Upcoming Events

 

Mar
16
Thu
Katz Conversation Series: “Culture Wars” @ The Gershman Y
Mar 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Katz Conversation Series: "Culture Wars" @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

The present political moment has been compared to that of Germany in 1933. This two-part series will take a deeper look at aspects of Jewish politics in that time, asking what, if anything, truly resonates with the situation today. In both sessions, visiting scholars from the University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies will talk about their areas of expertise with a thoughtful interlocutor and invite the audience to join the conversation.

CULTURE WARS
March 16 • RSVP HERE
Philipp von Wussow, Katz Center and Goethe University

The flourishing of intellectual, artistic, and scientific life during the Weimar period was accompanied by a new type of conflict, in which political issues were inextricably linked with claims about culture and religion. Jews and Judaism played a particular role in these “culture wars” on the eve of the Holocaust, and this conversation will explore those dynamics and ask what is different today.

Mar
22
Wed
Where We Find Ourselves Opening Reception @ The Gershman Y
Mar 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Curated by Jordan Rockford
In the Open Lens Gallery:
March 15 – May 12
Free and open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 22 • 5:30-7:30 PM
Free • Registration required • RSVP HERE

Where We Find Ourselves is an exhibition that explores the at-times unexpected ways in which queerness intersects with the everyday and how queer individuals see themselves in the mirror of mainstream culture, often through inference and interpretation. The exhibition includes works from Adrian Chesser & Steven Miller, Kelli Connell, Zackary Drucker & Amos Mac, Chitra Ganesh, Jamil Hellu, Ryan Wilson Kelly, Brice Peterson, Tuesday Smillie, Chad States, Lorenzo Triburgo and Jonathan VanDyke.

“Where We Find Ourselves” originated at the Penn State Abington Art Gallery and is presented in the Open Lens Gallery by the University of the Arts, through support from its LGBTQ Committee and Office of Enrollment Management.

Mar
23
Thu
Get Your Inside Story @ The Gershman Y
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Gershman Y and the Einstein Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases invite you to an educational event to “Get Your Inside Story.” Learn about preconceptions surrounding genetic screening and counseling and how these practices can help individuals, couples, and families have healthy children. Einstein Victor Center staff will also discuss the process of being screened and the impact of genetic diseases on those of Jewish descent.

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Mar
26
Sun
JIFF Tour of Beth Sholom Congregation @ Beth Sholom Congregation
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
JIFF Tour of Beth Sholom Congregation @ Beth Sholom Congregation | Pennsylvania | United States

Join JIFF for an excursion to Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park. Built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, we’ll explore the stunning design and history of this “House of Peace.” The day begins with a brief film on the congregation and continues with an in-depth guided tour. Afterwards, attendees are free to explore Elkins Park on their own.

Mar
29
Wed
Actively Aging Series: Fun With Memory Games @ The Gershman Y
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Actively Aging Series: Fun With Memory Games @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

The Gershman Y’s Actively Aging Series features lectures and conversations on current topics that focus on engaging participants with the aging process. Aimed at audiences over 50 but open to all, this series highlights the triumphs and challenges of aging in our current culture. All sessions are facilitated by David Rosenberg, President, Senior Care Advisors, and Mindy Mozenter, Director of Community Outreach, Home Instead Senior Care of Philadelphia. Sign up for all three sessions and save $5 – RSVP HERE!

FUN WITH MEMORY GAMES
March 29 • RSVP HERE
Fun with Memory Games is an interactive program to help participants exercise their brains and also teach games that can be easily practiced at home.

Apr
6
Thu
Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem with author George Prochnik @ The Gershman Y
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem with author George Prochnik @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

In his new work, Stranger in a Strange Land, George Prochnik revisits 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 Walter Benjamin, critic and philosopher, and his frustrations with the ideology of Germany during the First World War.

At this talk, Prochnik will share Scholem’s life as well as how his own years in Israel brought him to question the traditional intellectual and theological constructs of Jerusalem, leading him to rediscover the city as a physical place and beyond. Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem will also be available for purchase.

Apr
26
Wed
Actively Aging Series: Get It Together – Strategies to Get More Organized and Work Your Memory @ The Gershman Y
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Actively Aging Series: Get It Together - Strategies to Get More Organized and Work Your Memory @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

The Gershman Y’s Actively Aging Series features lectures and conversations on current topics that focus on engaging participants with the aging process. Aimed at audiences over 50 but open to all, this series highlights the triumphs and challenges of aging in our current culture. All sessions are facilitated by David Rosenberg, President, Senior Care Advisors, and Mindy Mozenter, Director of Community Outreach, Home Instead Senior Care of Philadelphia. Sign up for all three sessions and save $5 – RSVP HERE!

GET IT TOGETHER: STRATEGIES TO GET MORE ORGANIZED AND WORK YOUR MEMORY
April 26 • RSVP HERE
Have you ever misplaced your keys and spent an hour looking for them? Or forgotten what the doctor told you after your appointment? This interactive program will explore about why we forget things and provide strategies to help you remember and get organized.

Apr
27
Thu
Lynne Clibanoff/Amze Emmons Opening Reception @ The Gershman Y
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Lynne Clibanoff/Amze Emmons Opening Reception @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

In the Gershman Gallery:
April 27 – August 27
Free and open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM

Opening Reception:

Thursday, April 27 • 5:30-7:30 PM
Free • Registration required • RSVP HERE

Lynne Clibanoff’s cigar-box sized, beautifully finished three-dimensional rooms, often suffused with mysterious light, are paired with Amze Emmons’ magically/minimally realist images inspired by architectural illustration, cartoon language, and instruction manuals. Both are Philadelphia-based artists represented by the Dolan/Maxwell Gallery who share an interest in the depiction of space and in presenting their subjects in exquisite detail.

May
7
Sun
Art Crawl: Bella Vista
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Art Crawl: Bella Vista

Join Gershman Y Executive Director Maxine Gaiber for a behind-the-scenes Art Crawl of Bella Vista/South Philadelphia that features visits to artist studios, including a tour of the studio of exhibiting artist Amze Emmons, and an end reception.

May
10
Wed
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Rabbi, I Want a Good Funeral: Jews and Crime in America @ The Gershman Y
May 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Rabbi, I Want a Good Funeral: Jews and Crime in America @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Pack 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. Take a mid-day break and discover facts unknown!

RABBI, I WANT A GOOD FUNERAL: JEWS AND CRIME IN AMERICA
May 10 • RSVP HERE
Organized crime in the United States is both a drain on the national economy and a continually fascinating subject of popular culture. Rarely highlighted but ever-present, organized crime in Jewish society is surrounded by conflicts of money, power, and faith. Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, PhD, and his colleague Joan Myerson Shrager, MEd, will investigate the complicated history of the Jewish people and their illegal acts throughout US history.