Past Events

Yiddish Fun-01 4-4-21

Learn Yiddish online in this 6-week conversational Yiddish class.The class meets every Sunday starting April 4th, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Zoom for 6 weeks."This is one of the highlights of my week." - C. FritzA 6-week conversational Yiddish online course utilizing the curricula and materials developed by Columbia University Professor Miriam Hoffman and under the guidance and direction of her son, renowned actor and course professor Avi Hoffman, connecting the academic roots of the Yiddish language with its incredible contributions to mainstream modern culture.This hands-on course emphasizes the humor and depth of the Yiddish Culture and encourages […]

Shmoozing with Avi featuring Eleanor Reissa

Shmoozing with Avi featuring playwright Eleanor ReissaELEANOR REISSA is Brooklyn born and bred; a victim/beneficiary of the public school system from K through college (cum laude). In spite of that (or because of it) she has had a life beyond her own imagination. She became a Tony nominated director, a Broadway actress, a prize-winning playwright, an artistic director of the world’s oldest Yiddish theater company, a soon-to-be published author, a singer in every major venue around the world and in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and smaller venues like Joe’s Pub and Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below. Simply, she became […]

Czestochowa: A Jewish Legacy with Lea Wolinetz

Czestochowa: A Jewish Legacy with Lea WolinetzCzestochowa, Poland is considered one of the most important European centers of Jewish faith and culture in the long history of the Jewish people. From the early 19th century, Jews played an important role in the development of industry and commerce in Czestochowa, and a number of Jewish social, educational and charitable institutions were established. Lea Sigiel-Wolinetz is the Executive Director of the World Society of Czestochowa Jews and their Descendants. Over the years, Lea has been asked, repeatedly, why she has given so much of herself to the city of Czestochowa, Poland. Her mother […]

The Last One: An Epilogue with post-reading talk back feat. Eleanor Reissa

THE LAST ONE: AN EPILOGUE by Eleanor ReissaIn this play reading we have the opportunity to meet the last one, the very last one. Like the survivors of the civil war or the battle at wounded knee, we meet the last survivor of the Holocaust. Written in 1995, it was an imaginary play. Soon, in the not so distant future, this monologue will come true. Starring Avi Hoffman directed by Eleanor Reissa.Watch event live: Facebook:

The Last Survivor by Eleanor Reissa- A play reading

The Last Survivor by Eleanor Reissa - A play reading“The Last Survivor” is a play written and directed by Tony Award-nominated director, playwright and actress Eleanor Reissa. This reading stars Avi Hoffman and a national cast of actors including Jill Abramovitz, Lori Wilner, Adam Grupper, Robert Zuckerman, Jakob Plummer and Etai Benson. The play is part of a published anthology by Reissa encompassing six decades of modern Jewish life in the United States, exploring the subtle and not-so-subtle effects of a post-Holocaust world on a modern American woman. Her plays are bound together by a unique slant toward life, death, God […]

After The Last Survivor: The Future of Holocaust Awareness – a discussion

After the Last Survivor: The Future of Holocaust Awareness-A panel discussionJoin the conversation with panelists Dr. Yael Danieli, Steven A. Ludsin, Eleanor Reissa, Stacey Saiontz, and Lea Wolinetz. Watch event live: Facebook: Dr. Yael Danieli, a clinical psychologist, victimologist, pioneer traumatologist: most recently founded the International Center for the Study, Treatment and Prevention of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma: As Director of the Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, she has conducted extensive psychotherapeutic work with survivors and offspring on individual, family, group and community bases; studied in depth post-war responses and attitudes toward them, […]

Chess Masters to the Holocaust and Beyond-Survivor David Friedman’s Art

From Chess Masters to the Holocaust and Beyond – Survivor David Friedman’s Art Legacy with Miriam Friedman MorrisDavid Friedman(n) 1893-1980, made important contributions both in the realms of 20th century art and in the creation of materials that play a powerful humanitarian role in educating people about the reality of the Holocaust. A gifted artist and historian, he chronicled people and events before, during, and after the Holocaust. He depicted human fate as a refugee in Prague, as a prisoner in the Lodz Ghetto and the Auschwitz subcamp, Gleiwitz I. His first family was murdered, his artwork was Nazi-looted and lost. […]

YI Remembers…A conversation with Rabbi Rosalie Gerut

A conversation with One by One, Inc. founder, Rabbi Rosalie GerutRabbi Rosalie Gerut is an award winning singer and songwriter, actress, recording artist and producer as well as an educational psychologist and a catalyst for personal transformation. She is also the co-founder of One by One, Inc., a non-profit organization founded by those whose lives have been deeply affected by the Holocaust. Our membership is multi-generational consisting of Holocaust survivors, and their descendants; perpetrators, bystanders, resisters and their descendants; as well as concerned individuals. Although rooted in the Holocaust, our work now extends to other polarized groups. As we listen to […]

Robert Watson, Terezin: The Model Camp (A Lecture)

ROBERT WATSON, TEREZIN: THE MODEL CAMP (A LECTURE)The Terezin Internment Camp was originally a holiday resort reserved for Czech Republic nobility, which was transformed by the Nazis and their collaborators into the notorious concentration camp during World War II. A distinguished scholar and author, Robert Watson discusses and presents the truth behind the Nazi propaganda ‘Model Camp’. Watch show here: Facebook: Youtube: Website:

Signs of Life, A Musical Drama ( A virtual reading)

Signs of Life, A Musical Drama (A virtual reading)Signs of Life, a musical drama based on the true story of the Czech ghetto Terezin, tells one of the most fascinating and least known stories of WWII. It was created to house the artistic and academic Jews of Europe who were forced into “beautifying” the ghetto prior to a 1944 visit by the International Red Cross. The show reveals the struggles of the Terezin captives as they wrestle with the question: When survival depends on hiding the truth, how does the truth survive? Watch events here: Facebook: Youtube: Website:

Signs of Life, Post-reading talk back

Signs of Life, Post-reading talkbackJoin us for a post reading talkback with Signs of Life producers: Joan Liman and Virginia Criste; the creative team: Peter Ullian, Len Schiff and Joel Derfner and reading director, Amy London. Watch events here: Facebook: Youtube: Website:

Shmoozing with Avi featuring Frank London

Shmoozing with Avi featuring Frank LondonTrumpeter/composer FRANK LONDON is a member of the Klezmatics, Hasidic New Wave, has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Mel Torme, Lester Bowieπs Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, Mark Ribot, Maurice El Medioni and Gal Costa, and is featured on over 100 cds. His own recordings include INVOCATIONS (cantorial music); Frank Londonπs Klezmer Brass Allstarsπ DI SHIKERE KAPELYE and BROTHERHOOD OF BRASS; NIGUNIM and THE ZMIROS PROJECT (Jewish mystical songs, with Klezmatics vocalist Lorin Sklamberg); THE DEBT (film and theater music); THE SHEKHINA BIG BAND; […]

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