Upcoming Events


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

PJFF Opening Night: GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII @ The Prince
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PJFF Opening Night: GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII @ The Prince | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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.

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!

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.

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.

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. 


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!

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.

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.

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.