From the Bowery to Broadway: An exhibit of how Yiddish theater of the early 1900s influenced Broadway and even Hollywood. It’s a story of how an immigrant group from Eastern Europe became part of the melting pot that is America, leaving a legacy along the way. The exhibit is through July at the Museum f the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. Free with admission. Look for the the golden statuette “Goldy”, the Yiddish theater version of the Oscar.
- Backstory: In 1900, at a time when the city’s total Jewish population was just one half a million, New York City’s Yiddish theaters sold one million tickets. By the mid-1920s, the city’s 14 Yiddish theater houses on the Lower East Side served some 300,000 families. Broadway stars including funny girl Fanny Bryce went to Broadway from the Yiddish theater tradition.
Anti-Semitism 1919-1939 – This timely new exhibit examines the rise of a culture of hatred in Germany and Europe. At a time of continuing anti-Semitic propaganda and attacks against Jewish communities in Europe and elsewhere – plus anti-immigrant rhetoric by some candidates in the current US presidential election primary – this powerful exhibition traces and examines the gradual and deliberate indoctrination of German citizens into active hatred of of a people Jews through the ubiquitous words and images seen daily, which ended with the murder of more than six million Jews and others in the Holocaust. The exhibit is on view through July 31. The New York Historical Society is at Central Park West and 76th St.
Sunday, April 17
Matzo Madness! at the Museum at Eldridge Street – Passover puppets, holiday bingo and more, including the chance to make edible plagues and embark on a Passover scaenger hunt. This event is designed for ages 4-11, and cost is $20 per family. 11am to 1pm at The Museum at Eldrige Street, 12 Eldridge Street.
Wednesday, April 20 to Tuesday April 26 –
Streit’s Matzoh and the American Dream – Michael Levine’s documentary on the iconic family-owned business has its world theatrical premiere on Wednesday, April 20 at the Film Forum, with members of the Streit Family in attendance. Film Forum is at 209 West Houston Street. Get tickets here. Screening times are as follows:
- Daily (except Sun.) at 12:30 2:20 4:15 6:10 8:00 9:55
- Sun. at 1:10 3:00 5:10 7:00 8:30
Friday, April 22
Shabat Shabbang Jr. at the JCC Manhattan – Join the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan for a special Shabbat Seder for families. Share a seasonally inspired dairy meal, and program offerings that spark creativity and exploration. Reservations are recmmended. $72 for adults, $36 for 20s + 30s, $50 for children under 13, free for children under 2. At 6:30pm at JCC Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Creative Family Passover Seder at 92Y – This is a modern, communal family Seder led by Rebecca Schoffer, director of Jewish Family engagement. Reservations are recommended. From: $75, free for children under 1. At 5pm at the 92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. Get tickets here
Monday, April 25, 2016
Colorful Tapestries for Passover Workshop at the Jewish Museum – This hands-on workshop for children is inspired by the museum’s current Isaac Mizrahi exhibition, participants use a wide array of fabric to create a tapestry collage suited for the Passover holiday. Suitable for ages 3 & up, free with museum admission. Be be sure to visit the Mizrahi fashion exhibit – even young children will appreciate a dress made out of shredded Coca Cola cans. The workshop is 1pm to 4pm at The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street.