AN EVENING WITH DEBORAH LIPSTADT
In 1993, Deborah Lipstadt, a history professor at Emory University, published her seminal book, “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.” One of the Holocaust deniers she mentioned, British historian David Irving, sued her for libel on his home turf, where the burden of proof is on the defendant. Everybody knows the Holocaust happened — but Lipstadt had to prove it. Her courtroom ordeal became the topic of her next book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving,” which was adapted into a recent film, “Denial,” starring Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt. The professor herself will speak about her experiences. — Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, One E. 65th St., (212) 507-9580, emanuelskirballnyc.org.
WHEN WE REMEMBERED ZION
Drawing from repertories of Jewish song from the Holocaust gathered from cabarets, camps, ghettos, theaters and films, the 2016 Grammy-nominated New Budapest Orpheum Society marks Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in song. The NBOS honors composers Hermann Leopoldi, Friedrich Hollander, Imré Kálmán, Hans Eisler/Bertolt Brecht and Erich Korngold, whose musical contributions trace a path to the European Jewish past. The concert will be preceded by a talk with Philip V. Bohlman, a professor of Jewish history in the University of Chicago. — Monday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., YIVO Institute, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 246-6080, yivo.org. $15.
One of 2016’s best-reviewed plays, J. T. Rogers’ “Oslo” is now on Broadway after a successful Off-Broadway run. A complex tale of political intrigue and back-door negotiations, this darkly funny play centers on the months of talks between Israel and Palestine that led to the historic 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Directed by Tony Award-winning Barlett Sher (“Fiddler on the Roof”). — Through June 18, Lincoln Center Theatre, 150 W. 65th St, (212) 375-3708, lct.org.
The Broadway hit that became an even more famous Barbra Streisand movie is now returning to its Broadway roots. The widowed, brassy matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a match for the miserly “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. This Broadway revival features the divine Bette Midler as Dolly. Directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks. — Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., (212) 239-6200, hellodollyonbroadway.com. $59-$189.
IF I FORGET
In the final months before 9/11, liberal (to say the least; he’s publishing a book about forgetting the Holocaust) Jewish studies Professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. Destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface — with biting humor and razor-sharp insight — in this powerful tale of a family, and culture, at odds with itself. — Through April 30, The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., (212) 719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org. $79.
NOT THAT JEWISH
Written by and starring the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated writer, actress and comedian Monica Piper, this has been lauded as a hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical tale of a Jew-“ish” woman’s life. — Through April 30, New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., (212) 239-6200, notthatjewish.com. From $49.
Richard Gere stars as Norman Oppenheimer, a New York political middle man, in the new Joseph Cedar tale of money and power, “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.” When a low-level Israeli minister befriended by Oppenheimer becomes prime minister, a quid pro quo creates a big-time headache for the fixer. — Opens Friday, April 14, Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston St. (betw. First and Second avenues), landmarktheatres.com.
During Hitler’s anniversary speech on Nov. 8, 1939, Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller, immediately behind the Führer’s lectern, killing eight people. Elser’s plot to kill Hitler comes up 13 minutes short. — Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, (212) 757-0359. For tickets and show times visit lincolnplazacinema.com.
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE
“The Zookeeper’s Wife,” which stars Jessica Chastain, tells the story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. — In wide release.
LOST SYNAGOGUES OF EUROPE
The Museum at Eldridge Street presents an exhibition of vintage postcards of Central and Eastern European synagogues from Prague-based collector Frantisek Bányai. The postcards depict a range of Jewish architecture, culture and community that were all but destroyed during WWII. — Through June 8, Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St., (212) 219-0302, eldridgestreet.org.
HEROES OF THE KNISH
The lowly staple gets the high-brow treatment with a month-long museum show at The City Reliquary. The chronicler-queen of the knish, Laura Silver, author of 2014’s “Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food” (Brandeis), curates the exhibition, whose aptly stuffed title is “Heroes of the Knish: Making a Living and Making a Life.” It features a history of the potato pie, from the Old Country to the sidewalk carts of the Lower East Side to the pricey delis of Midtown, and documents the lives of the men and women who made the crusty-chewy delicacy. — Through May 7, City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, cityreliquary.org. $5.
SHABBAT: INSIDE AND OUT
With the cessation of the workday routine on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, relationships and the spirit are revitalized as families share precious time at festive meals. The objects on display highlight two aspects of this holy day: the private/domestic and the communal/ceremonial. — Through May 11, Yeshiva University Museum, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 294-8330, firstname.lastname@example.org. Members and children under 5 free/$6 seniors and students/$8 adults.
Our ancestors used clothing and textiles to beautify their synagogues, their tables and themselves on Shabbat and holidays as well as important lifecycle events. Many of these were preserved, with highlights including a sumptuous 18th-century lectern cover that belonged to a former chief rabbi of Izmir, a 19th-century dress and a 1950 custom-made lace wedding gown. — Through April 29, Yeshiva University Museum, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 294-8330, email@example.com. For hours and admission rates: yumuseum.org/visit.
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