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Lectures and Discussions

The Shoah on Screen: Annette Insdorf, director of undergraduate film studies at Columbia University, discusses the third edition of her filmography of “Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust” (Cambridge), focusing on several of the book’s new additions. To complement her talk, Insdorf screens clips from “Life Is Beautiful” and “Schindler’s List.” The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave.; Jan. 26, 3 p.m.; free with admission, $8, $5.50 students and seniors, free children 12 and under. (212-423-3200 or

Understanding the Institutions: In “American Jewish Community & Israel: Follow the Organizations — An Overview,” Forward editor J.J. Goldberg; Martin Raffel, associate executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Moshe Kagan, a member of the executive committee of the World Jewish Congress, sit down with moderator Charney Bromberg, executive director of Meretz USA, to share their knowledge about Jewish communal life in America. This is the first event in a six-part series. Makor-Steinhardt Center, 35 W. 67th St.; Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.; $15. (212.415.5500 or

Halacha in Context: In response to the economic scandals of our times — think Enron, for starters — the Rabbinical School Student Organization of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America presents “Prophets and Profits: Religion, Business and Ethics for Our Time,” a daylong seminar in which contemporary ethical issues are examined in the light of Jewish law led by the school’s Conservative rabbinical students. Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 3080 Broadway; Feb. 2, 9:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.; $25, reservations required. (212-678-8000)

Bookish: Etgar Keret, author of “The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God and Other Stories” and the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for literature and the Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize, talks about contemporary Jewish writing and his own work in a discussion followed by a reception. The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave.; Jan. 28, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.; $12, $8 members. (646-505-4379 or “Everything Is Illuminated” author Jonathan Safran Foer joins Lan Samantha Chang (“Hunger: A Novella and Stories”) and Barry Raine (“Where the River Bends”) for “New Voices: Fiction & Memoir,” introduced by Joyce Carol Oates. The 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.; Feb. 3, 8 p.m.; $16. (212-415-5500 or


Learn the Mother Tongue: The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring offers six 12-week Yiddish classes that range in difficulty from beginners to advanced. The Workmen’s Circle, 45 E. 33rd St.; classes start Feb. 4, please call for course schedules; $200, $150 members. (212-889-6800, ext. 270)


Laughing It Up for Labor: In “Standup for Peace: A Mitzvah for Mitzna,” Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah join other Jewish and Arab-American comedians to raise laughs — and support for Amram Mitzna’s run for Israeli prime minister as well as money for Seeds of Peace, an international organization that promotes harmony between Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. B’nai Jeshurun, 257 W. 88th St.; Jan. 27, 8:30 p.m; $5. (917-787-7600 or


Symphonic Reverie: Lawrence Foster leads the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra with Israeli-born pianist Joseph Kalichstein as guest soloist through a program of Bernstein, Mozart and Strauss. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Route 25A, Brookville; Feb. 1, 8 p.m.; $43-$60, seniors $40-$57. (516-299-3100 or


Despite Mussolini: For Giornata della Memoria, the Italian Day of Remembrance, New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the Consulate General of Italy in New York and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York presents a screening of Joseph Rochlitz’s “The Righteous Enemy” (1987) followed by a discussion with Stanislao Pugliese of Hofstra University, Consul General Giorgio Radicati of Italy and Stefano Vaccara of America Oggi, among others. The commemoration features remarks by Deputy Consul General Simona Frankel of Israel and a reading by survivor Eva Deutsch Costabel. The documentary explores how Italian officials prevented the deportation of 40,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied zones, including the filmmaker’s father. New York University, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 W. 12th St.; Jan. 27, 6 p.m.; free. (212-998-8739 or


At the Jewish Museum: Currently on view at the Jewish Museum are “Light X Eight: The Hanukkah Project” (through Feb. 2), “Adolph Gottlieb: A Survey Exhibit” (through March 2) and “Camels and Caravans: Daily Life in Ancient Israel” (through June 1). The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., $8, $5.50 students and seniors, free members and children under 12, “pay what you wish” Thu. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (212-423-3200 or


World of Our Fathers: Big Onion’s “Jewish Lower East Side Tour” takes those willing to brave the cold on stops that include the old Jewish Daily Forward building, the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the founding sites of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and B’nai B’rith. Meet at the southwest corner of Essex and Delancey streets; Jan. 26, 1 p.m.; $12, $10 students and seniors. (212-439-1090 or


On the Media: The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies presents a “Forum on the Media and the Middle East” with Matthew Silver, an editor and translator at Ha’aretz, and Paul Lewis, news director of Fox 61 in Hartford. University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford; Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., free. (860-768-4963)


Golub’s Oeuvre: “Leon Golub: Works Since 1947” includes some 40 artworks by the Chicago-born artist whose figurative works have always addressed the issues of his times, including the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, race and sexual orientation. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago; reception Jan. 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., through March 30, Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thu. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (312-744-6630)


Save Lives: It takes just a short stretch of a Sunday afternoon to help save lives by donating blood during the New Jersey Federations’ Special Hearts & Hands Blood Donor Campaign. Jewish Community Center on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly; Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (201-488-6800, for questions about eligibility, please call 800-GIVE-LIFE)


To Siberia: Professor Witold Lukaszewski of Sam Houston State University discusses the Soviet deportation of Poles, including 70,000 Polish Jews, to Siberia during World War II, as he screens clips from the documentary “A Forgotten Odyssey.” Ada Roger, a survivor of the transports, shares her experiences. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St., Herzstein Theater, Houston; Jan. 29, 7 p.m.; free. (713-942-8000, ext. 203 or


After Amia: “Argentina, Israel and the Jews” author Raanan Rein, director of the Institute of Latin American History and Culture at Tel Aviv University, discusses “Israel and Argentine Jewry: Complementary or Conflicting Interests?” Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 6th floor; Feb. 3, noon; free. (202-707-5000)

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