April 5, 2006

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will honor Jewish Heritage Month with events in May that will serve as a reminder of where Jewish people have been, and celebrate where they are now. BPL brings these creative and strong generations, past and present, together for a moving tribute.

All events take place in Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room, unless otherwise noted.

The Theresienstadt Ghetto Central Library 1941-45: Intellectual Resistance Through Books and Reading
Thursday, May 4, 7 PM
This discussion will explore how Jews benefited from being able to read, discuss books and share stories while imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during the Holocaust. This is presented by Miriam Intrator of the Leo Baeck Institute in the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Author Talk by Henryk Grynberg
Sunday, May 7, 2 PM
Henryk Grynberg, a child survivor of the Holocaust, will read from his autobiographical novel, Refugees, and from recent short poems. Born in 1936 in Warsaw, Poland, he has published over two dozen books depicting the Holocaust experience and resulting trauma.

From the Inquisition to the New World: Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue Architecture Around the Globe
Sunday, May 7, 4 PM
This slide lecture recalls the religious buildings that the Jews of Spain and Portugal built as they journeyed from country to country following the Spanish Inquisition of 1492. This is presented by Oscar Israelowitz, an architectural consultant who has worked on the Synagogue and Holocaust Center of the Bobover Chassidim and the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, both in Brooklyn.

In Concert: Old Red Wine
Monday, May 8, 6:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707
Old Red Wine, a klezmer and Dixieland band, will perform a synthesis of Jewish folk music and early jazz, using well-known and original compositions.

Screening of Dancing Lessons
Thursday, May 11, 7 PM
Sadie Rigal, a Jewish dancer who survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Paris and rescued dozens of others from persecution, is the subject of this documentary film. Mark Waren, Rigal’s son and the director of this film, will give an introduction.

Screening of A Man From Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer, Followed by Concert
Sunday, May 14, 2 PM
This documentary film explores the relationship between the Rom and Jews who lived together before and after World War II in the Carpathian region. It especially examines how the persecuted Rom saved Jewish folk music until it could be returned to the Jews. After the screening, at 3 PM, the director of the film, Yale Strom, will perform a concert of gypsy and klezmer music.

In Concert: Joshua Nelson
Thursday, May 18, 7 PM
Joshua Nelson, pioneer of a new form of music he has termed "Kosher Gospel," will perform this Hebrew/Jewish music with a soul feeling.

Author Talk by Dara Horn
Sunday, May 21, 2 PM
Dara Horn will discuss her latest novel, The World to Come, in which the mystery of a stolen painting by Jewish artist Marc Chagall is unraveled. Horn's first novel, In the Image, was the recipient of several awards, including the National Jewish Book Award.

Author Talk by Jane Isay
Sunday, May 21, 4 PM
Jane Isay will discuss her new book You Are My Witness: The Living Words of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer. Rabbi Meyer's powerful voice implores readers to act for social justice out of respect for the great Jewish prophetic vision. Isay has over 40 years of experience editing nonfiction and has served on the board of directors for the Jewish Publication Society, amongst others.

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