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Wednesday, March 3, 7 P.M.

Saints & Tzadiks

Grammy award-winning artists Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg, and guitarists Erik Della Penna and Eamon O'Leary

Irish chanteuse Susan McKeown joins Klezmatics vocalist and accordionist Lorin Sklamberg to weave musical tales from the Yiddish and Gaelic traditions.

Visit Susan McKeown's website.
Visit Lorin Sklamberg's Myspace page.


$20, $15 students/seniors,
$10 Museum, National Yiddish Book Center, and Irish Arts Center members


In association with the Irish Arts Center

 

Thursday, March 4, 4 - 8 P.M. at the Museum

11th Annual Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Conference for Educators

Memory and Legacy: Memoirs and Diaries in Teaching History

Presenters: Professor Lawrence Langer, Professor Susan Suleiman, and Alexandra Zapruder

Educators will gain a broad perspective on the genre of first-person accounts by examining memoirs and diaries written during and after the Holocaust and learn ways to incorporate this important material in classroom practice. Professor Lawrence L. Langer, renowned scholar and author of Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory, will present the keynote lecture. Professor Susan Suleiman, author of Crises of Memory and the Second World War, and Alexandra Zapruder, author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, will examine the issues further.

Participants are invited to tour the Museum before the conference. The conference will conclude with a light dinner (dietary laws observed).

Free of charge but reservations required.
RSVP by March 1 to 646.437.4200 x4505.



Sunday, March 7, 2 P.M.

Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis

(U.S.A., 2009, Digibeta, 114 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A moderated by Dr. David G. Marwell with filmmaker Gaylen Ross; Professor Dina Porat, Department of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University; and Professor Ronald Zweig, Director, Taub Center for Hebrew Studies, NYU

This probing documentary examines the life of Rezso Kasztner, who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to rescue 1,700 Jews on a Swiss-bound train. Yet Kasztner was condemned as a traitor in his adopted country of Israel; in a trial and verdict that divided a nation and forever stamped him as the "man who sold his soul to the devil." The judgment was later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court but not before Kasztner was assassinated in Tel Aviv by Jewish extremists in 1957.


Director Gaylen Ross investigates this tale of murder, intrigue, and heroism through accounts of the inflammatory political trial, startling revelations after 50 years by Kasztner's assassin, Ze'ev Eckstein, and a chilling meeting between the killer and Kasztner's daughter, Zsuzsi.

$10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members


 

Sunday, March 14, 1 P.M.

FAMILY PROGRAM
The Macaroons: Let's Go Coconuts

Celebrate Passover with JDub's first rock group for kids with whimsical songs about flying matzoh brei and what to do if you drop a matzoh ball. The Macaroons' big harmonies and irresistible melodies are inspired by everything from the Kinks to Queen to the Shins.

Visit The Macaroons' website.


$10, $7 children 12 and under
Museum members: $7, $5 children 12 and under


This concert is made possible through a generous gift from the Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust.


 

March 17, 18, and 21

Documentary Filmmaker Pierre Sauvage:
Retrospective & Premiere


A child survivor, Pierre Sauvage has devoted himself to exploring stories about rescue during the Holocaust and the American reaction to the massacre of the Jews in Europe.

READ REVIEWS OF THE FILMS FROM THE JEWISH WEEK.


Each day is $10, $7 students/seniors, $5 for Museum and National Yiddish Book Center members

Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 P.M.

Yiddish: The Mother Tongue
(USA, 1979/2009, DVCam, revised 30th anniversary edition, 56 minutes)

Post-screening discussion with Pierre Sauvage; Aaron Lansky, president, National Yiddish Book Center; Isaiah Sheffer, artistic director, Symphony Space; and Professor Joshua Fishman, Yeshiva University

This Emmy award-winning film is a loving portrait of a unique and tenacious language and culture, told through interviews, music, humor, poetry, and film clips.


Co-sponsored by the National Yiddish Book Center
.




Thursday, March 18, 6:30 P.M.

Weapons of the Spirit
(USA/France, 1989-2010, DVCam, 90 minutes)

Post-screening discussion with Pierre Sauvage and Le Chambon residents

In this acclaimed film, Sauvage tells the story of the mountain community in Le Chambon, France that defied the Nazis and saved 5,000 Jews, including the filmmaker's parents. Sauvage himself was born in this unique Christian oasis.





Sunday, March 21

2 P.M.

And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille
Excerpts from feature work-in-progress

(USA, forthcoming in 2011, digital video)

Sauvage presents a preview of excerpts from his documentary about the most successful private American rescue effort during the Nazi era. The mission, led by New York intellectual Varian Fry, helped some 2,000 people escape from France, including many scholars and artists.

3 P.M. New York Premiere
Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust
(USA, 2009, digital video, 40 minutes)

Post-screening discussion with Pierre Sauvage interviewed by author and Vanity Fair writer-at-large Marie Brenner

This film presents the challenging testimony of a militant Palestinian Jew who spent the war years in the U.S. leading a group that struggled to make saving the Jews of Europe an American objective. The controversial Peter Bergson is given his posthumous say as he castigates American Jewish leaders at the time for failing to pressure the American government to save European Jews.

Join us for a tour of The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service at 1 P.M. Space is limited. Pre-registration for tour is required. Call 646.437.4202.






Wednesday, March 24, 7 P.M.

Save the Deli

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009)

Author David Sax interviewed by cookbook author and food maven Arthur Schwartz


"Deeply satisfying" --Los Angeles Times

Sax's quest to save the endangered deli is a call to action filled with vivid descriptions of cured meats piled high on rye, soups glowing with melted chicken fat, and scrumptious rugelach. Don't come to this program hungry.

$10, $7 students/seniors,$5 members





Opening March 16

Traces of Memory:
A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland



Traces of Memory features images by photographer Chris Schwarz (1948-2007), the founding director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow, with research and texts by Jonathan Webber. The exhibition serves as a lament to the destroyed Jewish civilization that once flourished in Poland and an exploration of the commemorative efforts now taking place there.

From the permanent exhibition of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow (www.galiciajewishmuseum.org)

Photo by Chris Schwarz, © Galicia Jewish Museum


The Morgenthaus:
A Legacy of Service


Meet the Morgenthaus, a family that embraced the promise of America. Learn how, over three generations, they changed the course of world events, American politics, and Jewish history.

A note from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer. A report to President Roosevelt about the state of the Jews in Europe circa January 1944. Explore these and other highlights from the exhibition, accompanied by insightful audio commentary, on the exhibition's website.

Read about the exhibition on The New York Times City Room Blog.

Read an article from Jewish Week.

This exhibition is made possible through generous funding from The Isenberg Family Charitable Trust, Marina and Stephen E. Kaufman, Lois and Martin Whitman, Jack Rudin, and New York State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman. Media sponsorship generously provided by Manhattan Media.



Keeping History Center

Experience a soundscape of inspiring stories of immigration--past and present--in a gallery with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty. Come add your family's story too.

Visit the Keeping History Center website
to learn more. 



The Center, dedicated by Morton Pickman in memory of Morris and Fannie Pickman, is made possible by a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; with additional support from New York State Senator Eric T. Scheiderman.



Wednesday, April 7, 7 P.M.
An Evening with Acclaimed Israeli Author Sayvon Liebrecht

$5, $ free for members

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Wednesday, April 14, 7 P.M.
We Are Going to Pick Potatoes: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story

Author Irene Levin Berman interviewed by Museum curator Bonnie Gurewitsch and Bjarte Bruland, chief curator, Oslo Jewish Museum, interviewed by Danish journalist and author Samuel Rachlin

$5, free for Museum and Thanks to Scandinavia members

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Sunday, April 18, 2:30 P.M.

Way to Heaven (Himmelweg)

The internationally acclaimed play by Juan Mayorga
Directed by Matthew Earnest


$15, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

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Wednesday, April 21, 7 P.M.
Robert Morgenthau in Conversation with Marie Brenner


$10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members

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Earth Day Family Programs
Sunday, April 25

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at the Museum


10 A.M. – 3 P.M. Families are invited to enjoy hands-on craft activities that explore the themes of Earth Day. Free with purchase of Museum admission or concert ticket.

1 P.M. The Earth Worm Disco with ShirLaLa
A special concert for little rock n' rollers and their grown up friends too.

$10, $7 children 12 and under
Museum members: $7, $5 children 12 and under





Wednesday, April 28, 7 P.M.
Backing into Forward

With author Jules Feiffer

$10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members

Photos from left to right: Way to Heaven, ShirLaLa (aka Shira Kline), and Jules Feiffer



BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center presents
St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre


Friday, March 19, 8 P.M. and Saturday, March 20, 2 P.M.
Passions a la Carmen
Music by Georges Bizet


Saturday, March 20, 7 P.M. and Sunday, March 20, 2 P.M & 7 P.M.

Master Works En Pointe: Four One-Act Ballets

Wedding Cort̬ge - Music of Dmitri Shostakovich; Inspired by Marc Chagall's paintings
Rodin - Music of Claude Debussy, Sergey Prokofiev and Alban Berg
Italian Capriccio - Music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Bol̩ro - Music of Maurice Ravel

Call 212.220.1460 or visit www.tribecapac.org
199 Chambers St. (BMCC Campus)