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09/10/2014
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A scene from “The Fighting 69th." Courtesy of the Center for Jewish History
A scene from “The Fighting 69th." Courtesy of the Center for Jewish History

THE BUZZ

ROOTS, SHMOOTS!

For one night only, Saul Reichlin performs his one-man show of the lost world of Sholem Aleichem. Reichlin plays the great writer himself as he returns to the (fictional) shtetl of his youth, and faces the characters of his famous stories — all brimming with that uniquely Jewish tragic humor. One Tevye the milkman will be there, of course.

—Sun, Sept. 14, 6 p.m., $8 (includes a drink). Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com.

THE GREENHOUSE OF EIN SHEMER

This Rosh HaShanah marks the beginning of the Shmitah year, a biblical sabbatical for the land. For this occasion, the JCC in Manhattan opens: “Incubating Ideas and Cultivating Connections: The Greenhouse of Ein Shemer.” The installation is a fusion of science and art, with both plants and photographs allowing viewers to explore a universal bond with nature and Israel’s unique relationship with its land.

—Opening reception Sun, Sept. 14, 6 p.m., free. JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., (646) 505-4414, jccmanhattan.org. Through Oct. 31.

WWI – JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN THE TRENCHES AND ON THE HOME FRONT

The Center For Jewish History launches a new monthly series, screening several films about the “Great War” that feature Jewish characters. First up is 1940’s “The Fighting 69th,” where the ensemble cast includes Sammy Cohen as “tough Jew” Mischa Morskowitz (or Mike Murphy to his mostly Irish-American regiment). “The Grand Illusion” follows in October.

—Mon., Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., $10/$7 members, seniors and students. Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 868-4444, cjh.org.

FILM

THE GREEN PRINCE

This documentary follows the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader who turned against the terrorist group and became a spy for Israel, and his unlikely friendship with his Shin-Bet handler.

—Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, (212) 757-0359.

LE GRAND CAHIERS (THE NOTEBOOK)

This 2013 Hungarian film based on the Agota Kristof novel tells the story of twin boys during World War II, and how the incessant violence around them, anti-Semitic and otherwise, shapes, hardens, and perhaps corrupts them.

—Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., (212) 255-8800, quadcinema.com.

OBVIOUS CHILD

Gillian Robespierre’s funny, emotional new film, “Obvious Child,” tells the story of Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), an aspiring comedian who faces several life changes, including an unexpected pregnancy that leads for a rare on-screen, realistic portrayal of abortion.

—Angelika Film Center New York, 18 W. Houston St., (800) 326-3264.

IDA

Pawel Pawlikowski’s award-winning film takes place in Poland in the 1960s, a time when the country was still reeling from the aftermath of the WWII. The titular heroine, readying herself to take her vows to become a nun, discovers that she is Jewish, and that her parents were murdered in the Holocaust.

—Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., (212) 924-3363.

JERUSALEM

The new documentary “Jerusalem” seeks to reveal life in Israel by focusing on three local teenage girls from different religions, each giving a tour of her home city from a unique perspective. The film plays in IMAX in limited release.

—Cradle of Aviation Museum-National Geographic Theater, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, (516) 572-4111, jerusalemthemovie.com.

THEATRE

THE GOOD AND THE TRUE

This documentary drama takes its text from the testimony of two Prague natives who lived very different lives until the Holocaust, when they both survived internment at Auschwitz. The stories of athlete Milos Dobry and actor Hana Pravda, both now deceased, are heard onstage.

—DR2 Theater, 101 E. 15th St., (212) 239-6200, goodandtrue.co.uk. Through Sept. 14.

WAITING FOR GODOT

After performing in Ireland, The New Yiddish Rep brings its recent production of “Waiting for Godot (Vartan af Godot)” — in Yiddish — back to New York as part of the seventh annual Origin Theatre Company’s 1st Irish Festival.

—Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St. Tickets from $35, (212) 868-4444, smarttix.com. Through Sept. 21.

OLYMPIC UBER ALLES

“Olympic Uber Alles,” examines a dark time in sports history, telling the story of Jewish sprinters Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller, who were banned from running on the U.S. track team in the 1936 Olympics, the so-called Hitler Games. The play also follows historians as they explore the incident.

—Performances Wed. at 2 p.m., Thurs. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 1 p.m. St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., stlukestheatre.com. (212) 248-8140, Through Sept. 21.

GREED: A MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES

This new musical comedy features several prominent corrupt bigwigs who fell from grace — including one Bernard Lawrence Madoff.

—Wednesdays 7 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., $40-$65, New World Stages, Stage 2, 340 W. 50th St., (212) 239-6200, www.telecharge.com. Open run.

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” traces the iconic singer/songwriter’s life and career, from her hits like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” to her relationship with Gerry Goffin, her songwriting partner and husband. Jessie Mueller and Jake Epstein star.

—The Stephen Sondheim, 124 W. 43rd St., (212) 719-1300, beautifulonbroadway.com. Open run.

MUSIC

JEWISH BAROQUE MUSIC

With cello, harpsichord and mote, the Concertino New York Chamber Ensemble performs this lush concert of the music composed specially for the great European synagogues of the 17th and 18th centuries.

—Sun., Sept. 21, 4 p.m., $20/$15 students and seniors. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St., (212) 219-0888 x 205, eldridgestreet.org.

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE

Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe’s Refugees, 1933-1941 presents both individual stories and a portrait of the collective experience of American Jews trying to help relatives, friends or even just strangers thousands of miles away, linked by the shared bond of religion. In particular, the exhibit explores how American immigration laws limited the power of those trying to assist, and how Jews overcame tremendous obstacles to help those in need.

—Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. (646) 437-4202. $7-$12.

A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community”: This exhibit explores the vibrancy, peacefulness and Jewish history of the town of Oswiecim, otherwise known as Auschwitz, emphasizing images of the day-to-day life and people that comprised this town before the Holocaust.

—Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, (646) 437-4202, mjhnyc.org.

THE JEWISH MUSEUM

From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952: As a Jewish woman and African-American man, respectively, Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis were painters who let their “otherness” show in their art. They are the joint subjects of a new Abstract Expressionist exhibit at the Jewish Museum.

—Opening Sept. 12. Through Feb. 1, 2015.

Dani Gal: As From Afar: “As From Afar” is a short film by Israeli artist Dani Gal, playing twice an hour at the Jewish museum. The piece is a dramatic enactment of the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal and once high-ranking Nazi official Albert Speer.

—Premiering Sept. 12. Through Feb. 15, 2015.

Mel Bochner: Strong Language: Mel Bochner’s first job in New York was as a guard at The Jewish Museum. Now, it’s the artist’s conceptual paintings that will be stationed uptown, in an exhibit that explores the use of text and wordplay, and its intersection with Jewish tradition.

—The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org. Through Sept. 21.

BE! (H’VEI)

Sara Erenthal was raised ultra-Orthodox in a Neturei Karta-affiliated family, but she escaped an arranged marriage as a teenager and today works as an artist. Her solo exhibition, “BE! (H’Vei),” includes sculptures, video and installations that reflect her journey.

—Gallery hours Thurs. and Fri. from 5 to 7 p.m., Sat. from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sun. from 3 to 6 p.m. Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean St., Brooklyn, soapboxgallery.com. Through Sept. 13.

KINDSIGHT®

The 92nd Street Y hosts an exhibition of Photographer Robert G. Zuckerman’s “Kindsight®” series, emphasizing universal humanity and goodness in the face of an uncertain world. Zuckerman’s aim is also to raise awareness and research money for Adult Polyglucosan Body Disease, a Jewish genetic condition.

—92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., (212) 415-5500, 92y.org/Exhibits. Through Oct. 20.

TALK

EXPLORING LATIN AMERICAN CUISINE

This special event features a panel of experts discussing the Latin American Jewish food scene, from an exploration of early Sephardic influences to cuisine today. And of course the reception following the talk will boast Latin desserts.

—Sun., Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m., $20/$15 members. The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place. (646) 437-4202, mjhnnyc.org.

TELEVISION

THE HONOURABLE WOMAN

Jewish-American actor Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this dramatic, eight-part TV miniseries as the heir to a British-Israeli company, whose efforts to promote peace between Palestinians and Israelis get her embroiled in the conflict in a way that will put her in grave danger.

—New episodes Thurs. at 10 p.m. on SundanceTV.

FREDERICK TERNA

CUNY TV’s “Arts in the City” program features this new short documentary about Frederick Terna, a New York City-based artist who first began drawing when he was a prisoner at Terezin. Also an Auschwitz survivor, Terna’s experiences during the Holocaust still inform his work today.

—Fri., Sept. 12 at 10 a.m., 3 and 8:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 14 at 12 p.m., CUNY TV, cuny.tv/show/artsinthecity.

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