for Edmond J. Safra Hall
at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

New York, NY – In addition to engaging dialogue about current events and historical discussions, the November and December public programming schedule will feature an array of world-class musicians performing live in Edmond J. Safra Hall. Highlights of the season will include Ivri Lider: Up Close and Personal on November 1. The popular Israeli singer will perform a special acoustic concert followed by a discussion and wine reception with the artists. Guy Mannheim and Shirit-Lee Weiss, classical singers from Israel, will perform music by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and others in Jewish Composers: Jerusalem to Broadway on November 12. On December 3 the musical ensemble Brave Old World will perform rare folk- and street-music from the 1940s in Brave Old World—Song of the Lodz Ghetto, a unique musical theatre performance piece. On December 20, the Museum will host Basya Schechter, Jewlia Eisenberg, and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, for a performance of Sephardic music with a modern twist in Women of Tzadik Celebrate Hanukkah. And on December 25, the Museum will welcome back Joshua Nelson and His Kosher Gospel Choir, for Challah-lujah, a unique blend of Hebrew tunes and soulful music performed by “the Prince of Gospel Music.â€?

Programs coming up in November and December at the Museum include:

• 20th Century Papal Relationships with the Jews – Leading Catholic and Jewish theologians will reflect on the historical relationship of the papacy to the Jewish people (November 8)
• Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz – Author Jan T. Gross and Brandeis University professor Antony Polonsky will discuss the difficulties Polish Jews faced rebuilding their lives after World War II (November 15)
• Runway – following the screening of this moving German documentary about the survivors and residents of Walldorf, Germany, the filmmakers will join Holocaust survivors in a discussion of the film (November 19)
• From Baghdad to Brooklyn – Author Jack Marshall will talk about his childhood as an Arabic-speaking Sephardic Jew (November 29)
• The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s – Author Steven Lee Beeber and a panel of musicians will discuss the Jewish influences on the Punk movement (December 6)

Detailed descriptions of all the programs listed above are included with this release.

The Museum’s three-floor Core Exhibition educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century–before, during, and after the Holocaust. Current special exhibitions include: Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War, which explores the lives of Jewish men and women who served during WWII; and A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People. The Museum offers visitors a vibrant public program schedule in its Edmond J. Safra Hall. It is also home to Andy Goldsworthy’s memorial Garden of Stones, as well as James Carpenter’s Reflection Passage, Gift of The Gruss Lipper Foundation. The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a founding member of the Museums of Lower Manhattan.

Public Programs

Wednesday, November 1, 7 P.M.
Ivri Lider: Up Close and Personal
Special acoustic concert

One of the most successful Israeli rock artists performing today, Ivri Lider’s lyrics and unique voice express the thoughts of a new generation. Lider, a gay activist, composed the original soundtracks for Eytan Fox’s
award-winning films Walk on Water and Yossi and Jagger, and the recently released Bubble.

Join Ivri Lider and his special guests for an intimate evening of acoustic music followed by a discussion and wine reception with the artists.

Reserved seating: $35, $25. Members and students with valid ID receive a $5 discount.

Co- sponsored by Israel at Heart

Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 P.M.
20th Century Papal Relationships with the Jews
Moderated by Sister Mary Boys, Union Theological Seminary; with Dr. Frank Coppa, St. John’s University; Rabbi James Rudin, American Jewish Committee; Dr. Susan Zuccotti, Columbia University

Even as we celebrate Pope John Paul II’s relationship with the Jewish people, we take this opportunity to put him in an historical and theological context by reflecting on the words and deeds of his twentieth-century papal predecessors —their teachings about Judaism and their attitudes toward the Jewish people. Among the topics under discussion will be papal policies toward conversion, receptivity to Zionism, how Jews are referred to in the church’s liturgical life, the papacy during the Holocaust, and papal posture toward modernity. The panel will also offer perspectives on the papacy of Benedict XVI, successor to John Paul II.


Sister Mary Boys is a professor of practical theology at Union Theological Seminary and an adjunct faculty member at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the author of four books including the award-winning Has God Only One Blessing? Judaism as a Source of Christian Self-Understanding and Jewish Christian Dialogue: One Woman’s Experience. She has been a member since 1965 of the Sisters of the Holy Names, a congregation of Roman Catholic women.

Dr. Frank J. Coppa is professor of history, director of the doctoral program in modern world history, and director of the Vatican Studies symposium at St. John’s University, New York. Dr. Coppa is the author of a series of biographies, including Pope Pius Ⅸ: Crusader in a Secular Age (1979) and Cardinal Giacomo Antonelli and Papal Politics in European Affairs (1990).

Rabbi James Rudin is Senior Interreligious Advisor and on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee. He participated in meetings with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, in World Council of Churches conferences in Geneva, and is founder of the National Interreligious Task Force on Black-Jewish relations. His latest publication is The Baptizing of America: Politics, Piety, and the Coming Theocracy.

Dr. Susan Zuccotti has written three books about the roles of the Italians, French, and Catholics during the Holocaust. Her first book, The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival, received the National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Studies in the United States, and her book Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy was given the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish-Christian Relations and the Sybil Halpern Milton Prize of the German Studies Association.

$5 all tickets, free for members

Sunday, November 12, 1:30 P.M.
Jewish Composers: Jerusalem to Broadway
With featured artists Guy Mannheim, tenor, and Shirit-Lee Weiss, soprano

Join Israeli soprano Shirit-Lee Weiss and Israeli tenor Guy Mannheim, a soloist with the New Israeli Opera, for an exciting musical journey from the streets of Jerusalem, through the shtetls of Eastern Europe and the cities of Western Europe after WWII, to the sparkling lights of Broadway. In a true celebration of the Jewish spirit, the program will include the music and lyrics of world-renowned artists such as Bernstein, Sondheim, and Weill, along with Israeli music by Naomi Shemer, Zohar Argov, and others.

Tenor Guy Mannheim has performed with the New Israeli Opera, the New York Chamber Opera, and in concerts and recitals in Israel, Germany, and New York.

Soprano Shirit-Lee Weiss appears regularly in the contemporary music group Musica Nova in addition to performing in works by young composers, and in musical and children’s theater productions.

$15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students/members

Wednesday, November 15 , 7 P.M.
Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz (Random House, June 2006)
Antony Polonsky, professor at Brandeis University, in conversation with author Jan T. Gross

The estimated 10 percent of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust returned to a hostile and dangerous Poland. They encountered anti-Semitism in everyday relations, experienced difficulties rebuilding their lives, and were victims of outright violence, including murder. In his recently published book, Fear, Jan Gross recounts many post-war
anti-Semitic acts that caused most Polish Jews to flee Poland, never to return.

Antony Polonsky is the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University. He has won the National Jewish Book Award in Eastern European Studies and been awarded the Knight’s Cross, order of merit, Republic of Poland for outstanding services to studies in Polish Jewry.

Jan T. Gross was a 2001 National Book Award nominee for his widely acclaimed Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland. He teaches history at Princeton University, where he is a Norman B. Tomlinson ’16 and ’48 Professor of War and Society.

$10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students; free for members

Sunday, November 19, 2:30 P.M.
With filmmakers Malte Rauch and Eva Voosen

Nearly 2,000 Hungarian women were transported in cattle cars from the Auschwitz concentration camp to the town of Walldorf, Germany in 1944. The women were put to work for several months of grueling, often fatal conditions. In November 2000, nineteen of the survivors returned to Walldorf. Arriving by plane, they touched down on the very runway they helped to build more than half-a-century earlier. They learned of their role in the runway’s construction — and why its assembly had been kept so secret.

This film is a story of how a town came to terms with its regretful history, and how faith in humanity is restored in the minds of a handful of women who thought it lost forever.

Walldorf survivors and the director of the Walldorf Museum will be present for the post-screening discussion with the filmmakers.

$10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students/members

Co-sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves

Wednesday, November 29, 7 P.M.
From Baghdad to Brooklyn (Coffee House Press, October 2005)
In conversation with author Jack Marshall

Inspired by the discovery of his late father’s letters, Jack Marshall’s memoir is a coming-of-age story about his childhood spent in Brooklyn’s Arabic-speaking Jewish community.

A critically acclaimed poet, Jack Marshall has received a PEN Center USA West Award, two Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Awards, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

$5 all tickets, free for members

This program is part of the Museum’s book club, Looking Back, Facing Forward, co-sponsored by the Forward and moderated by its features editor, Gabriel Sanders.

Sunday, December 3, 2:30 P.M.
Brave Old World — Song of the Lodz Ghetto
With Alan Bern, Michael Alpert, Kurt Bjorling, and Stuart Brotman

“..nothing less than brilliant, a recreation that is not merely respectful but stunningly inventive.â€?
Jewish Week

The world-renowned music ensemble Brave Old World will perform Song of the Lodz Ghetto, a unique musical theatrical work featuring rare Jewish street and folk music created between 1940 and 1944 in the Nazi ghetto of Lodz, Poland. Combining the soulfulness of Yiddish tradition, the finesse of classical music, and the vitality of jazz, the music of Brave Old World is unique and unforgettable.

Brave Old World has been creating, performing, and teaching klezmer and New Jewish Music throughout the world since 1989. They have performed and recorded with such notable performers as Itzhak Perlman and at venues as prestigious as Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall.

$20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 students/members

Co-sponsored by the National Yiddish Book Center

Wednesday, December 6, 7 P.M.
The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s (Chicago Review Press, 2006)
With author Steven Lee Beeber, Danny Fields, Lenny Kaye, Mary Lucia, and other special guests

Join us for a look at the fascinating New York Jewish origins of Punk. Our panel of famous figures from the music scene will address Punk’s ironic humor, leftist political engagement, and concern with the common man, among other topics. The Heebie-Jeebies of the title is more than just a joke then— it is an expression of the nervous “shpilkeâ€? ridden nature of Punk.
Steven Lee Beeber is a freelance journalist and writer. His articles and stories have appeared in The Paris Review, the New York Times, Spin, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Awake: A Reader for the Sleepless, an anthology featuring work by writers such as Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates.
Danny Fields is the former manager of The Ramones, The MC5, and Iggy Pop, and is a well known Punk personality.

Lenny Kaye, creator of the extremely influential garage rock anthology “Nuggets,â€? is also a founding member of the Patti Smith Group.

Mary Lucia is a music host on Minnesota Public Radio’s show The Current.

$10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students/members

Wednesday, December 20, 7 P.M.
Women of Tzadik Celebrate Hanukkah
Basya Schechter, Jewlia Eisenberg, and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

An eclectic line-up of innovative, female performers will highlight the diversity of the Sephardic community and its musical traditions. In addition to sharing a home at the Tzadik record label, these artists share a vision for presenting rich Jewish music in a way that embraces and revives traditional styles while creating a new, modern sound.

Basya Schechter leads the popular ensemble Pharaoh’s Daughter which combines Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings, and electronica. Pharaoh’s Daughter has toured extensively throughout America, Europe, Greece, and the U.K.

Jewlia Eisenberg is the founder, bandleader, and performer behind Charming Hostess a “klezmer-funk/girly-punkâ€? ensemble. Their music incorporates doo-wop, Balkan harmony, and Andalusian melody.

Jerusalem native Ayelet Rose Gottlieb performs music that combines free improvisation with elaborate composition, spicy Middle Eastern scales, and adventurous texts. Gottlieb’s newest album, Mayim Rabim, is a reinterpretation of biblical love poetry from the Song of Songs.

Presented with Sephardic Music Festival, Modular Moods, and Barzilai

$20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 student/members

Monday, December 25
Starring Joshua Nelson & His Kosher Gospel Choir
Performances at 1 P.M. & 3:30 P.M.

“I have never heard a voice like (Joshua Nelson’s). He literally brings the house down.â€?
Oprah Winfrey

If you missed last year’s sold-out performance, Joshua Nelson is back again this year with two shows. Melding Hebrew tunes with Joshua Nelson’s unique spirit, the Kosher Gospel Choir has sparked a revolution in Jewish Music.

Joshua Nelson, an African-American Jew known as the Prince of Gospel Music, has been hailed by critics across the world for his unique voice, which bears a strong resemblance to the legendary singer Mahalia Jackson’s passionate vocal stylings. He has performed at major venues across the United States and internationally, and was the subject of the documentary Keep on Walking.

$35 adults, $25 seniors, $20 students/members


A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People
September 6, 2006 – February 23, 2007

This exhibition traces the life of Karol Wojtyla from his childhood in Poland through World War II and beyond. The exhibition examines Pope John Paul II’s enduring friendship with Jews, and how these relationships informed his ministry and papacy, shaping significantly the relationship between the Church and the Jewish people.

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People was created and produced by Xavier University (Cincinnati), Hillel Jewish Student Center (Cincinnati), and The Shtetl Foundation. The New York exhibition is presented by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust thanks to the generosity of Peter S. Kalikow, The Russell Berrie Foundation, The Fritz and Adelaide Kauffmann Foundation; the Ollendorff Center for Religious and Human Understanding, the Oster Family Foundation, and the Theodore and Renee Weiler Foundation. The Museum also thanks the Pave the Way Foundation and the Center for Interreligious Understanding. The lead financial sponsors of A Blessing To One Another are the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Media sponsorship provided by the New York Post.

Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War
Through December 31, 2006

This award-winning exhibition explores the roles of Jewish men and women who were part of the American war effort in Europe, the Pacific, and at home. Ours To Fight For honors WWII veterans who tell their stories through video testimony, artifacts, letters, and photographs. An interactive gallery presents the experiences of other ethnic groups who contributed to the Allies’ fight to preserve democracy.

Visitors are invited to bring photos of themselves or their loved ones in uniform during World War II to be scanned and eventually displayed in the exhibition.

Major funding for this exhibition has been generously provided by Jack and Susan Rudin and Family in memory of Lewis Rudin; by Irving Schneider in memory of his friend Lewis Rudin; and by Irving and June Paler in memory of June’s father Duncan Robertson, who fought for justice in both World Wars. Additional support provided by Verizon Foundation and

Reflection Passage
On permanent display

MacArthur Fellow and architectural artist James Carpenter’s site-specific installation captures New York Harbor’s ephemeral qualities of light and water and re-presents them inside a main passageway of the waterfront Museum, creating a shimmering and ever-changing reflection.

The external events of the harbor displayed within the Museum environment are seen as a “mirroring of reality,â€? capturing the daily seasonal light and weather cycles. Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones sits one level below the Carpenter installation, and like the garden, Reflection Passage relies upon changes in the natural world to complete the artistic process.

Reflection Passage is the Gift of The Gruss Lipper Foundation.

Garden of Stones
On permanent display

Andy Goldsworthy’s only permanent commission in New York City, Garden of Stones is a contemplative space dedicated to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and honoring those who survived. There is no charge to visit the garden, which is open during regular Museum hours.

Each of the 18 boulders in the Garden of Stones holds a tiny sapling evoking not only the adversity and struggle endured by those who experienced the Holocaust, but also the tenacity and fragility of life. Survivors and their families helped the artist plant the garden in September 2003.

General Information

To purchase tickets to public programs call (646) 437-4202, or visit our website at, or visit the Museum in Lower Manhattan.

Sunday through Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 29.
Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 30-March 11.
The Museum is closed on Saturday and major Jewish holidays

General Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Members and children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Museum admission is free on Wednesday evenings between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Note: Tickets to public programs do not include Museum admission. Public programs may require a separate fee.

Directions – Use of Mass Transit is Encouraged

By Subway:
4/5 to Bowling Green Station
Go west on Battery Place toward the Hudson River, along the northern perimeter of Battery Park, past Robert Wagner Park. The Museum will be on your left, along the waterfront, overlooking New York Harbor.

J/M/Z to Broad Street
Walk one block west to Broadway, and then south to the corner of Battery Place at Bowling Green. Go west on Battery Place toward the Hudson River, along the northern perimeter of Battery Park, past Robert Wagner Park. The Museum will be on your left, along the waterfront, overlooking New York Harbor.

W/R to Whitehall Street
Go north on Whitehall Street, then west on Battery Place toward the Hudson River, along the northern perimeter of Battery Park, past Robert Wagner Park. The Museum will be on your left, along the waterfront, overlooking New York Harbor.

1 to South Ferry
Walk two blocks north to the corner of Battery Place at Bowling Green. Go west on Battery Place toward the Hudson River, along the northern perimeter of Battery Park, past Robert Wagner Park. The Museum will be on your left, along the waterfront, overlooking New York Harbor.

By Bus:
M1, M6, M15 to State Street
Walk north on State Street to Battery Place. Go west on Battery Place toward the Hudson River, along the northern perimeter of Battery Park, past Robert Wagner Park. The Museum will be on your left, along the waterfront, overlooking New York Harbor.

M9, M20 to Battery Park City
These buses stop directly across the street from the Museum.

By Car:
From the FDR Drive, take the Battery Park City exit and follow signs to Battery Park. When you reach the intersection of Battery Park Plaza and Broadway, turn left onto Battery Place. There is a parking garage located at the corner of Battery Place and Second Place in a residential building just north of the Museum.

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