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Don’t Bank On It The rise and fall of three generations of Lehman brothers.

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hey were one of the most prosperous and highly regarded families in America for more than a century, but in our time their name is synonymous with financial ruin. The Lehman Brothers and their descendants built an investment bank that was supposedly too big to fail — until it imploded in 2008, taking the American economy down with it.

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Now comes Stefano Massini’s hit London production of “The Lehman Trilogy,” directed by Sam Mendes, in which three illustrious British actors (Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley) play three generations of the ultra-wealthy Jewish family. It runs for a month at the Park Avenue Armory beginning in late March, with the London production’s acclaimed set made up of a rotating glass cube, created by designer Es Devlin, that recalls the cardboard boxes that the laid-off Lehman employees tearfully carried out the revolving doors as the press cameras rolled. Massini, who lives in Italy, is a Roman Catholic with a passion for Jewish heritage that dates to his childhood. It was sparked when his father, who owned a factory in Milan, saved the life of an employee who had collapsed at work;

Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley in the London production of Stefano Massini’s “The Lehman Trilogy,” directed by Sam Mendes. P HOTOS BY MAR K DOU ET the grateful worker, who was Jewish, insisted on giving his boss’ son a Jewish education. Massini broke into directing with a production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” in Florence in 2002 and won an award two years later for a play he had written called “The End of Shavuot” that

The Theater List “Fidler Afn Dakh.” The Folksbiene’s acclaimed Yiddishlanguage production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage moves uptown to the theater district for a 20-week run. Joel Grey directs a cast led by Steven Skybell as Tevye. When it ran downtown, Jesse Green of The New York Times said that it “offers a kind of authenticity no other American ‘Fiddler’ ever has.” Feb. 21-June 30, Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St., $59-$119, telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

was produced in Milan. “The Lehman Trilogy” ran for five hours when it was staged originally in Paris in 2013. Adapted and translated from Massini’s text by Ben Power for the London production, the new three-hour version begins in 1844 with the arrival in

jccmanhattan.org, (646) 505-4444. “Imagining Madoff.” The New York premiere of Deb Margolin’s 2010 play that tells of an encounter between the disgraced financier and a character based on Elie Wiesel (who lost his life savings in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme). March 1-23, 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St., $25, 59e59.org, (646) 892-7999.

“Places.” Romy Nordlinger channels the lesbian Jewish silent film legend Alla Nazimova, who fled from czarist Russia to become a Hollywood and Broadway star. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., $15, DixonPlace.org, (212) 219-0736.

“The Mar Vista: In Search of My Mother’s Love Life.” Yehuda Hyman’s dance/theater piece, which ran originally at the 14th Street Y, about the romantic adventures of his globe-trotting mother, Sara. According to the playwright, it also explores the “unbreakable bond between a gay American son and his immigrant parents.” March 5-23, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St., $35, ticketcentral. com, (212) 279-4200.

“Rivka Michaeli and the Quartet: An Evening of Song and Story.” A Hebrew-language performance by the Israeli entertainer and TV host. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., $18 in advance/$25 at the door,

“A Jewish Joke.” Marni Friedman and Phil Johnson’s Off-Broadway play, starring Johnson, about an irascible Jewish screenwriter who faces the McCarthy Era blacklist. March 7-31, Lion Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., $37.25$47.25, telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200.

New York of Henry Lehman from Central Europe. Three years later, he is living in Montgomery, Ala., as the owner of a dry goods store along with his two brothers, Emmanuel and Mayer. When a huge fire bankrupts the local

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“Vilna.” Mark Jacoby (“Ragtime,” “Showboat”) stars in a new play by Ira Fuchs about Jewish prisoners in the Vilna Ghetto who face excruciating moral choices. March 11-April 14, Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W. 46th St., $39.50-$69.50, telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200. “Sincerely, Oscar.” A new Off-Broadway musical based on the letters, memoirs and other writings of the peerless Jewish lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein, Jr. March 27-June 30, Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St., $89, telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200. “All My Sons.” Arthur Miller’s searing play about a manufacturer who knowingly supplies shoddy parts for World War II airplanes. Directed by Jack O’Brien, the production stars Annette Bening and Tracy Letts. April 4-June 23, Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre, $109-$169, roundabouttheatre.org, (212) 719-1300. “Long Lost.” Daniel Sullivan directs a new play by Donald Margulies about a Wall Street banker whose estranged brother shows up and tries to insinuate himself into his life. May 14-June 30, Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St., $89, nycitycenter.org, (212) 581-1212.


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continued from previous page plantations, the Lehmans begin to accept payment in cotton, thus taking on the role of middlemen in the Southern economy. Undaunted by the loss of Henry to yellow fever, the two remaining brothers move to New York and amass so much wealth that they become bankers. But as one generation follows another, the bonds among the family members, along with their ties to their religion, progres-

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The play’s set, designed by Es Devlin, is made up of a rotating glass cube that recalls the cardboard boxes that the laid-off Lehman employees tearfully carried out the revolving doors as press cameras rolled. sively weaken. The play ends on the verge of the bank’s fall. As Power told an interviewer in a joint appearance with Mendes that took place on the stage of the London production (and can be viewed on YouTube), he recalled that his task was to take a long, “shapeless” poem (with no characters listed) and locate the underlying “architecture.” For example, he remarked that shiva is observed three times by the characters as each generation gives way to the next. But as the characters become more assimilated, the length of the mourning period progressively decreases. Power called that “the most beautiful, essentialized version of that loss of faith.” Hasia Diner, who teaches American Jewish history at NYU, told The Jewish Week that the Lehman Brothers, who came from a cattle-dealing family in Bavaria, were well-suited to the role of intermediaries even before their journey to the United States. “Cattle dealers went between the peasants and landowners,” she explained. By speaking different languages and being plugged into different economic networks, she said, “they got the edge over their competition.” After they arrived in America, Diner said, the Lehmans and other Central European Jewish immigrants continued what she called the “creation of a Jewish economic infrastructure that became a passport to phenomenal wealth.” Yet she pointed

the spiritual leader of the Cockfosters and N. Southgate Synagogue in North London, was asked to consult with the cast of “The Lehman Trilogy.” In an interview, the rabbi said that Massini’s play is saturated with references to Jewish ritual, from the lighting of the chanukkiah to prePassover cleaning, giving him a lot to explain to the actors. But the play clearly struck a chord with audiences; it was sold out for months, and the rabbi predicted that it will have even greater resonance in New York, where the majority of the play is set and where Jews are so much more visible. “Anglo-Jewry is more subdued,” Rabbi Epstein observed. “Jews don’t want to be in the news every day,” as they have been with the stream of perceived anti-Semitic comments made by Jeremy Corbyn, who leads the Labour Party. Then again, the rabbi views the play as a cautionary tale that applies to Jews and non-Jews alike. As he wrote in a program note that appeared in the London production’s playbill, “It is not the perils of persecution that undermine our morality, but rather the unlimited access to freedom and opportunity that can be society’s undoing.” ✿ “The Lehman Trilogy” runs March 22-April 20 at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. For tickets, $95-$300, visit armoryonpark.org or call the box office at (212) 933-5812.


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Where Bergman And Roth Collide Jeff Lipsky’s ‘The Last’ is a different kind of Shoah-related film.

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verything you need to know about “The Last,” the startling new film by writer-director Jeff Lipsky, is right there in the opening scene. Members of a multigenerational family are standing by a small lake performing the traditional Jewish New Year rite of tashlich, symbolically casting the previous year’s tating glass cube that sins away. The autumn sun is bright, ployees tearfully carif not particularly warm. One of them

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describes the act as an opportunity to “leave our old selves behind us.” Lipsky’s cinematic shorthand is deft and quick. He introduces us immediately to group of self-identified Jews from a spectrum of levels of belief, a group of hyper-articulate, intelligent people who aren’t afraid

to talk about ideas. And he cunningly plants the seed for the drama that will follow when 92-year-old Claire (Rebecca Schull) leaves her old self behind to reveal that she is not, in fact, a Holocaust survivor but an unrepentant Nazi. “I wasn’t going to write a movie we’d seen before,” Lipsky said in a phone interview last week. “I wasn’t going to write about the Nazis coming to power. My films have always been about family; I thought what if we could reach back one generation and conjure up a character who is living as a Jew but is anything but.” That opening scene is structured around a series of medium shots

The Film List March 1: “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.” Oren Rudavsky’s handsome documentary on the life and career of the famed publisher and media mogul is an excellent introduction to the kind of corporate media issues that really began with Pulitzer and the newspaper barons of the Gilded Age. As much a model for Charles Foster Kane (or Rupert Murdoch) as Hearst, Pulitzer’s spectacular career raises all those unavoidable questions about Jewish influence on the media, and Rudavsky deals with them deftly. Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., quadcinema.com. (See interview w/Rudavsky on page 3.) March 1: “Transit.” Christian Petzold’s new film was one of the standouts at last year’s New York Film Festival, a bleak and brooding rumination on the meaning of exile in a time of crisis. Freely adapted from the WWIIera novel by Anna Seghers, the film traces the wanderings of Georg (Franz Rogowski) through a grimly familiar contemporary Marseilles filled with deliberate echoes of the ’30s and ’40s. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., ifccenter. com; Film Society of Lincoln Center, filmlinc.org. March 11: “The Devil Is a Woman.” Is it a coincidence that Leopold Sacher-Masoch, who gave us “masochism,” and Josef von Sternberg, its foremost ironic cinematic

The film’s writer-director Jeff Lipsky, left. Above, Rebecca Schull as a dying Holocaust survivor with an explosive secret with her doting great-grandson, played by A.J. Cedeno. P HOTOS COU RTESY OF P L AI NVI EW P ICTU R ES

that isolate two or three of the family members, anticipating the film’s overall structure as it explores their disparate reactions to Claire’s revelation. Those reactions are predominantly expressed through talk. “The Last” is that rarest of birds — a film of ideas, a fiction film with echoes of George Bernard Shaw, Iris Murdoch and, tellingly, Ingmar Bergman. “Bergman is my favorite European filmmaker ever,” Lipsky said.

“I always aspire to learn from Bergman every time I make a film.” The echoes of “Scenes from a Marriage” and “Sarabande” are inescapable. Erlendur Sveinsson’s cinematography is suffused with sunlight that belies the darkness of the story and Lipsky’s use of long takes emphasizes the emotional currents flowing through his ensemble cast. The joker in this deck is another favorite of Lipsky’s, Philip Roth. “The Last” brings together several Rothian themes: sex and other

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purveyor, were Jewish? A question that is perhaps best left unanswered, but “Devil,” his final teaming with Marlene Dietrich, is a divine, swooning elegy to self-abasement and self-denial. One of the great, delirious films of the ’30s. Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., filmforum. org.

April 2-9: ReelAbilities Film Festival. An important event that continues to grow every year, with a muchneeded focus on physically and mentally challenged people and a strong representation of filmmakers. Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., jccmanhattan.org.

March 15-21: Sixth Annual Socially Relevant Film Festival. Offering 60 feature, short and documentary films from 30 countries, this modest, under-appreciated festival always includes several Jewish-themed movies, as well as panel discussions and a screenwriting contest and reading. Major focus on women directors, too. Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., and other neighboring venues, ratedsrfilms.org.

April 24-May 5: Tribeca Film Festival. The spring cinema equivalent of the famous 800-pound gorilla, with a huge assortment of films, new media installations, round-table discussions, and red-carpet photo ops. In the past a vibrant showcase for new cinema from all over the globe, with a particularly rich vein of Middle Eastern work, and a spotlight on NYC films and filmmakers. This year’s opening night film is a history of the Apollo Theater. Tribecafilm.com.

March 27: “Working Woman.” Michal Aviad has been making films, mostly documentaries, for over 30 years. But “Working Woman,” her second fiction feature, is a cut above and painfully relevant to recent #MeToo headlines. When her husband’s restaurant sputters, Orna (Liron Ben-Slush) is suddenly thrust into the role of family. She takes a job with a local power in Tel Aviv real estate and displays an unexpected genius for marketing and sales. But her newfound success cuts two ways as her boss becomes more aggressive. Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., jccmanhattan.org; IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., ifccenter. com.

June 4-11: Israel Film Center Festival. A brief but colorful selection of new and old Israeli movies, always worth a visit. Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., jccmanhattan.org. June 12: “The Reports on Sarah and Saleem.” Based on real incidents, this film by Muayad Alayan starts out as another variation on the Romeo-and-Juliet conflict when an Israeli restaurant owner begins an affair with her Palestinian baker. But when the intelligence forces from both sides become involved, it turns into a thriller about unintended consequences. Film Forum, 209 W.


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continued from previous page bodily functions, imposters, the aftermath of the Shoah and the splintery nature of American Jewry. And like Roth, Lipsky sees sexuality as a liberating force. “The film is a love story,” he explained. “It’s about two different couples who are brought closer together than they ever were by this crisis. It’s a beautiful thing that for both couples the ultimate reaction is an erotic reaction, a loving reaction.” Lipsky grew up in Plainview, L.I., and was raised as a Conservative Jew. Ironically, the trigger for his screenplay was the odyssey of his nephew, who turned his back on the Conservative movement and became Modern Orthodox. He married a Catholic woman who converted to Judaism and, as Lipsky wryly noted, “is the most Jewish person in the family.” That joke has its own echo in the casting of the film. Schull, who plays the Nazi, is the only Jewish actor in the cast. Then again, Lipsky has played that particular card before. In his excellent 2006 film “Flannel Pajamas” Schull plays the protagonist’s deeply anti-Semitic mother-in-law and she is, of course, the only Jew in the cast. Schull and Reed Birney, who plays an Art Spiegelman-type graphic novelist, are Lipsky veterans. Indeed, they constitute a mini-stock company for the director, having been in four and five of his seven films, respectively. “I find it so easy to write characters for people who have unlimited

reservoirs of talent,” he said. “The scene in which Claire reveals her secret is an eight-page monologue, and it was the easiest section of dialogue I’ve ever written. I think subliminally I had Rebecca in mind when I was writing the script.” Schull’s career trajectory is a fascinating one. She was already in her 50s when she made her first appearances on camera. Her television resumé is extensive, most notably her seven seasons as the acerbic Faye on “Wings,” and it wouldn’t have been hard to imagine her as a sort of Eve Arden for the ’90s. But her subsequent film and television work, particularly with Lipsky, mines a rich, darker vein, and she is the best reason to see “The Last.” Claire is one of the most complex and demanding characters in recent American independent film, at once both loveable and terrifying. “This isn’t a woman who was a straightforward Hitler Youth,” Lipsky said. “Her protector and mentor, Dr. Carl Clauberg [a real historical figure], didn’t start out as a hideous monster, either. I want to ask the audience to put themselves in her position.” That imaginative leap, one that may prove difficult for audiences, is of a piece with Lipsky’s entire oeuvre. “I want all my films to be provocative,” he said. “People shy away from duality, but I feel they are rooted in truth.” ✿ “The Last,” written and directed by Jeff Lipsky, will have a special screening on Tuesday, March 5 at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave., jccmanhattan.org. The film opens March 29 at the Angelika Film Center, 18 W. Houston St., angelikafilmcenter.com.


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The staggering range of the forward-thinking saxophonist-composer’s music will be on display at the Miller Theatre.

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ohn Zorn, the saxophonist- ever had,” Zorn wrote. “I did day composer and record label long events at the Frick and the Art founder who blurs the line Institute of Chicago, a 10-day festibetween jazz, classical and Jewish val of my compositions in Lisbon last music, is nothing if not peripatetic August.” He went on to list an almost and prolific. unfathomable 16 live performance Consider these numbers, cour- series between February and Novemtesy of the man himself. “Since 2012 ber 2018. I have released a new CD almost And there’s more. monthly,” he wrote He’s been writing in an e-mail last “about 10 new classiweek. “From 2012 Special To The Jewish Week cal pieces each year,” to 2018 that’s 75 the fruits of which CDs under my name and an 11-CD will be on display at a March 7 “Comboxed set.” poser Portrait” concert. The event will Then there are live events, he include seven of Zorn’s recent compositions, including five world prenoted. “Last year was the busiest I’ve mieres, performed by a distinguished

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The March 7 “Composer Portrait” concert will feature Zorn’s music in a variety of settings. “My focus,” Zorn says, “has always been on finding new things, in developing the breakthrough mentality.” COU RTESY OF TH E JOH N D. & C ATH ER I N E T. MAC ARTH U R FOU N DATION

collection of musicians including the JACK Quartet, bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, drummer Tyshawn Sorey and several others. “Things are FLOWING,” he wrote. “It’s a real high.” Zorn himself may not be performing at the recital, but he’s a hands-on composer, so this gig isn’t a time out either. “I’m always involved and I’m there for the musicians 1000%,” he

confided. “Of course these players know my work intimately, but even when every note is completely written out, the page is just a point of departure and there needs to be further guidance on the human level.” Given the close collaboration between Zorn and his ever-rotating cast of musicians, that human level is one

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The Music List

original French version. Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave., amoreopera.org.

Ongoing: The NY Klezmer Series has a new home, but the music still rings out on Thursday evenings. Dance classes and late-night jam sessions are an integral part of the experience. Town & Village Synagogue, 334 E. 14th St., nyklezmer.com.

March 29-31: Trumpeter Avishai Cohen (part of Israel’s first family of jazz, along with siblings Anat and Yuval) completes a lengthy tour with an appearance at one of the city’s top jazz rooms. Jazz Standard, 16 E. 27th St., jazzstandard.com.

Feb. 21-24: A festival in celebration of the all-but-forgotten Jewish composer Karol Rathaus. Although he survived the Shoah, Rathaus’ music which had been suppressed by the Nazis remained virtually unheard after WWII. A new documentary film, symposia and concerts of his chamber and orchestral music highlight this event. Of particular interest is the Feb. 24 (3 p.m.) concert performance of his piano concerto by Daniel Wnukowski with The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein. Queens College LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, karolrathausfilm.com.

March 31: HaZamir’s annual gala concert, featuring its internationally acclaimed teen choir and guests that includes several world premieres, including a new work by Steven Cohen. David Geffen Hall (Lincoln Center), 4 p.m., wizadjournal.com/hazamirgalaconcert2019. April 12-Sept. 8: “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,” an exhibit of art inspired by the great composer, performer and poet, reflecting in part on his intensely felt Jewish identity. Like Cohen himself, this should be a startling change of pace and one hopes it will highlight his under-appreciated wry sense of humor. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue thejewishmuseum.org.

Feb. 24-26: American Sephardi Music Festival. A celebration of the many vibrant musical traditions encompassed by the label “Sephardic.” Ranging from Jewish-Argentine tango to Azerbaijani folk, this is a rare opportunity to hear live performances by world-class musicians whose work is not nearly as well known as it ought to be in the U.S. Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., americansephardi.org/events. March 19-23: A rare opportunity for a major rediscovery. “Dinorah,” a comic opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer, hasn’t been performed in New York since 1925. Meyerbeer was a particular target of Richard Wagner’s antiSemitic rants and despite the popularity of his operas during his lifetime, his work has been neglected. Amore Opera Company will be performing “Dinorah” in the

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April 16: The Israeli Chamber Project returns to the Baruch College Performing Arts Center with works including Mozart/Andre’s Clarinet Quartet in E-Flat Major, Bartok’s Contrasts, Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60, and more. Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., 7:30 p.m., baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.

Giacomo Meyerbeer, above, was a target of Richard Wagner’s anti-Semitic rants. The Amore Opera Company will perform his comic opera, “Dinorah,” which hasn’t been performed here since 1926.

June 16: “Yiddish Flavors of Love: A Musical Celebration,” a romantic Father’s Day event from the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, Binyumen Schaechter’s marvelous multigenerational Yiddish ensemble. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St., 3 p.m., thejppc.org/concerts.html.


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n a perfect day for base- subjected to virulent antiball in May 1947, two Jewish insults throughfuture Hall of Famers out his career. So when collided on the field of play and bred the two players got up bonds of tolerance we can still learn to resume play, instead from today. of being nonplussed, The veteran slugger Hank (aka “the Greenberg offered RobHebrew Hammer”) Greenberg was at inson encouragement, first base when Brooklyn Dodgers and friendship: don’t let rookie Jackie Robinson, the first Af- the hatemongers get to rican-American major league baseball you, he told him; hang in player in the modern era, dashed down there and keep on playing. the base path to beat out a hit. Within Robinson, who would have seconds, the two playbeen 100 years ers had slammed into old last month, conSpecial To The Jewish Week one another, both of tinued to do just that and went on to become both a baseball them landing on the ground. Race tensions were fraught at the hero and a civil rights hero, regularly time. The season — Robinson’s very speaking out against racism and antifirst in the Major Leagues — was just a Semitism. The photography exhibit month old, but even before he stepped “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: onto the field Robinson had been the An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legtarget of unrelenting racial jeers, taunts end” commemorates his legacy. It is and threats. One team manager was on view at the Museum of the City of egging on his pitchers to deliberately New York through Sept. 15. The show features 32 for the most throw at, not to, him. Some feared that even an unintentional collision like this part previously unseen photographs of Robinson on the field, in the dugout could escalate into violence. Greenberg knew all that from per- and in the clubhouse with his teamsonal experience. He himself had been mates, at home with his wife Rachel

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and son Jackie, Jr., and being cheered on by Brooklyn Dodgers fans. They were originally taken for Look magazine in 1949 and 1953 by staff photographers Kenneth Eide and Frank Bauman. Many evoke Robinson’s distinctive speed and athleticism as he runs between bases and fields his position in the infield. We see him at bat — and then on the ground, apparently, hit by a pitch. Was it deliberately thrown at him? “It was well known that he was thrown at, not only because he was a great

Robinson at the plate. He would have been 100 years old last month.

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baseball player but because he was breaking barriers,” said Sean Corcoran, the museum’s curator of prints and photographs and co-curator of the exhibit. “We don’t know the specific incident in the photo, but he faced this on a regular basis.” We see Robinson sitting in the dugout beside various teammates: catcher Roy Campanella (No. 39), second baseman Jim “Junior” Gilliam (No. 19), shortstop Pee Wee Reese (No. 11), and first baseman Gil Hodges (No. 14). One photo captures Robinson with his close friend, the shortstop and team captain Reese, who because of his Southern roots was also nicknamed the “Kentucky Colonel.” In one of the several articles he wrote for Look, Robinson highlighted the importance of Reese’s welcoming friendship, stating, “A Kentucky Colonel kept me in baseball.” Several other photos depict Robinson in conversation with teammates in the clubhouse. “These are my favorites in the show,” says Corcoran, the curator. “You see the unguarded openness among the players,” and their comfort and rapport with one another. Another photo shows the unmistakable affection with which the Brooklyn fans held Robinson, with youthful fans hanging over the dugout from their perch in the stands as a smiling Robinson signs autographs for them. The exhibit also includes a brief but sweetly mesmerizingly black-andwhite home movie that shows Robinson hitting and fielding in the backyard with his young son and two of his neighborhood friends. Some of the historic artifacts on display — including Robinson’s fielding glove and a Brooklyn Dodgers pennant featuring a likeness of Robinson — might even bring

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tears to the eyes of anyone who ever visited Ebbets Field, the grand Brooklyn stadium where the Dodgers played. There is also a baseball signed by the 1952 Dodgers, many of whom were legendary in their own right, including future Hall of Famers Duke Snider, Reese and Campanella, as well as Hodges, Ralph Branca, Carl Erskine and Preacher Roe. Additional photos capture Robinson working at the typewriter, presumably on one of the Look articles, the last of which, in 1957, announced his retirement from baseball. In that article he reflected on his most cherished memories. They included “the catch I made in 1951 that kept us from losing the pennant that day; the final out in the 1955 Series that made us World Champions; and the time, during my first hard year with the Dodgers [1947], when I was standing on first base beside Hank Greenberg of the Pirates. He suddenly turned to me and said, ‘A lot of

Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away This epic-sized exhibition presents the grim reality of the Nazi death camp through more than 700 artifacts and objects, many on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which helped organize the presentation. May 8-Jan. 3, 2020. Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, mjhnyc.org. Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything The exhibit features a wide range of contemporary art works inspired by the themes of the Canadian great-singer-songwriter’s life and work, along with Cohen’s own drawings and recordings of his music. April 12-Sept. 8. The Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Jewishmuseum.org. The Guiding Hand: An Exhibition of Torah Pointers from Past and Present Displays more than 200 examples, from the simple to the ornate, both contemporary and historic, of the yad, or Torah pointer, traditionally used for Torah reading. Through May 30. Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica, Temple Emanu-El. 1 E. 66th St., emanuelstreickernyc.org. The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East Focuses on the cultural, religious and commercial exchange that took place between 100 B.C. and A.D. 250 among nations and cities, including Jerusalem and Judaea. March 18-June 23. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 81st Street, metmuseum.org.

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The Self-Portrait, from Schiele to Beckmann Highlights the art of the self-portrait through the works of noted German and Austrian artists from the first half of the 20th century, including Jewish artists Ludwig Meidner and Felix Nussbaum. Feb. 28-June 24. Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave. (at 86th Street), neuegalerie.org.

Edmund de Waal Installation Sculptures made of porcelain, steel, gold, marble and glass by the acclaimed author and ceramist best known for his acclaimed memoir, “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” which tells the story of his oncewealthy European Jewish banking family. May 30Nov. 10. The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St., frick.org. Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey The peripatetic 19th-century French photographer shot what are believed to be the earliest surviving images of Jerusalem, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey. Twelve of his Jerusalem daguerreotypes — including shots of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Robinson’s Arch and the Dome of the Rock — are now on view. Through May 12. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 81st Street, metmuseum.org.

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Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy Features the mixed-media work of the New York- and Jaffa-based artist, who has roots in Iraq and Israel. May 1-Oct. 27. Yeshiva University Museum, 15 W. 16th St., yumuseum.org.

York to present the exhibit. Future programs at the Jackie Robinson Museum will include collaborations with the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “The Robinson family and the Jewish community were very close,” Baeza said. “Robinson denounced anti-Semitism as odious as racism.” And the relationship between Robinson and Greenberg carries on: Steve D. Greenberg, Hank’s son, is one of the directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. ✿

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people are pulling for you to make good. Don’t ever forget it.’ I never have.” In his post-baseball career, Robinson became the first African-American vice president of a major U.S. corporation, Chock Full o’Nuts. He died in 1972 at 53. This centennial year will be marked by additional programs honoring Robinson, culminating in the opening in December of the Jackie Robinson Museum, now under construction in Lower Manhattan. “In addition to paying tribute to his breaking barriers in sports and his athletic prowess, it will be a place of very dynamic dialogue around social issues that this country is still wrestling with,” said Della Britton Baeza, president of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which partnered with the Museum of the City New


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20th-century American novelists like “The Dark Young Man” by Jacob Roth and Bellow, pulled into the 21stDinezon, translated by Tuna Lunson century. (March) (Jewish Storyteller Press), is the first “Wunderland” by Jennifer Cody English translation of this 1877 novel Epstein (Crown) is a work of historiof romance, assimilation and intrigue cal fiction, set in 1933 Berlin and years that is considered the first best-selling later in New York City; it’s a story Yiddish novel. (February) of friendship, betrayal and inherited A debut novel by a surgeon, Leo trauma inspired by the true story of Rozmaryn, “Lone a former Hitler Soldier” (Kindle Youth. (March) Direct Publishing) is A debut novel Culture Editor a fast-paced thriller written with deep and love story that takes place in 1970s feeling, “The Limits of the World” by Israel, offering a window into modern Jennifer Acker (Delphinium) is a crossOrthodox culture. (February) cultural family saga in which secrets Set among immigrants from the are unfolded, challenging relationships, FSU in South Brooklyn, with news understanding and ethics. (April) of events back home and in their new “Maybe You Should Talk to Somehome always pressing, Irina Reyn’s one: A Therapist, Her Therapist and “Mother Country” tells an urgent story Our Lives” by Lori Gottlieb (Houghton of a mother and daughter separated by Mifflin Harcourt) unveils the therapeuborders (St. Martin’s). (March) tic process from both sides, showcas“Kaddish.com” by Nathan Eng- ing shared humanity and resilience. For lander (Knopf) is a comic and compel- Gottlieb, seeing a therapist when she ling story of an atheist son’s scheme to was going through difficult times gave hire someone to say kaddish for his late her more compassion and admiration father. Englander writes knowingly of for her patients. (April) the secular and religious worlds. (March) Julie Orringer’s much-anticipated Andrew Ridker’s debut, “The Al- novel “The Flight Portfolio” (Knopf) truists” (Viking), is a darkly funny is based on the true story of Varian Fry, family portrait — an inheritance story an American journalist who helped reswith an unusual twist — with characters cue thousands of Jewish refugees durinspired by the author’s love of great ing World War II, including many artists

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DISTANT COUSINS COMES HOME Distant Cousins is an L.A.-based folk/pop trio with strong Jewish and local roots. Dov Rosenblatt, former lead singer of Blue Fringe (Disclosure: His father is this paper’s editor/ publisher), and Ami Kozak graduated from a day school in Teaneck. Duvid Swirsky (Moshav band) grew up in Israel on the moshav founded and influenced by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Having met years ago when their bands often overlapped, the three formed Distant Cousins in 2013 and their music has been featured in films like “This Is Where I Leave You,” Macy’s commercials, movie trailers for “Daddy’s Home” and “How to Train Your Dragon 3,” and on numerous TV shows. Their new album, “Next of Kin” (Jullian Records), was released last month. The review from Hollywood’s famous record store, Amoeba Records, described it as “filled with infectious hooks and floor-stompin’ riffs … Basically it’s the sound of your new favorite band.” — Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9 p.m., Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck; Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Rockwood Music Hall, Distantcousinsofficial.com.

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launch of his memoir, this will be Mizrahi’s only New York appearance and will include a special musical performance. A book signing will follow. — Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212) 8645400, symphonyspace. org. YIDDISH FIDDLER, OFF BROADWAY “Fiddler” in Yiddish, the unexpected runaway hit that both delighted and choked up audiences at Museum of Jewish History, is now Off-Broadway. Directed by the acclaimed Joel Grey, a rich Yiddish translation by the late Shraga Friedman adds

clarinetist Michael Winograd and featuring the composer of the original score for the 1991 re-mastered film, Pete Sokolow. — Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m., Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 2948301, cjh.org. PROSECUTING EVIL: THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD OF BEN FERENCZ A portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for justice. — Friday, Feb. 22 – Thursday, Feb. 28, Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., (212) 924-

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Noted for her “glowing, burnished tone” (The Washington Post), cellist Inbal Segev performs solo cello works by five prominent female composers: Missy Mazzoli, Reena Esmail, Anna Clyne, Gity Razaz and Kaija Saariaho. The program’s focal point, “Legend of Sigh,” is a new multimedia piece for cello and electronics written for Segev by Razaz, with video and projection design by filmmaker Carmen Kordas. It explores birth, transformation and death through the retelling of an old Azerbaijani folktale. — Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Roulette Intermedium Brooklyn, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org.

ONE. ONE & ONE Choreographed by Noa Wertheim and set to a powerful score by Avi Belleli, the noted Israeli dance company Vertigo performs “One. One & One.” Unfolding on a dirtcovered stage, the work creVertigo company ates a sensory experience as performs here. it explores the individual’s BACNYC.ORG desire for wholeness and spiritual connection to the natural world. The Jerusalem Post described it as “freer and fresher than ever.” — TuesdayWednesday, March 5-6, 7:30 p.m., Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St., (646) 731-3200, bacnyc.org.

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Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi talks with Debra Messing about his new memoir next week at Symphony Space. WI KI M EDIA COM MON S

ISAAC MIZRAHI: I.M. The fashion icon offers a candid look back on his life with the release of his memoir, “I.M. Isaac Mizrahi.” In conversation with Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Mizrahi will recount growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, his rise, fall, and reinvention in the world of haute couture and his foray into musical cabaret. To celebrate the

new depth to the iconic musical. With English and Russian supertitles. — Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St., (212) 2396200, Telecharge.com.

Film EAST AND WEST Celebrating the 121st birthday of Yiddish theater and film star Molly Picon, this screening of the silent classic “East and West” (1923) is accompanied by a live score performed by

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Music THE AMERICAN SEPHARDI MUSIC FESTIVAL Created and directed by Sephardic opera singerarranger David Serero, this three-day festival features concerts by world-class musicians who reflect the rich mosaic of Greater Sephardic culture. — Sunday-Tuesday, Feb.

24-Thursday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., (212) 294-8301, cjh. org.

LIOR MILIGER’S FREE IMPROV TRIO Since his 2015 move to New York, the IsraeliAuthors Naomi Novik, top, R American sax player, grounds influence their writi composer and impro-WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCO viser has been making a name for himself as an avant-garde player with deep roots in the jazz tradition, ancient Jewish music and Israeli folklore. He fronts a band with bassist Zach Swanson and drummer Joe Hertenstein. — Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. concert, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 196 Allen St., rockwoodmusichall.com. YEMEN BLUES Bringing traditional Yemenite prayers and melodies into the world of funk, soul, blues and jazz, the ensemble Yemen Blues — “a band that must be on your radar, regardless of your preference for genre” (DownBeat) — occupies a unique world music perch. This performance features the pared-down crew of Kahalani, percussionist Rony Irwyn and bassist/ oudist Shanir Blumenkranz. — Sunday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, brooklynbowl.com. ALON NEAR The Israeli-American bass player has gigged with multi-Grammy Award-winner Billy Childs, DownBeat award-winning saxophonist Eli Degibri and noted pianist Johnny O’Neal. He leads his own trio in Smalls’ after-hours session. — Sunday, Feb. 24, 1-4 a.m., Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W. 10th St., (646) 476-4346, smallslive. com.


OR MILIGER’S REE IMPROV TRIO nce his 2015 move to ew York, the IsraeliAuthors Naomi Novik, left, Rachel Kadish, and Pam Jenoff discuss how their Jewish backgrounds merican sax player, influence their writing next week at 92Y. mposer and impro-WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOU RT/FACEBOOK ser has been making a me for himself as an ited works employ a ant-garde player withAMOS HOFFMAN York Times. Gwirtzcombination of custom ep roots in the jazzTRIO man sifts through two TELLING OUR adition, ancient Jew-Acclaimed as an ethno- decades of repertory STORIES: software and organic h music and Israelijazz fusion pioneer, (“Tribe,” “The Oracle,” DISCUSSING materials to mimic lklore. He fronts athe Israeli-born oud- etc.) for this anniver- CONTEMPORARY and interact with the nd with bassist Zachist/guitarist/composer sary show. — Friday- JEWISH FICTION viewer’s body in space. wanson and drummerplays modern jazz with Saturday, Feb. 22-23, Award-winning au- — Through March 17, e Hertenstein. —a heavy, heady Middle 8 p.m., 92nd Street Y, thors Rachel Kadish Bitforms Gallery, 131 unday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.E a s t e r n a c c e n t . — 1395 Lexington Ave., (“The Weight of Ink”), Allen St., (212) 366oors, 7:30 p.m. con-Wednesday – Thursday, 92y.org. P a m J e n o f f ( “ T h e 6939, bitforms.art. rt, Rockwood MusicFeb. 27-28, 10:30 p.m. Kommandant’s Girl”) all Stage 3, 196 Allen– 1 a.m., Smalls Jazz Talk and Naomi Novik (the KINDERTRANSPORT ., rockwoodmusi-Club, 183 W. 10th St., “Temeraire series”) J u s t w e e k s a f t e r all.com. (646) 476-4346, small- HOW TO FIGHT d i s c u s s h o w t h e i r Kristallnacht (Nov. slive.com. ANTI-SEMITISM Jewish background, 9-10, 1938), the first EMEN BLUES New York Times col- beliefs, culture and group of Jewish refuringing traditionalTHE LAND umnist and Pittsburgh experiences contrib- gee children arrived in emenite prayers andOF ISRAEL native Bari Weiss has ute to their narrative the United Kingdom. elodies into the worldIsraeli singer Ariella become known for her voices and shape the The Leo Baeck Instifunk, soul, blues andEdvy and the Music- insightful, passionate stories they tell. — tute and the Yeshiva zz, the ensemble Ye-Talks Ensemble embark columns about the re- Tu e s d a y, F e b . 2 6 , University Museum en Blues — “a bandon a musical journey surgence of anti-Sem- noon, 92nd Street Y, co-sponsor a new exat must be on your ra-through Israel’s diverse itism. What she most 1395 Lexington Ave., hibition exploring this r, regardless of yoursites and environments. often hears from read- 92y.org. remarkable effort, one eference for genre”Through an array of ers is: What can we do that saved some 10,000 DownBeat) — oc-site-specific songs, host about it? — Monday, TRANS JEWS children, many of pies a unique worldElad Kabilio offers a Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Temple ARE HERE whom never saw their usic perch. This per-fresh auditory experi- Emanu-El Streicker Author and Yeshiva parents again. — Cenrmance features theence of Israel’s land- Center, 1 E. 65th St., U n i v e r s i t y p r o f e s - ter for Jewish History, red-down crew ofscapes. — Monday, (212) 507-9580, eman- sor Joy Ladin speaks 15 W. 16th St., (800) in conversation with 838-3006, cjh.org. ahalani, percussionistMarch 4, 7 p.m., Center uelstreickernyc.org. Rabbi Mike Moskowony Irwyn and bassist/for Jewish History, 15 ANTI-SEMITISM IN dist Shanir Blumen-W. 16th St., (212) 294- THE UNITED STATES itz, CBST scholar-in- CLOSE ONE EYE In the wake of the attack residence for trans and I s r a e l i f i g u r a t i v e anz. — Sunday, Feb.8301, cjh.org. on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Jewish studies, on La- painter Tirtzah Bas4, 8 p.m., Brooklyn Life Synagogue, anti- din’s new book, “The sel’s second solo exhiowl, 61 Wythe Ave.,Dance Semitism in America Soul of the Stranger: bition at Slag Gallery rooklyn, brooklynINTERSECTIONS fosters debate. To what R e a d i n g G o d a n d will feature a new body wl.com. D a n i e l G w i r t z m a n extent is America differ- Torah from a Trans- of work that includes — producer, director, ent from diaspora coun- gender Perspective.” both large- and smallLON NEAR he Israeli-Americaneducator, filmmaker tries? Do more recent — Monday, Feb. 25, s c a l e o i l p a i n t i n g s ss player has giggedand dancer — marks events warrant a change 6:30 p.m., Congrega- rooted in everyday life. ith multi-Grammy2 0 y e a r s a s a N e w in our understanding, or tion Beit Simchat To- — Through March 10, ward-winner BillyYork choreographer is this part of longer pat- rah, 130 W. 30th St., Slag Gallery Brooklyn, h i l d s , D o w n B e a tand company direc- terns? Historians Lila (212) 929-9498, csbt. 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, (212) 967-9818, ward-winning saxo-tor. His diverse reper- Corwin Berman, Tony org. slaggallery.com. onist Eli Degibri andtory has earned praise Michels and Jonathan oted pianist Johnnyfor its humor, stylistic Sarna debate. Docu- Exhibitions MARTHA ROSLER: ’Neal. He leads hisversatility, musicality, ments and images from IRRESPECTIVE wn trio in Smalls’charisma and accessi- the AJHS archives will SOL ter-hours session. —bility. “Mr. Gwirtzman punctuate the conver- Israeli-American artist B r o o k l y n y e s h i v a unday, Feb. 24, 1-4does know that in dance sation. — Wednesday, Daniel Rozin probes educated Martha Rom., Smalls Jazz Club,less can be more. And Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Center the relationship be- sler is considered one 3 W. 10th St., (646)that’s a good thing for for Jewish History, 15 tween the function of of the strongest and 76-4346, smallslive.any choreographer to W. 16th St., (212) 294- natural and mechanical most resolute artistic know,” wrote The New 8301, cjh.org. structures. The exhib- voices of her generam.

tion. (She has said that her Jewish education inspired her politics.) She skillfully employs diverse materials to address pressing matters of her time, including war, gender roles, gentrification, inequality and labor. From her feminist photomontages of the 1960s and ’70s to her large-scale installations, Rosler’s work reflects her enduring and passionate vision.

— Through March 3, The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. (at 92nd Street), (212) 423-3200, thejm.org. To publish events, submit them to jewishweekcalendar@gmail.com two weeks or more in advance. We cannot guarantee inclusion due to space limitations. Since scheduling changes may occur, we recommend contacting the venue before heading out to an event.

Coming This Spring !

CINEMA JUDAICA THE EPIC CYCLE, 1950–1972

BY KEN SUTAK

The stunning sequel to CINEMA JUDAICA: THE WAR YEARS, 1939-1949 illustrated with more than 400 unforgettable images of Jewish heroines, heroes, and history — from the breathtaking movie poster art of the one generationlong rise and fall of the post-war cycle of spectacular epic films. “Exceptional compendium of Jewish WWII Cinema. Sutak brings an astute arsenal of visual imagery to unearth a side of WWII that is too often overlooked. Cinema Judaica is the de facto gold standard of its kind.” —TVTintelligentsia

“Visually engaging [and] well researched…. While other books have covered the history of Jews and films, this is specifically focused on the films of the war with the graphics serving as dramatic emphasis of the record.” — Jewish Book Council

The Dr. Bernard Heller Museum Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion NEW YORK

ORDER AT EMOVIEPOSTER.COM or (417) 256-9616 Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle, 1950–1972 192 pp. softcover (ISBN: 978-1-884300-56-1) — $28 + S/h

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