Past Events

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LBI remembers the events of November 9, 1938, when state-sponsored gangs destroyed Jewish homes, synagogues, and businesses. With historian Marion Kaplan, the premiere of a short documentary featuring living eyewitnesses who live in New York City, and a musical performance.

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In the first of a lecture series sponsored by civic activists Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and her husband, Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, the distinguished journalist Bill Moyers will reflect on Jewish history and the Jewish and other values that can inform the struggle for a just and fair society during this crucial and tumultuous moment in history.

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Rob Snyder, author of the book Crossing Broadway, Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City, leads a walking tour and panel discussion in the northern Manhattan neighborhood once known as “Frankfurt on the Hudson” for its large population of German-Jewish refugees. Eight decades later, the neighborhood is still a vibrant home for new immigrant communities.

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Director Aaron Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in Restoring Tomorrow, the story of how the treasured Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles was saved from demise by a community’s determination.

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The German-Jewish family that built Macy’s into an iconic retailer also left an indelible legacy in American politics and society. After a morning walking tour of Union Square and a pop-up exhibition of artifacts from Macy’s, the Titanic, and more, a panel including Hasia Diner (NYU) and Rabbi Joanna Samuels (Educational Alliance) will discuss the Straus family’s journey from peddlers to public servants and philanthropists.

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Enjoy a storied stroll along Ladies Mile, a nine-block stretch once known for posh department stores and architectural grandeur. Join Esther Crain, writer of the award-winning Ephemeral New York blog and author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, as she weaves in Jewish stories and Gilded Age tales about the people and places that once populated these historic blocks.

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Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, performs works for solo violin by J.S. Bach and other composers interspersed with readings from his novel, The Savior, based partly on his father’s experiences as a musician in Nazi Germany.

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In her new book, Kerry Wallach examines the politics of Jewish identity in Weimar Germany and the ways in which Jews concealed or revealed their identities. With moderator Noah Isenberg (The New School) she will explore facets of Jewish visibility reflected in the new German television series, Babylon Berlin.

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Elliot R. Wolfson and Shaul Magid speak about Wolfson’s highly anticipated new book, The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other. In spite of Heidegger’s explicit antisemitic statements, Wolfson reveals some crucial aspects of his thinking that betray an affinity with dimensions of Jewish thought.

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Rudolf Klein, professor of modern architectural history at Szent István University, Budapest, will give a talk on his new book, Synagogues in Hungary, 1867–1918 (Central European University Press, 2017).

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Historian Michael Brenner (American/University of Munich) will discuss contemporary Jewish life in Germany on the occasion of the English-language publication of A History of Jews in Germany since 1945.

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The mother-daughter team behind The German-Jewish Cookbook (Brandeis University Press, 2017) discuss their historical and gastronomic exploration of German-Jewish cuisine.

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David Toren, a retired New York attorney who was born in 1925 and escaped Germany on a Kindertransport to Sweden in 1939 will discuss how his family recovered a looted painting that had been in the possession of the infamous Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt.

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Citizen historians are invited to conduct research in newspaper collections and investigate US press coverage for specific Holocaust events in 1938

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So many Jewish traditions under one roof! Join us as we team up with our partner organizations at the Center for Jewish History for a Purim-themed March Mash-Up of family fun.

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