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New Families, New Traditions

In the Unlikeliest of Places



The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise
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Witness to History

An Evening with Henry Kissinger

Commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

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German Concentration Camps Factual Survey


The Jew Who Defeated Hitler

German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

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Symposium: Jewish Culture and Modern Design
The Empire of the Senses


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Heritage Dinner

Sunday, May 3, 2:30 P.M.

In the Unlikeliest of Places: How Nachman Libeskind Survived the Nazis, Gulags, and Soviet Communism
(Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014)

Author Annette Libeskind Berkovits in conversation with architect Daniel Libeskind

Nachman Libeskind was a Polish Jew who narrowly escaped two murderous totalitarian systems, made his way to Israel and, ultimately, New York City, where he built a new life as a Modernist painter. His story will be told by his son and daughter.

$15, $12 members



Wednesday, May 6, 7 P.M.

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

An evening with 2015 Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Prize Fellows: Yelena Akhtiorskaya; Molly Antopol; Boris Fishman; Kenneth Bonert, Choice Award recipient; Ayelet Tsabari, winner; and host Austin Ratner

Hear this year's best, emerging Jewish writers as they discuss the contemporary Jewish experience and how their Jewish identity inspires their work.

Free. Donations welcome.



Thursday, May 7, 7 P.M., Carnegie Hall

Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise

6 P.M. pre-concert talk with Tony-award winning conductor Ted Sperling from the Carnegie Hall stage, sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Collegiate Chorale presents the U.S. premiere of The Road of Promise, a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel’s epic 1937 spectacle, The Eternal RoadThe Road of Promise tells the story of a young boy who knows nothing of his Jewish heritage, but finds himself at a synagogue under threat of persecution.  As all await their fate, the Rabbi brings stories from the Old Testament to life, enlightening the boy, who emerges as a new hope for his people. Tony Award-winning conductor/director Ted Sperling leads a cast of world-renowned singers, The Collegiate Chorale, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s through Kurt Weill’s magnificent musical score. For more information, visit collegiatechorale.org.

In addition to the May 7 performance, which includes the pre-concert talk, there will be a performance on May 6 (no pre-concert talk).

MJH Audience Special: Concert tickets can be purchased for both May 6 and May 7 performances at a 25% discount. For May 6, use code CCW20349. For May 7, use code CCT20346.Purchase tickets by phone at 212.247.7800, in person at the Carnegie Hall box office, or online.



Postponed — New Date TBA

Lenore Skenazy , "World's Worst Mom"

This Mother's Day, sit back and relax with host of Discovery Life's "World's Worst Mom" Lenore Skenazy, as she dispenses advice on how to raise free-range kids who are ready to fly the coop before they're 30.

$15, $12 members



Wednesday, May 13, 4 P.M. Note New Time

Witness to History: The Images of PFC Tony Vaccaro

Alex Kershaw, New York Times best-selling author of The Liberator, engages in a captivating conversation with 92 year-old legendary photographer Tony Vaccaro, who smuggled his portable 35mm camera onto the battlefield and created one of the most intimate and comprehensive records of daily life as a soldier.

Free. Donations welcome.



Wednesday, May 13, 7 P.M.

An Evening with Henry Kissinger - SOLD OUT

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will engage in conversation with Charlie Rose (Charlie Rose, CBS News This Morning, and Peabody and Emmy Recipient for 2014) to offer a rich and personal perspective of his own experience in WWII as a refugee from Nazi Germany and a veteran of the US Army during the war. Dr. Kissinger, as historian and statesman, will also reflect on the impact of that greatest of conflicts on the seven decades that have passed since it ended.

$25, $20 Members



Thursday, May 14 6:30 PM

Commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide

Featuring pianist Hayk Arsenyan

On April 24, 1915, Ottoman officials ordered the deportation of Armenian intellectuals from Constantinople—a devastating blow that stripped the beleaguered community of the ability to defend itself. Word of the atrocity that befell the Armenians a century ago was spread, in no small part, by Henry Morgenthau Sr., the American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and the grandfather of the Museum's Chairman Emeritus, Robert M. Morgenthau. Remembering the Armenian Genocide has always been important for our Museum. Hitler was said to have infamously asked, "Who remembers the annihilation of the Armenians?" The answer is simple: We do.

Space is limited. RSVP by Monday, May 11 to cearp@mjhnyc.org or call 646.437.4368.



Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 P.M. - Sold Out

Wednesday, May 20, 7 P.M - Tickets Available

Sidney Bernstein and Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 Holocaust Documentary
German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

(2015, 88 min., DCP format, English and German with English subtitles)

Digitally restored and assembled for the first time exactly as Bernstein and Hitchcock originally intended

Post-screening discussion on May 19 with Roger Cohen, columnist, The New York Times, and Jane Wells, founder, 3 Generations, and daughter of Sidney Bernstein, moderated by Dr. Stuart Liebman, Professor Emeritus, CUNY Graduate Center

When British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, their horrific discoveries were documented by army and newsreel cameramen. The footage was used to create a documentary intended for the German public that would condemn the Nazi regime and document the magnitude of its crimes. Sidney Bernstein, Chief of the Film Division of the Psychological Warfare Division of the Allied Expeditionary Force, initiated and fought for the production of this project. Alfred Hitchcock, who was described by Bernstein as the film's "director," spent a month overseeing the editing. Ultimately, the film was shelved.

WARNING: This film contains graphic and explicit images.

$25, $15 Members, $10 Students
**Limited availability—reserve early.

Tuesday, May 19 is SOLD OUT.

Wednesday, May 20 does not have a post-screening discussion.

To purchase tickets for Wednesday, May 20 at 7 P.M., call the box office at 646.437.4202 or click here to buy online >


This program has been made possible through generous support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education.



Wednesday, May 20, 7 P.M.

The Jew Who Defeated Hitler: Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and How We Won the War
(Prometheus Books, 2014)

Author Peter Moreira in conversation with Museum trustee Robert P. Morgenthau

Moreira explores how Morgenthau, FDR's Treasury Secretary, appealed to the patriotism of ordinary Americans to help sell the bonds that financed the U.S. war effort.

$15, $12 members



Tuesday, May 26, 10 A.M.-12 P.M.

Symposium: Jewish Culture and Modern Design

Design pioneer Ruth Adler Schnee and cultural historians Alice T. Friedman, Wellesley College, and Jenna Weismann Joselit, George Washington University

This special morning program examines midcentury Jewish American culture and its influence on everyday design.

Free. Donations welcome.

Produced with Parsons The New School for Design and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's History of Design and Curatorial Studies Masters Program. Presented in conjunction with the Museum's new exhibition Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism.



Wednesday, May 27, 7 P.M.

The Empire of the Senses
(Pantheon Books, 2015)

Author Alexis Landau in conversation with poet Deborah Garrison

This gripping historical novel tells the story of Lev Perlmutter, an assimilated, cultured German Jew, who enlists to fight in World War I. The novel then jumps to Berlin in the late 1920s, where Lev, his gentile wife, and their children grapple with questions of Jewish identity amid the Nazis' rise to power.

$15, $12 members


The Museum's public programs are made possible through a generous gift from Mrs. Lily Safra.

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