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March 2021

Time-Travel Storytime: Frances Perkins, Champion of Workers’ Rights

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Historian & actress Alex Delare leads an interactive storytime with the picture book Steadfast: Frances Perkins, Champion of Workers’ Rights Travel back in time to the turn of the last century to discover Frances Perkins, the activist whom we can thank for the idea that children belong in school, not working in factories! The book centers on Perkins, whose life changed forever when, as a student, she visited a factory. Horrified that women and children were working in such dangerous…

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NEA Big Read 2021: China’s Literary Giants: The Legacy of Yu Hua

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This program is presented by the Museum at Eldridge Street and China Institute as part of the NEA Big Read 2021 project. Join us as top literature experts discuss the work of Yu Hua, one of China’s most revered writers, and the state of Chinese literature today. Spanning four decades of modern history, from the Republican Era to the Reform Era, the novel To Live (活着) has enthralled generations of readers around the world. Professors David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University)…

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NEA Big Read 2021: Bidding Farewell in Zhang Yimou’s “To Live”

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free film screening and discussion with scholars Hsiu-Chuang Deppman & Michael Berry, presented in collaboration with Museum of Moving Image Dir. Zhang Yimou. 1994. 133 mins. Starring You Ge, Gong Li, Ben Niu. In Mandarin with subtitles. A cornerstone of director Zhang Yimou’s international breakthrough period in the nineties, To Live (1994), adapted from Yu Hua’s novel of the same title, is the searing, epic saga of a married couple living through decades of turmoil across China’s tumultuous mid twentieth…

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Passover Poetry Reading with Marge Piercy

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Award-winning poet Marge Piercy will share her poems about Passover and the immigrant experience. “Marge Piercy is not just an author, she’s a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence.” — The Boston Globe Join the Museum at Eldridge Street with critically acclaimed poet Marge Piercy for an intimate poetry reading of her work on Passover and the Jewish immigrant experience. Often evocative of her Jewish heritage, Piercy’s writings…

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Cinema Chats: Barry Levinson’s “Avalon”

March 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us with Eric Goldman on exploring Barry Levinson’s “Avalon”: A Window into the Contemporary American Jewish Story. Join us with Dr. Eric Goldman in a talk about Barry Levinson’s film, Avalon (1990). Inspired by a true story, the film follows the Krichinsky Family as they settle in Baltimore during the early 20th century, where they go through generational and cultural challenges in assimilating to life in America. The program will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Lucy Shahar.…

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April 2021

Introduction to Jewish Mysticism

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Adult Education Mysticism has been a part of Judaism since antiquity. Why did Jews write about ascending to heaven to see God and the angels? How did the Jews at Qumran understand the role of the Temple and the sacrifices? How are mystical ideas reflected in both classical rabbinic literature as well as contemporary Jewish prayer books? We will explore these questions by analyzing excerpts from a variety of diverse texts of Jewish mysticism as we study their impact over…

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From Freedom to Slavery and Back Again: The Biblical Book of Exodus

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Adult Education The exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt is the most important event in the Bible, and it became a powerful model for other liberation narratives. With expert instructor Dr. Regina Stein, you will read the story carefully, analyzing the way it unfolds, its characters and their motives, as you try to answer the simple question: what is the Torah trying to tell us and why? This course is a continuation from last year. We welcome new…

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EGG CREAM: Film Screening & Talk About the Iconic Soda Drink

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“A warm-hearted plunge into the alchemical swirl of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer that is the egg cream.” – Road Food “A warm-hearted plunge into the alchemical swirl of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer that is the egg cream.” – Road Food Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller & Amy Linton | 15 minutes | 2020 What do we know about the beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side? The egg cream contained neither eggs nor cream—it…

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Introduction to Jewish Mysticism

April 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Adult Education Mysticism has been a part of Judaism since antiquity. Why did Jews write about ascending to heaven to see God and the angels? How did the Jews at Qumran understand the role of the Temple and the sacrifices? How are mystical ideas reflected in both classical rabbinic literature as well as contemporary Jewish prayer books? We will explore these questions by analyzing excerpts from a variety of diverse texts of Jewish mysticism as we study their impact over…

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The Lost World of African-American Cantors 1915-1953

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a new program with Henry Sapoznik about the lost world of African-American Cantors from 1915-1953. The history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction primarily focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music — ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc. — as performers, promoters, managers, club owners and record labels. However, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in and for the Jewish community, in theaters on record, radio…

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