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In this hands-on workshop, learn the basics of collage and create your own masterpiece out of multiple images and mediums. Taking cues from our current exhibition, Anna Fine Foer: AnachroniCity, participants will learn how to use found imagery to produce a unique work of art as well as discuss image manipulation, application, and balance. Participants are encouraged to bring inspirational images for use in their personalized work! All materials included.
Pianist Regina Shenderovich returns to present her signature lecture and piano recital program. Continuing through the Jewish composer canon, Shenderovich will explore the lives and music of very talented but relatively unknown Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, older sister of the famous Felix, late 19th century Moritz Moszkowski and Aaron Copland, giant of the 20th century American music. Shenderovich earned her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Leon Fleisher, and received her PhD from the University of Illinois.
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. While imbued with social and political subtext, Kimball’s images carry a broader significance. 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. His photographs document a growing portion of the American landscape.
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.
YIDDISH DANCE 101 • March 8 • This introduction class features lessons on how to dance to klezmer music, focusing on basic styling of the improvisational Freylekhs and Khosidl, and other essential repertoire, including the Bulgar and Zhok.
Read more about the series by clicking HERE!
Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens.
THE INVISIBLE HARRY GOLD • March 14
In the history of Soviet espionage in the United States, few people figure more crucially than Harry Gold. Gold, born in Switzerland and of Russian-Jewish parentage, spied for the Soviets from 1935 to 1950, and is literally the man who handed the USSR the plans for the atom bomb. 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. The Invisible Harry Gold, Allen M. Hornblum’s written work of Harry Gold’s life, will be available for purchase. RSVP HERE!
New Series! Join us as local authors serve up a bite of their new works while enjoying a bagel brunch! Bagels served at 1:00 pm, with author presentations beginning at 1:30 pm. Books will also be available for purchase.
Mace Bugen might have been an achondroplastic dwarf—forty-three inches tall with an average-sized head and a torso set on small, twisted legs—but that didn’t mean he was an idiot or a pushover. In truth, he was smarter than most; over the years, he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a handicap into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage.
Join author Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer as she traces the life of her amazing uncle Mace Bugen through his journey as a first-generation Jewish-American kid in working class Philipsburg, NJ to become the first celebrity selfie-artists – way ahead of his time. Featuring vintage photos of Mace with his exploits, The Little Gate Crasher captures three decades of American pop culture, seen through the unique lens of Mace and his gate-crashing exploits.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is a freelance writer and educator based in Philadelphia. In addition to The Little Gate Crasher, Kaplan-Mayer’s recent works include The Creative Jewish Wedding Book and The Kitchen Classroom. Kaplan-Mayer is a featured blogger for WHYY Philly Parenting and is a writer and editor for The New Normal: Blogging Disability. As the director of “Whole Community Inclusion” at Jewish Learning Venture, Kaplan-Mayer leads various disability awareness trainings across the Philadelphia Jewish Community.
Without a doubt, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest and most philosophical science-fiction films ever made. It has provided some of cinema’s most famed icons—the monolith, the ape bone toss, the HAL-9000, the Star-Gate, and the strange hotel suite. 50 years later, 2001 is more relevant than ever, as we organize our lives amidst a culture of technology and vast potential.
We invite you to join us for a mind-bending evening that will feature multi-media presentations, a panel discussion, film clips and video about Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece and its icons for the 21st century. Produced by Barry Vacker and Brooke Storms of Temple University and presented by The Gershman Y, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, and TUTV-Temple University Television & The Rudman Media Production Center.
Our event will conclude with a complimentary reception and book signing with an opportunity to meet and mingle with guest panelists and authors.
A 21st Century View of Stanley Kubrick’s Sci-Fi Masterpiece
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: The Gershman Y
GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II tells the story of the nearly 550,000 Jewish American men and women who risked their lives to fight against fascism, bigotry, and intolerance during World War II. This documentary features voices like Mel Brooks and Henry Kissinger, as well as servicemen who liberated death camps. Defying their parents’ warning that the military was “no life for a nice Jewish girl,” 10,000 Jewish women volunteered to fill important administrative and nursing roles in the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. For many American Jews, WWII was a watershed moment for Jewish integration into the American fabric, with Jewish servicemen and women emerging transformed, more powerfully American, and more resolute than ever to continue the fight for equality and religious tolerance at home.
New Series! Join us as local authors serve up a bite of their new works while enjoying a bagel brunch! Bagels served at 11:30 am, with author presentations beginning at 12 pm. Books will also be available for purchase.
Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs it has embodied over the course of more than three millennia. A History of Judaism provides the first truly comprehensive look in one volume at how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how its various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other.
Author Martin Goodman will explore Judaism’s origins in the polytheistic world of the second and first millennia BCE to the temple cult at the time of Jesus. With stories of the rabbis, mystics, and messiahs of the medieval and early modern periods, Martin guides through the many varieties of Judaism today.
Martin Goodman is professor of Jewish studies at the University of Oxford, where he is president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a fellow of Wolfson College. His books include Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations and The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies.