as a cantor and pianist but also engages in vocal coaching and teaching the art of chazanut, a form of Jewish Liturgical Music.

Admission: $10 general; $5 LBI members at the door. Reservations required at 212-744-6400

Thursday, June 6, 3:00-10:00pm
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Russian American Foundation present:
First Annual New Land Film Festival

In honor of Israel’s 65th Anniversary and as a part of the Russian American Foundation's Annual Russian Heritage Month®, the YIVO Institute and the Russian American Foundation are proud to present the First Annual New Land Film Festival. The most engaging short films and documentaries by Russian-speaking immigrants living all over the world were hand-picked to form a selection that reflects different and exciting aspects of Jewish life. Screenings will be held at YIVO at 3, 5, 7, and 9pm.
Admission (per film): $10 general | $8 YIVO members, seniors, students

3:00pm: Lost Temple (2010, Sergey Grankin)
German journalist Dirk-Martin Heinzelmann arrives in Israel to make a reportage about the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the place where according to Jewish tradition the last Jewish Temple stood before it was destroyed over 2000 years ago. After meeting several specialists who are convinced that the Temple stood between the two mosques currently in place, Heinzelmann decides to investigate. He begins to explore the underground Jerusalem with the help of old English maps and a team of speleologists. Despite the threat of Islamists, the warnings of rabbis, and the extremely difficult conditions of the expedition, Heinzelmann reaches his goal and discovers a tunnel leading to the ancient Temple sewage system. The system is still filled with water, but it won't stop the fascinated researcher.
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5:00pm: The Territory (2012, Dmitriy Khavin)
The Territory is an intimate look into the lives of Israelis from the former Soviet Union who made their new home in the West Bank settlements. While some residents move to  the settlements looking for cheaper housing, others are motivated by Zionist ideology; and all are influenced by theirpast experience of being an oppressed minority in the Soviet Union.  The film is an exploration of questions of identity, religion and conflict.
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7:00pm: My Father Evgeni (2010, Andrei Zagdansky)
From 1961 through 1979 Evgeni Zagdansky was editor-in-chief of the Kiev Popular Science Film Studio. From 1981 through 1992 his son, a film director, Andrei worked in the same film studio. In 1992 Andrei along with his family left Kiev and settled in New York.Evgeni stayed behind. Evgeni's letters to Andrei and Andrei's narrative of father's life intertwine in the multi-layered fabric of the film creating a portrait of the man, his epoch and a self-portrait of the auteur.
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9:00pm: No One but Us (2011, Roman Shumunov)
This is a story about the solitude of the new immigrants and their endless struggle to survive, to be accepted and to be a part of Israeli society. Andrei, the protagonist, a new immigrant from the former Soviet Union, discovers that in order to save his sick father’s life he must buy an expensive drug that is well beyond his means. At the same time, Andrei and his two best friends, Zura and Marat, also living alone in the country, try to achieve their dream to be heard and understood via their poesy music. Andrei decides to get the money for the medicine his father so desperately needs at all costs.
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Wednesday, June 12, 6pm
American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum present:
Curator's Tour: Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Free; reservations required at

Wednesday, June 19, 6:30pm
American Sephardi Federation presents:
Kisses to the Children: A Documentary by Vassilis Loules
Five Greek-Jewish children, who were saved by Christian families during the German Occupation, tell their stories.  Their personal accounts of survival add an indelible humanity to history and cover a wide range of issues, from social isolation to survivor guilt.   The film also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish communities before the War, complemented with rare images of Occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots. 115 mins. Greek w/English subtitles.

The film was produced with the financial support of the American Sephardi Federation and the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece.  Presented under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece and the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece

Admission: Free; reservations required at 212-294-8350 x. 0 or

Thursday, June 20, 7:30pm
Leo Baeck Institute and Chelsea Music Festival present:
From Pompeii to Fingal's Cave - A Mendelssohn Perspective
Concert The Chelsea Music Festival returns to LBI with an evening of music devoted to the Mendelssohn siblings. Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn wrote hundreds of letters to one another and took special delight in sharing details and discoveries of their travels. This evening’s program features the music and letters of these Mendelssohn kindred spirits, and will bring to life the sights and sounds of early 19th-century Britain and Italy through their eyes. Also on the program are folk song arrangements by Benjamin Britten and Mendelssohn’s powerful string quintet No. 2, Op.87 which reveals his genius beyond his more famous string octet. Wine reception with Festival artists to follow.

Admission: $40 general; $30 LBI members, seniors, students.  Tickets available through Chelsea Music Festival

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Free public tours, exclusive of the YU Museum galleries, are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 am. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the Free Gallery Spaces, as well as the the new Collection Management and Conservation Wing, the Lillian Goldman Reading Room and the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute.

To arrange a private group tour for 10 or more people, please contact Julie Kaplan at 917-606-8226 or .

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