Upcoming Events

 

Nov
21
Tue
Collage Workshop @ The Gershman Y
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Collage Workshop @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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.

Mar
14
Wed
Lunch and Learn: The Invisible Harry Gold @ The Gershman Y
Mar 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn: The Invisible Harry Gold @ 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. 

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!

Mar
18
Sun
Bagel Bites: The Little Gate Crasher @ The Gershman Y
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Bagel Bites: The Little Gate Crasher @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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. 

Mar
24
Sat
2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later @ The Gershman Y
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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
Presentation/Book Signing
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: The Gershman Y
Registration Required
RSVP HERE!

Apr
15
Sun
Bagel Bites: A History of Judaism @ The Gershman Y
Apr 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Bagel Bites: A History of Judaism @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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.

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!

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.