Museum of Jewish Heritage

A Joyful Noise

I sing to make a joyful noise.

In the face of an uncertain New Year, with tensions high across ethnic and religious divides, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) has entered into an exciting new partnership with Museum of Jewish Heritage and to encourage the long-standing ties of brotherhood between all men of good will.

Tony Perry, left, Magda Fishman, Elmore James during the Soul to Soul concert. Courtesy of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

You Don't Have To Be Jewish...To Perform In Yiddish

It’s a well –worn joke: A couple dining in a Jewish deli on the Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century are astonished when their Chinese waiter takes their order in flawless Yiddish. “Shh,” the manager tells them. “He thinks that I’m teaching him English!”

Cast of “Di Goldene Kale.” Ben Moody

Jan. 20: Roger Cohen And Ari Shavit

'Can The Jewish Narrative Be Revived'?

12/23/2015 - 18:06

Who:  Roger Cohen and Ari Shavit
What:  A New York Times columnist and the bestselling author of “My Promised Land” in conversation
Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage
When:  Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Why:  A conversation about “the Jewish narrative” and its future

Buy ticktes for $20 online here, or for $25 at the door

Students admitted free at the door with valid I.D.

Roger Cohen (left), Ari Shavit

A Pop-up World’s Fair Of Jewish Culture

Taking in a sampling of shows at KulturfestNYC, which drew some 50,000 people.

06/22/2015 - 20:00
Culture Editor

Watching a concert of Yiddish music in Central Park last week was a bit like playing an old-fashioned game of Telephone. My Yiddish-speaking husband would translate a refrain, whisper it to me, and then I’d lean over to try to explain the meaning to the opera singer from Ukraine who happened to be sitting next to me, along with another Ukrainian who understood some of the lyrics, as he spoke German. He’d then pass the sentence along to an American friend.

From Kulturfest concert in Central Park. Courtesy of Kulturfest

Folksbiene, MJH Get Hitched

Potential merger of Yiddish theater company and Museum of Jewish Heritage seen as ‘win-win.’

03/30/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Engaged at 100.

Zalmen Mlotek, left, Bryna Wasserman, Jeff Wiesenfeld, Bruce Ratner and David Marwell at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Before Auschwitz Was Auschwitz

Exhibit examines the shtetl that was prelude.

06/10/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Once upon a time, so long ago, long before the end of the story, the Jews of Central Europe would take trains to Auschwitz for the privilege of dying in its mystical terrain. In “Sefer Oshpitzin,” the town’s yizkor book, compiled by residents of the now extinct shtetl, one man recalled those “whose entire lives revolved around the desire that, after their demise, they should be interred in Oshpitzin,” as the town was known in Yiddish. Some “lived for many years in wealth and dignity in Vienna. Yet in their declining years they moved to Oshpitzin.” They said, according to the book, “It is really good to live in Vienna, but one ought to die in Oshpitzin.” So many saintly and scholarly people were buried in the Auschwitz earth that it was thought to be transformed into holy ground. “Anyone who merited to be buried there,” said an old Auschwitz legend, “would not suffer travails at the time of resurrection.”

The Hotel Schmiedler in 1912, when many believed Auschwitz was a holy place to die, and better for resurrection. Miroslaw Ganobi

Rescued From Saddam’s Clutches

Trove of Iraqi Jewish treasures on view.

03/10/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In 2003, when Coalition forces seized Baghdad, a group of American soldiers stumbled upon treasures from the Jewish community of Iraq. While the team had been sent to search for nuclear, biological and chemical weapons in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence building, what they found were nearly 3,000 books and documents that had originally come from synagogues and Jewish organizations. The items were submerged under four feet of water, and the reason they were there in the first place remains a mystery.

Items recovered from flooded basement of Saddam’s intelligence headquarters.  Photo courtesy of National Archives

Remembering Unsung Heroes Of The Holocaust

Associated Press reported recently on some excavations in Warsaw that have received little interest outside of Poland, especially in the Jewish community.

The work at the Powazki Military Cemetery should be of interest to Jews – the forensic scientists are looking for the remains, in a mass grave that contains entangled skeletons of resistance fighters, of one particular hero. Capt. Witold Pilecki, a non-Jewish Pole, volunteered to be captured and interned in Auschwitz in order to bring the Nazi death camp’s atrocities to the attention of the world.

Witold Pilecki: His burial place isn't known, his heroism is.

Tim Boxer At Dr. Ruth's Birthday Bash

06/10/2012 - 20:00

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s favorite sex therapist, keeps reinventing herself. She’s next coming out as a vintner with her own private label California wine with an appropriate  brand name, Vin D’Amour (grapes of love).

“It will be sold in Costco and grocery stores,” she said. “That’s because the alcohol content is only 6 percent, half the usual amount.”

‘We Looked On Him As A God’

How an ordinary Polish farmer labored extraordinarily to save a dozen Jews. And how a Brooklyn woman spent decades lobbying for his Righteous Gentile honor.
04/09/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Sometime in the summer of 1942, as the Nazi noose tightened around the Jews of Poland, Stanislaw Grocholski, a poor farmer who lived in a small village in the southeast part of the country, heard a disturbing rumor — some members of a Jewish family in the region, an old friend among them, had been spotted in one of the nearby fields.

Grocholski, a church-going Catholic, knew what the rumor meant — the Jews had escaped from their nearby town, Urzejowice, on the eve of a “resettlement” order and were hiding to save their lives.

Sally Frishberg, leading the fight to have Stanislaw Grocholski.
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