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Wednesday, September 27: Dr. Joseph Benatov on How the Bulgarian Jews Survived the Holocaust

In 1943, Bulgaria complied with German demands and deported nearly 11,400 Jews from occupied territories, but simultaneously resisted German pressures to deport the other 50,000 Jews living in Bulgaria. In this lecture, Dr. Joseph Benatov will offer an overview of the facts surrounding these historical events, focusing on the conflicting opinions about the role played by King Boris III, church officials, and politicians, as well as discuss the international debate over the way in which this historical moment should be interpreted, remembered, and commemorated. RSVP TODAY!

Sunday, October 1: Intercultural Journeys and ARTolerance present Merging Identities 

Sound. Dance. Design. Solo identities unite in creative common language as ARTolerance lights up the stage. Udi Bar-DavidRolando Morales MatosMehdi Saeedi, and Chloe Perkes transform in performance, knitting together multihued threads of culture, religion, and genre into a single, stunning tapestry. Don’t miss this groundbreaking approach to dialogue and conflict resolution through artistry. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind performance — it will surely convert the Y’s Auditorium into a magnificent backdrop for Bar-David’s creative vision — RSVP TODAY!

Through December 15: Anna Fine Foer’s AnachroniCity in the Gershman Gallery

Artist Anna Fine Foer will show her complex collages in the Gershman Gallery of the Gershman Y this fall, opening September 14, 2017 and closing December 15, 2017. While the topics of her works range far and wide from science and games to terrorism, she has created a special works specifically for this exhibition with the subject of the architecture of Philadelphia. In her Broad Street Meets Bauhaus work, she emphasizes John Haviland’s classically-designed Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, which became the Philadelphia College of Art, and is now Hamilton Hall the University of Arts. Works in the exhibition include, among others, En Cherchant Pokemon sur la Promenade des Anglais (Searching for Pokemon)A Space Elevator for TintinEntangled ParticlesBenjamin Franklin Bridge, and Einstein Thought Experiment in Central Park. Read more about the exhibition HERE!