Posted: Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:44 | Posted by: Barry Lichtenberg | Well Versed
Warsaw street scene; still from Polish home movie, c 1920s - 1930s. From the archives of YIVO

The four side-by-side frames shimmer as if blown by a gentle breeze. Scenes begin to flicker before you, like a dreamscape, some in black and white, some in color. Rock-solid, ageless buildings appear, their stone facades immortalized by light and film.

Posted: Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:46 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Mark Podwal. “Terezin.” Courtesy of the artist

Mark Podwal is once again the subject of a documentary by Czech Television. In the most recent film, the producers focused on the creative process behind the artist’s latest portfolio of works, “All This Has Come Upon Us,” a series of 42 paintings and drawings created for and displayed at the Terezin Ghetto Museum earlier this year. The works provide an illustrated history of Jewish tragedies and, according to the artist, offer “a disturbing reminder of how Europe’s extensive history of ‘Jew-Hatred’ laid the groundwork for Terezin and Auschwitz.”

Posted: Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:39 | Posted by: Susan Reimer-Torn | Well Versed
Daniel Cainer

A singer songwriter's frank engagement with the fallible Jewish male enlivens “Jewish Chronicles” –- a one man cabaret show at the Soho Playhouse now through November 16th.

Posted: Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:45 | Posted by: Yaakov Bressler | Well Versed
Sukkot on Amsterdam Avenue. Yaakov Bressler

Anyone passing by the JCC in Manhattan over the course of Sukkot would happen upon a peculiar sight – a skeletally crafted hut with maize as a ceiling and bubbling, whirring bottles of variously hued greens embedded in its walls. This is the JCC’s outdoor sukkah, an extension of a larger exhibition “Incubating Ideas and Cultivating Connections: The Greenhouse of Ein Shemer,” present in the center’s lobby and roof.

Posted: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:35 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denlinger | Well Versed
Yale Strom. "Passing the Village Synagogue, Dorohoi, Romania, 1985." Courtesy of Anne Frank Center

Yale Strom has devoted his life to preserving and rescuing Jewish culture and in particular, klezmer music, in Central and Eastern Europe. As a result, the musician is also a filmmaker, historian, ethnomusicologist, and photographer.