Upcoming Events

 

Feb
11
Sun
Bagel Bites: The Little Gate Crasher @ The Gershman Y
Feb 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 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 11:30 am, with author presentations beginning at 12 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. 

Feb
13
Tue
Kneading Kindness in Philly @ The Gershman Y
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Kneading Kindness in Philly @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

What do pizza and kindness have in common? Join Repair the World: Philadelphia for the local launch of BKind, an innovative Israeli social enterprise, and an evening with Philly’s “pay it forward” pizza restaurant, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. Learn about the exponential capacity of kindness through pizza that feeds the homeless, and start your own chain of kind acts. This program is 100% FREE!

Feb
15
Thu
PJFF Special Advanced Screening: FOXTROT @ The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
PJFF Special Advanced Screening: FOXTROT @ The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Samuel Maoz’s critically acclaimed, award-winning drama follows the lives of a grieving Tel Aviv couple after they are told that their son was killed in the line of duty. Starring Lior Ashkenazi (NormanFootnote) and Sarah Adler (The CakemakerAya), Foxtrot is a powerful rumination of the lunacy of war. With devastatingly beautiful performances and stunning cinematography, Foxtrot took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, reaped eight Ophir Awards at Israel’s 2017 Academy Awards, and most recently has been shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 2018 Oscars.

Exclusive Sneak Preview/Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 

Director: Samuel Maoz
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France
Year: 2017
Running Time: 1 hr 48 min
Language: In Hebrew with English subtitles 

Rated R for some sexual content including graphic images, and brief drug use

For Fans of: Art cinema, family dramas, foreign cinema, Israeli cinema, Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, war films

Official Selection: AFI Fest | Haifa International Film Festival | London Film Festival | Palm Springs International Film Festival | Sundance Film Festival | Telluride Film Festival | Toronto International Film Festival | Venice Film Festival | Warsaw Jewish Film Festival

Awards: Israel’s 2017 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film | National Board of Review for Best Foreign Language Film | Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Music, and Best Sound at Israel’s 2017 Academy Awards | Arca CinemaGiovani Award – Best Film, SIGNIS Award – Honorable Mention, and Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

Top 10 Lists of 2017: Entertainment Weekly | The Film Stage | IndieWire | Los Angeles Times | San Francisco Examiner | Screen Daily

Reviews: “[A] profoundly humane Israeli import [that] upends your expectations at every turn.” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly)

“No matter what you’re expecting, “Foxtrot” is not the film you expect it to be. It’s better.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)

“Urgent and witty. A compelling family tragedy arranged with visionary boldness.” (Xan Brooks, The Guardian)

“Bold modernist cinema at its most harrowing.” (Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

“Fascinating. Funny and beautiful, truly profound.” (Jordan Hoffman, Variety)

Mar
1
Thu
Purim Party! Snow Ball @ The Gershman Y
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Purim Party! Snow Ball @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Our ’80s-themed Purim Party is back and is flipping to the upside down! Taking inspiration from the current hit Stranger ThingsDJ Robert Drake returns to MC our “Snow Ball” and turn our party up to an eleven. Come dressed in your Purim best and compete for prizes, sip on some Snow Ball punch and snack on traditional Hamantaschen. Get your tickets individually or purchase them as a pair and save $6!

The Y is delighted to welcome back DJ Robert Drake to the night’s festivities – the local superstar DJ will spin an ’80s-flavored, retro dance party. The WXPN-FM DJ and Kids Corner producer has been spinning the successful Sex Dwarf new wave dance party since 2003. Drake was honored in the Philadelphia City Paper readers’ poll for “Best DJ in Philadelphia” and “Best Dance Party in Philly” (for Sex Dwarf). Drake was also named “Best DJ in Philly” in Philadelphia Magazine in 2014.

Mar
8
Thu
Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: Yiddish Dance 101 @ The Gershman Y
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: Yiddish Dance 101 @ 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.

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!

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
24
Sat
2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later @ The Gershman Y
Mar 24 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 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
12
Thu
Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: Go Figure @ The Gershman Y
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: Go Figure @ 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.

GO FIGURE • April 12 • This session will explore the rich tradition of Jewish figure dances (dances in formations, like square dances). Learn the essential wedding square dance, the Sher, which had its own unique Philadelphia version! Other dances like the Patsh Tants (clapping dance) and other old and new dances will be reviewed. 

Read more about this new series by clicking 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.

Fun with Fermentation! @ The Gershman Y
Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Jewish Farm School for this hands-on fermentation workshop and learn how to preserve your harvest while unlocking nutrients, adding flavor, and tapping into Jewish cultural food ways. Together we’ll make a basic sauerkraut and some more innovative ferments, and explore the role fermented foods have played in Jewish communities around the globe.

Presented in partnership with Feinstein Center for American Jewish History.