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Museum of Jewish Heritage virtual programs in August

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, continues to host virtual programs while the museum remains closed during the COVID-19 crisis. All events take place at 2 p.m. Suggested donation for each event is $10.

For more information or to sign up for the following August Zoom events, visit mjhnyc.org/events.

Trauma Studies, Creativity, And The Second Generation
Tuesday, August 4 | 2 PM
Children of Holocaust survivors process and cope with inherited trauma in remarkably diverse ways. In this discussion, clinical psychologist Irit Felsen – a trauma specialist focusing on Holocaust survivors and their children – will be joined by award-winning author and poet Elizabeth Rosner (Survivor Cafe, Speed of Light) for a discussion of how trauma is passed on and manifest from generation to generation.

Survivor Songs: The Amazing Stonehill Recordings
Thursday, August 6 | 2 PM
In the summer of 1948, amateur folklorist Ben Stonehill recorded more than 1,000 songs from Holocaust refugees who were being housed temporarily in the lobby of the Hotel Marseilles on New York’s Upper West Side. Stonehill’s efforts preserved for posterity a rich repertoire of songs in Yiddish as well as Polish, Czech, and Hebrew. The recordings are now being disseminated on the web by Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs through a partnership with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

In this online multimedia program Isaacs will reveal the inside story of Ben Stonehill’s heroic project, and share some of the remarkable performances Stonehill captured on wire recordings. Special guest musician Vladimir Fridman will perform songs from the Stonehill archive.

Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through The Twentieth Century
Tuesday, August 11 | 2 PM
For centuries, the Greek port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family – leading publishers and editors who helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. As the wars of the twentieth century redrew borders around them, the Levys were gradually transformed from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. In time, the Holocaust nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the family tree.

In Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century, prizewinning Sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the Levy family’s correspondence to tell the story of their sprawling journey. 

Author and Columbia University Professor of Israel and Jewish Studies Clémence Boulouque will discuss Stein’s book as well as Sephardic experiences during the Holocaust.

“Demagogue: The Life And Long Shadow Of Senator Joe McCarthy” With Author Larry Tye
Thursday, August 20 | 2 PM
U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy was one of the most controversial people in 1950s America, championing an anti-communist movement that often gave way to antisemitism. In Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, bestselling author Larry Tye offers a comprehensive portrait of McCarthy based on the first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings. Join Tye for a discussion of his new book and McCarthy’s complex legacy.

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