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What’s Going On In NYC This Week

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

A scene from “There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv,” about the man who fulfilled a longtime dream to build a zoo in Tel Aviv. Part of the Israel Film Center Festival, which runs virtually from June 7-14. Israel Film Center Festival
A scene from “There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv,” about the man who fulfilled a longtime dream to build a zoo in Tel Aviv. Part of the Israel Film Center Festival, which runs virtually from June 7-14. Israel Film Center Festival
“Mossad.” Via Alon Gur Aryes/Twitter

‘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.  eventbrite.com/e/mossad-tickets-104466566312?aff=JCCpage. $8.

Via thejewishmuseum.org

VIRTUAL MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL

Join the Jewish Museum and seven other New York City museums along Fifth Avenue for the first-ever day-long Virtual Museum Mile Festival, as culture enthusiasts from around the world will now be able to join New Yorkers during this unprecedented moment. — Tuesday, June 9, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., The Jewish Museum, thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2020/06/09/museum-mile-2020. Free.

A scene from “The Electrifiers,” part of the Israel Film Center Festival. Via YouTube

‘THE ELECTRIFIERS’

“The Electrifiers” won the 1984 Best New Artist Award, but have been stuck in traffic on the highway to international stardom ever since. Thirty years after their win, no one remembers their hit song, and the aging band still struggles to catch its real big break between gigs at nursing homes and cheap dives. Boaz Armoni’s comedy film features cameo appearances by real-life ’80s Israeli pop icons. — It will be available for ticket holders to stream from Sunday, June 7, 7 p.m. until Sunday, June 14, 11:59 p.m. A live virtual Q+A will stream Tuesday, June 9, 5 p.m., Israel Film Center Festival, eventbrite.com/e/the-electrifiers-tickets-104467541228?aff=jcclist. $8.

“Hannah’s War” cover detail. Via littlebrown.com.

JAN ELIASBERG: ‘HANNAH’S WAR’

Jewish Book Council sits down with Jan Eliasberg, author of “Hannah’s War,” for a quick 30-minute chat. The wartime thriller features groundbreaking physicist Dr. Hannah Weiss on the verge of the greatest discovery of the 20th century: splitting the atom. Weiss believes the weapon’s creation will secure an end to future wars, but as a Jewish woman living under the harsh rule of the Third Reich, she finds her research belittled, overlooked and eventually stolen by her German colleagues. — Wednesday, June 10, 12:30-1 p.m., Jewish Book Council, https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HxRgpObCSqCneyfN6Vzx2g. Free.

A scene from “The Art of Waiting,” part of the Israel Film Center Festival.

‘THE ART OF WAITING’

Liran (Roy Assaf) and Tali (Nelly Tagar) are a married couple in their thirties dreaming of having a child together. Pressure from their families and the challenge of fertility treatment threaten their relationship with comedy and hardship that accompany the process of becoming parents. Will their love pass the test? — The dramatic comedy film will be available for ticketholders to stream from Sunday, June 7, 7 p.m., until Sunday, June 14, 11:59 p.m. The live virtual Q+A with director Erez Tadmor is Wednesday, June 10, 5 p.m., Israeli Film Center Festival, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-waiting-tickets-104465621486?aff=JCCpage. $8.

From the Bronx to Broadway on Folksbiene!LIVE. Via nytf.org.

FROM THE BRONX TO BROADWAY

A re-broadcast of a conversation with legendary Broadway producer Emanuel “Manny” Azenberg, moderated by acclaimed journalist Budd Mishkin. — Wednesday, June 10, 7:30 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.org/live/.

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

AUTHORS IN QUARANTINE: JULIE BARER WITH ANNA SOLOMON ON ‘THE BOOK OF V.’
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 10, 8-9 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Book Culture, jccmanhattan.org/programs/authors-quarantine-community-book-talks-julie-barer-anna-solomon-book-v. Free.

Mira Awad. Via Facebook.
Guy Mintus via guymintus.com
MIRA AWAD WITH GUY MINTUS
Tel Aviv-based Palestinian-Bulgariian singer, songwriter, actress and cultural activist Mira Awad appears in a concert recorded at Joe’s Pub on February 28, 2019. Joining her is Israeli pianist and composer Guy Mintus, based between Tel Aviv and New York and coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan and Polish Jews. — Thursday, June 11, 8 p.m., Joe’s Pub, publictheater.org/productions/joes-pub/2020/j/mira-awad-with-guy-mintus—joes-pub-live-from-the-archives/. Free.
A scene from “Chained,” part of the Israel Film Center Festival.

‘CHAINED’

After 16 years on the police force, Rashi (Eran Naim) is suspended after an incident at work. His world is thrown into disarray, and so is that of his family. An intensely realistic profile of a seemingly strong man whose questionable claim to power may lead to tragedy. — The film will be available for ticketholders to stream from Sunday, June 7, 7 p.m. until Sunday, June 14, 11:59 p.m. The live virtual Q+A with director Yaron Shani and producer Naomi Levari will be Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m., Israel Film Center Festival, eventbrite.com/e/chained-tickets-104466120980?aff=JCCpage. $8.

A scene from “There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv,” part of the Israel Film Center Festival.

‘THERE ARE NO LIONS IN TEL AVIV’

In 1935, Max Shorenstein left his position as chief rabbi of Copenhagen to fulfill a longtime dream: to build a zoo in Tel Aviv. Against all odds, the Tel Aviv Zoo became one of the city’s greatest attractions. Yet envy, greed and corruption eventually saw Shorenstein banished from the paradise he built. — The film will be available for ticketholders to stream from Sunday, June 7,  7 p.m. until Sunday, June 14, 11:59 p.m. The live virtual Q+A with director Duki Dror will be Friday, June 12, 4 p.m., Israel Film Center Festival, eventbrite.com/e/there-are-no-lions-in-tel-aviv-tickets-104468008626?aff=JCCpage. $8.

The Dayan family.

‘DAYAN: THE FIRST FAMILY’

“Moshe Dayan was radioactive,” says his grandson, Sa’ar, as he tries to explain how throughout Dayan’s life and decades after his death, his family still struggles with the large shadow cast by one of the most interesting and enigmatic characters in Israel’s history. The TV series follows five generations of the Dayan family — “The Israeli Kennedys” — whose story mirrors that of Israel itself. — The series will be available for ticketholders to stream from Sunday, June 7, 7 p.m. until Sunday, June 14, 11:59 p.m. The live virtual Q+A with director Anat Goren will be Sunday, June 14, 4:30 p.m., Israel Film Center Festival, eventbrite.com/e/dayan-the-first-family-tv-series-tickets-104467081854?aff=JCCpage. $8.

Aulcie Perry in “Aulcie,” part of the Israel Film Center Festival. Courtesy of Hey Jude Productions.

‘AULCIE’

The story of a remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, and how he ultimately triumphed despite the odds. In the summer of 1976, Aulcie Perry was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv while playing basketball in Harlem, and was signed immediately. Just a year later, Perry, who took the Israeli basketball team to their first European championship, started dating supermodel Tami Ben Ami, converted to Judaism, and became one of Israel’s biggest athletes. But not all was well behind the scenes. — The film will be available for ticket holders to stream from Sunday, June 7, 7 p.m. until Sunday, June 14, 11:59 p.m. The live virtual Q+A with director Dani Menkin will be Sunday, June 14, 6 p.m. Israel Film Center Festival, eventbrite.com/e/aulcie-tickets-104466869218?aff=JCCpage. $8.

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