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November-December          Jan 2022                 And Beyond

 
 
 Tuesdays with Morrie
November 10-December 5
 
Based on the best-selling memoir, Tuesdays With Morrie is the powerful and moving story of Mitch Albom, a hard-driving sportswriter, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Directed by Jenna Place, this tender yet profound play recounts the two men reuniting as Morrie faces his own mortality as an ALS patient. What starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a beautiful lesson in humanity, compassion, and friendship.
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There She Was: The History of Miss America featuring author Amy Argetsinger
December 9 @ 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join us as we welcome Amy Argetsinger, Washington Post Style section editor and longtime pageant fan, as she leads a discussion about her new book, THERE SHE WAS: The Secret History of Miss America. Argetsinger’s fascinating look back at the Miss America pageant as it reaches its 100th anniversary brings the hidden world of the iconic competition to life in this deeply reported journey through Miss America’s past and present, featuring interviews with dozens of the women who won or desperately sought the title.
 
Poignant and revelatory, THERE SHE WAS charts the evolution of an American institution alongside the country’s changing ideas around gender, race, feminism, and beauty. At the same time, it is a warm and captivating look at the friendships between the women who have indelibly come to define American femininity, and the unlikely sisterhood that has kept the pageant alive for a century.

Register here.

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Friday, December 3rd, 10:00 am LA /1:00 pm NY and CN / 20:00 Jerusalem

Allison Schacter (Vanderbilt University) and Jordan Finkin (Klau Library, Hebrew Union College) will discuss their translation of the selected Yiddish stories of Fradl Shtok, in conversation with Madeleine Cohen (Yiddish Book Center). Fradl Shtok was one of Yiddish literature’s brilliant chroniclers of the inner lives of everyday people. Whether in the shtetls of her native Galicia or the urban tangle of her adopted New York, she sheds a light on the unglimpsed corners of the Jewish imagination, be they the travails of young women looking for love and desire in a world that spurns them or the frustrations and failures of men struggling to live up to stifling social expectations. Her deft modernist prose showcases Jewish women’s aesthetic experiences in a way no Yiddish writer had. The selected stories in From the Jewish Provinces represents the first collection dedicated solely to bringing Shtok’s work to the English-speaking world. 

More information here.

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The period extending from the mid fifteenth-century to the late eighteenth century, known as the early modern period, was an era of transformative innovations; geographical explorations brought Europeans into contact (and often conflict) with new places and peoples around the world; the cultural changes which followed the rise of print triggered an increased interest in the organization, production, and dissemination of knowledge; the rise of experimental science paved the way to news discoveries in physics, astronomy, medicine, and more.

Is America Different? Antisemitism in the United States in Historical Perspective

Recently, we have witnessed an unexpected spike in antisemitic activities in the United States, including two deadly attacks on synagogues. Is this a new phenomenon? What role has antisemitism actually played in American history? Is it a pervasive phenomenon, a late and alien phenomenon, or something in between? This lecture will trace the course of antisemitism in the United States and consider the question of American exceptionalism. Has America been different from Europe with respect to antisemitism. How worried should we be about the spread of the world’s oldest hatred to America’s shores?

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Compulsion or The  House Behind
January 26-February 20, 2022
Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Or simply a valuable product? As he fights for the diary’s publication and the rights to adapt it into a play, Silver’s idealism turns to fanaticism, and his good intentions may prove to be his undoing. A fascinating, semi-fictional story about one forgotten writer’s battle for one extraordinary girl’s diary.
 
 
Nathan the Wise 

March 16–April 10, 2022

In 12th century Jerusalem, Jews, Christians, and Muslims live side by side in peace—or so they hope. As tensions rise, the ruling sultan asks: “Which religion is the one most beloved by G-d?” Lives, and the future of Jerusalem itself, are on the line as the brilliant Jewish merchant Nathan seeks to answer the question. This funny and timely 18th-century Shakespearean play is chock full of mistaken identities, foiled romances, and relationships across cultural and religious divides. Michael Bloom’s smart new adaptation celebrates the common humanity that unites us all.
 

Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities


June 9–July 3, 2022

August 1991: simmering tensions in the racially polarized neighborhood of Crown Heights erupt into riots after a Black child was killed by a car in the Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe’s motorcade and a white Jewish scholar was slain in retaliation. Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking documentary play uses verbatim testimony from individuals throughout the diverse community, creating a nuanced portrait of a shared but divided geography. This theatrical event – performed over 30 years after these life-changing riots – promises a tour-de-force solo performance and a story which touches upon every American regardless of race, color, or beliefs.
Mon, November 29 2021 25 Kislev 5782