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24.04.2012 (2465 Days Ago)
United States, New York City
TitleUpcoming Programs at the Center
Place nameCenter for Jewish History
Date start01.05.2012 18:10 (2458 Days Ago)
Date end18.04.2012 18:10 (2471 Days Ago)


Center for Jewish History Center for Jewish History

Upcoming Programs at the Center for Jewish History

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30pm
Center for Jewish History
Jews in Early Modern Europe: A Day-to-Day Perspective

Discussion Jewish expulsion from Spain and other parts of Western Europe in the late 1400s ironically initiated a “golden age” for Jewish economic life. Jewish merchants living under Ottoman Muslim rule sparked the creation of international networks of maritime and overland commerce, leading to the restoration of Jews to lands from which they had long been excluded, and eventually to the acquisition of citizenship rights, starting in the late eighteenth century. What was the day-to-day life of Jews like in that early modern period? How did Jews transact business with each other and with non-Jews? How were lawsuits conducted or bankruptcy declared? And what of the majority of Jews who were humble servants and craftsmen? This discussion with leading historians aims to recreate the fabric of daily Jewish life in a fascinating era.

Participants: Jay Berkovitz (University of Massachusetts Amherst, CJH 2011-2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar), Francesca Trevillato (Yale University), Debra Kaplan (Yeshiva University), Jonathan Karp (SUNY Binghamton, Executive Director, American Jewish Historical Society), Moderator.

Admission: $15 general, $10 CJH, $8 students.  
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Monday, May 14, 7pm
Center for Jewish History
Center for Traditional Music and Dance present:
Bay mayn mames shtibele: The Women's Art of Yiddish Folksong

Picture of Yiddish Singer Lifshe Schaechter Widman courtesy of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

Panel Discussion/Performance An exploration of the Yiddish folksong tradition as preserved through the remarkable artistry of women singers in Eastern Europe and the United States. Itzik Gottesman of the Yiddish Forverts newspaper will lead a panel including renowned folksinger/researcher Michael Alpert, NEA National Heritage Fellow Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman and CTMD Artistic Director Ethel Raim as they present and discuss the work of leading folksingers such as Lifshe Schaechter-Widman, Bronya Sakina and other important exponents of the tradition. Made possible through support provided by the Keller-Shatanoff Foundation, the Atran Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. A reception will follow the event.

Made possible through support provided by the Keller-Shatanoff Foundation, the Atran Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Presented by the Center for Jewish History, Center for Traditional Music and Dance’s An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture, Brooklyn Arts Council’s Half the Sky Festival: Brooklyn Women in Traditional Performance.

Admission: $15 general, $10 CJH, CTMD members.
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Thursday, May 22, 6:30pm
Center for Jewish History
Leo Baeck Institute present:
Walter Rathenau: The Life of Weimar's Fallen Statesman

Book Discussion Shulamit Volkov will discuss her new book, Walther Rathenau: The Life of Weimar’s Fallen Statesman (Yale University Press, 2012). This deeply informed biography tells of a man who—both thoroughly German and unabashedly Jewish—rose to leadership in the German War-Ministry Department during the First World War, and later to the exalted position of foreign minister in the early days of the Weimar Republic. His achievement was unprecedented—no Jew in Germany had ever attained such high political rank. But Rathenau's success was marked by tragedy: within months he was assassinated by right-wing extremists seeking to destroy the newly formed Republic. Drawing on Rathenau's papers and on a depth of knowledge of both modern German and German-Jewish history, Shulamit Volkov creates a finely drawn portrait of this complex man who struggled with his Jewish identity and who treasured his "otherness." Volkov also places Rathenau in the dual context of Weimar Germany and of Berlin’s financial and intellectual elite. Above all, she illuminates the complex social and psychological milieu of German Jewry in the period before Hitler’s rise to power.

Admission: $10 general, $8 CJH, $5 seniors, students.
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Also at the Center in early May:

Tuesday, May 1, 6pm
Leo Baeck Institute with
Goethe-Institut New York present:
Ghosts of Princeton -- A Play by Daniel Kehlmann


Play Reading Daniel Kehlmann will introduce this special reading of his first play, “Ghosts in Princeton” in English translation. The play is about the Viennese mathematician Kurt Gödel (1906-1978), who by age 24 revolutionized the logic of mathematics. After the Nazis took over Austria in 1938, Gödel and his wife Adele emigrated to Princeton where he joined his good friend Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study. In “Ghosts of Princeton,” a play of facts, fiction and philosophy, Kehlmann follows the giant footsteps of Gödel and Adele on their journey from Vienna to Princeton. Breakthrough thinking, brilliant logic and a self-destructive rationalism characterized Gödel’s remarkable history.

Leo Baeck Institute and Goethe-Institut New York are extremely grateful to Deutsche Telekom for its support of this program. Special thanks also to Ambassador Peter Wittig and Huberta von Voss Wittig.

Daniel Kehlmann is one of Germany’s most critically acclaimed young authors. His 2006 international best-seller Measuring The World has been translated from the original German into more than 20 languages, and been awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in literature.

Admission: $10 general; free for LBI, Goethe Institut members.

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Wednesday, May 2, 6pm
Yeshiva University Museum presents:
Artist's Tour: Silk Stones--Works by Rochelle Rubinstein
Free; reservations required at

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30pm
American Jewish Historical Society with
Friends of Ethiopian Jews present:
From Dream to Reality: What is Life Really Like for Ethiopian Jews in 2012?

Lecture Award-winning Ethiopian-Israeli visionary and social entrepreneur Asher Elias presents an informed look at the challenges and opportunities currently facing the Ethiopian Israeli community today. Beginning with an overview of the "Dream" while in Ethiopia through the enchanting historical archives at the AJHS - and then fast-forwarding to the situation today, Asher Elias will take you from the "Dream of a Thousand Years" to an analysis of the disturbing disparities of life in Israel for Ethiopian Jews today. With introduction by Susan Pollack.

$10 general.
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Sunday, May 6 - Monday, May 7
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research with
American Jewish Historical Society
Jews and the Left

Conference Since the 19th century, Jews have played prominent roles in a variety of leftist political movements. At the same time, associations between Jews and communism have been a frequent leitmotif of anti-Semitic thinking. While the political Left often spoke out against anti-Semitism and promised Jews tolerance and an end to distinctions between Jews and non-Jews, specific, prominent, leftists espoused anti-Semitic ideas. In addition, Jews cultivated their own, uniquely Jewish, socialist parties and ideologies. In recent years, the relationship between Jews and the Left has been further complicated by left-wing opposition to the State of Israel and debates about the extent to which this opposition bleeds into outright anti-Semitism. YIVO, in association with AJHS, will bring together historians, political scientists, philosophers, and journalists from Europe, Israel, and America to discuss some of the important topics pertaining to the relationship between Jews and the Left. Visit for the full conference schedule.

Full 2 days: general admission: $75 | YIVO members, seniors, students: $60
Sunday only: general admission: $40 | YIVO members, seniors, students: $25
Sunday reception: $25

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Wednesday, May 9, 6pm
Leo Baeck Institute presents:
Autobiography and Biography: Herzl, Freud, and Stefan Zweig

Lecture How reliable are autobiographical works and biographical studies for historical work? Professor Mark Gelber (Ben-Gurion University) will discuss Stefan Zweig’s brilliant but problematic depictions of Herzl (and Zionism) and Freud (psychoanalysis, anti-Semitism, and Jewish survival) in his late autobiographical work written predominantly during the period of his American exile, The World of Yesterday (1942). Rescheduled from September 19, 2011.

Admission: $10 general; $5 LBI members

RSVP to or 212-744-6400 to reserve a seat. Purchase tickets at the door.

Wednesday, May 9, 6pm
Yeshiva University Museum presents:
Curator’s Tour: Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine 1860-1960

Join curator Josh Feinberg for an in-depth tour of this groundbreaking exhibition.


Admission: Free; reservations required at

Thursday, May 10, 7pm
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research presents:
Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series: Spring Concert 2012

Concert This performance of rarely heard masterworks from the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Memorial Collections at YIVO is performed by gifted young artists from premier conservatories. The Spring Concert will present the great masterpiece of Jewish music, “Shlomo”, a Hebrew rhapsody for cello by Ernest Bloch. The program will also include works for piano, cantorial music, and folk songs.

Free; RSVP required at or 212-294-6127

Monday, May 14, 3pm
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research presents:
Creation of a Survivor Voice: Radio and Early Holocaust Narratives

Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Lecture Rachel Deblinger, University of California, Los Angeles. This paper, largely based on radio broadcasts accessed through the YIVO Sound Collection, will examine eyewitness accounts of Nazi persecution as they aired on radio programs in early postwar America. The paper seeks to explain how the voiced representations of Holocaust narratives constructed an identity of Holocaust survivors in postwar America.

Admission: Free; RSVP required at or 212-294-6127

Unless otherwise noted, for all reservations and inquiries, please call SmartTix at 212.868.4444 or visit
All coats and bags must be checked. Please plan accordingly.

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