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Wednesday, April 5: Lunch and Learn Lecture Series explores Israeli culture through commercials

COMMERCIALPack your lunch and join us for our Lunch and Learn Lecture Series! Presented by local scholars, this series explores a variety of subjects and historical moments through a Jewish lens. On April 5, we’ll take on the modern imagery that permeates our everyday life through mass media. Mark Raoul Molnar, Shaliach of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, will examine what can be learned about Israeli society just from commercials. Screening 30 to 40 Israeli television commercials, Molnar will tune in on what can be discovered, and what cannot, about our world through advertisements. Read more about the series HERE and reserve your spot for Molnar’s discussion HERE.

Thursday, April 6: New Yorker writer and Jewish Book Award-winner, George Prochnik, visits the Y

George-Prochnik-©-Elisabeth-ProchnikIn his new work, Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem, George Prochnik revists the life and work of Gershom Scholem, the highly regarded founder of the modern study of Kabbalah. Prochnik vividly brings to life Scholem’s beginnings in Berlin, his friendship with critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, and Scholem’s frustrations with the ideology of Germany during the First World War. This program will include a reading from Prochnik, a a conversation with University of Pennsylvania professor Liliane Weissberg, a Question & Answer session, and a book signing. Prochnik is renowned and respected author with Other Press and his 2014 title, The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, received the National Jewish Book Award for Biography/Memoir (and was short-listed for the Wingate Prize in the U.K.). RSVP today – click HERE!

Through March 30: Letters from My Grandparents: The Art of Ruth Schreiber

In 2004, Ruth Schreiber’s aunt Esther died, and her children found a box of letters she had kept. The letters were written by Schreiber’s grandparents, between January of 1939 and August of 1942, to the three of their five children whom they had managed to send to England (two as part of the Kindertransport) to survive the Nazi onslaught. The remaining two siblings, Sophie and Jeni, were smuggled out of Rivesaltes, a Vichy French camp, after their mother’s death in 1941 and eventually found their way to safety in Switzerland in 1943. The letters, last written by their father Samuel, continued until he was gassed in Auschwitz in August of 1942.

These powerful dispatches, written in German, Yiddish, English, and French, declare a steadfast faith, admonish their children to continue to practice Judaism, and of course, to look after each other. These are the raw materials that inspired Ruth Schreiber’s multi-media art, and the Gershman Y is honored to house such powerful works.

Through Monday, May 8: Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival’s CineMondays spring film series

PJFF CINEMONDAYS features six new feature films (and an Oscar-nominated short) that exemplify the best in Jewish International Cinema. From Israel’s 2016 box office sensation THE WOMEN’S BALCONY and the Arab-Israeli knockout IN BETWEEN, to the Hungarian arthouse masterwork 1945 and the inspirational FANNY’S JOURNEY and BIG SONIA, you will love spending Monday evenings with PJFF this spring. PJFF is one of only a handful of Festivals in the world to offer filmgoers a sneak peek at Joseph Cedar’s highly-anticipated follow-up to Footnote. Our exclusive preview screening of Cedar’s NORMAN stars Philly-born Richard Gere alongside an ensemble cast including Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen and PJFF alumna, Neta Riskin. Films from Israel, the U.S., Hungary, and France, featuring narratives of female empowerment, inspired perseverance, community building, and Holocaust education, will move you. Consider the CineMondays lineup by clicking HERE.

Thursday, May 18: An Evening of Leonard Cohen honors the late great poet and musician

LeonardJoin us for an evening celebrating the artistic life of the multi-talented Leonard Cohen. This performance event will weave music, poetry, and spoken word together to create an unparalleled experience of this beloved artist. A special screening from the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, we’ll present LADIES AND GENTLEMEN… MR. LEONARD COHEN, a 44-minute gem from 1965 that captures Cohen’s prominence as a poet and novelist in Canada before he put out a single record. Afterwards, there will be readings of Cohen’s poetry from Philadelphia spoken word performers, light bites and libations, and performances from local bands, songwriters, and singers. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event – click HERE for more info about benefit levels. Tickets are already moving so get yours TODAY!