Antisemitism, Identity Politics, and American Identity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives - Panel Discussion with Christina Greer, Tony Michels, and Eric Ward
Part of the Jack Coleman and Lawrence Kanter, MD Lecture Series
Co-sponsored with the the Center for Jewish History
Eric Ward is a long time civil rights strategist and the Executive Director at Western States Center. In 1990, Ward documented his first white nationalist rally, and since then has been working to expose and respond to bigoted violence across the country through empowering community organization. Ward emphasizes that in order to understand the threat posed by the rapidly growing white nationalist movement in the United States today, we must first come to terms with the centrality of antisemitism to white nationalist ideology.
Joining Eric Ward in conversation is Tony Michels, Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Christina Greer, Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. Together these panelists will help connect past to present and continue the process of fighting antisemitism, and bigotry more broadly, in America.
With a coalition government likely forming at this point, join us for a conversation about the path forward for Israeli democracy and the issues that will define the struggle for equality and democracy in Israel in the new Knesset. Mikhael Manekin, Director of the Alliance for Israel's Future, will speak about the new faces of progressive political leadership in Israel, and how they are creating the groundwork for truly inclusive politics that represent all of Israel’s citizens, in a conversation moderated by CBE's Rabbi Rachel Timoner.
Klezmer! Politically-inflected burlesque! A dizzying array of performers including Morgan Bassichis, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Fancy Feast, Una Osato, Ethan Philbrick, and the New Jewish Culture Fellows! Dance to klezmer legends Isle of Klezbos and DJ NickAM!
Join Jewish Currents and the New Jewish Culture Fellowship on April 27th to celebrate the end of Passover and a new era in Jewish revolution.
After the Seder, we’ll have an Afikoman in the pre-rabbinic sense of the term: not a piece of matzo, but a debauched afterparty of music, revelry, and art. Just the kind of post-Seder bacchanalia the Talmudic sages feared.
***It’s a performance, not your Bubbe’s seder — so eat before you come!***
Join together for a joyous and creative Seder led by Rabbi Green. It’ll be a blend of the traditional Haggadah favorites, contemporary reflections on this season of our freedom and festive music.
A fully catered dinner by Naturally Delicious. Ritual wine and classic Seder foods provided. We will have wine for everyone, but please feel free to bring an extra bottle to add to our festive spirit!
Join us for another Brooklyn Jews Shabbat at CBE. We’ll gather for a l’chaim at 6pm, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30-7:45, with dinner and drinks to follow.
Natalia Miller, a Brooklyn Jews community member who works at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan will be in conversation with Melissa Martens Yaverbaum, the director of the Council of American Jewish Museums, about the importance of art in the Jewish community.
Visual artist Julia Elsas has reimagined the mysterious biblical instrument, the Ugav, through a series of ceramic sculptures. Julia's sonic sculptures will be performed live by Kenny Wollesen, Rich Stein, Mike Irwin, Sae Hashimoto and friends.
Julia Elsas is part of the inaugural cohort of the New Jewish Culture Fellowship of Brooklyn Jews, sponsored by UJA-Federation of NY.
Julia was born in Birmingham, Alabama and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her current work encompasses printmaking, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, papermaking, installation, and performance. Julia teaches printmaking and book arts at both Montclair State University and the Lower East Side Print Shop, and she teaches ceramics at New Jersey City University. Julia is also the owner and designer of RE/PRESS Editions, a line of handmade jewelry and functional ceramic goods.
Service and Megillah Reading, 7:00 PM
Party, 8:30 PM
Service and megillah reading are free and open to all ages.
Party is 21+ and tickets are $18.
Join us for an evening Purim service and megillah reading, followed by a Purim party with drinks, hamentaschen, music and, best of all, your friends throughout the BK Jewish community!
Join us for another Brooklyn Jews Shabbat at CBE. We’ll gather for a l’chaim at 6pm, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30-7:45, with dinner and drinks to follow.
During dinner, join us for an intimate conversation about the upcoming Census, pairing Jewish texts with the insights of a policy expert, Rebecca Gluskin.
Rebecca Gluskin is the Chief Statistician and Deputy Director of Measure of America at the Social Science Research Council here in Brooklyn. She leads the quantitative research and analysis efforts for Measure of America, which provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards.
Previously, she has served as the Director of Data Analysis and Data Services in the Bureau of Informatics at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She conducted post-doctoral work at Boston Children’s Hospital with the HealthMap.org. Rebecca holds a BS in Environmental Science from McGill University, an MS in Toxicology, and PhD in Epidemiology both from New York University.
Musician Sam Reider will be performing some of his latest material, alongside other musicians as part of a conversation on what makes a particular sound or musical style seem “Jewish.” Sam Reider is part of the New Jewish Culture Fellowship of Brooklyn Jews, powered by UJA-Federation of NY. Stay tuned for more details!
Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem. For his debut record as bandleader, Too Hot To Sleep, Reider has assembled a “staggeringly virtuosic band” (RnR Magazine) of young bluegrass and jazz musicians called The Human Hands. Irresistible melodies, fiery improvisation and otherworldly sounds collide in what Songlines Magazine has dubbed "mash-up of the the Klezmatics, Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Punch Brothers.”
Jews may or may not run showbiz, but they definitely run the Fuck You Revue. Join co-producers Zoe Ziegfeld and Fancy Feast as they celebrate and send-up Jewish identity in song, dance, and striptease performance. Presented as part of the Brooklyn Jews New Jewish Culture Fellowship, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York.
Please note: This event is designed for adults 21+ only.
What to expect at a burlesque show:
Burlesque is a term that has been broadly used to describe vaudeville variety entertainment that can include comedy, music, sideshow, and striptease performance. Nowadays, the word is most commonly associated with the latter. In the early days of the art form, there was no such thing as a strip club; patrons wishing to see nudity would do so at a burlesque house. Since then, cultural and societal lines have been drawn to differentiate the two, although there is much overlap. The neo-burlesque revival of the '90s and '00s has reimagined the older form of entertainment by imbuing it with DIY downtown performance art aesthetic and modern politics. When watching burlesque, you should expect to see nudity which may range from artistic to outrageous, from sensual to sentimental. All genders and sexualities are welcome. Have fun. Bring cash.
Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street
$10 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds
Join us for another Brooklyn Jews Shabbat at CBE! We’ll gather together for a l’chaim at 6pm, followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30 with dinner and drinks to follow.
We will be joined by Dawn Miller, Chief of Staff for NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, and Danny Pearlstein, Policy and Communications Director for the Riders Alliance. They both will share thoughts about and potential solutions for major transportation issues facing our city.
Please note: in keeping with the ritual standards of our community, our dinners are generally vegetarian, and occasionally include fish, but are not strictly kosher. When meals have kosher certification, they are marked as such.
$18/person with RSVP.
Join Brooklyn Jews for an evening gathering in honor of Tu B'shvat, the Jewish new year for trees. On this holiday celebrating natural creations, artist Arielle Stein will explore Creation writ large through both her own artwork and traditional Tu B'shvat rituals. As is the custom on Tu B'shvat, various fruits and glasses of wine will be served. You can see some of Arielle Stein's work here. Please plan to arrive at 5pm -- our ritual will begin promptly at 5:15pm and should last just over an hour. This event is sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York as part of Brooklyn Jews New Jewish Culture Fellowship. Free with RSVP at THIS LINK.
Join us for a special Brooklyn Jews Shabbat in honor of Dr. King's legacy, beginning with a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30pm, followed by dinner. While we break bread, we'll spend time learning the ways in which each of us can take action through service, advocacy, and organizing. We will hear from three Brooklyn thought-leaders, Yehudah Webster, Rabbi Rachel Timoner, and Mark Winston Griffith, Founder and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center.
Join us for the Installation of Rabbi Matt Green as Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim. Rabbi Green was the rabbinic intern for three years, and this is the moment when we officially recognize his transition to full time rabbi.
After services, join us for a festive tisch in the ballroom. A tisch is a joyous gathering around a rabbi's table, replete with food, drink, songs, and words of Torah. In other words: it's a party. We'll hear from Rabbi Green at the tisch, and we'll eat, drink, and dance together throughout the night.
Please note that while this event had been planned many weeks prior to the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh, we feel that this is precisely the kind of event that our community needs right now. An evening to be together, sing, pray, and rejoice in a full-throated display of our Jewishness.
Free for everyone — please RSVP here so we have a good sense of how much food and drink to provide.
Join Brooklyn Jews for the continuation of our High Holy Day observance, this Yom Kippur. These services will be led by Rabbi Matt Green and Student Cantor Sarah Grabiner, alongside other musicians and participation from community members. All are welcome regardless of membership or affiliation. We use a non-denominational prayerbook and strike a balance between modern and traditional texts and melodies.
PLEASE NOTE: This service will be held at BKLYN Studios. All other programming for Yom Kippur (symposium, meditation, afternoon service, and Ne'ilah) will be held at Congregation Beth Elohim (271 Garfield Pl.).
Join Brooklyn Jews for the continuation of our High Holy Day observance, this Yom Kippur. These services will be led by Student Rabbi Matt Green and Student Cantor Sarah Grabiner, alongside other musicians and participation from community members. All are welcome regardless of membership or affiliation. We use a non-denominational prayerbook and strike a balance between modern and traditional texts and melodies.
PLEASE NOTE: This service, along with Yom Kippur morning services, will be held at BKLYN Studios.
Join Brooklyn Jews as we ring in 5779 with our annual High Holy Day services. Our spirited services will be led by Rabbi Matt Green and Student Cantor Sarah Grabiner, alongside other musicians and participation from community members. All are welcome regardless of membership or affiliation. We use a non-denominational prayerbook and strike a balance between modern and traditional texts and melodies.
PLEASE NOTE: For this service, we will be at BKLYN Studios. We will also be at this location for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Morning.
Join Brooklyn Jews as we ring in 5779 with our annual High Holy Day services. For Erev Rosh Hashanah, we will join Congregation Beth Elohim for a service led by Rabbi Matt Green along with the rest of the CBE clergy team. All are welcome regardless of membership or affiliation. We use a non-denominational prayerbook and strike a balance between modern and traditional texts and melodies.
PLEASE NOTE: For this kickoff service of the High Holy Days, we will be in the CBE Sanctuary. The following morning, for Rosh Hashanah morning services, we will be at BKLYN Studios. See link for more information.
After twelve years writing The Ethicist for the NY Times, Randy Cohen presents Person Place Thing, an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surpising stories from great talkers.
Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians around the world ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, to viral YouTube sensation CDZA and T-Pain, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem. Reider’s debut record Too Hot To Sleep presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of top-drawer musical collaborators and compadres called The Human Hands.
Following this segment of Person Place Thing, Sam Reider and The Human Hands will also play a full concert. Beer and wine will be provided.
Person Place Thing is broadcast by WAMC Northeast Public Radio. You can stream the archive at PersonPlaceThing.org or download episodes via iTunes. This show is sponsored by Brooklyn Jews, a project of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
"A Taste of Syria: Celebrating Syrian Culture and New Lives in America" will feature dinner by Tanabel, a Brooklyn-based company that works with refugee women from across the Middle East and a talk with Qutaiba Idlbi, an activist from Damascus who will speak about his experiences in the war and since moving to New York. This event is presented by Brooklyn Jews, OneTable, and the CBE Refugee Task Force.
Join us for a whiskey l'chaim and Brooklyn Jews Shabbat service at 6:30pm, with this dinner to follow! If you'd like to come just for dinner, we'll begin right after services around 7:40. Please note: the price of this meal ensures that the women of Tanabel receive fair and meaningful pay for their work.
Tanabel is a food company that works with refugee women from across the Middle East, preparing and preserving their traditional recipes. We host pop-up dinners, cater events and teach cooking classes! Our authentic, generous and delicious meals allow our cooks to share a taste of home with their new community and provide them with meaningful and empowering employment.
You are cordially invited to the NYC premiere of *The Shabbos Queen*, a Friday Night Shabbat Dinner Delight & Extravaganza. Part Ritual, Part Performance and 5 Course Meal, *The Shabbos Queen* remixes old with new to express Jewish, Queer and spiritual identity. With inspirations ranging from Barbra Streisand to Kabbalah, *The Shabbos Queen* welcomes you for an evening of unwinding, dreaming and togetherness.
ALL ARE WELCOME for this night of Practical Magick, (Re)Visioned Home Rituals, Dinner & Drinks– a taste of the paradise we can make come
Tickets $30 AT THIS LINK
Please bring Wine, Juice or Sparkle Water to share 😘
Presented in Partnership with:
Repair The World NYC
Join Brooklyn Jews for our third annual Hanukkah party, this year in Crown Heights! We’ll have latkes and an open bar, with dance music all night and a special live musical guest, local klezmer band Tsibele. Doors open at 8pm, Menorah lighting at 9pm with live klezmer shortly thereafter.
$15 online/$25 at the door.