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What’s Going On In NYC This Week

Your guide to Jewish-y events in New York City.

The women of “Shtisel” — Elisheva (Ayelet Zurer), left, Libbi (Hadas Yaron), Ruchami (Shira Haas) and Giti (Neta Riskin) — talk about the hit show next week at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. Emanuelnyc.org
The women of “Shtisel” — Elisheva (Ayelet Zurer), left, Libbi (Hadas Yaron), Ruchami (Shira Haas) and Giti (Neta Riskin) — talk about the hit show next week at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. Emanuelnyc.org
‘VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS’
Mass murders, vandalism, social media abuse, propaganda, assault — by virtually every yardstick, anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s. Emmy-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores contemporary anti-Semitism by looking at the far-right in the U.S., the far-left in the United Kingdom, Islamic radicalism in France and a massive government anti-Semitic propaganda campaign in Hungary. The new film, which received a brief theatrical run before the pandemic shut it down, will receive its television premiere. — Sunday, May 31, 10 p.m. and June 1, 10 a.m., PBS, thirteen.org/schedule/?program=43110&all=1
An anti-George Soros poster in Hungary, in “Viral.” pbs.org

THE WOMEN OF ‘SHTISEL’

Their heads covered by wigs and scarves, the ultra-Orthodox women of Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood were invisible to outsiders … until “Shtisel” pulled back the curtain on their lives, their hearts and their strengths. Now hear from the actresses who embodied Giti (Neta Riskin), Libbi (Hadas Yaron), Ruchami (Shira Haas) and Elisheva (Ayelet Zurer) and from the female producer behind the unlikely global sensation. Moderated by Abigail Pogrebin. —Monday, June 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Virtual Streicker, emanuelnyc.org/streickercenter/virtual. Free.

The Women of “Shtisel.”
JOURNEYS HOME: ILANA MASAD AND LAURA BOGART
Join a reading and conversation between Ilana Masad, author of “All My Mother’s Lovers,” which Jewish Book Council calls “a beautiful celebration of … the value of communication across generations,” and Laura Bogart, author of “Don’t You Know I Love You.” Bogart and Masad will discuss their critically acclaimed debut novels which both deal with women returning home as adults and explore sexuality, grief and how the past haunts the present. — Wednesday, June 3, 8-9:00 p.m., Paragraph Workspace for Writers and Books Are Magic, us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MAM-ZHV_T5emAhWTptLcxg. Free.
Ilana Masad, left, and Laura Bogart. Via booksaremagic.net

SCOTT SHAY: ‘IN GOOD FAITH’

Jewish Book Council sits down with Scott Shay, author of “In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism,” for a quick 30-minute chat. “In Good Faith” explores the most common atheist critiques of the Bible and religion in a comprehensive look at our most fundamental questions about faith and reason. — Wednesday, June 3, 12:30-1 p.m., zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HxRgpObCSqCneyfN6Vzx2g.

Scott Shay.

DYBBUKS, GOLEMS, S. ANSKI AND JEWISH LEGENDS IN TIMES OF FEAR

S. Anski’s play “The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds,” a story of possession set in a shtetl (think “The Exorcist” meets “Fiddler on the Roof”), is the foundation of modern Jewish drama. It was written in the aftermath of a scandalous blood libel trial and in the midst of Jewish pogroms and Russian-Jewish revolutionary passion. Scholar Gabriella Safran will explore the play’s roots live on Zoom. — Wednesday, June 3, 4 p.m., YIVO, yivo.org/Dybbuks. Free.

An archival photo of the Vilna Troupe rehearsing “The Dybbuk” in 1919. Photos courtesy of YIVOJTA

MAIDA FEINGOLD’S ‘THE SONGS OF ITZIK MANGER’
Maida Feingold has entertained audiences around the country with her unique interpretations of folk songs both in Yiddish and in English with a special emphasis on songs of social significance. — Wednesday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.org/live/.

THOMAS FRIEDMAN ON COVID: THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Join The Jewish Week for a powerful virtual evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman in conversation with Andrew Silow-Carroll, The Jewish Week’s editor. They’ll discuss the global ramifications of this age of uncertainty: the impact on globalization, the role and challenges of leadership — and where we will wind up when the storm clouds of the coronavirus pass. Q&A to follow. — Thursday, June 4, 6 p.m., The Jewish Week and UJA-Federation of New York, jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/thomas-friedman-covid-the-global-challenge/. Free.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Via Twitter

THE INIMITABLE HARVEY FIERSTEIN

In the early 1980s Harvey Fierstein burst into the national consciousness as Arnold in “Torch Song Trilogy.” He brought Edna Turnblad, Tevye and Bella Abzug to life on Broadway, and wrote the books for “La Cage aux Folles,” “Newsies” and “Kinky Boots.” In the process, he won four Tonys, three Drama Desk Awards and earned a Hollywood Star — and is still a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn. Join Harvey for an online schmooze. —Thursday, June 4, 6-7:30 p.m., emanuelnyc.org/streickercenter/virtual. Free.

Harvey Fierstein. Via emanuelnyc.org.

AUTHORS IN QUARANTINE: JULIE BARER WITH ANNA SOLOMON

Join literary agent Julie Barer as she talks with author Anna Solomon about her new novel, one of Entertainment Weekly’s Most Anticipated Quarantine Reads. “The Book of V.” intertwines the lives of three women (a hipster mom of 2016 Brooklyn, a political wife of the Watergate-era and a Jewish queen of ancient Persia) as their stories of sex, power and desire finally converge in the present day. “This frank, revisionist romp through a Bible tale is a winner.” (Publishers Weekly starred review) — Thursday, June 4, 8-9 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org. Free. jccmanhattan.org/programs/authors-quarantine-community-book-talks-julie-barer-anna-solomon-book-v

Anna Solomon. Photo by Willy Somma via annasolomon.com.

‘PEACHES AND CREAM’: VIRTUAL SCREENING & Q&A

Zuri Shostack (a neurotic film director played by the film’s director, Gur Bentwich) experiences a breakdown on the night his new film is released. His fears of failure, death and losing control lead to a wild night of hijinks and a series of unforgettable encounters. — The film, part of the Israel Film Center Festival (June 7-14), will be available for streaming by ticketholders for 24 hours beginning Saturday, June 6, 8:30 p.m. The live virtual Q&A with actor/director Gur Bentwich, actor-editor Maya Kenig and other cast members is on Sunday, June 7, 4 p.m. EDT, eventbrite.com/e/peaches-and-cream-tickets-104459579414?aff=JCCpage. $8.

A scene from “Peaches and Cream,” part of the Israel Film Center Festival.

‘MOSSAD’: VIRTUAL SCREENING & Q&A

An espionage caper comedy about the kidnapping of an American tech billionaire in Jerusalem, the Mossad and the CIA and their competition to save the world from an international terror organization, à la “Airplane!” and “Naked Gun.” Starring Tsahi Halevi (“Fauda”), Efrat Dor (“Sneaky Pete”) and Tal Friedman (“Eretz Nehederet”). — Part of the Israel Film Center Festival, the film will be available for streaming June 7-14, for 48 hours after the ticket holder clicks “play” for the first time. The live virtual Q&A with director Alon Gur Arye is on Monday, June 8, 5 p.m. EDT, eventbrite.com/e/mossad-tickets-104466566312?aff=JCCpage. $8.

“Mossad.” Via Alon Gur Aryes/Twitter

ISRAEL FILM CENTER FESTIVAL

The 8th annual Israel Film Center festival is coming to you virtually, with new Israeli narrative and documentary films and live Q&As and conversations. Last year, George Robinson wrote in The Jewish Week that the festival is “a cheering reminder that, whatever one may think of the Netanyahu-Regev agenda, the spirited fight-back from filmmakers has resulted in some exemplary cinema.” Until the festival begins in June, check out Israel Film Center STREAM, the most comprehensive site for Israeli films now available for streaming in the U.S., at israelfilmcenterstream.org. — The festival runs June 7-14, israelfilmcenterstream.org/festival/.

Ongoing:

NEW YIDDISH REP VIDEOS
New Yiddish Rep, the multi-lingual theater company, has several videos available for viewing. Two plays are presented in Yiddish translations with English subtitles: Clifford Odets’ 1935 classic “Awake and Sing,” which, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “sounds more American when it is performed in Yiddish. Go figure…”; and Hanoch Levin’s 1989 post-modern classic, “The Labor of Life.” There’s also an interview with NYR actor Eli Rosen, the Yiddish/chasidish guru of “Unorthodox” on Netflix, and a memorial of the Warsaw ghetto uprising that Gera Sandler put together using Zvi Kolitz’s “Yosl Rakover Speaks To God” interspersed with song and poetry. — New Yiddish Rep, newyiddishrep.org/videos/.
A scene from the New Yiddish Rep’s production of Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing.”
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