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What’s Going On In NYC This Week

Your guide to Jewish-y events in New York city

Pandemic blues: Sveta Kundish and Daniel Kahn in a new video updating a 1916 Yiddish ballad about Jews and pandemics. Via YouTube
Pandemic blues: Sveta Kundish and Daniel Kahn in a new video updating a 1916 Yiddish ballad about Jews and pandemics. Via YouTube

‘MENTSHN-FRESSER’ (PEOPLE-EATERS)

New video, old song! Berlin-based Yiddish music stars Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird have released a brand new video of Solomon Small’s 1916 Yiddish ballad about pandemics that killed so many Jews who had escaped pogroms to gather in crowded urban communities. Some lyrics have been updated, Kahn told The Times of Israel, “to make it sharper in terms of its relevance,” and the stellar performers, who include Kahn, Sveta Kundish and Patrick Farrell, practiced some social distancing during the June 2020 filming at an estate in Brandenburg, Germany. — Ongoing on YouTube, youtube.com/watch?v=RaYmQNgCtnQ&feature=youtu.be. Free.

Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel’s Consul General in the New York area, will appear in an exit interview. Via Facebook.

AN EXIT INTERVIEW WITH AMB. DANI DAYAN
Ambassador Dani Dayan is heading home after four years as Israel’s Consul General in the New York area. What has he learned about American Jewry and our relationship with the Jewish state? How has the experience changed his understanding of U.S. politics, and Israel’s? Join Jodi Rudoren and Andrew Silow-Carroll, editors-in-chief of and The Forward and The Jewish Week, for a frank and provocative online conversation. — Wednesday, July 8, 12 p.m., The Jewish Week Media Group and The Forward, us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cTLsAwNMSHKudbQLkt01Tw. Free.

Jewish Book Council sits down with Rachel Beanland to discuss her new novel, “Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel.” Via rachelbeanland.com

JBC AUTHORS AT THE TABLE
“Readers of Emma Straub and Curtis Sittenfeld will devour” Rachel Beanland’s new novel, says Library Journal. Jewish Book Council sits down with Beanland for 30 minutes to talk about “Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel,” her three-generation family saga that begins in Atlantic City’s Jewish Community in 1934, when Esther and Joseph Adler welcome their two young adult daughters back home for the summer. — Wednesday, July 8, 12:30-1 p.m., Jewish Book Council, zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HxRgpObCSqCneyfN6Vzx2g. Free.

Phil Rosenthal, star of “Somebody Feed Phil” and creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” talks with comedian Judy Gold. Via 92y.org.

PHIL ROSENTHAL IN CONVERSATION WITH JUDY GOLD
Join Phil Rosenthal, the star of Netflix’s Emmy®-nominated “Somebody Feed Phil” and creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” for an online conversation with his friend, comedian Judy Gold. Hear about his ongoing world tour of culinary and cultural exploration and hilarity, behind-the-scenes stories about his recent culinary pilgrimages, what he’s eating in quarantine and much more. — Wednesday, July 8, 5 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org/archives/phil-rosenthal. Free.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of “Fleishman is in Trouble,” will tackle marriage, divorce and ambition with bestselling author Meg Via Facebook

TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER WITH MEG WOLITZER: ‘FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE’
Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s novel “Fleishman is in Trouble” is a timely exploration of marriage, divorce and ambition. Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife separated. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. Join the author for an online conversation with bestselling author Meg Wolitzer. — Wednesday, July 8, 7-8 p.m., Strand Book Store, strandbooks.com/events/event37?title=taffy_brodesserakner_with_meg_wolitzer_fleishman_is_in_trouble. $27.16 includes admission + book, tax and shipping.

Daniel Okrent talks about the harshest immigration law in American history. Via danielokrent.com.

‘THE GUARDED GATE’ WITH DAN OKRENT
“The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America” tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. It was brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers — many of them progressives — who led the anti-immigration movement. Join us for an online talk with author Dan Okrent, the first public editor of The New York Times. — Thursday, July 9, 2 p.m., Museum of Jewish Heritage, mjhnyc.org/events/the-guarded-gate-book-talk-with-author-dan-okrent/. Free.

Alan Sherman will be featured in a presentation about Yiddish-English bilingual parody songs. Via youtube.com

THE BARTON BROTHERS, MICKEY KATZ AND OTHERS: YIDDISH-ENGLISH BILINGUAL PARODY SONGS

Parody songs by The Barton Brothers, Mickey Katz, Alan Sherman and others that relied on Yiddish theater and radio; Yiddish-mixed-with-English versions Hit Parade songs recorded by top studio musicians; and Jewish-inflected parodies of standards and folk songs will get close readings that focus on their language, their music, their delivery and what made them so influential and so very funny. — Thursday, July 9, 4:30 p.m., YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, yivo.org. Free.

Sanford Greenberg will discuss his new memoir “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend.” Photo by Mike Morgan.

‘HELLO DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND’

Sanford D. Greenberg, author of “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend,” joins Jewish Week culture editor Sandee Brawarsky for an online conversation about his new memoir, the remarkable true story of a Columbia undergrad from a poor Jewish family who, after losing his eyesight during his junior year, finds the power to achieve great professional success and distinguished public service. The book features an introduction by Greenberg’s lifelong friend Art Garfunkel, a foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsberg and a final word by Margaret Atwood. A special guest will read an excerpt, and a Q&A will follow. — Thursday, July 9, 6 p.m., UJA-Federation of New York and The Jewish Week, jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/folio-greenberg/. Free.

Anna Goldenberg, author of “I Belong to Vienna: A Jewish Family’s Story of Exile and Return,” will appear in an online conversation sponsored by the McNally Jackson bookstore. Via Facebook.

‘I BELONG TO VIENNA’: ANNA GOLDENBERG

Teenage Hans survives Nazi-controlled Vienna by hiding in the middle of the city, passing his time in the municipal library and buying standing room tickets to the Vienna State Opera. He and other Vienna-rooted relatives are featured in his granddaughter Anna Goldenberg’s family memoir, “I Belong to Vienna: A Jewish Family’s Story of Exile and Return,” a probing tale of identity and belonging. Esther Safran Foer calls it “a must-read for a new understanding of the Holocaust in Vienna.” Goldenberg will appear in an online conversation with Alison Smale, former undersecretary general of the United Nations and Vienna bureau chief for the Associated Press.  — Thursday, July 9, 7-8 p.m., McNally Jackson, mcnallyjackson.com.

“The Starfish” is the true story of a boy whose life was forever changed by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Via Sousa Mendes Foundation.

‘STARFISH’: VIRTUAL FILM AND DISCUSSION
“The Starfish” is the true story of Herbert, a 10-year-old German-Jewish boy whose parents sent him and his two older sisters to Sweden to escape Nazi persecution. After reuniting with his parents in America, decades went by before Herbert told his wife and children about his childhood, resulting in one last journey back to Sweden. The CEO of Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), which helped Herbert escape, will talk with the filmmaker, who is Herbert’s grandson. — The film is available to rent Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July12. The discussion is Sunday, July 12, 4-5 p.m., Sousa Mendes Foundation, http://sousamendesfoundation.org/event/virtual-film-and-discussion-the-starfish/. $1.99 to rent the film.

Bruno Gantz, right, stars as Sigmund Freud in “The Tobacconist.” Via menemshafilms.com

‘THE TOBACCONIST’
Rent the film before joining the filmmakers for a live conversation! Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two men form a friendship. As political and social conditions dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, they are swept into the maelstrom of events and forced to decide whether to stay or to flee. — Stream the film Friday, July 10-Friday, July 24. The Q&A is Thursday, July 16, 1 p.m., Israel Film Center, ventbrite.com/e/the-tobacconist-qa-tickets-110678536482?aff=VPpage. Free.

Phil Rosenthal, the creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” will reminisce about his culinary journey across Israel. Via emanuelnyc.org

SOMEBODY FEED PHIL: A LOVE AFFAIR WITH ISRAELI FOOD
The creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” will reminisce about his culinary journey across Israel. While filming an episode of his award-winning Netflix series “Somebody Feed Phil,” Phil (Rosenthal) discovered cauliflower gondi in a Persian vegan restaurant, humus in a synagogue-themed cafe and Yemini beef cheek soup dished out by the Soup Princess. Then Dr. Shakshuka hand-fed him eggs cooked atop a tomato stew for breakfast and wasabi sorbet over smoked salmon. He’ll leave you craving falafel and sabich for dinner!— Monday, July 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Virtual Streicker, temple-emanu-el-streicker-center-classes.ticketleap.com/somebody-feed-phil-a-little-more-sabich/details. Free.

Bestselling author David Silva will launch his newest thriller live from his kitchen. Via crowdcast.io.

CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF ‘THE ORDER’ WITH DANIEL SILVA
Join #1 bestselling mystery writer Daniel Silva live from his kitchen with his wife, CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel. The launch for “The Order,” the latest adventure of Israeli intelligence chief Gabriel Allon, will include a peek behind the scenes at where Silva works — where he keeps all those yellow legal pads. This event was designed specifically to support independent bookstores during these unprecedented times. — Tuesday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., Harper Books, crowdcast.io/e/DanielSilva/register. Registration requires purchase of the book from a participating independent bookstore.

“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. — Available on demand through Thursday, July 23, HBO, hbo.com/documentaries/bully-coward-victim-the-story-of-roy-cohn.

“Milton Glaser: To Surprise & Delight” is available for purchase or rent. Via kinonow.com.

‘MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM & DELIGHT’
For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and creating both the enduring I♥NY campaign and an iconic Bob Dylan poster, the full breadth of Glaser’s remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait. — Now available to purchase or rent, Kino Now, kinonow.com/film/milton-glaser-to-inform-delight/5d4c5ab24b32993829637fb9. $4.99-$9.99.

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