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Lectures and Discussions

Yehoshua Speaks: Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua delivers the annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture, named after the late founding editor of Dissent magazine. The acclaimed literary figure speaks on the topic of “The Root of Anti-Semitism,” with a response from City University of New York historian Elisheva Carlebach. City University of New York Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Ave.; Nov. 19, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; free, pre-registration recommended. (212-817-8215 or

‘Sweet Singers’: Poets Samuel Menashe and Yerra Sugarman read from their work as part of the “Sweet Singers: Jewish Writers Today” series. Menashe, a Greenwich Village poet, is the author most recently of “Niche Narrows.” Yerra Sugarman, a past recipient of the “Discovery”/The Nation Poetry Award, is the author of “Forms of Gone: Poems.” Society for the Advancement of Judaism, 15 W. 86th St.; Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.; $5. (212-724-7000 or

Miller-time: Renowned playwright Arthur Miller discusses his life’s work and current projects with New York Times culture writer Mel Gussow. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.; Nov. 19, 8 p.m.; $16, reservations recommended. (212-415-5500 or

Spirited Women: Rabbi Malka Drucker speaks about her book “White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America” (Skylight Paths, 2002), in which she describes her encounters with 31 female religious figures ranging from Orthodox Jews to voodoo priestesses. A book signing follows. Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E. 14th St.; Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation. (212-677-8090 or


Celebrating Iraqi Culture: Yeshiva University Museum hosts an evening of film, music and poetry by Iraqi artists. The event features a discussion of Iraqi Judaism and a singalong with Benjamin Hayeem, a discussion with “Adieu Babylone” author Naim Katt and a poetry reading by Eliahu Nawi. Yegal Halfon’s film “Baghdad Bandstand,” about the Iraqi immigrants who became the Israeli Broadcasting Authority’s Arabic orchestra, follows. The event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Homelands: Baghdad-Jerusalem-New York: Sculpture of Oded Halahmy.” Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St.; Nov. 19, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $6 adults, $4 seniors, students and children, reservations recommended. (212-294-8330 ext. 8805 or

Hebe-Hop Hooray: The Judeo-Latin hip-hop group Hip Hop Hoodios bust out their Spanish rhymes for a free Brooklyn show. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn; Nov. 22, 9 p.m.; free. (718.636.4100 or

Supreme Sacrifice: The Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre presents a staged reading of Abraham Goldfaden’s 1897 operetta “Akeydes Yitskhok” (“The Sacrifice of Isaac”). Abraham is played by David Rogow, and Sarah is portrayed by Mina Bern. The actors are backed by guest vocalist Arianne Slack and the New Yiddish Chorale, conducted by the theater’s executive director, Zalmen Mlotek. JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave.; Nov. 25, 7 p.m.; $18. (212-213-2120 or


‘Compassionate Listening’: Beverly Duperly Boos exhibits photographs of Israelis and Palestinians that she took as part of the Compassionate Listening Project, which dispatches delegations to the Middle East to promote dialogue and reconciliation. Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center; 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael; Nov. 16-Jan. 31, Mon.-Thu. 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. (415-444-8000 or


‘A Survivor’s Story’: Author and Holocaust survivor Rose Rothschild reads from and discusses her new memoir, “A Rose Blooms Again: A Survivor’s Story” (Syracuse University). In her book, she traces her history from her childhood in Poland, through her experiences during World War II, including time spent at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and the new life she built after the war. Her appearance is co-sponsored by the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture and Florida International University’s Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. Florida International University, 3000 N.E. 151st St., Wolfe University Center Room 155, North Miami; Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.; free. (305-774-9244 or


Writers’ Block… Party: Writer and radio host Amy Krouse Rosenthal brings together writers, musicians and humorists for the “The Writers Block Party: The Algon-quinstein Roundtable,” a literary and musical evening sponsored by Nextbook. Local writers Gwen Macsai, Hugh Musick, Susan Mclaughlin Karp and Mark Bazer read from their work, touching on topics such as intermarriage, love and angst, with music by Tony Rogers and Dave Spector. Beat Kitchen, 2100 Belmont Ave., Chicago; Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.; free. (312-747-4074 or


Middle Eastern Melodies: Basya Schechter’s band Pharaoh’s Daughter brings its Judeo-Middle-Eastern sound to Massachusetts in a pair of performances. Club Helsinki, 284 Main St., Great Barrington; Nov. 19, 8 p.m.; $15. (413-528-3394 or Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington; Nov. 20, 8 p.m.; $16. (781-646-4849 or


Tragedy and Memory: Edna Aizenberg, professor of Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and author of “Books and Bombs in Buenos Aires: Borges, Gerchunoff and Argentine Jewish Literature,” speaks on the topic of “Argentine Space, Jewish Memory: Memorials to the Blown Apart and Disappeared in Buenos Aires.” Princeton University, Bowl 1 Robertson Hall WWS, Princeton; Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m.; free. (609-258-0394 or


Big Bangs and Dreidels: Temple Judea Museum mounts an exhibition featuring the works of Russian émigré artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid. The exhibit, “Symbols of the Big Bang,” features prints and paintings that connect mystical and scientific themes. Also on display at the museum is the dreidel collection of Mickey Langsfeld. Temple Judea Museum, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park; Nov. 21-Jan. 14, Mon.-Fri. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; free. (215-887-2027 or

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