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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, September 25, 2017

Highlights include rare archival footage of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s assistance to refugees, an exploration of the image and legacy of the Arch of Titus, discussions on the contemporary relevance of German-Jewish history, and a panel discussion between Deborah Dash Moore and Ronit Stahl on Jewish New York in 1917

Edited by: JV Staff

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 6

  • 6 pm
  • Becoming “German-Jews” in America
  • Presented by Leo Baeck Institute
  • Exhibition Opening

German-Jewish immigrants built some of the United States’ signature Jewish institutions based on their traditions, education, and cultural ideals. Historian Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State) comments on an exhibition that shows how diverse groups of German-speaking immigrants forged an identity in the New World.

Tickets: Free; RSVP at www.lbi.org/events

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/becoming-german-jewish-2017-09-06

Thursday, September 7

  • 6:30 pm
  • For Her Own Good: An Interactive Art Installation by Ofri Cnaani
  • Presented by American Jewish Historical Society
  • Exhibition Opening

For Her Own Good is a mixed media installation exploring the multivalence of Emma Goldman’s performances, voices, and silences. A poetic commentary on the public speeches and closed hearings of “the most dangerous woman alive,” the installation weaves archival footage from various speeches and hearings. On view through November 1.

Tickets: Free; RSVP required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/for-her-own-good-2017-09-07

Sunday, September 10

  • 1:30 – 4 pm
  • Paper-Art Workshop for Rosh Hashanah
  • Presented by Yeshiva University Museum
  • Workshop

Explore unconventional ways to create two- and three-dimensional greeting cards for Rosh Hashanah and other occasions with returning guest artist Marna Chester. A selection of historic cards from YUM’s collection will be on display for inspiration. This multi-sensory activity is suitable for adults and children, including individuals who are blind or who have low vision.

Tickets: $8 general; $6 seniors, students; free for YUM members and YU staff, students and alumni, and children under 5.

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/paper-art-workshop-2017-09-10

Monday, September 11

  • 4 pm
  • Rare Archival Footage from JDC’s Work with Refugees and Stateless Persons
  • Presented by American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee & Center for Jewish History
  • Film

A unique opportunity to view rare archival films from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives, showcasing JDC’s assistance to refugees in Europe, North Africa and Yemen in the 20th century. A panel discussion will follow the film viewing.

Tickets: Free; reservations required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-film-screening-rare-footage-from-jdcs-archives-tickets-36360189305

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/rare-archival-footage-2017-09-11

Monday, September 11

  • 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Proust in Time: Swann’s Way
  • Presented by Brooklyn Institute for Social Research & Center for Jewish History
  • Course

In this course centered on “Swann’s Way,” the first installment of Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time,” students will consider how Proust's novel illuminates concerns both intimate and vast in light of the historical, cultural, and personal context in which it was written. Taught by Rebecca Ariel Porte (University of Michigan), the course continues September 18, September 25, and October 2.

Tuition: $315; 10% discount for CJH members; use code cjhmember at https://thebrooklyninstitute.com/items/courses/proust-time-swanns-way/

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/rare-archival-footage-2017-09-11

Monday, September 11

  • 7 pm
  • Iraq’s Last Jews
  • Presented by American Sephardi Federation
  • Celebration

Celebrating and honoring the founding supporters of the “Iraqi Jewish Voices Project,” Robert Shasha and Dennis Shasha. The project, led by the journalist and author Tamar Morad, tells the story of the last Jews of Iraq and their integration into Israel and throughout the world through dramatic current and historical photography, film, and personal narrative. The project is affiliated with Sephardi Voices USA, which means to collect interviews of Jews of Middle Eastern and North African origin to raise awareness around their destiny that is an important piece of Jewish and world history.

Tickets: Free, reservations required online

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/iraqs-last-jews-2017-09-11

Wednesday, September 13

  • 6 pm
  • Political Prophecy Versus Liberation Theology: Ethical and Mystical Dimensions
  • Presented by Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society and Leo Baeck Institute
  • Lecture

Join us for a talk by Professor Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) examining the development of "prophecy" as a central category in Protestant and Jewish biblical scholarship over the past 200 years. Christian and Jewish theology have been at sharp odds in their understanding of prophetic speech and the prophets’ own religious experience. From the mid-19th century well into the 1920s, for example, most Protestant biblical scholars defined the prophets as "ecstatics," whereas Jewish theologians viewed the prophets as teachers of universal ethical behavior. How have these views changed as biblical scholars responded to the upheaval of the world wars and political challenges like the Civil Rights Movement? Professor Heschel will pay particular attention to the thought of Abraham Heschel and will ask what role prophets might play in religious and political circumstances in the present.

Tickets: Free, reserve online at smarttix

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/political-prophecy-2017-09-13

Thursday, September 14

  • 6:30 pm
  • Singing Sacred Text
  • Part of the Rome Lab presented by Yeshiva University Museum, Centro Primo Levi, the Jewish Museum of Rome, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, American Sephardi Federation and the Center for Jewish History
  • Workshop

Rav Alberto Funaro, the cantor of the Spanish Temple of Rome, will lead a workshop on the High Holidays melodies of the oldest Jewish community in the Western world. Learn how to sing the beautiful music of Roman and Italian liturgy.

Tickets: Free; reserve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/singing-sacred-text-2017-09-14

Thursday, September 14

  • 7 pm
  • A Traveler Undisguised: “Mendele Moykher Sforim” as a Modern Jewish Intellectual
  • Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
  • Lecture

Professor Dan Miron (Columbia University) will lecture on the essence of Hebrew and Yiddish writer Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh’s historical achievement, one which enabled him to redefine the courses of both Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, and on the question of the continued relevance of his legacy in today’s world.

Tickets: $10 general; $5 YIVO members & students at www.yivo.org/A-Traveler-Undisguised or 212-294-8330 x. 6152

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/a-traveller-undisguised-2017-09-14

Sunday, September 17

  • 6:30 pm
  • “Our Crowd”—German-Jewish Banking Families in America
  • Presented by Leo Baeck Institute & American Jewish Historical Society
  • Panel Discussion

In 1967, Stephen Birmingham published his best-selling social history of New York’s elite German-Jewish banking families. Historians Susie Pak (St. John’s) and Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia) join journalist Daniel Schulman (Mother Jones) to evaluate the legend and the reality of “Our Crowd.”

Tickets: $10 general; $5 LBI members at www.lbi.org/events

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/our-crowd-2017-09-17

Tuesday, September 19

  • 3 pm
  • Singing for the Bride and Groom in Early Modern Ashkenaz
  • Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
  • Lecture

Diana Matut (University of Halle-Wittenberg) will reveal the nature of singing during Jewish weddings in Ashkenaz and will answer questions such as: who was allowed to sing what to whom and when? And which repertoire did female singers perform and how?

Tickets: Free; reserve at www.yivo.org/Singing-for-the-Bride-and-Groom or call 212-294-8330 x 6152

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/singing-for-the-bride-2017-09-19

Tuesday, September 19

  • 7 pm
  • Acts and Intermissions: Emma Goldman in America
  • Presented by American Jewish Historical Society
  • Film

A cinematic collage featuring rare archival footage of NYC from the 1910s, Abigail Child’s new documentary circles around the life of Emma Goldman and her relationship to the history of protest between then and now.

Tickets: $10 general; $5 AJHS members, seniors, students; $12 at the door

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/acts-and-intermission-2017-09-07

Sunday, September 24

  • 1 pm
  • Nusakh Vilne
  • Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
  • Commemoration

Join us in our annual event commemorating the Jewish community of Vilna through poetry, music, and presentation. A reception will follow the presentations.

Tickets: Free at www.yivo.org or 212-294-8330 x. 6152

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/nusakh-vilne-2017-09-24

Monday, September 25

  • 6:30 pm
  • The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back
  • Presented by Yeshiva University Museum & YU Center for Israel Studies
  • Curator’s Tour

Join historian Steven Fine (Yeshiva University) on a walking tour through YUM’s exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, as he explores the image and legacy of the Arch of Titus from Imperial Rome to modern-day Israel.

Tickets: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members and YU students, faculty or staff

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/arch-of-titus-2017-09-25

Wednesday, September 27

  • 6 pm
  • No Shushing Allowed: A Library Social Hour
  • Presented by Center for Jewish History
  • Reception

Please join us for our September library social hour. You will have the opportunity to speak with the librarians and archivists who make the materials housed at Center for Jewish History accessible, and to welcome our new group of incoming fellows. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know fellow researchers and Center staff, learn about how others use the collections and talk about books, archives and research in general. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets: Free; RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/no-shushing-allowed-2017-09-27

Wednesday, September 27

  • 7:30 pm
  • Romantic Overtures: Music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms for Piano 4 Hands and Strings
  • Presented by Center for Jewish History
  • Concert

Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performs Mozart’s “Piano Trio K.520 in B-flat Major”; Mendelssohn’s "Hebriden" and "Ruy Blas" overtures arranged for 1 piano 4 hands, violin and cello; Schumann’s “G-minor Piano Trio,” Op.110 and Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances arranged for 1 piano 4 hands, violin and cello.” This program is made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Link: http://programs.cjh.org/event/mozart-mendelssohn-schumann-2017-09-27

(To Be Continued Next Week)