Upcoming Events

 

Apr
23
Mon
PJFF: An Act of Defiance @ The Gershman Y
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PJFF: An Act of Defiance @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE is an exciting courtroom drama that skillfully combines nail-biting political intrigue with thoughtful insight into the personal struggles of the primary actors. Based on real events, this historical thriller follows the fate of Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish anti-Apartheid fighters. Bram Fischer, a tenacious Afrikaner lawyer who will risk his career and family to represent ten trial defendants, will go to great lengths to keep his ties to the resistance hidden. As the prosecution gains momentum, Fischer’s defense aims to prove that the African National Congress is justified in its fight against white supremacy, all while Mandela is prepared to die for his belief as South Africa’s 1963 battle against racism comes to a climactic finale.

Apr
25
Wed
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: 2,000 Years of Jewish History Through Synagogue Architecture @ The Gershman Y
Apr 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: 2,000 Years of Jewish History Through Synagogue Architecture @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens. 

2,000 YEARS OF JEWISH HISTORY THROUGH SYNAGOGUE ARCHITECTURE • April 24

Throughout the history of the Jewish people, synagogue architecture has varied over the centuries since the destruction of the Temple and the Jewish diaspora. Ironically, synagogues lacked a defined architectural style until 1959 when famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Beth Sholom Congregation in suburban Philadelphia. Barbara Cohen, ASID, President of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, will trace the history of the Jewish people through the architecture of synagogues and discuss the many stylistic adaptations synagogues adopted in relation to the place, time, and world events during construction. RSVP HERE!

Read more about the rest of the series by clicking HERE!

Apr
26
Thu
Opening Receptions: Rachel Rotenberg’s “Sanity” and Jean-Pierre Weill’s “The Well of Being” @ The Gershman Y
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Receptions: Rachel Rotenberg's "Sanity" and Jean-Pierre Weill's "The Well of Being" @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Rachel Rotenberg utilizes wood and vines to create dynamic, organic, and heroic sculptures. The artist describes them as metaphors for a plethora of relationships, muscular movements that are both mysterious and provocative. Rotenberg’s sculptures engage the viewer in conversation. Through them, we find our place in the world and connect to forces larger than ourselves.

The Well of Being is an illustrated narrative that peers into the depths of the human experience and the meaning of our existence. It traces how the stories we tell ourselves to construct our personae obscure the truth of our personhood. It is a lyrical story of a man moving from the origin of the universe to the perplexities of growing up and the mystery of being alive. What emerges is a secular scripture — an invitation to awaken from the trance of our daily circumstances so that we may live with openhearted immediacy. The Well of Being is not so much a book to be read as it is an experience to be felt. This exhibition will feature illustrations from The Well of Being by artist and author Jean-Pierre Weill, who has worked as a visual artist for twenty years. The Well of Being was originally published in 2014.

May
9
Wed
Mother’s Day Bookmaking Workshop @ The Gershman Y
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mother’s Day Bookmaking Workshop @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

In this Mother’s Day themed bookmaking workshop, participants will learn to create their own accordion artists’ books. By using a non-adhesive binding technique and fashioning a removable spine, participants will create books that can either be presented as codices or displayed as accordions. We will also discuss ways participants can integrate text and images to shape their narratives to their finished pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs and other items to add personalization to their books.

No previous bookmaking experience required. All materials provided.

May
14
Mon
PJFF Closing Night: Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel @ National Museum of American Jewish History
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
PJFF Closing Night: Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel @ National Museum of American Jewish History | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE in honor of Israel70
CineMondays concludes with bases loaded. HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL is a warm and inspiration documentary that celebrates the little team that could – and did – pave the way for future generations of Israeli ballplayers. Israel’s national baseball team, competing in the World Baseball Classic for the first time in history, proves that they are underdogs no longer. Their lineup includes Jewish American Major League players like ex-New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis, ex-Houston Astro Josh Zeid, and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnaway. With their famous Mensch on a Bench mascot, no one expected Team Israel to succeed but they take Israel and the world by storm as they bond over representing their homeland on the world stage.

May
16
Wed
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Jews and the 1936 and 1972 Olympics @ The Gershman Y
May 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Jews and the 1936 and 1972 Olympics @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens. 

JEWS AND THE 1936 AND 1972 OLYMPICS • May 16

The 1936 and 1972 Olympics held in Germany were rife with social and political struggles. For the Jewish people and athletes, the plague of anti-Semitism, death and destruction created a conflict of emotions — fear, pride, shame, and more. William Rosenberg, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Drexel University, will compare and contrast both German Olympic Games and the lasting impact that these events had on the Jewish people and the greater world. RSVP HERE!

Read more about the Lunch and Learn Lecture Series by clicking HERE!

May
17
Thu
Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: The Yiddish Ballroom @ The Gershman Y
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: The Yiddish Ballroom @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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.

THE YIDDISH BALLROOM • May 17 • In the third part of this series, participants will discover how popular European ballroom dances made their way into the klezmer repertoire. Learn some classic Russian and Polish couple dances, as well as a few new dances created by the instructor.

Read more about this new series by clicking HERE!