Tuesday, April 4
Hell’s Traces – Author Victor Ripp recounts the histories of two sides of his family – one which emigrated and survived; the other which stayed in Europe and perished. This new book will be available for sale, and Ripp will sign copies after the FREE lecture, which is at 7pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. Advance registration recommended, both to ensure space and for security reasons.
- Read a review of his book by the Jewish Book Council
Wednesday, April 5th
Finding Oscar – This FREE film screening documents a true story from Guatemala’s decades-long civil war. It’s about a young boy who survived a forgotten massacre, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team – from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor – to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible, by finding the missing boy named Oscar.
Post screening discussion with Ryan Suffern, Director; Scott Greathead, Human Rights Attorney and Producer; Kate Doyle, senior analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive; and other special guests. At 6:30PM at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. Co-sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation. RSVP is required to ensure space and for security reasons.
Thursday, April 6th
Reconstructing the Ghetto in Florence – The Florentine ghetto, established by Duke Cosimo I de Medici in 1571, was demolished in 1888. This FREE illustrated lecture explores recently discovered archival documentsas well as photographs, blueprints and watercolors that allow scholars to paint a remarkable picture of what this lost neighborhood looked like during the era of the Medici grand dukes.
Thanks to these documents, scholars can reconstruct a great number of previously unexplored aspects of the social, economic and cultural lives of Renaissance Jews. This FREE lecture will present the results of this research, as well as the digital reconstruction of the Florentine ghetto. 6:30PM at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. Registration is required, both to ensure space and for security reasons.
Why Be Jewish – Edgar M. Bronfman’s last book, “Why Be Jewish?” is the late philanthropist’s meditation on living a meaningful secular Jewish life (The Bronfman family founded Seagram’s). His brother Charles Bronfman–co-founder of Birthright Israel and author of the recently published “Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy” – discusses his family’s legacy and activism with Edgar’s literary collaborator on the project, Ruth Andrew Ellenson. She is author of the National Jewish Book Award winning “The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt.” 6:30PM at The Jewish Museum, Fifth Ave. at 92nd St. Tickets: $15 General; $12 Students and Senior and includes museum admission, which is the same price, so you are getting the talk for FREE.
Sunday, April 9th
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 annual family event is designed for ages 4-11, and cost is $20 per family, for up to two adults and two children. 11am to 1pm at The Museum at Eldrige Street, 12 Eldridge Street. Get tickets here.
Rwanda Genocide Memorial Event – Jews know a thing or two about genocide, and share the pain with other victims of other extermination campaigns. Join members of the Tri-State community of genocide survivors and members of the Rwandese diaspora to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi at this annual event. FREE, 3pm to 5pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan
Sunday, April 23rd
New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance – The largest Holocaust commemoration in New York City in observance of Yom HaShoah and brings together more than 2,000 people, including survivors and their families, elected officials, and other members of the community for a memorial service that fulfills the sacred Jewish act to remember. Because we must never forget. 2pm at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Ave. at 65th St.
- NOTE that tickets are absolutely required for admission. Reserve FREE tickets now or by calling 646.437.4227. Tickets are required and must be reserved in advance. No admission without a ticket.
Passover seder plate graphic courtesty Dreamstime.com
Auschwitz photo courtesy NBC News