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Lectures and Discussions

A Lifetime’s Adventures: The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is open again after its winter hiatus. Ruth Gruber, who began her career in journalism in 1932, discusses her 16th book, “Inside of Time: My Journey From Alaska to Israel” (Carroll & Graf, 2002), in which she shares her experiences with the Israeli army during the War for Independence and memories of Europe’s displaced persons camps and her relationships with David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Harold Ickes and Eleanor Roosevelt. She is joined in discussion by her niece, “Galileo’s Daughter” author Dava Sobel. This is the first event in the museum’s “Talking Across Generations” series. The Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 18 First Place, Battery Park City; April 3, 7 p.m.; free with museum admission, $7, $5 seniors and students. (212-509-6130 or

The Body Politic: Professor Edna Nahshon of the Jewish Theological Seminary discusses “Spectacular Justice: Mock Trials and Public Jewish Discourse.” Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St.; April 3, 7 p.m.; free, reservations required. (917-606-8200 or

In Their Own Words: “Too Smart, Too Loud, Too JAPpy: Moving Beyond Stereotypes” presents an evening of readings by Lilith authors, including Marge Piercy, Nessa Rapoport and E.M. Broner. The event is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Lilith Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women.” Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 W. 4th St.; April 2, 7 p.m., pre-event tour of exhibit with Lilith editors, 6 p.m.; free, photo identification required. (212-674-5300 or

Talk Time: Communications professor Douglas Rushkoff of New York University joins Esther Perl for an “Ideas Café” at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning. This discussion takes as its point of departure Rushkoff’s November 2002 op-ed in The New York Times, which argued in favor of Jews leaving tradition behind, with each generation reinventing themselves for themselves. Temple Emanu-El, 10 E. 66th St.; April 1, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $10. (212-507-9580)

Bookish: Hear the author — and protagonist — of Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated” read from his novel, which won the National Jewish Book Award. Barnes & Noble Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway; April 1, 7:30 p.m.; free. (212-362-8835) “Burnt Bread and Chutney” author Carmit Delman — who grew up in Ohio, Israel and New York — discusses growing up with roots both Ashkenazi and Bene Israel, as the Jews of Western India are known. Makor-Steinhardt Center, 35 W. 67th St.; April 3, 7:30 p.m.; $15, $12 advance, includes glass of wine. (212-601-1000 or


Triple Jeopardy: Anne Roiphe’s play “A Sight for Sore Eyes” tells the stories of three soldiers in different historical settings who find themselves facing the Angel of Death. Roiphe, author of the Forward’s serialized novel, “Secrets of the City,” and “1185 Park Avenue,” among others. The staged reading is followed by a discussion with Margot Krebs. The 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.; April 1, 8:15 p.m.; $15, reservations recommended. (212-415-5500 or

Moving to the Beat: “Risa Jaroslow & Dancers: Strings Attached,” a world premiere presented by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, weaves together performances by dancers and musicians as it looks at the lives of professional female musicians — across genres and ethnic lines. The New York premiere of “Fidl,” set to music by Alicia Svigals, follows. The Duke, 229 W. 42nd St.; April 9-April 10 and April 12, 8 p.m.; April 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; $20, reservations recommended. (212-415-5552 or

Dancing for the Trees: More than 250 dancers and singers young and old — including Raquy Danziger and Michal Cohen — take to the stage for the 52nd annual Israel Folk Dance Festival and Festival of the Arts, a joint effort of the Israeli Dance Institute and the Jewish National Fund. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon. The fair features music, Judaica and food vendors and hands-on children’s activities. Martin Luther King Jr. High School, 122 Amsterdam Ave.; April 6, fair 11 a.m., performance 3:30 p.m.; fair free, performance $15; $10 students and seniors. (212-983-4806, ext. 144)


Golijov’s ‘Dreams’: David Krakauer and the Kronos Quartet perform Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov’s “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.” Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 154 W. 57th St.; April 7, 7:30 p.m.; $32. (212-247-7800 or

A Cantata in Commemoration: For the centennials of poet-songwriter Abel Meeropol (1903-1986) and choreographer-poet-songwriter Edith Segal (1902-1997), the Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus performs a Holocaust Memorial Concert featuring Leonard Lehrman’s cantata “Jewish Voices in Germany.” Works by both Segal and Meeropol are in the lineup. Temple Judea of Manhasset, 333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset; April 3, 8 p.m.; free. (516-621-8049)


Brooklyn Big Screen: The “Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival: Artists and Activists” kicks off April 5 with the New York premiere of Steve Suissa’s “Taking Wing” (“L’Envol,” 2000, French with English subtitles), an autobiographical comedy about how as a high school dropout Suissa finagled his way to an arts scholarship. An opening night party follows. The North American premiere of Nurit Kedar’s “Asesino” (“Assassin,” 2002, Spanish and Hebrew with English subtitles), which uses personal testimony and archival footage to tell the story of the Jews who “disappeared” in Argentina during the 1960s and 1970s, is screened on a double bill with Barbara Pfeffer’s “Art and Remembrance: The Legacy of Felix Nussbaum.” BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn; April 5-April 12, please call for complete listings. (718-636-4100 or


Calling All Russophiles: Celebrate all things Russian in “Russia-NY: Rekindled,” a weeklong festival comprising a moderated discussion with Gary Shteyngart and Paul Greenberg; performances by the Boris Eifman Ballet Co. and Ashkenazim; screenings of Slava Tsukerman’s “Poor Lisa” and “Moscow Doesn’t Answer” and a Brighton Beach walking tour. The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave.; March 31-April 7.; please call or visit Web site for complete listings. (646-505-5708 or

Pesach Prep: In “Passover Cooking with Judy Zeidler,” the host of “Judy’s Kitchen” and author of cookbooks including “Kosher” shares her culinary tricks to creating a Passover Seder that’s both scrumptious and traditional. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard; April 7, 10 a.m.; $55, includes snacks and materials, reservations recommended. (310-440-4500 or

‘God Is Great’ and More: The New Jersey Film Festival kicks off with a charmer, Audrey Tatou in Pascale Bailly’s “God Is Great, I’m Not” (“Dieu est grande, je suis toute petite,” France, 2001), and includes a total of 24 movies from four countries at several regional locations. Please call or visit Web site for complete listings. (973-736-3200, ext. or

FATHER TO THEM ALL: Janusz Korczak (Clyde Lund) comforts one of his charges (Maeve Moynihan) to the sounds of soldiers in the night in the world premiere of ‘Korczak’s Children’ by the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

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Avi Mograbi’s “How I Learned To Overcome My Fear and Love Arik Sharon” (Israel, 1997, English subtitles) is a tongue-in-cheek “political mockumentary.”

With strong leftist views, Mograbi began making this film with a strong aversion to Sharon, but found himself — despite the odds — somewhat enamored, which did nothing to help his marriage. Of course, the film doesn’t say how Mograbi feels now that Sharon is prime minister.

DCJCC Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St., NW; April 1, 7 p.m.; $9, $8 students and seniors, $7.50 members. (202-777-3248)

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