Sunday, May 2, 1 P.M.
Ben Okri in Conversation with
Vanity Fair's Anderson Tepper

In a rare U.S. appearance, Nigerian-born Ben Okri, author of nine novels, including Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, will discuss his transcendent work.

2:30 P.M.
Two Worlds

Irakli Kakabadze (Candidate Jokola), Anne Landsman (The Rowing Lesson), Jose Manuel Prieto (Nocturnal Butterflies of the Russian Empire), and Salman Rushdie (Midnight’s Children); moderated by New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik

This international panel of writers—all of whom now call America home—will discuss how their increased familiarity with America and its literature has altered their perception of fiction and influenced their own works.

4:30 P.M.
Ariel Dorfman in Conversation with Tablet Magazine’s Gabriel Sanders

Ariel Dorfman (Death and the Maiden) was part of the democratic movement that brought Salvador Allende to power in Chile and then saw that revolution come to a violent end. He joins Gabriel Sanders for a far-reaching conversation about art and politics.



Wednesday, May 5, 7 P.M.

Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters
(Yale University Press, 2009)

Author Louis Begley in conversation with Jane Kramer (Lone Patriot)

An acclaimed novelist and lawyer, Begley creates a riveting account of the famously complex case that tore France apart, and shows why this abuse of power is still a concern today.




Wednesday, May 12, 7 P.M.

Birthplace (Miejsce urodzenia)
(Poland, 1992, Betacam SP, 47 minutes, Polish with English subtitles)

Written and directed by Pawel Lozinski
Post-screening discussion with writer Henryk Grynberg, the subject of the film, interviewed by historian Joanna Michlic

Henryk Grynberg, a writer who is renowned for chronicling the fate of the Polish Jews, makes a rare public appearance at the screening of this captivating and poignant documentary about his quest to learn who killed his relatives in World War II.




Sunday, May 16, 2:30 P.M.

The Future Mah Jongg Players of Majestic Isles

Join us for an afternoon of comedy and stories about mah jongg and the people who are crazy about it, featuring comedians Cory Kahaney and Jessica Kirson, and hosted by self-proclaimed "Oriental Yenta" Esther Goodhart.




Monday, May 24, 7 P.M.

Crossing Mandelbaum Gate
(Scribner, 2010)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird in conversation with Gabriel Sanders, deputy editor, Tablet Magazine

Each day on his way to school, Bird passed through Mandelbaum Gate—separating Israeli-controlled West Jerusalem from the Arab-controlled East. As an American who grew up in the midst of wars in the Middle East from the 1950s through the 1970s, Bird provides an illuminating perspective on the Arab-Israeli conflict in this fascinating memoir.



Tuesday, May 25, 7 P.M.

Former Neighbors: A Jewish-Polish Conversation

Dr. Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University; Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland; and Tomasz Kuncewicz, director, Auschwitz Jewish Center; moderated by Dr. David Marwell, Museum Director

Home to Europe's largest Jewish community before the Holocaust, Poland is currently experiencing a revival of Jewish culture. Our panel explores this resurgence and the complicated questions it raises about contemporary identity.



Wednesday, May 26, 7 P.M.

The Spirit of Sepharad: From Casbah to Caliphate

Gerard Edery and friends present a musical celebration that explores both the rich cultural strains that influence the Sephardic and Mizrahi traditions, and the shared melodies of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths.




Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 P.M.

A Serious Man
(U.S.A., 2009, 35mm, 105 minutes)
Written and directed by Joel Coen and
Ethan Coen

Post-screening discussion with Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of CLAL, moderated by film critic Leonard Quart

Following the screening of the Coen Brothers’ enigmatic tale of a modern-day Job set in the 1970s, Rabbi Kula unravels this black comedy about an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe gone awry.



World Premiere
Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

Thursday, June 3, 7 P.M.

Tradition into Future

Cantor Shmuel Barzilai, Chief Cantor of Vienna's Jewish community and Adam Holzman, jazz pianist and former member of the Miles Davis Band

Barzilai and Holzman perform a unique program fusing music from the Hasidic and Klezmer traditions with jazz and world music.



Wednesday, June 9, 7 P.M.

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival with The Stars of Szeroka Street

Musical luminaries Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg, Benzion Miller, and Michael Alpert -- frequent performers at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow -- perform a special concert of spiritual music from the meditative to the ecstatic.

They are joined by Cantor Daniel Gildar (piano), Brandon Seabrook (guitar & electronics), Pablo Aslan (bass), and special guests Armenian oud master Ara Dinkjian and Indian percussionist Deep Singh.

Learn more about the festival.

This concert is made possible by Harold and Priscilla Grabino



Wednesday, June 16, 7 P.M.

Devotion: A Memoir
(HarperCollins, 2010)

Author Dani Shapiro in conversation with novelist Lauren Grodstein (A Friend of the Family)

When her son poses difficult questions about God, mortality, and the afterlife, Shapiro embarks on a reflective journey with the help of a yogi, a rabbi, and a Buddhist.



New York City Premiere
Wednesday, June 23, 6:30 P.M.

Surviving Hitler: A Love Story
(U.S.A., 2010, DigiBeta, 67 minutes)
Directed by John-Keith Wasson

Post-screening discussion with the director and Jutta Cords, who is featured in the film

This documentary chronicles the lives of two subversive German teenagers who fall in love amidst the July 1944 doomed plot to kill Hitler.



Wednesday, June 30, 6:30 P.M.

Saviors in the Night (Unter Bauern)
(Germany/France, 2009, 35mm, 100 minutes, German with English subtitles)
Directed by Ludi Boeken

The opening night pick of this year's New York Jewish Film Festival, this is the riveting true story of how Marga Spiegel, her husband, and their young daughter were hidden by courageous farmers in southern Münsterland.



Wednesday, July 7, 7 P.M.

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
(Random House, 2010)

Author Judith Shulevitz in conversation with Nicholas Lemann, dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

"The Sabbath World . just might change your life." -Jonathan Safran Foer

Part history, part meditation, Shulevitz's book delves into the Sabbath in Judaism and Christianity while invoking a wealth of non-religious sources, from William Wordsworth to Sigmund Freud.



Wednesday, July 14, 7 P.M.

Habitus: A Diaspora Journal
Founder and editor Joshua Ellison in conversation with Andre Aciman (Eight White Nights, 2010)

Join Joshua Ellison, founder and editor of the groundbreaking magazine Habitus: A Diaspora Journal, for a scintillating discussion about whether or not New York City -- especially Manhattan -- is the new Jerusalem...or is the very question sacrilege.



Advance Preview Screening

Monday, July 19, 6:30 P.M.

(Israel, 2009, 35mm, Hebrew with English subtitles)
Post-screening discussion with director Samuel Maoz interviewed by film critic Leonard Quart

Filmed almost solely from inside a tank and through the gunsight, this film tells the story of four soldiers who find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Based on the director’s own experience during the war with Lebanon in 1982, the New York Times has called the Venice Film Festival winner “an astonishing piece of cinema.”

This preview film screening is made possible by Sony Pictures Classics. Film opens in theaters on August 6.




Wednesday, July 21, 6:30 P.M.

Four Seasons Lodge
(U.S.A., 2008, DigiBeta, 101 minutes)
Directed by Andrew Jacobs with cinematography by Albert Maysles

Post-screening Q&A with former Four Seasons Lodge residents Helga Grunberg, Esther Geizhals, and Pauline Boyman Leitzes (daughter of Eugenia Boyman who is in the film) joined by producer Matt Lavine

"Gorgeously photographed...the awesome spectacle of life triumphing over annihilation." --The New York Times

An inspiring and startling documentary that follows a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer at their beloved bungalow colony in the Catskills to dance, cook, fight, flirt, and celebrate their survival.



Wednesday, July 28, 6:30 P.M.

(Israel, 2009, DigiBeta, 120 minutes, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles)
Directed and written by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani
2010 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film

Set in Jaffa's multi-ethnic Ajami neighborhood—home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians—this contemporary crime drama examines the repercussions of a revenge killing that reveals the cultural and religious tensions simmering beneath the surface.



Wednesday, August 4, 7 P.M.

Hebrew Mystical Chant with the Kirtan Rabbi

Join the Kirtan Rabbi, Andrew Hahn, for an evening of call-and-response singing. Kirtan, an age-old yogic chanting style from India, is intertwined with the lyrical language of the Torah and Kabbalah, resulting in an experience that is contemplative and jubilant.



Wednesday, August 11, 7 P.M.

Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim
(Syracuse University Press, 2010)
With author Mark Cohen interviewed by Mark Shechner, Professor of English at SUNY Buffalo

Seymour Krim burst onto the literary scene in the late 1950s with dukes-up personal essays in the Village Voice that won praise from James Baldwin, Saul Bellow, and Norman Mailer. Cohen introduces Krim's innovative subjective reporting, a kind of Jewish New Journalism, to a new generation. Krim was associated with the Beats, taught writing at Columbia and Iowa, and won a Guggenheim and a Fulbright. He is for everyone who likes writing that comes from the gut and goes for the throat.




Tuesday, August 10, 6:30 P.M.

A Film Unfinished

(Germany/Israel, 2010, 35mm, 88 min., German/Hebrew/Polish/Yiddish with English subtitles)
Directed by Yael Hersonski

Post-screening discussion with Yael Hersonski moderated by Museum archivist Bonnie Gurewitsch

At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film was discovered in an East German archive.  Filmed by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a reel that included staged scenes complicated earlier readings of the footage.  The documentary A Film Unfinished presents the raw footage in its entirety, with expert commentary that carefully notes fictionalized scenes falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish inhabitants of the ghetto, and illuminates the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.


Includes graphic film footage including some nudity.

Film opens in theaters August 18.



Wednesday, August 18, 7 P.M.

Wally's Journey

Moderated by Museum director Dr. David G. Marwell with J.D. Bindenagel, former U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues; Marilyn Henry, columnist, The Jerusalem Post; Jane Kallir, Author of the catalogue raisonné “Egon Schiele: The Complete Works” and Co-Director of the Galerie St. Etienne, NY, and other special guests

This program will look at the history of Egon Schiele’s painting Portrait of Wally and its owners, the complicated litigation, and the impact the case has had on the art world on the occasion of Portrait of Wally’s last night in New York before returning to its permanent home at the Leopold Museum in Vienna.

The painting is on display from July 29 at 1 p.m. until August 18 at 8 p.m.



Wednesday, September 1, 6:30 P.M.
An Evening in Honor of Actor Philip Loeb

With Aviva Kempner, director, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg; Anna Berger, actress on The Goldbergs; Jim Brochu, actor and playwright; Peter Friedman, actor who is writing a play about Loeb; Dr. Steve Loeb, Loeb’s grandnephew; Dr. Glenn Smith,  Loeb biographer; and other special guests

Philip Loeb, accomplished actor and teacher, was a leader of the Actors’ Equity Association.  At the height of his career in 1949 Loeb was blacklisted for his union activities as he was playing Jake Goldberg on the very popular Goldbergs show.  Producer and co-star Gertrude Berg (Molly Goldberg) fought in vain to keep him on the show by attempting to get new sponsors.  The demise of his career is featured in the film Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, a captivating, eye-opening documentary, excerpts of which will be shown along with other clips related to Loeb’s career.

Loeb committed suicide on September 1, 1955; this program commemorates the 55th anniversary of his death. 

Newly released DVDs of Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg for sale

Actors' Equity Association is a proud sponsor of An Evening in Honor of Actor Philip Loeb


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