Summer 2019/5779


Russian Writers: Revolution, Repression, and Renaissance
Wed | Jun 12, 19; Jul 10, 17 | 7:00-8:45 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Dr. Wendy Zierler
In each session we will examine the work of a different Jewish writer from Russia or Ukraine, including the poet Hayim Nahman Bialik; the novelist and short story writer Isaac Babel; Hava Shapiro, the first modern Hebrew female short story writer and an important Hebrew feminist foremother; and Yokheved Bat Miriam, one of the first Hebrew women poets and a member of the Hebrew Octoberists. Travelers on next fall's journey to Russia are especially encouraged to join this class. 
Dr. Wendy Zierler is Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC in New York.
Cost: $110/members; $160/general
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Midtown Lunch and Learn: A Change in Perspective - Looking at Sacred Texts Through Interfaith Interpretations
Wed | Jun 12; Jul 17 | 12:30 pm | Offsite

Rabbi Savenor and Reverend Rebekah Hutto of Brick Church will lead an exploration of biblical texts and how Jewish and Christian traditions interpret them today.
Cost: Free/members; $18/members
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Shulhan Ivrit (Conversational Hebrew)
Tue | Jul 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6 | 7:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Intermediate and advanced level Hebrew speakers are invited to spend an hour practicing conversational Hebrew. Come to one session or come to all to deepen your connection to Israel and the Jewish people by speaking Hebrew.
No registration necessary.


Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Mystery and History: George Washington's Letter to the Jews
Sat | Jun 8 | 8:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Savenor
Washington's letter to the Jews of Newport, RI, created a precedent of equality unknown to Jews during centuries of exile. However, many questions exist about this 1790 document, including who actually wrote the letter and what our first president meant.
No registration necessary.

Film Screening: Who Will Write Our History
Thu | Jun 20 | 6:30 pm | 4 E. 90th St
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper, gathering and hiding thousands of testimonies from Warsaw natives and refugees from hundreds of other localities to create a documentary record of the wartime fate of Polish Jewry. Now their story is told as a feature documentary film.
Cost: Free
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Summer Concert with JAM
Tue | Jun 25 | 7:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Joanie Leeds and Matt Check
The multi-award winning duo will share selections from their new album, Sterling,  a folksy-Americana collection interpreting ancient texts with a modern and feminist twist.
Cost: Free/members; $18/general
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Please check this page and our calendar as we add other events over the course of the summer!