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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 Olivia Peace’s film “Tahara,” screening June 28-30, with a live Q&A on June 30.
A scene from Olivia Peace’s film “Tahara,” screening June 28-30, with a live Q&A on June 30.
Tamar Manasseh, a rabbinical student who is leading the fight against killings on Chicago’s South Side. Via theyaintreadyforme.com.

‘THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME’
“They Ain’t Ready For Me” is a documentary film about Tamar Manasseh, the African-American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on Chicago’s South Side. Her complex identity and magnetic personality combine to make her a force to be reckoned with. — Stream the film from Tuesday, June 23, 5 p.m. to Thursday, June 25, 11:59 p.m. A live Q+A with the director and subject via Zoom is on Thursday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org/programs/virtual-screening-and-qa-they-aint-ready-me. $6.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath holding the Torah and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.Via emanuelnyc.org.

REPAIRING THE WORLD: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND JEWISH COMMUNITIES
A special three-night online event moderated by Rabbi David Saperstein, Director Emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, about “Jewish Immigrants and America’s Racial Politics” (Monday); “From Selma to Montgomery: The Black-Jewish Coalition” (Tuesday); and “Building on Shared Dreams” (Wednesday). — Monday-Wednesday, June 22-24, 6-7:30 p.m., Virtual Streicker, emanuelnyc.org/streickercenter/virtual/. Free.

Dr. Vanessa Paloma Elbaz will present a program on Sephardi Judeo-Espanole music of North Africa. Via Twitter@vanessapaloma.

SEPHARDI JUDEO-ESPANOLE — THREADS ACROSS THE STRAIT
Writer and performer Dr. Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, Research Associate of Cambridge University and Director of KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive, will present “Sephardi Judeo-Espagnole: Threads Across the Strait,” a program about music of North Africa, live on Zoom. — Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m., American Sephardi Federation, us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b3yy3Hf-T7y3K3EFGDuhpw?mc_cid=49c6a6e06b&mc_eid=a9a90f049b. $10.

Elmore James joins Zalman Mlotek for “Coming Together in Song.” Via nytf.org/live/.

COMING TOGETHER IN SONG
Elmore James, the star of Zalmen Mlotek’s Soul to Soul, a musical presentation that brings together the African American and the Yiddish American experience, performs a concert featuring songs from the repertoire of Paul Robeson. — Wednesday, June 24, 1 p.m., Folksbiene!LIVE, nytf.org/live/. Free.

Amos Nachoum in “Picture of His Life.”

VIRTUAL SCREENING AND Q&A: ‘PICTURE OF HIS LIFE’

Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time. He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, anacondas and great white sharks, but one major predator has always eluded him, the polar bear. In Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin’s 2019 documentary film, Nachoum contemplates his long and painful journey, having served in an elite commando unit and witnessed the horrors of war; but where others find fear, he finds redemption. — Streaming through Thursday, June 25, 11:30 p.m. The virtual Q&A with Menkin and Nachoum is Tuesday, June 23, 8 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org. Free.

“Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn” via Facebook

‘BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN’

Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, takes an unflinching look at the life and death of infamous attorney Roy Cohn, who first gained prominence by prosecuting the Rosenbergs in what came to be known as the “atomic spies” case. The documentary draws on extensive, newly unearthed archival material to present the most revealing examination of Cohn to date. — Premieres Friday, June 19, 8 p.m., HBO Go and HBO Now, hbo.com.

Yossi Klein Halevi. Via yossikleinhalevi.com.

STATE OF WORLD JEWRY ADDRESS

Yossi Klein Halevi, author of the bestselling “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” discusses the state of world Jewry, Israeli society and the politics of coronavirus in the Middle East. He will appear in conversation with Rabbi Peter Rubenstein. — Thursday, June 25, 2 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org/event/yossi-klein-halevi. $20.

Claire Danes will join the other stars of “Homeland” in conversation. Via 92Y.org.

‘HOMELAND’: ALEX GANSA, CLAIRE DANES AND MANDY PATINKIN IN CONVERSATION
Alex Gansa, creator, executive producer and showrunner of “Homeland” and stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin join Entertainment Weekly’s Seija Rankin to reflect on the show’s Emmy-winning eight-season run. They will, via Livestream, discuss Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson’s inimitable relationship, bringing spycraft to life and what we’re all supposed to do now that it’s all come to an end. — Thursday, June 25, 5 p.m., 92Y and Entertainment Weekly, 92y.org/archives/homeland. Free.

Jesse Eisenberg will join a live discussion after the online screening of “Resistance.” Via emanuelnyc.org.

‘RESISTANCE’: FILM + LIVE DISCUSSION WITH JESSE EISENBERG

Long before he rose to international fame as a mime, Marcel Marceau put his fledgling career as an artist on hold to spirit Jewish refugee children out of Nazi-occupied France, even as his own father was murdered at Auschwitz. The film “Resistance,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, is about that little-known chapter of his life, and a screening will be followed by a discussion with Eisenberg. — Thursday, June 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Virtual Streicker, emanuelnyc.org/event/virtual-streicker-resistance-film-and-live-discussion-with-jesse-eisenberg/. Free.

Sami Rohr Prize-winner Benjamin Balint will discuss his book “Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy” with Jewish Week culture editor Sandee Brawarsky next week. It’s the first in a series of virtual conversations with authors and cultural figures. Benjaminbalint.com

ON THE TRAIL OF KAFKA’S LITERARY AFTERLIFE

Join The Folio: A Jewish Week/UJA-Federation Cultural Series for a virtual conversation with the winner of the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, Benjamin Balint, author of “Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy,” and Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week’s culture editor. A Q&A will follow. — Thursday, June 25, 6-7:30 p.m., UJA Federation of New York and The Jewish Week, ujafedny.org/event/view/folio-balint. Free.

A scene from Olivia Peace’s film “Tahara,” about the suicide of a Hebrew school student. The film will screen June 28-30, with a live Q&A on June 30.

‘TAHARA’ VIRTUAL SCREENING AND Q&A

At the funeral for a Hebrew school classmate who took her own life, two best friends find themselves distracted by the teenage complications of lust, social status and wavering faith. — Streaming in the U.S. only Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m., through Tuesday, June 30, 11 p.m. The live Q&A with director Olivia Peace and more on Zoom is Tuesday, June 30, 8:30 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, eventbrite.com/e/tahara-virtual-screening-and-qa-tickets-106993339960?aff=VPpage. $6.

Jennifer Weinner will talk about her new book, “Big Summmer,” and share her favorite challah recipe. Via booksandbooks.com.

SISTERHOOD AND CHALLAH WITH JENNIFER WEINER AND KATIE KEMPNER
New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner and Katie Kempner get together on Crowdcast to discuss everything from books, family, writing, movies and the complexities of the world today to how to make a fabulous Shabbat challah. Purchase of ticket includes one copy of Weiner’s latest book, “Big Summer,” as well as her famous challah recipe. — Sunday, June 28, 11 a.m., Books & Books and The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom (Miami Beach), booksandbooks.com/event/virtual-author-series-sisterhood-and-challah-with-jennifer-weiner-and-katie-kempner/. $31.99.

“Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing.” Via letsreimagine.org.

‘DYING DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WHAT I’M DOING’
Join the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) and filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman for an online screening of her documentary, “Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing.” This 60-minute film explores the extraordinary life and last months of Rabbi Rachel Cowan. In addition to co-founding IJS, she was a civil rights activist, community organizer, the first female Jew by choice ordained as a Rabbi, a beloved and influential mindfulness teacher, a grandmother and wise elder. — Sunday, June 28, 2-4 p.m., Institute for Jewish Spirituality, letsreimagine.org/3780/dying-doesnt-feel-like-what-im-doing. Free.

Dame Helen Mirren and IPO Musical Director Lahav Shani. Via Facebook@afipo.

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA GLOBAL GALA
Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren will host an online gala to benefit the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as it recovers from the devastating financial toll of COVID-19. The free event will feature short performances by Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Lahav Shani, Evgeny Kissin, IPO musicians, Amanda Forsyth, Yefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Chen Reiss and Martin Fröst and special messages from Zubin Mehta, Gianandrea Noseda and Lahav Shani. — Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m., Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, ipo.co.il/en/virtual-ipo-global-gala/. Free.

“FunOrthodox.” Via eshelonline.org.

‘FUNORTHODOX’
Mayim Balik hosts ‘FunOrthodox,’ a star-studded evening of comedy and music to benefit Eshel, the advocacy organization that serves the Orthodox LGBT+ community. Performers include Emmy Award-winning comedians Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold, Leah Gottfried (and the cast of the hit web series “Soon by You”), Cory Kahaney (“Last Comic Standing”) and many more. — Sunday, June 28, 8 p.m., Eshel, facebook.com/events/631078884161823/. Free but donations are requested.
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