Culled from a rare collection of illuminated manuscripts from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University in England, “Crossing Borders” is a highly anticipated show opening at The Jewish Museum. According to curator Claudia Nahson, this is a rare opportunity for New York visitors because these manuscripts do not often travel from the Bodleian, home to one of the world’s most important collections of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts.
Elad Lassry and Uri Aran: High Line Arts Don’t miss Israeli artist Elad Lassry’s billboard entitled, “Women,” beside the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue. The billboard features portraits of two women gazing out of portholes. Lassry will also have an exhibition at The Kitchen, Sept. 7- Oct. 20. Fellow Israeli Uri Aran has a playful sound installation on the High Line between West 25th and West 26th streets, offering participants the opportunity to hear sounds of the jungle.
Roy Nathanson has always been fascinated by words. When he was an undergraduate at Columbia in the 1970s, he was studying theater. After dropping out he became immersed in the alternative theater scene in the East Village “when I wasn’t practicing saxophone a zillion hours a week,” he recalls. “I always felt I was a storyteller and I tried to work these things into my music — political issues, issues of identity — always a mixture of text and music.”
“Monajat: A Joint Brownstone Brooklyn Selihot Happening.” Galeet Dardashti mines her memories of her famous grandfather Yona Dardashti, a master vocalist of Persian classical music, to give an entirely new texture to the traditional Selichot songs of repentance. Sept. 8. Preceded by Selichot learning and Havdalah beginning at 9:30 p.m., the event begins at 11:30 p.m. Park Slope Jewish Center (1320 Eighth Ave., Brooklyn;  768-1453, www.psjc.org).
A new documentary with the unlikely title “Blinky and Me” may be the best answer yet to the thorny question of how to teach younger children about the Holocaust. The film focuses on the life of Yoram Gross, a prominent director of animated films, first in Israel then in Australia, where he lives and works today. When he was a boy, the Nazi invasion sent his well-to-do family into hiding, dispersing his parents and siblings from Krakow to Russia and the four corners of occupied Poland.
The Israel Film Center is now making nearly 40 of its films available for online streaming. Given that the center has one of the best collections of Israeli film between here and Tel Aviv, this is a fabulous opportunity to catch up with what has become one of the world’s most vibrant and inventive cinemas. Sign-up is free. Israel Film Center at www.israelfilmcenterstream.org.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s 18th-century tale, “The Seven Beggars,” gets a contemporary spin in Yehuda Hyman’s one-man dance-theater show, “The Mad 7,” which features a character named Elliott Green, a gay San Francisco office worker who embarks on a mystical quest. One performance only on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. at the JCC in Manhattan. For tickets, $15-20, call the box office at (646) 505-5708.
It may be less well known than the massacres perpetrated by the Nazis, but the secret mass murder by Stalin of more than a dozen prominent Yiddish writers in 1952 surely stands as one of the most horrific crimes against humanity ever committed. This fall, Nathan Englander’s dramatized version of his chilling short story, “The Twenty Seventh Man,” which addresses the killings, comes to the Public Theater. While the cast has not yet been announced, rumors have it that at least one household name will appear in the production.
Filmmakers Leslie Epstein reprises his character Leib Goldkorn, now a centenarian living in New York City, in “Liebestod: Opera Buffa with Leib Goldkorn” (Norton, February). This is the first time Goldkorn, who has appeared in Epstein’s work, gets his own novel. Here, the European émigré and successful musician is invited back to his hometown in Moravia. He encounters family surprises including a long line of rabbinical cousins who follow him back to New York, where he plans to stage a grand opera.