NYC Jewish-y Events, November 9 – November 19


Editor’s Picks: 

Bringing together prominent voices from along the political, denominational and generational spectrums, Temple Emanu-El’s new talk series examines topics pertaining to Israel and probes the inevitable fault lines that emerge. Examining the past, present and future of Israel engagement, the first installment of the series features Yair Rosenberg, a senior writer at Tablet; Batya Ungar-Sargon, opinion editor at the Forward; and Bari Weiss, op-ed writer and editor at The Times. — Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 1 E. 65th St., (212) 507-9580,


Israeli jazz goes uptown, so to speak. With many Israeli musicians staking out bandstands in Village clubs like Cornelia Street Café and Smalls, the move to Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center marks a big moment for recorder player-vocalist Tali Rubinstein and saxophonist Uri Gurvich. Rubinstein, who can make her many recorders sound bird-like, snake-charmy and haunting in the deeper registers, makes use of propulsive Middle Eastern rhythms. Gurvich has a first-rate post-bop quartet with Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, Cuban drummer Francisco Mela and New York’s own Edward Perez on bass. “Kinship,” Gurvich’s new album, draws inspiration from his multicultural heritage as the son of Argentinian immigrants in Israel, and his quartet’s cosmopolitan makeup. Rubinstein takes the 7:30 p.m. set; Gurvich, 9:30. — Wednesday, Nov 14, 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 10 Columbus Circle, (212) 258-9595,


“Four Sisters: The Hippocratic Oath” is the first of filmmaker’s Claude Lanzmann’s four-part series about women who survived the Holocaust. In the wake of his landmark 1985 documentary, “Shoah,” Lanzmann made several films that could be considered its satellites, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that did not make it into the final cut. In the last years of his life, Lanzmann created “Four Sisters,” about four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe. Survivors of unimaginable Nazi horrors, they tell their individual stories and become crucial witnesses to the barbarism they experienced. Part of a Lanzmann retrospective. With “Four Sisters: Hannah & Paula.”— Wednesday, Nov. 14, Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St.,



In 2006, aspiring comic Benji Lovitt took a leap of faith and made aliyah. He’s now bringing his show stateside to test if his English-to-Hebrew-to-English translation of life works here. — Saturday, Nov. 10, 8:30-10 p.m., The Brownstone NY, 224 E. 12th St.,

Hailed as an “immensely moving piece of theater” by the Edinburgh Guide, Israeli writer/actor/director Niv Petel’s one-man show explores what it’s like to be a parent in the shadow of armed conflict. — Monday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., United Solo Festival, Theatre Row, 410 42nd St., (212) 239-6200,

Mihal Grass Sherman’s one-woman show, which combines movement and humor, describes how a meeting with a theater director who uses sexual remarks triggers suppressed memories. Part of the United Solo Theatre Festival. — Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Theatre Row-The Studio Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St.,


The night before Valentine’s Day, Josh Cohen — a broke and broken-hearted lovable loser — comes home to find his New York apartment has been broken into and wiped clean, except for one Neil Diamond CD. But as it turns out for Josh, losing everything is just the beginning. — Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St.,


Hosted by bassist Israeli-American Nadav Remez, Cornelia’s monthly spotlight features MÄbūl, a newly formed sextet playing an upbeat blend of jazz, Latin and Israeli music (8 p.m.); and Israeli-American-French guitarist and composer Yuval Amihai, who will play excerpts from his new CD, “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues” (9:30 p.m.). — Sunday, Nov 11, Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St., (212) 989-9319,

The Israeli-American bass player has gigged with multi-Grammy Award-winner Billy Childs and his quartet, DownBeat award-winning saxophonist Eli Degibri and noted pianist Johnny O’Neal. He leads his own trio in Smalls’ after-hours session. — Sunday, Nov. 11, 1-4 a.m., Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W. 10th St., (646) 476-4346,



“When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope” documents the stories of young Israeli soldiers who form a support group that helps them cope with their injuries and trauma. — Saturday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m., Congregation Shearith Israel, 2 W. 70th St.,  (212) 873-0300,


Executive produced by Wim Wenders and featuring haunting animation and a swinging soundtrack, this documentary tells the story of the legendary Blue Note Records label, which was founded in 1939 by two young German refugees from Berlin with a passion for American jazz. Part of DOC-NYC. — Saturday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m., SVA Theatre, Theater 2, 333 W. 23rd St., (212) 592-2980,

When Palestinian Lutheran Pastor Khader El-Yateem decides to run to become NYC’s first Arab American elected official in his conservative Brooklyn neighborhood, he does what no one thinks possible, igniting his marginalized community’s hopes and dreams. Through it all, Father K’s voice emerges as funny, bold, and defiantly hopeful. Part of DOC-NYC. — Friday, Nov. 9, 9:55 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11, 10:15 p.m., Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St.,

For the first time, Israeli director Erez Pery’s fictional recounting of the final interrogation and last days of Rudolf Ferdinand Hoss — the longstanding commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII — gives voice to the perpetrator. Followed by a Q&A with the director. — Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU, 14A Washington Mews,


The Six-Day War, June 11, 1967: An Israeli soldier and an Egyptian soldier encounter each other in an abandoned post in the Sinai desert on the day after the cease-fire. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with famed actor and first-time director Mike Burstyn. — Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University, 617 Kent Hall,


FiveThirtyEight numbers cruncher Nate Silver brings the politics team from his acclaimed website to 92Y to take a deep dive into midterm results. — Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.,


The famed violinist joins the acclaimed actor and writer for a conversation on his life and work, touching on the fascinating similarities and differences between performing music and acting. — Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.,


Latin American artistry is rich with Sephardi and Crypto-Jewish allusions and symbols. “Nosotros: Connecting the Latino and Jewish Communities,” now in its second edition, is a group show composed of pieces by Latino artists celebrating the shared history and culture of Jewish and Latino communities. — Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 294-8301,

Kicking off the fall season and exploring a little-known chapter in the history of modernity and the Russian avant-garde, The Jewish Museum’s new exhibit focuses on the People’s Art School (1918-1922), founded by Marc Chagall in his native city of Vitebsk (present-day Belarus), featuring the works of three iconic figures — Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich — as well as works by lesser-known students and teachers of the Vitebsk school. — The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. (at 92nd Street), (212) 423-3200,

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