Jewish Cultural Committee
Now that the summer is finally upon us, we can expect pleasant weather, and we can have even more motivation to pursue Jewish cultural interests. How about going to a free concert on Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 PM at Summerstage in Central Park (East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue)? Called "Yiddish Soul,” this will feature the Klezmatics, as well as Zusha (a Chassidic hip-hop group), the a capella Maccabeats, and cantors from two different synagogues. The following
night enjoy Shir Chadash in a program of 270 Years of Jewish Choral Music, at 7:00 p.m. closer to home at Union Temple, for $15 ($20 at the door).
Perhaps you are intrigued by the past and present of the Lower East Side. The Eldridge Street Synagogue presents a concert of Lower East Side Sounds on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 PM and, on Sunday, June 18th from noon to 4:00 PM, a street fair ("Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas"), both of which include Jewish, Chinese, and Latin American music.
The street fair also has arts and crafts, such as yarmulke making. While the fair is free, please register.
On June 7th, at 6:30 PM, join the author Dara Horn (we read one or two of her books!) at the Center for Jewish History for her insights on the role of Jerusalem in modern Hebrew literature, as you tour the Jerusalem exhibit. The cost is $10 ($5 for seniors). On Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 PM at this same venue, treat yourself to "An Evening of Yiddish Song.” Don't forget the Museum of Jewish Heritage at Battery Park. On Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 PM, see "Fanny's Journey,” which is a French film with English subtitles telling the story of three Jewish children who have been living in an Italian foster home who try to escape to Switzerland when the Nazis arrive. The cost is $15. On Thursday, June 22, at 2:00 PM, the program
"Rediscovering Hannah Senesh" will be presented. It promises to provide new important information which would certainly be of interest, since we have been learning about Hannah for so many years, courtesy of Harry Bialor and his Society. It is free but you must register.
Lastly, Folksbiene will be putting on a production of "Amerike--the Golden Land,” described as the musical journey of an immigrant people, later in the summer, at this location. Watch out for it.
I know that it seems only yesterday that the Jewish Cultural Committee was sponsoring a trip to Jewish Baltimore. (We received great feedback from the presentation at Shabbat across America, and I want to thank Doreen Aronow, Linda Feller, Tamara Kerner, Helene Smith, and Eric Platt for being great travelling companions and for their enthusiastic
photography. Thanks especially to Eric for preparing the slide show!).
So now we are preparing to go on the road again. Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, home to Hazon, and located in Falls Village, Connecticut, will be running "Let My People Sing!" from Thursday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 6th.. We will be learning and singing all types of Jewish music. The Center is on 400 acres of forest and meadow and has a pool, lakes, a farm, and a tennis court. You can go walking and hiking, or take a yoga class. There will be Shabbat services. If you wish, you can drive to Tanglewood or Williamstown. The
cost includes lodging, programming, and meals. It is $280 for a dormitory with bunk beds, $370 for a basic room, double occupancy, with a shared bathroom, and $420 for a standard room, double occupancy, with a private bathroom. There are more expensive options, also, including a private room. Financial aid may be available. If you don't want to drive up there, you can contact the Center for "ridesharing" (i.e. car pooling). You can also take the Metro North Harlem Line to
Wassaic and take a cab to the Center for $20 (you should arrange this with the Center) or catch a shuttle from the train to the Center (they run at certain designated times.) Please let me or Helene know if you are interested. We hope to see you there!
Have a great summer!
Yvette Pomeranz, Co-Chair