JEWISH LIFE & CULTURE at 92Y March 2014

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JEWISH LIFE & CULTURE at 92Y

March 2014

 

Talks & Panels and

Shababa Jewish Community and Israeliness Family Programs

 

 

 

 

MARCH TALKS & PANELS

 

 

Mon, Mar 3, 8:15 pm, tickets from $29

7 Days of Genius | JONATHAN MEDVED AND BARBARA CORCORAN: THE GENIUS OF THE START-UP

The Washington Post calls him “one of Israel’s leading high-tech venture capitalists.” Jon Medved, the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, has invested in more than 100 Israeli start-ups, helping 12 of them get in excess of $100 million. He joins Barbara Corcoran, the real-estate mogul and tell-it-like-it-is Investor/Shark on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” to discuss the genius of great business ideas. This event is part of7 Days of Genius at 92Y, a festival that explores how we define genius and the impact genius has on communities, cultures and industries – past, present and future.  Visit www.92Y.org/genius or follow the festival on Twitter with#thatsgenius.

 

Wed, Mar 5, 7 pm, $15 / $12 for MJH members

92Y at the Museum of Jewish Heritage | UNCLEAN LIPS: JEWS, OBSCENITY AND AMERICAN CULTURE

Josh Lambert, the academic director of the Yiddish Book Center and professor at UMass Amherst discusses the integral role Jews have played in the history of obscenity in America. Jews led the charge against obscenity laws and battled literary censorship, but the anti-Semitic stereotype of the lascivious Jew has made many historians hesitant to draw a direct link between Jewishness and obscenity. NOTE: Part of a new series of talks taking place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place.

 

Fri, Mar 7, 6 pm, tickets from $45     

7 Days of Genius | ON THE 7TH DAY: SPIRITUAL GENIUS and the SABBATH

The biblical story of the world’s creation builds rest and reflection into the very architecture of existence.  As human beings created in God’s image, we, too, set aside the 7th day each week to connect with the divine, and to rediscover the divine spark within ourselves—to tap into the creative power we have been imbued with to transform our lives and to change the world.  By liberating us from our daily routine, and giving us the freedom to focus on what matters most, the Shabbat is a day to develop the capacity for genius that twentieth century philosopher and theologian Martin Buber attributed to spiritual trailblazers, like Moses and Maimonides, “to unite the way of earth with that of heaven.” Join Rabbi Jen E. Krause in conversation with relationship & communications expert Esther Perel and best-selling author and entrepreneur Michael Ellsberg for an intimate Friday night Shabbat dinner filled with food and food for thought, as we explore the spiritual genius that dwells within us all. This event is part of7 Days of Genius at 92Y, a festival that explores how we define genius and the impact genius has on communities, cultures and industries – past, present and future.  Visit www.92Y.org/genius or follow the festival on Twitter with#thatsgenius.

 

Sun, Mar 9, 8 pm, tickets from $34

7 Days of Genius | DAVID BROOKS: GENIUS, GOD AND MORALITY

Join New York Times Op Ed columnist David Brooks for a talk that’s both uplifting and grounding, as he identifies the qualities that define moral geniuses—remarkable people who lived their lives in the real world, yet cultivated an inner life of admirable self-reflection and character development. What part does religious belief play in morality? Can you be a moral genius without faith in God? This event is part of7 Days of Genius at 92Y, a festival that explores how we define genius and the impact genius has on communities, cultures and industries – past, present and future.  Visit www.92Y.org/genius or follow the festival on Twitter with#thatsgenius.

 

Sat, Mar 10, 8:15 pm, tickets from $29

7 Days of Genius | JENNIFER GEORGE AND AL JAFFEE AND ADAM GOPNIK WITH BRIAN WALKER: THE GENIUS OF RUBE GOLDBERG

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and in his 72-year career, he wrote and illustrated nearly 50,000 cartoons. His granddaughter, the designer Jennifer George, joins cartoonist Al Jaffee, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and cartoon historian Brian Walker to look back at the life and work of this quintessential American cartoonist. This event is part of7 Days of Genius at 92Y, a festival that explores how we define genius and the impact genius has on communities, cultures and industries – past, present and future.  Visit www.92Y.org/genius or follow the festival on Twitter with#thatsgenius.

 

Sun, Mar 16, 4 pm, tickets from $29

Russian Sundays | MUSIC OF RUSSIAN JEWISH COMPOSERS FOR OBOE AND PIANO

Rita Mitsel – oboe

Anastasia Seifetdinova – piano

Join us in the discovery of “Jewish art music,” a movement that originated at the end of the 19th century in Russia. This recital will feature rarely performed works by composers of the early 20th century, most notably Joseph Achron, Alexander Krein and Solomon Rosowsky. These composers established a unique genre that blended traditional Jewish folk and liturgical music with Western European and Russian Romantic styles. This event is part of 92Y’s Russian Sundays series.

 

Mon, Mar 24, 8 pm, tickets from $29

SIMON SCHAMA in CONVERSATION with JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER: THE STORY OF THE JEWS

You may know some of the history of the Jews, but you haven’t heard it the way Simon Schama tells it–full of rich detail and a keen sense of how people really lived. Schama’s The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD (a new book and television series, soon to air on PBS) takes us all over India, Spain, Oxford, Syria, Paris, Cairo and beyond to show how Jews everywhere lived not as a people apart, but as a vital force in any society they joined, inspiring and being inspired by everything around them. He talks with Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the award-winning and best-selling novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, as well as two works of nonfiction: Eating Animals and The New American Haggadah.

 

Tue, Mar 25, 8:15 pm, tickets from $29

MORE THAN MATZAH BALLS: FOOD AND COOKING IN JEWISH CULTURE

When you think of “matzah balls do you think of delicious dumplings made from a mixture of chickpea flour and ground chicken, spiced with turmeric and cardamom?

When you think of Latkes, do you think of potato pancakes flavored with ancho chili powder and topped with citrusy fennel and lime crema and rustic salsa macha? When you think of kugel, do you think of a combination of soaked and softened bread and French pears baked together and then topped with a cinnamon and dried plum compote? When you think of brisket, do you think of slow smoking hefty slabs of Angus beef for over half a day in an eighteen-foot-custom smoker before slowly cooking the meat until it simply falls apart in its own sweet, smoky and mouth-watering deliciousness? Come and hear from the chefs that do. Cookbook author, food writer, cooking teacher and chef Pati Jinich is host of the Public Television series “Pati’s Mexican Table.” Joan Nathan regularly contributes to The New York TimesFood Arts Magazine and Tablet Magazine and is the author of ten award-winning cookbooks; six focus on Jewish cooking, two highlight Israeli cuisine and two focus on American cooking. Louisa Shafia is the author of the acclaimed cookbook The New Persian Kitchen and has cooked at restaurants in San Francisco and New York, including Millennium, Aquavit, Pure Food and Wine, and Gobo. Texas native Ari White brings his passion for Texas-style barbecue to the streets of New York with the pop-up kosher food truck The Wandering Que (formerly Hakadosh BBQ).

 

Sun, Mar 30, 2 pm, $15 / $12 for MJH members

92Y at the Museum of Jewish Heritage | But Where is the Lamb? Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac

Join author James Goodman to explore one of the most compelling stories ever told—God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. For more than two millennia, people throughout the world have grappled with the troubling questions about authority, obedience and faith to which it gives rise. Why is this story so central to the history, literature and theology of Judaism, Christianity and Islam? NOTE: Part of a new series of talks taking place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place.

 

 

92Y Shababa Family Experiences and
Israeliness Hebrew-Language Programs

www.92Y.org/Shababa

 

ONGOING, 9:30-10:15 am OR 10:45-11:30 am, $10 adults

Shababa at 92Y | 92Y SHABABA FRIDAYS WITH KARINA AND REBECCA

Enjoy a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and give your toddler an opportunity to embrace the festive feeling of Shabbatwith songs, stories, challah and snacks.

 

ONGOING, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, ***FREE***

Shababa at 92Y | 92Y SHABABA SATURDAYS WITH KARINA

Newborns to 5 yrs

Celebrate the joys of Shabbat with the Shababa community in this intergenerational family Shabbat experience including singing, art projects, playground visits, holiday themed celebrations and more!

 

ONGOING, 10:30 am-noon, ***FREE***

Shababa at 92Y | SHABABA SATURDAY CLUB WITH REBECCA

Ages 5-8 yrs

Let your child explore and expand their connection to Shabbat, Jewish holidays and values in a warm, informal communal setting.

 

ONGOING: Every Saturday, 10:30 am-noon, ***FREE***

Shababa at 92Y | SHABABA PRAYER CIRCLE

Ages 6-10 yrs

This new Shabbat service is designed families who wish to continue enhancing their children’s Jewish life journey by exposing them to traditional and creative prayers, Torah and the essence of Shabbat.

 

Sun, Mar 2, 23 & 30, 4-6 pm, $20

ISRAELINESSCOMMUNITY SUNDAYS – GEDOLIM DROP-OFF PROGRAM

K-2nd grades

Immerse your child in Hebrew on Sunday afternoons! Through puppetry, art, music, film and Tzofim activities, your son or daughter will learn Israeli culture, increase his/her vocabulary and meet new Hebrew-speaking friends. Families are welcome to join our “Beit Café” while children are in attendance.

 

Sun, Mar 9, 2:30 pm, tickets from $25

Shababa at 92Y | SHABABA THE CONCERT

All ages

Every week, Shababa at 92Y gets parents and kids singing together – about the good things in life, about work, rest, play, love, boo-boos and the values of the Jewish “Shabbat” that can be meaningful for everyone. Now the intergenerational celebration we call Shababa comes to life on stage for the annual Shababa The Concert! Bring the kids and dance in the aisles to a live band playing old sing-along favorites and new original songs that you’ll be humming on the way out! The concert also features the Shababa Mamas; the Shababa Abbas; the Shababa Nannies, Shababa Bubbies; and the Shababa Sparks -Kids. Everyone’s favorite sloth, Coco (we challenge you not to fall in love with him!) will be on hand too, along with his fellow puppets Bubbie Bracha and Yaroki. So bring your family to meet ours!

 

Fri, Mar 14, 10:15 am, $15 child / adults free

Shababa at 92Y | SHABABA BAKERY

All ages

Squish, roll and braid your own challah to take home and bake.

 

***NEW***

Fri, Mar 14, 6-7:30 pm, $30 adult / $10 child

Shababa at 92Y | PURIM DINNER

Come in costume to a Purim-themed Shabbat dinner where fun and silly things will happen.

 

Sun, Mar 16, 10:30 am, $12 / Free for children under 1 year.

For Kids and Parents – PURIM CARNIVAL

All ages

Dress in your favorite costume and experience the story of Purim with the 92Y community! Enjoy games, mask making, entertainment and tasty hamentashen.

 

 

About 92nd Street Y

92Y’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life offers a vibrant mix of learning opportunities for adults and children, including multigenerational holiday celebrations that encourage people to discover their own special meaning in Jewish tradition and find joy in Jewish life and culture.  92Y’s talks and classes feature leading thinkers, cultural figures, artists and politicians exploring everything from current events to ancient Jewish wisdom. Endowed by the Bronfman Family, the Center’s programs welcome and engage everyone looking for a connection to Jewish culture, tradition and learning. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/Jewish.

 

92Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y’s extraordinary programs, 92Y enriches lives, creates community and elevates humanity.  More than 300,000 people visit 92Y in New York City annually and many more connect through digital and social media, live webcasts of events, and an extensive archive of stage programs and original content produced for the web, all available on 92YOnDemand.org.  A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives.

 

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