March – April Public Programming Announced
for Edmond J. Safra Hall
at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

New York, NY – The March and April public programming schedule at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will focus on remembrance and resistance. In conjunction with the opening of the Museum’s new exhibition Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust, this year’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance on April 15 pays special tribute to the bravery of those that fought the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This annual event will bring together nearly 2,000 Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as New York’s political and community leaders for a candle-lighting service at the Museum that fulfills the sacred Jewish obligation to remember. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be the keynote speaker. Also on April 15, in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Museum will offer free admission to the galleries where Holocaust survivors will be on hand to share their stories with Museum visitors and members of the press.

Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust will be the first large-scale exhibition at the Museum since the award-winning Ours to Fight For: American Jews in World War II. The groundbreaking exhibition, opening on April 16, will utilize first-person testimony, rare documents, and authentic artifacts to tell the little known stories of courageous men and women who risked their lives to protect their communities and their humanity.

Programs coming up in March and April at the Museum include:

• March Follies: A Preposterous Pre-Purim Pageant – Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross will host an evening of comedy, costume, and pageantry. (March 1)
• Be Fruitful and Multiply – Probing film looks at the roles of Orthodox women (March 7)
• Why Israel Matters Today – A panel of experts on the Middle East will discuss their points of view about Israel (March 11)
• My Father’s Secret War: A Memoir – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks will discuss her father’s career as a spy with veteran news anchor Dan Rather (March 14)
• Passover Family Program – Spirited singer Shira Kline returns for storytelling and arts and crafts (March 18)
• The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World – Former US ambassador to the United Nations Richard C. Holbrooke interviews his wife, author Kati Marton about important Hungarian Jews (March 21)
• Regina Resnik Presents Crossing All Boundaries – Opera legend Regina Resnik hosts an afternoon of classical music with Jewish themes (March 25)
• Confronting the Perpetrators: A History of the Claims Conference – Author Marilyn Henry will discuss the negotiations that won compensation for hundreds of thousands of Nazi victims (March 28)
• Partisans of Vilna – Writer/director/producer Aviva Kempner will screen and discuss her award-winning film about the underground resistance (April 18)
• Witness – Humanitarian, journalist, and activist Ruth Gruber will discuss her remarkable life and career (April 25)

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: A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People and From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber. 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

Thursday, March 1, 7 P.M.
March Follies: A Preposterous Pre-Purim Pageant

7-8 P.M. Pre-show festivities
8 P.M. Show begins
Hosted by Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross with comedians Julie Goldman, Seth Herzog, and Lenny Marcus

Join the “Queen of Judeo Kitsch” and her fabulous friends for a cabaret show with live music, stand up comedy, masks, and drinks. Costumes are optional — graggers and masks will be provided.

Open bar and snacks included with admission.

Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross has appeared before thousands worldwide in venues such as BAMcafé, The Ashkenaz Festival for New Yiddish Culture (Toronto), JCC Manhattan, JCC San Francisco, Burning Man Festival 2003, Lansky Lounge (NYC), the Belt Theater (NYC), Echo Club (LA) and the Limmud NY Conference. Hadassah was featured in the Channel 10 Israeli TV series “The Search for the 10 Commandments” (March 2005), and in a feature cover article for Ha’Aretz Magazine (October 2004).

Julie Goldman is an ensemble member of The New LOGO channel’s “The Big Gay Sketch Show” which is produced by Rosie O’Donnell and will air this coming spring. She has been in such independent films as Mom and Lee Friedlander’s Out at the Wedding. She is on the writing staff of “The Murray Hill Show.”

Seth Herzog performs in shows almost every night. He produces and hosts the very popular weekly show “Sweet” at the Slipper Room. He is often seen on VH-1, picking apart pop culture, and has appeared in the movies Prime, The Baxter, Safe Men, In the Weeds, and The Hottest State. On the small screen, he recently had turns on CBS’ “Love Monkey,” E!’s “#1 Single,” and Comedy Central’s “The Chappelle Show.”

Lenny Marcus has been a stand-up comedian in NYC for eleven years. He has performed at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Colorado. He has also appeared three times in the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He has performed on NBC’s “Friday Nite,” NBC’s “Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson,” and MTV’s “The Jim Brewer Show.”

$36 members, $40 non-members

Co-sponsored by the Young Friends of the Museum

The Young Friends of the Museum is made up of young professionals (21-40) dedicated to raising funds and awareness on behalf of the Museum through social, educational, and philanthropic programming. Young Friends members enjoy benefits including special events, discounts, and free Museum admission.

In cooperation with Jewcy, Storahtelling, and Zyr Russian Vodka

Wednesday, March 7, 7 P.M.
Be Fruitful and Multiply (2005-USA/Israel, 50 minutes, BETA SP)

Moderated by Shoshana Bulow, LCSW, psychotherapist; with Viva Hammer, attorney and fertility researcher; Shosh Shlam, director; and Pearl Stroh, featured in film

For many Jewish women there is no higher commandment than to “be fruitful and multiply.” In some cases this results in families with 10, 12, or even 16 children. In this even-handed documentary, director Shosh Shlam examines the roles of ultra-Orthodox women. Some of the women in the film revel in their roles as head of their large families and others decide to limit their family’s size.
Shoshana Bulow is a psychotherapist in New York City and Riverdale, NY. She is a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is currently a PhD candidate at the NYU School of Social Work. She is a teaching assistant at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she is a supervisor in family therapy. Ms. Bulow is also a trained sex therapist.
Viva Hammer is a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and partner in the DC law firm of Crowell & Moring. She has appeared in such publications as The Washingtonian, the Forward, Jewish Action, and Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

Shosh Shlam is the director of Be Fruitful and Multiply as well as the director of Last Journey Into Silence, an award-winning film about elderly Holocaust survivors in the Shaar Menashe Hospital.
Pearl Stroh is featured in Be Fruitful and Multiply and is the director of Chabad of the West Side Early Learning Center. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education and has ten children of her own.
$10 adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 members

Co-sponsored by Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

Sunday, March 11, 1-4 P.M.
Why Israel Matters Today
Moderated by Jeffrey Goldberg, the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and author of Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide; with professor Naomi Chazan, Hebrew University and Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo; David Makovsky, Director, Project on the Middle East Process, The Washington Institute; and Ruth R. Wisse, professor, Harvard College

Nearly sixty years ago when the United Nations approved the partition plan leading to the creation of the State of Israel, the horrors of the Holocaust were still fresh in people’s minds. Now, in 2007, as Israel copes with the aftermath of the latest in an ongoing series of wars with its Arab neighbors, and its very existence is threatened, our group of diverse speakers discusses Israel’s relevance today.

Jeffrey Goldberg is the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. For ten years he was a Middle East correspondent for The New Yorker and for The New York Times Magazine. A winner of the National Magazine Award for Reporting, he is also a former columnist for The Jerusalem Post and the Forward.
Naomi Chazan, a professor of political science at Hebrew University, was formerly the deputy speaker of the Knesset. She has been involved for many years in the Israeli–Palestinian peace initiatives.
David Makovsky is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute’s Project on the Middle East Peace Process. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Ruth R. Wisse, a professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard, is the author of If I Am Not for Myself: The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews (Free Press, 2001).

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

The Rosenblatt Forum is made possible through a generous gift by Lief Rosenblatt, and endows a wide range of public programs.

Wednesday, March 14, 7 P.M.
My Father’s Secret War: A Memoir (Miramax Books, 2007)
Dan Rather in discussion with author Lucinda Franks

“A moving suspense story, brilliantly written and suffused with sensitivity and yearning.”
Elie Wiesel

“One of the most original memoirs of our time —an unsparing double portrait of an elusive and mysterious man and the daughter determined to learn the fullest truth about his life…moves with the dramatic and moral urgency of a Graham Greene novel.”
Joyce Carol Oates

In this riveting memoir, journalist Lucinda Franks discovers that the remote, troubled man she grew up with had in fact been a daring spy in World War II. Sworn to secrecy, he begins revealing details of his wartime activities only in the last years of his life — posing as a Nazi SS officer, slipping behind enemy lines to blow up ammunition dumps, and reporting on the atrocities found at one of the first concentration camps liberated by the Allies. A video presentation will accompany the discussion.

Lucinda Franks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes for The New York Times and The New Yorker.

Dan Rather was anchor and managing editor for the CBS Evening News for 24 years, and is currently global correspondent for Dan Rather Reports on HDNet.

Reception to follow program.

$5 all tickets, free for members

Sunday, March 18, 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
Passover Family Program
Presented with The Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP)

Take a Passover journey with Shira Kline and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of storytelling, singing, and craft activities. Children will create hand puppets to perform alongside Shira, and will make their own haggadot and chocolate matzo. Light lunch will be served. For more information please call 646-437-4300.

Shira Kline is a Jewish musician, educator, and performer living in New York City. For the past 15 years, she has worked with a diverse array of Jewish communities in New York and throughout the country. Starting at age 14, Kline began teaching Jewish music in Monroe, Louisiana. She continued her teaching while attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Over the years, Kline has developed an approach to Jewish learning that uses music, dance, prayer, tradition, and Torah.

Advance ticket prices: $40 per family of 4, $15 per adult, $10 per child
Door price: $45 per family of 4, $20 per adult, $10 per child
Museum Family-Level Members: $35 per family of 4, $10 per adult, $5 per child

The Museum’s family programs are made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust.

Wednesday, March 21, 7 P.M.
The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World (Simon and Schuster, 2006)
Richard C. Holbrooke, former US ambassador to the United Nations, interviews his wife, author Kati Marton

Kati Marton tells the story of Hungarian-Jewish immigrants and their astonishing success and influence in the West, especially in the United States. Among the men she follows are: Robert Capa, the first photographer to go ashore on D-Day; Arthur Koestler, author of the anti-Communist novel Darkness at Noon; and Michael Curtiz, the director of Casablanca.

Kati Marton, an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent, is the author of Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, a New York Times bestseller.

Richard Holbrooke was nominated by President Clinton to be Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. Prior to becoming Assistant Secretary of State he was as U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Holbrooke has had a varied career as a professional diplomat, a magazine editor, an author, a Peace Corps director, and an investment banker.

$10 adults, $5 students/seniors, free for members

Sunday, March 25, 2:30 P.M.
Regina Resnik Presents Crossing All Boundaries
Regina Resnik, narrator; Katherine Whyte, soprano; Audrey Babcock, mezzo-soprano; Michael Philip Davis, tenor; Milos Repicky, piano

Crossing All Boundaries is the final concert in a three-year-long retrospective on Jewish classical song. Presented and narrated by opera legend Regina Resnik, the program features songs and operas on Jewish themes by famous composers, such as Kaddish by Ravel, the rarely heard Hebrew songs of Glinka, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov, the brilliant and evocative Song Cycle on Jewish Folk Poetry by Shostakovich, and the New York premiere of Letter to Warsaw by Thomas Pasatieri. Classics by Tchaikovsky, Massenet, and Schubert, sung in Yiddish, and originally made popular by the great Jewish singers of the past, round out this unique concert.

Regina Resnik has had an opera career spanning more than 60 years and more than 80 roles in the great international opera houses. She became famous for roles such as Carmen and Mistress Quickly. In 1987, Regina Resnik made her musical theater debut as Fraülein Schneider in Cabaret with Joel Grey, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Since 1997, she has been the host and narrator of the concert series “Regina Resnik Presents” — which she co-founded and co-produces with her son, tenor and stage director, Michael Philip Davis. The series has become an important presence in New York musical life, having offered such diverse programs as “Beethoven in Song,” “The Gypsy in Classical Song,” and “The Classic Kurt Weill.”

$25 adults, $20 students/seniors, $15 members

Wednesday, March 28, 7 P.M.
Confronting the Perpetrators: A History of the Claims Conference (Vallentine Mitchell , 2007)
With author Marilyn Henry

In 1951, Israel and an ad hoc consortium of Jewish organizations, known as the Claims Conference, negotiated with West Germany for “moral and material amends” for Nazi-era damages. Nearly 60 years later the Claims Conference has won compensation for hundreds of thousands of Nazi victims and established enduring legal and moral principles for redress for victims of human rights abuses.

Marilyn Henry is a contributing editor at ARTnews Magazine, prior to that she reported for the Jerusalem Post from Israel, New York, and Europe. She is a recognized authority on the recovery of properties confiscated in Europe during the Nazi and Communist eras. Her work also has appeared in the Washington Post, Die Welt and other media outlets.

$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 associate editor, Gabriel Sanders.

Sunday, April 15

Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Come to the Museum to remember those who were lost, and learn from those who survived. Hear personal stories from artifact donors, Holocaust survivors, and their families.

Museum admission is free for everyone

Annual Gathering of Remembrance 2 P.M.

Join community leaders for New York City’s oldest and largest commemoration to honor the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. This year’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance will be held at the Museum. The keynote speaker will be Henry Kissinger.
Henry Kissinger was the 56th Secretary of State of the United States from 1973 to 1977, continuing to hold the position of Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs which he first assumed in 1969 until 1975. Kissinger has written many books and articles on United States foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history. Among the awards he has received are the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tickets are required for this event. Please call 646-437-4200 ext. 4490 for more information.

Co-sponsored by the Museum, the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization, and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, in association with the Anti-Defamation League, Consulate General of Israel, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Inc., New York Board of Rabbis, and UJA-Federation of New York.

Wednesday, April 18, 7 P.M.
Partisans of Vilna (1986, 130 minutes, 35 mm)
Post-screening discussion with producer Aviva Kempner and survivors featured in film

Interviews with survivors of the Jewish resistance movement tell the largely unknown story of young Jews and others who organized an underground resistance in the Vilna Ghetto and fought as partisans in the woods. Among those featured are Israeli poet Abba Kovner, a resistance leader, and Chaika Grossman, former Israeli Knesset member.

Screened in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition opening April 16th: Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust.

Aviva Kempner is also the writer, director and producer of “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” (2000). The film was awarded top honors by the National Society of Film Critics, the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film also received a George Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy. She also wrote the narration for “Promises to Keep”, an Academy Award®-nominated documentary on the homeless. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, DC Mayor’s Art Award, Women of Vision award and Media Arts Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Kempner is also the founder of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

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

Wednesday, April 25, 7 P.M.
Witness (Schocken Books, 2007)
Author Dava Sobel in discussion with Ruth Gruber

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from modern day hero Ruth Gruber, and to celebrate the publication of Witness, her new book. Gruber, now 95, will share her incredible stories about life as an adventurer, international correspondent, photographer, and witness to—and maker of — history.

Humanitarian, journalist, and activist Ruth Gruber is also the author of several books including Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America, Exodus 1947, and Raquela, which won the National Jewish Book Award. Haven was made into a miniseries in 2001 starring Natasha Richardson as Ruth.

Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter and Ruth Gruber’s niece, is the author of Longitude (Walker 1995 and 2005, Penguin 1996), Galileo’s Daughter (Walker 1999, Penguin 2000) and The Planets (Viking 2005). In her thirty years as a science journalist she has written for many magazines, including Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker, served as a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and Omni, and co-authored five books, including Is Anyone Out There? with astronomer Frank Drake.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition: From the Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber.

$5 all tickets, free for members


Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust
Opens April 16, 2007

During the Holocaust, Jews throughout Europe, through individual and collective acts of resistance, sought to undermine the Nazi goal of the annihilation of the Jewish people. Jews engaged in a range of resistance activities with the aim of preserving Jewish life and dignity despite unimaginable difficulties. Their efforts powerfully refute the popular perception that Jews were passive victims. Through testimony, archival footage, and authentic artifacts, the exhibition will help visitors to understand the dilemmas that Jews faced under impossible circumstances. Whether praying clandestinely, documenting the experiences of Jews in the ghettos, or taking up arms to fight, these responses took many forms, but each and every one was a courageous act of resistance.

This exhibition was made possible through major funding from: Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz Fund of The New York Community Trust, the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.*

Generous leadership gifts were made by: Frank and Cesia Blaichman, Patti Askwith Kenner and Family, George and Adele Klein, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, and Shalom and Varda Yoran.

Additional support was provided by: The David Berg Foundation, Nancy Fisher, Robert I. Goldman Foundation, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, L’Oréal USA, Nash Family Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, and Gil and Claire (Israelit) Zweig.

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From The Heart: The Photojournalism of Ruth Gruber
Through October 7, 2007

A world-renowned journalist now 95 years old, Ruth Gruber had backstage access to the history of the Jewish people: she escorted war refugees from Europe to America, visited Displaced Persons camps, detailed the plight of the Exodus 1947, described the establishment of the State of Israel, and documented the State’s ingathering of refugees—from Europe, Iraq, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Emissary for Harold Ickes and FDR, friend to Eleanor and Golda, Ruth’s life and work are inextricably bound with the rescue and survival of the Jewish people.

From the Heart is made possible through the generosity and admiration of Friends of Ruth Gruber. Many of the photographs is the exhibition appear in Ruth Gruber’s forthcoming book, Witness, to be published in April 2007 by Schocken Books.

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People
Extended through March 16, 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.

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,” 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

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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
The Museum will close at 3 p.m. on April 2 and 8. The Museum will be closed on April 3, 4, 9, and 10 for Pesach.

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.