Ten-year-old Jacob cannot believe his ears when a Yankee soldier asks for his piece of matzoh. Even worse, his family invited the Jewish Yankee to Seder! While Jacob is bitter about the South losing the Civil War, the corporal is still able to have an open discussion with his family about freedom and slavery – apt themes for Passover.
The Yankee at the Seder by Elka Weber
From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.
By 1917, Harlem was flourishing, serving as a cultural haven for African Americans and home to the nation’s second-largest Jewish community. Explore the grand synagogues and row houses and trace the mass exodus as the subways brought immigrant Jews from lower Manhattan, and the Great Migration brought African Americans from the South to create the Sugar Hill and Harlem of legend. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Black Fives.
Each year during the Passover Seder, Jewish families recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt using the Haggadah as their guide book. Acclaimed authors Cokie and Steven V. Roberts share their unique and personalized vision of the traditional Haggadah, exploring their own family traditions, lessons they’ve learned as an interfaith couple, and inclusive Passover rituals.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) was founded in New York City in 1914 as a response to the plight of Jews in Europe and Palestine at the outset of World War I. Since then, JDC has become a premiere humanitarian organization helping Jews and non-Jews the world over in times of need. On the occasion of its 100 year anniversary, this exhibition will recount the history of the JDC from its creation by Jacob Schiff and Henry Morgenthau Sr. to its most recent relief activities rebuilding Jewish communities of the former Soviet Union and in aiding Filipinos in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. Included in this celebratory exhibition will be photographs, objects, and films that bring the JDC’s poignant stories to life.
Simchat Torah celebration in Romanian synagogue, Bucharest, 1969.
Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:00 to Sun, 12/01/2013 - 17:00
Fri, November 29th, 2013 | 10:00 am to Sun, December 1st, 2013 | 5:00 pm
Friday – Sunday, November 29 – December 1, All day
Families will seek out images of light throughout the New-York Historical Society in this seasonal scavenger hunt. From New-York Historical's Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps to the treasures of Shearith Israel, find examples of light used for both decoration and symbolism.
How did the Bush Administration’s policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict evolve in the years following 9/11? Why did the peace negotiations fail? Elliott Abrams, a former White House deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor, provides an insider’s account of the Bush Administration’s crucial role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Sunday, April 7, 12:30 pm
Strongly recommended for ages 9 and up
How can we talk about the toughest parts of our history with our children? To mark Yom haShoah this unique intergenerational family program presents the award winning 2012 short film, A Journey with Purpose, which documents three generations of the Becker family on their return to Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will be joined by the film maker, Gail Becker, and her son Joshua, as well as the organization Facing History and Ourselves.