Museum of Jewish Heritage: Stories of Regeneration from the Second Generation features a panel of prominent Jewish-Americans, including architect Daniel Liebeskind and former New York Times Joseph Berger reflecting on experiences of growing up in America as children of Holocaust survivors. The panel is FREE at 7pm on Tuesday. Tickets will be distributed starting at 4pm on a first come, first served basis.
On Wednesday ay 7pm, the museum is screening Above and Beyond, a documentary about a group of Jewish-American World War II veterans who smuggled planes out of the United States and flew them for Israel during its 1948 War of Independence. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors. Buy tickets here.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is at 26 Battery Place in in Lower Manhattan. Be sure to visit the Garden of Stones, a Zen-like spot within the museum that is one of the most peaceful and contemplative places in NYC, and included in my NYC guidebook, Peaceful Places New York City.
NYC Center for Jewish History: Video coverage of the ceremony being held at Auschwitz-Birkenau, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp, and a reception including conversation with survivor guests, musical selections and an exhibition of the work of Mikhail Turovsky. FREE, at 4pm Tuesday, with transportation to the Museum of Jewish Heritage at 6 pm. Click here to reserve a seat on the bus. The NYC Center for Jewish History is at 15 West 16th St., between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center: The annual showcase of international films about the Jewish experience worldwide continues through Jan. 29th. Screenings include The Birdcage, the brilliant comedy about family values starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. See this recent NYCOTC posting for more information.
Wintergreen Festival: The Museum at Eldridge Street is celebrating Tu B’Shvat, which marks the beginning of the arrival of spring on the Jewish calendar. Although it isn’t specifically a Holocaust festival, the theme of Sunday’s festival is renewal and growth, which fits closely with Holocaust remembrance themes. There are family workshops on geneology, making challah and making instruments out of recycled items. The festival is 1 PM to 4 PM Sunday and includes a tour of the recently restored Eldridge Street Synagogue is celebrating the arrival of spring, Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and 65+, and $6 for ages 5 to 8. Get tickets here.