In 2018 she was honored with a mid-career solo exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Now Zoya Cherkassky, under quarantine in Tel Aviv, has created compelling new works on paper that are on view online in a new exhibit on the Fort Gansevoort gallery’s website. Upon entering the exhibit, the viewer chooses among five collections, “Black Chuppah,” “Chad Gadya,” “Shabes Goy,” “Anne Frank” and “Lost Time,” all with the curator’s engrossing insights into some of the key works. — Opening Wednesday, April 8, fortgansevoort.com. Free.
OUT AT THE J QUEER PASSOVER SEDER
Join the 2nd annual Queer Seder virtually to honor Jewish struggles of the past and recognize our shared struggles of today. Led by Cantor Laura Stein, join in community to break through feelings of isolation and fear, using our people’s narrative to look to a brighter future. All are welcome to explore LGBTQIA+ themes of freedom, expression and hope. — Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. jccmanhattan.org. $10
COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER
As we all process and experience social distancing, the need to connect is as strong as ever — if not stronger. So the 92Y’s Community Passover Seder will gather virtually this year.
Join together to explore the themes of liberation, hope and miracles. Lead by Rabbi Samantha Frank and Rebecca Schoffer, participants will gather for an uplifting evening of storytelling and song. — Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. 92y.org. Free.
REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL
The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan has turned the 12th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest film festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities, into a virtual event. The Jewish Week’s film critic George Robinson gives credit for the festival’s success to its programmers, who have consistently aimed for good, serious filmmaking. This year’s highlights include “Amy’s Victory Dance” (NYC premiere, Sunday, April 5), about professional dancer Amy Jordan, who was run over by a bus, and Or Levy’s “Bube Maises” (NY premiere, Shorts Program 2, Saturday, April 4), about having a parent with dementia. — March 31-April 6. reelabilities.org/newyork/reelabilities-goes-virtual/. Some events are free, others are $5. Opening night is $125 and up.
A COLLECTION OF SONGS IN YIDDISH, ENGLISH AND A FEW LANGUAGES IN BETWEEN
An afternoon salon with Joe Mace, who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the National Yiddish Theater (“The Golden Bride”), with Daniel Rigamer and Zalmen Mlotek on piano. — Friday, April 3, 4 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.org/live/.
BLOOD LIBEL: ON THE TRAIL OF AN ANTI-SEMITIC MYTH
Magda Teter’s new book will be launched via Zoom, appropriately on the night before Passover. In these uncertain times, there is a deeper urge to not only discover what is true, but to be able to recognize falsehoods. “Blood Libel” explores the medieval myth that Jews murder Christian children to use their blood, and the myth’s surprising persistence over centuries, cultures and continents, from mid-12th-century monastic manuscripts to the Facebook group “Jewish Ritual Murder,” shut down in 2014, and beyond. Presented by Center for Jewish History, Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum. — Tuesday, April 7, 4 p.m., cjh.org or call (800) 838-3006 to receive a link to the Zoom event. Free. (See a review of the book on page 36.)
TIMOTHY CARDINAL DOLAN IN CONVERSATION WITH RABBI PETER J. RUBINSTEIN
Cardinal Dolan and Rabbi Rubinstein, in an online talk, will discuss the importance of community even when we can’t be together physically. What should our religious institutions be doing? From where do we derive comfort and strength in difficult times? What is the role of faith in facing adversity? — Monday, April 6, 5 p.m., 92y.org. From $35.
THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA — EPISODE 4
Philip Roth’s novel of the same name is the basis for this six-part series on HBO starring Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan and John Turturro. In Roth’s reimagining of history, a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey watches the political rise of aviator-hero and xenophobic populist Charles Lindbergh as he becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. — Episode 1 airs through April 18; Episode 2 airs through April 18; Episode 3 airs through April 6; Episode 4 premieres Monday, April 6, 9 p.m., and airs through April 13. hbo.com.
THE FIRST EVER YIDDISH CULTURAL THIRD SEDER ONLINE
Leading Yiddish performing artists Frank London, Zalmen Mlotek, Joyce Rosenzweig, Lorin Sklamberg, Susan Abbe Watts, Joanne Borts, Sarah Gordon, Michael Winograd, Shura Lipovsky, Daniel Kahn, Elmore James and Steven Skybell will perform the seder live, borrowing much from the traditional Arbeter Ring secular Yiddish Haggadah, with some adaptations given the times we live in. Viewers will be asked to make a charitable contribution to United Community Center Services of Westchester, Inc. — April 12, 2 p.m. via Facebook live on Avram Mlotek’s public page. facebook.com/avram.mlotek.
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is offering free one-session online classes twice daily, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., via Zoom as well as streaming on the Temple’s livestream page. Upcoming events New York Times journalist Bari Weiss and Tablet magazine founder Alana Newhouse on “Passover During a Plague” (Tuesday, April 7) and the musical discussion “Believe — Choosing Joy” with Neshama Carlebach. (April 14). emanuelnyc.org/streickercenter/virtual/.
FOLKSBIENE LIVE (STREAMED)!
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is responding to our homebound state with livestreamed theater, American Jewish performers, workshops and other events — including a talkback with the cast of the award-winning “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish. Look for offerings to entertain audiences young and old. nytf.org.
REEL PIECES REMOTE: CLASSIC FILMS WITH ANNETTE INSDORF
The renowned film scholar will engage a group in live online discussions about five film masterpieces, over five Sunday evenings. With three of the films set against the backdrop of World War II, she will explore not only cinematic language but political vision and themes like complicity and guilt. In addition to the opportunity to interact with Professor Insdorf and others in the group, tuition includes a free 45-day trial membership to The Criterion Channel, where the films (+ 2,000 other titles) are streamed, and access to Insdorf’s pre-recorded introductions and lectures about the films. Sundays, March 29-April 26, 8 p.m. 92y.org. $150.
Shira Haas (Gitti’s daughter Ruchama on “Shtisel”) stars as a chasidic Jewish woman living in an arranged marriage in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin. She is taken in by a group of musicians — until her past comes calling. The new series is based on a true story.netflix.com.
Jesse Eisenberg stars as Marcel Mangel before he became the world-famous mime Marcel Marceau. An aspiring Jewish actor, Mangel joins the French Resistance to save the lives of thousands of children orphaned at the hands of the Nazis. The new film, which is based on a true story, was scheduled to open March 27 at Quad Cinema. It is now available on Amazon Prime Video, amazon.com.
As if the times aren’t spooky enough, this stylish Israeli supernatural horror series features hustler Juda Ben Haim, Israeli cops, French mobsters and a seductive vampire who breaks the cardinal rule of her forefathers by drinking Jewish blood. Hulu, hulu.com.
EXPLORE THE JEWISH MUSEUM FROM HOME
Go online to listen to artists and curators, visit the exhibition “Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone” in a video interview with the artist, relive talks and performances and check for children’s programming. thejewishmuseum.org.
CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY
From home, explore the Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum exhibition “Designers in Exile: Jewish Contributions to Fashion,” read about the NYPL librarian who spied on the Nazis and watch videos of events like “Stories of New York: Hamill and Haberman,” in which the legendary journalists Pete Hamill and Clyde Haberman talk about the Irish and Jewish neighborhoods they came from, the immigrant experience then and now, the tabloid that launched their careers, and the ever-changing city that continues to inspire. linktr.ee/centerforjewishhistory.
AUSCHWITZ. NOT LONG AGO. NOT FAR AWAY.
The largest international exhibition ever to cover the largest of the Nazi extermination camps has already been extended, and though closed now, it is set to run through Aug. 30 at the Museum of Jewish History. Until it reopens, check the museum’s site for photographs, descriptions and a short film about the landmark exhibition. mjhnyc.org.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
The Philadelphia museum is offering free digital resources for all ages and backgrounds. Take a virtual tour, explore the museum’s collection and relive exhibitions like “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American,” “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” and “1917: How One Year Changed the World.” nmajh.org.
NIF FILM CLUB
Watch relevant Israeli films at your own convenience and then join the New Israel Fund on Tuesdays for lively and interactive discussions on Zoom. The Film Club’s first selection was Dan Shadur’s “King Bibi: The Life and Performances of Benjamin Netanyahu.” While some of the films will need to rented from a streaming service, others will be available on a private video site. Tuesdays, 3 p.m. nif.org.
ISRAELI CULTURE IN NEW YORK
Check with the Office of Cultural Affairs team at the Israeli Consulate for announcements about Israeli culture that can be accessed online. Recent offerings have included “Idan Raichel in Your Living Room” (a special online concert), a virtual art exhibit, online gaga classes and book discussions and Israeli films available for free streaming. tinyurl.com/tg9cqt5.
During this unprecedented time, the 92Y is offering new livestreamed concerts and events, highlights from its archives, family activities and ways our community can gather together online. 92y.org/92yathome
BEIT HATFUTSOT FROM HOME
Explore online activities and visit some of the exhibits, via video clips, at Tel Aviv’s Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot. bh.org.il.