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What’s Going On In NYC This Week – Online

Your guide to Jewish-y events in New York City

Next up in the Folksbiene!LIVE online series is Daniel Kahn, the Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter who gives klezmer some clever twists and turns. The event is Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. Paintedbird.de
Next up in the Folksbiene!LIVE online series is Daniel Kahn, the Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter who gives klezmer some clever twists and turns. The event is Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. Paintedbird.de
KLEZMER FIDDLE PROJECT — ‘A NIGN A DAY’
A stellar line-up of 35 klezmer string players from 12 countries — including New York City’s own Jake Shulman-Ment and Alicia Svigals — resuscitates the ancient Jewish nign tradition with melodies from Vol. 4 of Moshe Beregovski’s “Old Jewish Folk Music” collection. Every day during the lockdown a fiddler (or cellist) from the project will do a live broadcast featuring nigunim, chat and sometimes even a guest. — Thursday, April 23-May 27, 4-4:45 p.m., facebook.com/events/536517630631547/. See the line-up at ilanacravitz.com/strings.htm. Free, but you can make a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/f/gkz5y-klezmer-fiddlers-lockdown-project?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet.
CREATING ‘AUSCHWITZ. NOT LONG AGO. NOT FAR AWAY.’
“Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented. In this Zoom webinar, Luis Ferreiro, Director of Musealia and of the exhibition project, will share how the exhibition developed from an idea in 2009 to a reality almost ten years later, including the complex emotional and logistical challenges. Limited to 500 participants. — Tuesday, April 28, 2 p.m., Museum of Jewish Heritage, mjhnyc.org/events/at-the-heart-of-the-matter-creating-auschwitz-not-long-ago-not-far-away/.
Luis Ferreiro (Photo: José Manuel Bielsa via mjhnyc.org)

A LOOK AT ‘FUNNY GIRL’: JOHN KENDRICK

A talk with Kendick (“Musical Theatre, A History”) via Zoom. He’ll discuss Jule Styne’s musical about Fanny Brice that originally starred Barbra Streisand. — Tuesday, April 28, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Virtual Streicker,  emanuelnyc.org/streickercenter/virtual/. Free.

ISRAEL STORY’S ISRAPALOOZA
IsraPalooza is an all-day Zoom celebration for Israel’s 72nd Independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut) from the folks at “Israel Story” podcast. Tune in for a session with world-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and a live concert with David Broza, talks with “starchitect” Moshe Safdie, cookbook author and food anthropologist Joan Nathan, the inventor of the modern-day firewall Gil Shwed, and trailblazing Arab-Israeli news anchor Lucy Aharish. Interactive events include a family-friendly self-portrait workshop with artist Hanoch Piven, and a shakshuka cooking class with celebrity chef Nir Mesika. — Wednesday, April 29, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Pop in and out as you please.), eventbrite.com/e/israpalooza-registration-103066972088. $18 suggested donation.

ISRAEL — THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES: AMBASSADOR IDO AHARONI

Ambassador Aharoni, Israel’s longest-serving consul-general in New York and the tri-state area to date, appears in a discussion via Zoom Video Conferencing. — Wednesday, April 29, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Virtual Streicker, https://temple-emanu-el-streicker-center-classes.ticketleap.com/israel-72-years-of-statehood-amb-ido-aharoni/details. Free.

ELLEN BASS ON ‘INDIGO’

A live reading in celebration of Ellen Bass’ new poetry collection, “Indigo,” which features the poem “Photograph: Jews Probably Arriving to the Lodz Ghetto circa 1941-1942,” with poets Victoria Chang, Nick Flynn and Ben Purkert. — Wednesday, April 29, 7-8 p.m., Books Are Magic, https://www.facebook.com/events/908602032911936/. Free.

DANIEL KAHN PRESENTS YIDDISH BLUES IN BERLIN

The Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter concocts furious “alienation klezmer” and leads The Brothers Nazaroff. His Yiddish cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has gone viral, with over 700,000 views. — Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.org/live/.

Next up in the Folksbiene!LIVE online series is Daniel Kahn, the Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter who gives klezmer some clever twists and turns. The event is Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. Paintedbird.de

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ‘SHTUMER SHABES’ (SILENT SABBATH)

Join Facebook Live to go behind the scenes and back in time with the creative team from “Shtumer Shabes,” the new play by LABA Fellow Rokhl Kafrissen. It’s a show about Yiddish theater, human experimentation and making art in the most difficult times. In other words, a comedy. Cast members will perform short excerpts from the play, set in the early 2000s East Village and 1930s Warsaw. Then Kafrissen and director Aaron Beall will join special guests in conversation about what inspired the show. — Wednesday, April 29, 2 p.m., 14Y LABA Arts + Culture, 14streety.org/virtual-14y/virtual-arts-culture/. Free.

ANTISEMITISM: HERE AND NOW
In the year since the vicious anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue in Poway, Calif., the surge in anti-Semitism has continued worldwide. Some have preyed on the fear and economic insecurity brought on by the coronavirus to scapegoat Jews and other minorities. Join historian and professor Deborah Lipstadt, whose real life experience battling a Holocaust denier in court was depicted in the 2016 film “Denial,” and Lisa Leff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum live on Facebook as they discuss anti-Semitism here and now and learn how we can respond to it as individuals and as a society. — Wednesday, April 29, 9:30-10 a.m., United States Memorial Holocaust Memorial Museum, facebook.com/events/233327138080270/. Free.

VIRTUAL UNPACKING THE BOOK: JEWISH WRITERS IN CONVERSATION

Join us for a Zoom conversation with Esther Safran Foer (“I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir”), a former CEO of the Sixth & I congregation in Washington, D.C., and mother of Franklin, Jonathan and Joshua; Keith Gessen (“A Terrible Country”), founding editor of n+1; and Tablet Magazine and “Unorthodox” podcast’s Stephanie Butnick. — Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m., The Jewish Museum, thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2020/04/30/unpacking-the-book-4302020. Free.

BOB DYLAN: ‘OH, MERCY’

The iconic troubadour has been busy of late: first, dropping a 17-minute song (and journey through American culture), “Murder Most Foul,” about the JFK assassination; then a few weeks later a song with the Whitmanesque title “I Contain Multitudes” (in which he actually name-checks Anne Frank). The songs on Dylan’s 1989 “Oh, Mercy” album are born of personal crisis, not the least of which was his own feeling that he was written out. The story of the writing of these songs and the making of this album was brilliantly told by Dylan in his autobiography, “Chronicles: Volume I,” and Louis Rosen will explore the details, drawing from the tracks on the album as released, as well as some terrific songs that were held back only to see the light of day years later via Dylan’s own subsequent Bootleg Series of recordings. Timeless tunes from the album like “Ring Them Bells” and “Everything is Broken” will doubtless echo down to today. — Thursday, April 30, 7:15-9 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org/class/bob-dylan-oh-mercy. $50.

The cover of Bob Dylan’s “Oh Mercy.”

DR. EDITH EVA EGER IN CONVERSATION WITH TOVA FELDSHUH: ‘THE CHOICE’

Acclaimed psychologist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eva Eger talks May 3 with the great actress Tova Feldshuh about coping with the Covid-19 crisis and how to bring changes to our lives. Dreditheger.com

Now in her 90s and an internationally acclaimed psychologist, Dr. Eger is one of the few Holocaust survivors old enough to remember life in the camps. This event is a rare opportunity to hear her astonishing story, with its message for us all: “We have the capacity to hate and the capacity to love. Which one we reach for,” Eger says, “is up to us.” In this online event, she will also share her wisdom on how to cope with the Covid-19 crisis and changes to our lives. — Sunday, May 3, 6 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org/event/dr-edith-eva-eger. $40 general/$20 for those age 40 and under.

Ongoing:

ABE
Twelve-year-old Abe (Noah Schnapp) is an aspiring chef who wants his cooking to bring people together — but his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family has never had a meal that didn’t end in a fight. Fernando Grostein Andrade’s new film, shot in Brooklyn by Blasco Giuratois (“Cinema Paradiso”), is about grappling with family, background, passions and whether even the most lovingly-cooked family dinner can heal old wounds. — Screening on multiple online platforms, bluefoxentertainment.com/films/abe.
Noah Schnapp as the bridge-builder young chef in “Abe.” Via Facebook
CIRCUS OF BOOKS
For decades, a nice, straight, square Jewish couple led a double life, making ends meet as proprietors of a porn shop and epicenter for gay L.A. They didn’t tell their kids or their synagogue what they did for a living, but now they’re ready to open up, and their film director daughter documents their life and times (and some religious differences about homosexuality). The film includes interviews with Larry Flynt and gay porn superstar Jeff Stryker. — Available to download on Netflix, netflix.com/title/81011569.
INCITEMENT

Based on true events, acclaimed fiilmmaker Yaron Zilberman chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to a delusional ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.”Incitement” is an unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who, encouraged by increasingly militant political rhetoric, silenced a powerful voice for peace. Winner, Best Picture, Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars). — Streaming at Film Forum, filmforum.org/film/incitement. $9.99.

A scene from “Incitement,” about the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Via Filmforum.org
INDECENT

The Tony Award-winning play follows a troupe of actors, the cast members of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” who risked their lives and careers to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom and truth were on trial. It is a serious story told with great theatricality, and joyous songs and dances. — Airing through Nov. 17, THIRTEEN Passport, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/indecent-full-episode/7823/. $5 for THIRTEEN Passport membership.

Mimi Lieber and Katrina Lenk in “Indecent.” pbs.org
RED
Experience the passion of painter Mark Rothko in this six-time Tony-winning play dramatizing Mark Rothko’s greatest challenge, creating the murals for New York’s iconic Four Seasons restaurant. Alfred Molina stars as Rothko, with Alfred Enoch as Rothko’s assistant, in a live performance from Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. — Streaming through May 27, https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/red-full-episode/10192/. Free.
Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch in “Red.” pbs.org

PLAY MAH JONGG FROM HOME

Real Mah Jongg Online allows you to play American Mah Jongg online against computers and your friends on either a computer, iPad or tablet. A 14-day trial is free and then it’s $5.99 per month after that. If you would like to connect with other players from the 14th Street Y, please email Karine Wittes at KWittes@14streety.org or Julie Gayer Kris at JGayerKris@14streety.org.

OMER AVITAL’S ‘NEW YORK PARADOX’

The new album by Omer Avital’s quintet Qantar — five expat Israelis who regularly get together to share Middle Eastern-inflected jazz music and Turkish coffee — was supposed to launch April 14 at Brooklyn’s Wilson Live. But “New York Paradox” is newly available for listening and purchasing at https://smarturl.it/QantarNYParadox. Avital, a bassist and composer, is “one of the most exciting musicians to come onto the jazz scene in the last 20 years,” according to DownBeat Magazine, and The New Yorker calls him “one of the key figures in the new wave of jazz.”

Acclaimed jazz bassist Omer Avital, second from left, with his Qantar quintet, has a new recording. Catch it online. Omeravital.com
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