Lisa Sopher

CAPTURING THE HUMAN FORM

Under the Nazi regime, the art of Ludwig Meidner (1884-1966) was labeled “degenerate.” Today, the Jewish artist is remembered as a key figure in the history of German Expressionism. His self-portrait is on display in “Body & Soul: Expressionism and the Human Figure,” among 65 works by various artists that trace the genesis of figural

SHIP’S STORY RESURFACES

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici tells the story of the sinking of The Struma, a dilapidated ship carrying nearly 800 Jews from Romania to Palestine via Turkey during World War II, in “The Struma” (2001), which makes its television debut on HBO2.The vessel left Constanza, Romania, in December 1941 and, suffering engine failure,

THE FEMININE SIDE OF A JAZZMAN’S SOUL

Israeli-born jazz bassist, pianist, composer and arranger Avishai Cohen performs songs from his recently released album, “Lyla,” his fifth and the first on his new label, Razdaz Recordz. The 11-song collection features Cohen’s International Vamp Band on rhythmically charged tracks, drummer and electronics specialist Mark Guiliana

SPEAKING OUT ON CENSORSHIIP

In May 1943, New Yorkers gathered together in Bryant Park to remember the tens of thousands of Nazi sympathizers who gathered on college campuses across Germany on May 10, 1933, to participate in the burning of some 25,000 books by scientists, philosophers, political theorists and poets labeled “degenerates” by the Nazi

A COMPASSIONATE EYE ON NEW YORK CITY

Alexander Kruse painted portraits of the neighborhoods in which he lived, beginning with Manhattan’s Lower East Side and continuing with Coney Island, Fire Island and Pawling, N.Y.Some 36 of his paintings, drawings and prints are now on view in “Alexander Kruse (1888-1972)” at the Educational Alliance, where the artist studied from 1900 to

CLOSE-UPS FROM THE DIASPORA

“Lost Futures: Journeys into the Jewish Diaspora” is an exhibition of photographs by Chrystie Sherman. Some 25 images document her recent travels to once-thriving Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union, Central Asia, India, Cuba and North Africa. The stories of these communities’ struggles to survive in the face of

THE SURVIVORS’ EXODUS

A new exhibit, “Exodus,” tells the story of the ship that attempted to bring more than 4,500 Holocaust survivors and displaced persons to British-controlled Palestine in 1947, only to be turned away. The British had a restrictive immigration policy in Palestine while they awaited a solution to the Arab and Jewish claims to the land

ILLINOIS

Shattered Globe Theatre presents an adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961), based on the screenplay by Abby Mann. Directed by Louis Contey, the play dramatizes the international war crimes trial of Ernst Janning, a prominent German judge played by Maury Cooper, three years after prominent Nazi leaders

THE 15TH OF AV: A DAY FOR LOVE AND WHITE DRESSES

Just six days after Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av — the day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples — comes the often-overlooked joyous holiday of Tu B’Av, the 15th of Av, which falls this year on the eve of August 12 and the day of August 13.

On this day, according to the Mishna, eligible young

SEVEN DECADES OF CHAGALL

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents “Marc Chagall,” a retrospective that brings together roughly 65 paintings and 88 works on paper by Chagall. The first comprehensive display of the artist’s oeuvre since his death in 1985, the exhibition includes many works never before seen in the United States. The retrospective, which draws