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DEBATING ISRAEL: IN THE SHADOW OF IRAN AND BEYOND
David Suissa and Peter Beinart are both notoriously vocal about Israel’s various conflicts, but they sit on opposite sides of the political spectrum; on Israel, Suissa is arguably as far to the right as Beinart is to the left. On Tuesday, they sit down for what promises to be a passionate conversation about the present and future of the Jewish state.
—Tues., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation/members free, Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, (718) 768-3814, cbebk.org.
Target Margin Theatre is an experimental theatrical company whose work has pushed Yiddish drama boundaries, as they put it, “Beyond the ‘Pale.’” Next Sunday, the troupe presents its latest work in progress, a new adaptation of the Yiddish play “Uriel Acosta.” The classic work challenges the notion of community and individual thought. If you miss this sneak peek, stay tuned for March, when the full production will premiere. Directed by David Herskovits.
—Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m., $15/$10 members, JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., (646) 505-5708, jccmanhattan.org.
MUSIC TREASURES OF THE AMERICAN YIDDISH THEATRE
YIVO ends its 2013 season with a concert to remember. The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series presents “Music Treasures of the American Yiddish Theatre.” A huge roster of singers, from local cantors to Juilliard students performs numbers by the “Big Four of Second Avenue,” recalling the composer greats of the golden age of the Yiddish stage, including rare and forgotten gems.
—Sun. Dec. 15, 3 p.m., $10/$7 members, students and seniors. YIVO, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 868-4444, yivo.org.
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 their home city from a unique perspective. The film plays in IMAX in limited release.
—IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center (4270 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack,  358-4629) and Cradle of Aviation Museum- National Geographic Theater (Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City,  572-4111), jerusalemthemovie.com.
‘ANNA SOKOLOW WAY’
When it comes to the Jewish contribution to modern dance, Anna Sokolow, who danced with Martha Graham, was present at the creation. Now, Sokolow’s story and her wide influence (she choreographed for Israel’s Batsheva company) are being dramatized in a co-production of the Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble and From the Horse’s Mouth, a dance/narrative series.
—The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 334 E. 14th St. (betw. First and Second avenues), Wednesday, Dec. 4-Sunday, Dec. 8. Call for times. $30; student/senior $18. Dec. 6 Gala performance and reception, $100. (212) 780-0800, brownpapertickets.com/event/474331.
LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME
The Folksbiene’s much-anticipated new musical, “Lies My Father Told Me,” begins performances this weekend. The show, based on the film of the same name, is a poignant coming-of-age story of a Jewish boy in Montreal and his relationship with his grandfather. Bryna Wasserman directs.
—In previews. Opens Thurs., Nov. 21. At Baruch Performing Arts Center, Nagelberg Theater, 55 Lexington Ave., (646) 312-5073, Nationalyiddishtheatre.org. Performances Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets from $50. Through Dec. 15.
BECOMING DOCTOR RUTH
Mark St. Germain’s one-woman play about sex therapist (and Haganah veteran) Dr. Ruth Westheimer plays Off-Broadway this winter following its sold out Hartford, Conn. run. Debra Jo Rupp stars.
—Tues. and Thurs. at 7 p.m., Wed. at 2 and 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m., $79. Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., (212) 239-6200, broadway.com. Through Jan. 12.
After a successful run last year, the Roundabout Theatre Company has remounted “Bad Jews,” Joshua Harmon’s controversial play about the nature of living as a Jew in modern America, and family dysfunction over clashing values. The dynamic cast of Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson and Michael Zegen returns.
—The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, The Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., (212) 719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org. Tickets $77-$87. Through Dec. 15.
The musical group comes to the Center for Jewish History for a Chanukah present, and they pack quite a punch. Between the five members of the ensemble, they will play instruments ranging from the mandolin to the santouri (a Persian hammer dulcimer), and in Jewish musical traditions from Israeli to Yemeni. The evening will also including storytelling, a menorah lighting, food and more.
—Sun., Dec. 8, 3 p.m. $18/$12 members/$9 students and seniors. Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 294-8301, cjh.org.
THE JEWISH MUSEUM
The Jewish Museum presents “Love, War and Exile,” exploring a new side to the quintessential Jewish artist Marc Chagall. The exhibit particularly focuses on Chagall’s work from the 1930s and ‘40s, and how it reflected the dark period of world and Jewish history. Through Feb. 2, 2014.
The Jewish Museum presents “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective,” a new exhibit on the cartoonist’s work, from his New Yorker illustrations, to his work with dance company Pilobolus, to his most famous work, “Maus.” Through March 23, 2014.
—The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212) 423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org.
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.
“Hava Nagilah: A Song for the People” documents the ubiquitous ditty’s journey from the Europe to Israel and America through video, music, design and more.—Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. (646) 437-4202. $7-$12. Through Dec. 2013.
—Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. (646) 437-4202. $7-$12.
CIRCLES OF JUSTICE: LAW, CULTURE AND THE JEWS OF METZ IN 18TH-CENTURY FRANCE
The YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History has a new exhibit about the Jewish community of Metz, France, in the 18th and 19th centuries, including rare documents of its local bet din, or religious court.
—YIVO, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 246-6080, yivo.org. Free. Through Dec. 31.
SHADOWS: THE STORY OF IRANIAN JEWS
Yeshiva University’s new show, created and organized by Beit Hatfustot–The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, documents the complex history of one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities. It includes more than 100 artifacts, illuminated manuscripts, Judaica, paintings and photographs.
—Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St. (212) 294-8330. yumuseum.org. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Through April 27, 2014.
OVERWEIGHT SENSATION: THE LIFE AND COMEDY OF ALLAN SHERMAN
Author Mark Cohen has written a biography on legendary musical satirist Allan Sherman, who would have celebrated his 89th birthday last week. Cohen makes appearances to speak about the larger-than-life comedian twice this week, at the Mid-Manhattan Library and 92Y.
—Thurs., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave., 6th floor, free, (212) 340-0837, and Tues., Dec. 12, 2 p.m., at 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., tickets from $21, (212) 415-5500, allanshermanbiography.com.