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Wednesday, March 14: Lunch and Learn Lectures return! First up: Harry Gold’s espionage 

Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens. With a series of three Bring Your Own Lunch lectures, fascinating topics are richly presented by local scholars and experts. UP FIRST:  In the history of Soviet espionage in the United States, few people figure more crucially than Harry Gold. Allen M. Hornblum, local author and historian, recounts the life of this little known Philadelphia industrial chemist, whom at one time was the subject of the most intensive public manhunt in the history of the FBI and helped the FBI discover the Rosenberg spy ring. RSVP the first Lunch and Learn HERE, read more about the series HERE, and save $6 when you RSVP to all three HERE!

Open NOW through March 24: Justin Kimball: Elegy and Terri Warpinski’s Surface Tension

“Liberty Street”

Justin Kimball has been photographing in small towns in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Ohio brought to the brink of obsolescence by the recent financial downturn, capturing their streets, residents, and landscapes. In his depiction of communities faced with hardship, Kimball examines the persistence of hope and the concept of what it means to be human in our modern world. Read more about this fantastic collaboration with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center by clicking HERE!

“Dark Cloud [over Sawahera]”

Terri Warpinski and her connection to the places, peoples, cultures and histories that contribute to Surface Tension are ideological as well as subjective. Warpinski begins with herself as the subject of a political system that authored and contributed to the dynamics that are addressed in her work and planted in the territory of “between-ness.” Through her photographs, Warpinski extends an invitation to examine how power is established and rationalized. Read more about the artist HERE!

Through May: Dancing with a Yiddish Accent, taught by Klezmer dance expert Steven Lee Weintraub

The Gershman Y is excited to present a new three part dance series featuring Yiddish Dance master Steven Lee Weintraub! The series will introduce participants to a number of Yiddish dance concepts, stylings, and vocabulary and have you moving in no time! No dance experience required. Read more about each session by clicking HERE. Coming up next is Go Figure on April 19 and The Yiddish Ballroom on May 17.