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Thursday, Oct. 6 for 40/50-Somethings:
SINSational! Improv for the High Holidays


The Y’s Jewish Interactions for Forty/Fifty-Somethings (JIFF) presents a hilarious evening of improv and jokes to “atone” and meet new folks! Enjoy light nosh and great laughs with Sharon Geller, an acclaimed improv instructor and comedic actress who has appeared on Saturday Night Live and is currently performing in the off-Broadway hit, Old Jews Telling Jokes. Space is limited, so book your seats today!


Thursday, Oct. 13: Borscht Belt book talk and artist reception

Many art lovers have already enjoyed a stroll through Marisa Scheinfeld’s extraordinary exhibition in our Gershman Gallery, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland. Tonight we host the artist for a much-anticipated book talk and gallery reception. Scheinfeld will visit the Y and delight us with stories from her childhood, share narratives behind her 16 large-scale color photographs, and illuminate her process and artistic mission. Please register for this free event.

gershwinWednesday, Oct. 19: From Mendelssohn to Gershwin lecture and recital

Award-winning pianist Regina Shenderovich presents a lecture and recital exploring the lives and music of Jewish classical giants Felix Mendelssohn and George Gershwin. Shenderovich, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, has performed around the world as a soloist and with chamber ensembles and orchestras. She will dazzle us with her passionate playing and appreciation for Mendelssohn and Gershwin. Register today!

Thursday, Oct. 27: Twice Veiled – Jewish Women & Art

The place of women in Jewish art was problematic for thousands of years, as, beyond the general prohibitions in representational art, women faced the additional challenges of traditional modesty. Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, PhD, with Joan Myerson Shrager, MEd, will discuss the image and role of women in Jewish visual culture from the origins of Israel to the present. Tonight will be a fascinating exploration of the feminine in Jewish art with two brilliant experts ready to take us on a journey through time and history. Register here!

Tickets selling at record pace for Yo La Tengo and Dean & Britta on Dec. 15: What Goes On – The Velvet Underground at the Y 50th Anniversary

ylt_smile_-_carlie_armstrongCelebrate the 50th anniversary of the Velvet Underground’s Philadelphia debut with a trip unlike anything you’ve ever experienced! Enjoy a performance by the legendary Yo La Tengo, who portrayed the Velvet Underground in the film I Shot Andy Warhol. Their set will pay homage to the concert that took place on the same stage nearly 50 years prior to the day. Start the evening with 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, featuring Warhol’s four-minute silent film portraits with commissioned soundtracks performed by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips. Get your tickets today!