Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Fever

It may be rainy with a chance of snow this week, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look ahead to spring. We’re happy to announce that the April, May, and June public programs have been announced and that tickets are on sale.

Some highlights of the season are:

The New York premiere of Cantors, A Faith in Song will take place on Sunday, April 10. Cantors Alberto Mizrahi Benzion Miller, and Naftali Herstik will perform music from their PBS concert of joyful and deeply spiritual music.

On Wednesday, April 13, we’ll team up with the Public Theater to present a lively debate about Shylock, Shakespeare, and the Jews: Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice. New York Times theater critic Patrick Healy will moderate Barry Edelstein, director of The Public Theater's Shakespeare Initiative; Columbia University Prof. James Shapiro; and Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union. This should be a hotter ticket than Spider-Man and far less dangerous.

On Mother’s Day, May 8, we’ll be kvelling because Judy Gold will perform her hit one-woman show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother which the New York Times calls “fiercely funny, honest and moving.”

On May 22, the Museum, Centro Primo Levi, and a bunch of other wonderful Italian organizations will present La Roma Ebraica: The Choir of Rome's Tempio Maggiore in Concert . This once-in-a-lifetime concert will feature Verdi's beloved Hebrew chorus from Nabucco and other beautiful and evocative works that embody Jewish life in Rome throughout the ages. Bellissimo!

Finally, in June, we’ll start our free summer film series. This year we’ll be showing Woody Allen films such as Annie Hall, Purple Rose of Cairo , and more. They are all free with suggested donation.

These are just some of the fantastic programs we have lined up for you. Visit the website for more information. We hope to see you soon!

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