Yom Ha'atzmaut at Radio City Music Hall & Kodak Theatre
May 3, 8pm
The Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, NYC
An unprecedented collaboration between three cultural visionaries--David Krakauer, champion of klezmer music and world-class chamber clarinetist; funk legend Fred Wesley, celebrated for his work with James Brown; and hip-hop renegade and beat architect Socalled--Abraham, Inc. heralds a time when boundaries are eroding, mutual respect is presumed, and musical traditions can hit with full force without concession or appropriation. Abraham, Inc. is a head-on musical collision, one that signifies new possibilities for cross-cultural respect and engagement.
Zeek: Russified, Release and Reading
An evening of celebration and readings, featuring Foundation for Jewish Culture fiscal sponsoree Zeek magazine contributors: Val Vinokur; Matvei Yankelevich; Margarita Shalina; David Stromberg; and more. Co-presented by the 14th St Y. Free Zeeks available. First 30 guests also receive a free shot of vodka.
Starting April 4
Various times and NYC locations
Poignant, often witty and exceedingly cinematic, the award-winning Jellyfish tells the story of three very different Tel Aviv women whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life.
Iran, Israel, and the U.S.: Confrontation or Engagement in 2008?
April 6, 1pm-5:30pm, $75
AJU's Familian Campus, l5600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, CA
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy presents its Southern California Symposium.
Stepping Up! A Community Conference to Prevent Hate Crimes
April 9, 8:30am - 1pm, FREE
Brooklyn College Conference Center, Brooklyn, NY
A conference to engage professionals, community leaders, activists, advocates, agency executives, educators and case workers incultivating practices, tools, and resources for fighting hate crimes in their work and daily lives
V to the Tenth
April 11-12, starting at $25
New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome
Join Salma Hayek, Oprah Winfrey, Faith Hill, Jane Fonda, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson, Glenn Close, Ali Larter, Calpernia Addams, Rosario Dawson, Kerry Washington, and Charmaine Neville for V-Day's mega two-day anniversary celebration. Featuring international performances of The Vagina Monologues, musical guests, V-Day activists from across the globe including Kenya, Afghanistan, Iraq, The Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eastern Europe , men standing up for women and much more.
Israeli Women: A Portrait in Photographs
April 11-August 10, FREE
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Honoring Israel's sixtieth year of independence, this exhibition presents a panorama of images of Israeli women and girls. Displaying more than thirty journalistic and documentary photographs taken since the nascent years of the Jewish state, the exhibition portrays the distinctive femininity that has evolved with modern Israel.
Re-envisioning Difference: Notes from the Forefront of Culturally Specific Museums
April 10, 6 pm, extended gallery hours until 8 pm, $8 / $5 Students
Spertus Museum, Chicago
In conjunction with Spertus Museum's inaugural exhibition The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation, Robin Cembalest, executive editor of ARTnews and an award-winning investigative reporter, moderates a panel discussion exploring the challenges and missions of culturally specific art museums in the 21st century.
Israeli Cinema Showcase
In recent years Israeli cinema has flourished, receiving critical acclaim both at home and abroad, and winning the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide. At this important juncture, the UK Jewish Film Festival is dedicating a special program to Israeli cinema, presenting the old and the new, the popular and the cutting edge side by side, offering a stage and a context for the growing industry of films made in Israel.
Kitka & Davka In Concert: WLIW Broadcast
April 15, 10pm, April 16, 2am
WLIW TV - Channel 21
Acclaimed musical groups Kitka and Davka come together for this award-winning concert of Old and New Jewish World Music, produced and written by Leonard Merrill Kurz, directed by Ashley James, and edited by Kathryn Golden. From Forest Creatures Entertainment, a fiscal sponsoree of the Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Photo: Kitka & Davka in Concert, Forest Creatures Entertainment, by Richard Bermack.
Joshua Nelson in Concert
April 26, 7:30 pm
$18 Gen. / $9 Stud. / $36 Rsvd. Seating / $72 Patron Party, 6:30pm dinner, Rsvd. Seating
Temple Sinai, New Orleans
Israel's Meitav Choral Group opens for the acclaimed Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Singers. Joshua has performed with Mahalia Jackson, Wynton Marsalis, Aretha Franklin and Dizzy Gillespie, among other stellar musicians. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception, where guests can meet the artists.
PEN World Voices Festival: Rewriting Family
April 30, 7pm
Housing Works Used Book Café, NYC
Copresented by the Foundation's fiscal sponsoree Habitus: A Diaspora Journal and Housing Works Bookstore Café. Join writers P. F. Thomese, György Dragomán, and Yael Hedaya for a reflection on the role of family in their lives and work, and on the challenges of defining a modern approach to the family experience in literature. Introduced by Habitus editor Joshua Ellison.