1 The Gershman Y receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. GershmanY.org FILMS 401 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PA I D XXXXXXXX, PA PERMIT NO. XXX FOOD HUMOR Fall 2015 GershmanY.org
2 Jef fh ud s on d an This fall is marked by a series of celebrations at the Gershman Y. We trace the YÕs origins back to the Young MenÕs Hebrew Association (YMHA), originally formed in 1875 to serve as a cultural, educational, and social meeting place for the Jewish community. That makes us 140 years young this fall! Today, we still proudly offer cultural, educational, and social programs and events to an ever-expanding community of the curious who want to participate in a wide variety of stimulating activities informed by Jewish values. We are marking this anniversary with a special fundraising campaign; two generous donors will match all new and increased gifts to the Gershman Y dollar for dollar. That means that your new or increased gift will double in value Ñ what a great investment in our community! More information about this wonderful opportunity can be found on page 14. It is also the 35th anniversary of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and promises to be the best season of year-round Jewishthemed film programming that we have ever offered. This season, we will also take our films on the road and extend programming to those who canõt visit us Ñ films and discussions will be offered at area schools and senior communities. And come celebrate the perfect blend of Jewish comedy and Chinese food with our sensational 7th annual Moo Shu Jew Show on December 24! You can read more about this yearõs performers on page 5. There are also plenty of new adventures at the Y this fall, like the debut of our Book It! series. Where else can you engage directly with contemporary Jewish authors whose books navigate culinary tradition and innovation, race and science, and romance through the lens of World War II? We have a proud history and a glorious present, but we are not just resting on our laurels. We are undertaking our first comprehensive strategic planning initiative since we became an independent entity, and we are asking all of you, our invaluable stakeholders, to help us envision our future. If you have not yet heard from us, please contact us, and we will let you know how to be part of this process. As the following pages reveal, we are offering a wide range of exciting programs for people of all ages and interests. Please take advantage of as many of these unique experiences as you can. See you at the Y! y Hamby from Es Am tia Dear Friends, SUNDAY DEC PM LATKE PALOOZA YouÕre invited to a Bat MitzvahÑ 13 years of Latkepalooza! This unique blend of culture and cuisine has become a much-loved annual tradition and one of our signature events. Foodies of all ages bask in potato paradise as chefs from 10 of PhiladelphiaÕs top restaurants offer their own creative take on the latke (potato pancake)! Latkepalooza will get you in the Hanukkah spirit just as the holiday is about to begin. Tantalize your taste buds, groove to live music, and enjoy childrenõs crafts and balloon artistry! Make sure to purchase your tickets early Ñ last yearõs Latkepalooza sold out over a week before the big day. COST: $20 General Admission $12 Ages 2-12 / FREE Under 2 CONTENTS 4 Learning & Brain Caf 5 Jewish Humor & Moo Shu Jew Show 6 For 40 & 50-Somethings 6 Yiddish Vinkel & Mah Jongg 6 Book It! Author Series 8 Parent-Infant Series 9 Healthy Conversations 10 Travel with The Gershman Y 1 1 Gershman Gallery: Dorit Feldman Maxine Gaiber 12 Open Lens Gallery: Jenee Mateer Executive Director 13 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 14 You Can Help! 15 Calendar
3 LUNCH ÔNÕ LEARN WITH LANCE: SEPHARDIC JOURNEYS FROM MEDIEVAL SPAIN TO MODERN TIMES LEARNING THURSDAYS 12:30-1:30 PM OCTOBER 15 & NOVEMBER 5 COST: $10 each or $15 for the pair Rabbi Lance Sussman of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel continues his popular lunch ÔnÕ learn brown bag series with a fascinating journey through Sephardic Jewish life, history, and culture. We start with the Golden Age of Jewish life in Spain, continue through the tragedy and effects of the Inquisition, and conclude with the fate and current status of Sephardic Jews. RETIREMENT INCOME SOLUTIONS (RIS) SERIES FOR WOMEN TUESDAYS 6-9 PM OCTOBER 27; NOVEMBER 3, 10, 17 Plus 6 monthly phone coaching sessions COST: $60 Participation eligibility limits net assets to $250k (exclusive of home) Apply: worc-pa.com / Are you 50+ and unsure about retirement planning? This series and coaching by WomenÕs Opportunities Resource Center (WORC) and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA) will help you: Identify income gaps and options Maximize social security benefits Understand investing, insurance, and tax-deferred savings Implement an action plan to supplement income WORCÕs self-employment training and JEVS Career Solutions are available to program graduates. Series made possible by a grant from Women of Vision, the Jewish WomenÕs Foundation of Greater Philadelphia. BRAIN CAF: ISRAEL 2020 TUESDAYS 7:00-8:30 PM OCTOBER 20, NOVEMBER 24, DECEMBER 15 COST: $5/session or $10 for the series This popular series continues with monthly discussions triggered by YouTube clips of lectures and interviews, and brief articles from a variety of sources. This fall, we consider what the State of Israel could look like in 2020 as it tackles challenges and opportunities related to ethnic, religious, and national identity; economics and income disparity; and terrorism and other security threats. Visit GershmanY.org to link to the videos and articles, and then join us for coffee and conversation! IDENTITY & IDENTIFICATION IN ISRAEL TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20 PROSPERITY & POVERTY IN ISRAEL TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 PEACE & SECURITY / ISOLATION & TERRORISM TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 LAUGHING TO LIFE! A HISTORY OF JEWISH HUMOR THURSDAYS 7:00-8:30 PM OCTOBER 15, 22, 29 COST: $10/session or $25 for the series Cory Kahaney Featuring a veritable jukebox of jokes, this new series explores the origins and development of Jewish humor, with a focus on the past 150 years of Jewish comedy. The Gershman YÕs Director of Programs, Sahar Oz, blends history, geography, religion, and culture in this highly interactive journey that examines humor in times of peril, stereotypes in Jewish humor, and the current state of comedy in the worldõs two largest Jewish communities: the U.S. and Israel. THURSDAY DECEMBER 24 6 PM OCEAN HARBOR RESTAURANT 1023 RACE STREET COST: $75 Advance / $85 Door The Moo Shu Jew Show marks its 7th year with the perfect December 24th duo of Jewish comedy and Chinese dinner! Co-produced with late night TV favorite Cory Kahaney, who also serves as the eveningõs emcee, this yearõs lineup features acclaimed stand-up specialists Dan Naturman and Buddy Fitzpatrick. Begin the evening with a delicious multicourse Chinese dinner in the heart of Chinatown. This show will sell out, so get your tickets early! Food is not kosher; vegetarian options are available. Dan Naturman LAUGHING 4 GershmanY.org
4 SOCIAL JEWISH INTERACTIONS FOR FORTY/FIFTY- SOMETHINGS (JIFF) Launched this past spring, JIFF is the Gershman YÕs fast-growing community for Jewish men and women in their 40s and 50s to build and deepen connections Ñ social, personal, and/or professional. Whether youõre single or married, hoping to meet that special someone, or looking to expand your circle of friends, JIFF is for you! Monthly outings take place in Center City with great company, culture, and cuisine. From happy hours to Latin dancing, improv comedy to ÒEscape the RoomÓ adventures, JIFF has something for everyone. Check out the 40 & 50-Somethings section at GershmanY.org and join us! YIDDISH VINKEL (Yiddish Corner) TUESDAYS 12:30-1:30 PM OCTOBER 13, 27; NOVEMBER 10, 24; DECEMBER 8, 22 COST: $5/class; $25 for the series Our popular Yiddish conversation series continues, with Sarita Gocial blending expressions and vocabulary both sweet and spicy! Yiddish Vinkel uses glossaries, humor, music, and stories to spur Yiddish discussions that are nourished in part by nostalgia. Beginners welcome! MAH JONGG THURSDAYS 1 PM BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 17 Cost: FREE Looking for a game of Mah Jongg? The Y hosts a weekly session! Meet new people, chat, and have fun. BOOK IT! THURSDAYS 7:00-8:30 PM OCTOBER 1, NOVEMBER 5, DECEMBER 3 COST: $10/session or $25 for series This new series celebrates the latest releases by acclaimed Jewish authors spanning a wide range of subjects, styles, and genres. Expand your literary palette, discuss and inquire with the authors, and enjoy light refreshments. The series meets on the first Thursday each month, so Book It! on your calendar. LEAH KOENIG, Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for TodayÕs KitchenY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 This is Leah KoenigÕs second cookbook, and her presentation will include a cooking demonstration! Her first book, The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen, was published in KoenigÕs work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, BonAppetit.com, Modern Farmer, Time Out New York, and Tablet. MICHAEL YUDELL, Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Race Unmasked revisits the origins of commonly held beliefs about the scientific nature of racial differences, examines the roots of the modern idea of race, and explains why race continues to generate controversy as a tool of classification even in our genomic age. Michael Yudell, PhD, directs Drexel UniversityÕs Program in Public Health Ethics and History. He writes a blog, The PublicÕs Health, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has published two books about the genomic revolution. PAM JENOFF, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 Young Adelia Monteforte begins the summer of 1941 aboard a crowded ship bound for America, utterly alone yet free of Fascist Italy. Whisked away to the seaside by her well-meaning aunt and uncle, she slowly begins to adapt to her new life, basking in the noisy affection of the boisterous Irish-Catholic boys next door and pining for Charlie Connally. But hopes for a future together are throttled by the creep of war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home. This is Pam JenoffÕs eighth historical novel. She previously worked at the Pentagon and was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department in Krakow, Poland. PAGE TURNERS Co-presented with Temple UniversityÕs Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. 6 GershmanY.org
5 MIND+ BODY BABY TALK WEDNESDAYS 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM SEPTEMBER 30; OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28; NOVEMBER 4 COST: $20/session or $99 for the series (save $21!) Baby Talk is a new educational and fun parenting playgroup with renowned experts in attendance, for parents with babies 6 weeks to 6 months old. Caregivers welcome! Baby Talk is facilitated by Bonnie Offit, MD, a board certified pediatrician with over 25 years experience at the ChildrenÕs Hospital of Philadelphia, and Nancy Librett, a local marketing executive who created Baby Talk, inspired by her own experience as a participant in parent and child programs. WELCOME & EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Meet other new parents and share stories, concerns, and questions as your baby begins to discover yet another part of the world. Dr. Bonnie Offit leads an informal discussion of the early stages of child development. POSTPARTUM POINTERS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Hilary Waller, MS in Counseling Psychology, specializing in the parentchild relationship, joins Dr. Offit for our second session. New parenting, though joyful, always brings a new set of unexpected stressors. This session will focus on postpartum stress and how to handle it. TALK ABOUT ZZZZZZZZÕS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 Sleep deprivation with young children can certainly take its toll on the entire family. But there is a method to gently teach a child to go to sleep and stay asleep. Dr. Offit welcomes Jennifer Schindele, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, to join us for this weekõs session. NUTRITION NOW AND LATER WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 Is your child getting enough nutrition? Do you have breastfeeding questions or post-breastfeeding concerns? Dr. Offit will be joined by Lisa Laura, Registered Dietician and Assistant Professor at La Salle UniversityÕs Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition. TOT TRAVEL TIPS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 ThereÕs no need to stop traveling just because you have a child or two. But it can pose a real challenge. Planning carefully and choosing welcoming and appropriate destinations can make a huge difference. Mindy Goldenberg Valenci, co-owner of The Family Traveler for over a decade, will join Dr. Offit to answer questions and offer suggestions. The Family Traveler has been featured in Parents Magazine, Readers Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and on ABC News. WRAP-UP AND WHATÕS NEXT? WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 This week, we conclude our series by tying in all that we have learned and explored. Dr. Offit will lead this wrap-up, as we discuss whatõs next in your childõs development and what surprises to expect. Support for this series provided, in part, by Elaine Lindy. HEALTHY CONVERSATIONS WEDNESDAYS 7:00-8:30 PM OCTOBER 14, NOVEMBER 4, DECEMBER 9 If staying well is a state of mind, Healthy Conversations challenges your mind to stay healthy! Join us for three enlightening, engaging evenings of presentations by leading local experts on health and wellness. BAD FAITH: WHEN RELIGIOUS BELIEF UNDERMINES MODERN MEDICINE OCTOBER 14 COST: $5 Paul Offit, MD, will discuss his latest book, which The Philadelphia Inquirer praised as Òhonest and fair, fails to leave any stone unturned... a fabulous book thatõs well worth the read.ó Dr. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the ChildrenÕs Hospital of Philadelphia as well as a Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at University of PennsylvaniaÕs Perelman School of Medicine. A recipient of many awards who has published over 150 papers in medical and scientific journals, Dr. Offit is co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, and the author of six acclaimed medical books. JEWISH GENETIC DISEASES: DISCUSSION & SCREENING NOVEMBER 4 6 PM FREE Note earlier start time Between 25 and 50 percent of Ashkenazi Jews screened are carriers for one or more Jewish genetic diseases. Everyone of Jewish ancestry or who is in a relationship with someone of Jewish ancestry should get screened before planning to start a family. We start with a presentation by Dr. Adele Schneider, Medical Director of Einstein Healthcare NetworkÕs Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, followed by an optional screening, which requires just a simple blood test. The cost with any health insurance is $99; the maximum without insurance is $350. Co-presented with: ALZHEIMERÕS AWARENESS & ADVANCES DECEMBER 9 COST: $5 AlzheimerÕs accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. Dr. Jason Karlawish, Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy and Associate Director of the Penn Memory Center, will discuss recent developments and ongoing research that seek to optimize the diagnosis and treatment of AlzheimerÕs disease. Co-presented with: Support for this series provided by Junia Oliansky. MIND+ BODY 8 GershmanY.org
6 RECEPTION WITH ARTIST DORIT FELDMAN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 6:00 PM FREE DAY TRIP: LOWER EAST SIDE SYNAGOGUE TOUR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 8 AM - 7 PM COST: $135 We will visit three very different historic synagogues on ManhattanÕs Lower East Side. We begin with a tour of the beautifully restored Eldridge Street Synagogue, serving its Orthodox congregation since 1887 in its magnificent Moorish style interior. We will then travel to the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue, built in 1927 by Romaniote Jews whose families have lived in Greece for over 2,000 years, where we will enjoy a Kosher Greek lunch and a tour of the synagogue and museum. We will end our day at the Bialystoker Synagogue, a late Federal style Orthodox synagogue built of stone. The fee includes transportation, lunch, and all admission fees. Registration deadline is October 7. admissions. SAVE THE DATE! Since the crumbling of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin, the capital and heart of Germany, has become a dynamic international center for contemporary art and culture. Artists from all over the world have embraced BerlinÕs lively art scene. Cutting-edge architecture, glorious museums, theaters, galleries, and fabulous dining abound, and the city serves as a living history museum, where the past is very much present wherever you go. Highlights of the week-long sojourn include accommodations at a fivestar hotel in the center of the city, complimentary breakfasts and fine dining, visits to artist studios and private art collections, architectural walking tours and a visit to the Jewish Museum and the Jewish quarter, and a day in the city of Potsdam. Cost: $3,995 ($4,370 single supplement) plus airfare. For more information, visit GershmanY.org/travel or call Maxine Gaiber at BERLIN MAY 2-8, GershmanY.org CURATOR TALK WITH PROFESSORS MARTIN ROSENBERG AND J. SUSAN ISAACS MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 7:00 PM FREE Tear Fossils, 2011 GERSHMAN GALLERY REFLECTIVE GEOPHILOSOPHY by Dorit Feldman SEPTEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 10 This exhibition features 14 works by the renowned Israeli artist, Dorit Feldman (born 1956). It is part of the larger regional celebration Ñ A Moveable Feast of Israeli Arts and Culture Ñ connected to Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art, co-curated by Professors Martin Rosenberg (Rutgers University-Camden) and J. Susan Isaacs (Towson University). Visions of Place, simultaneously on view at the Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University-Camden, is the largest exhibition of contemporary Israeli art to be presented in the U.S. in over a decade, featuring 36 artists and 51 works. Dorit Feldman has two works in that exhibition, as well. Professor Isaacs is the curator of FeldmanÕs related exhibition in the Gershman Gallery. Support for this exhibition provided, in part, by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation. CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC Amit Melzer, horn SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 3:00 PM COST: $10 Enjoy an afternoon recital program inspired by Reflective Geophilosophy. Dorit Feldman is a native and current resident of Tel Aviv. As a conceptual artist, her works emphasize the construction of unity from multiplicity. She photographs archaeological, historical, and geographical sites, viewing them as ordered geometric spaces or texts written on the earth. By deconstructing and reconstructing, Feldman blends these photographs with carefully selected quotes from ancient maps, constructing an innovative and original narrative. Feldman has presented 30 solo exhibitions and participated in hundreds of group exhibitions in leading galleries and museums throughout Israel, Europe, and the U.S. Along with nearly 100 public pieces, a wide range of FeldmanÕs work is held in private collections around the world. 11
7 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 6:00 PM FREE Jenee Mateer (1965, Pittsburgh, PA) is a photographer and video artist. She is Associate Professor of Photo Imaging at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. She has exhibited her work nationally in prestigious venues and international art fairs, and it has been published in The Photo Review. Mateer is represented by Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore. PRE-FEST OCTOBER FALL FEST RECEPTION WITH ARTIST JENEE MATEER NOVEMBER 7-21 Orange Peel, 2013 OPEN LENS GALLERY THE SKY IS LEMON LIME by Jenee Mateer OCTOBER 8 - DECEMBER GershmanY.org Lemon Lime, YEARS Baltimore artist Jenee MateerÕs work is about pushing boundaries, exploring the mercurial oppositions between language and picture, beautiful and horrific, fate and chance, real and virtual, natural and unnatural, technology and humanity. This body of work is a continuation of the Break Boundary series, where she began to push the boundary between photography and painting, between the natural and the unnatural. She creates landscapes composed of multiple original photographs of trees bordering lakes in New York and Michigan and a salt pond in Delaware. Mateer references ideas from science, religion, art history, philosophy, and linguistics. For full schedule, please visit PJFF.org or call
8 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Tracing our roots back to the Young MenÕs Hebrew Association (YMHA), originally formed in 1875, The Gershman Y has for 140 years served as a cultural, educational, and social meeting place for the Jewish community and those interested in learning more about Jewish culture. While our offerings have changed through the years, our basic mission of serving our community with high quality programs lives on. Today we celebrate the spirit of community through exciting, dynamic, interactive programs such as the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF), Latkepalooza, and our long-running visual and performing arts programming. For our 140th birthday, two very generous donors have offered to match Ñ dollar for dollar Ñ all NEW or INCREASED donations received this year. So we ask that you please consider sending The Gershman Y a birthday present! If youõve never made a contribution or you are able to increase your contribution to The Gershman Y, please do so now as, for a limited time, your gift will be doubled! Your contribution to The Gershman Y, unlike other presents, is 100% tax-deductible and is also a present to YOU, so that you can continue your involvement with the films, exhibitions, educational programs, and public events that you love. Thank you. YES, I WANT TO SUPPORT THE GERSHMAN Y! Enclosed is my gift in the amount of: $50 $100 $140 $250 Other: Please give as generously as you can. Name(s) Name(s) as you wish to appear in donor lists (Optional) In Honor/Memory of Address: City/State/Zip Date Home Phone Work Phone PAYMENT OPTIONS Check Enclosed (payable to The Gershman Y) Credit Card: Amex Discover MasterCard Visa Credit Card # Expiration Date Print Name on Card Signature Security Code Billing Address if different from above 14 GershmanY.org I/We wish to remain anonymous Design: Avayou Design ÒYÓ in Gershman Y logo: Sam Maitin Photos page 3 top and page 5 bottom: Mario Manzoni FALL AT A GLANCE SEPTEMBER Reflective Geophilosophy Opens Sept 17 Baby Talk: Early Child Development Sept AM OCTOBER Book It! Leah Koenig Oct 1 7 PM Baby Talk: Postpartum Pointers Oct 7 11 AM The Sky is Lemon Lime Opens Oct 8 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF) Pre-Fest Oct Yiddish Vinkel Oct 13 12:30 PM Artist Reception: Dorit Feldman & Jenee Mateer Oct 13 6 PM Baby Talk: Talk about ZzzzzzzzÕs Oct AM Healthy Conversations: Religion & Medicine Oct 14 7 PM Lunch ÔnÕ Learn: Sephardic Journeys Oct 15 12:30 PM Laughing To Life! Oct 15 7 PM Brain Caf: Identity & Identification in Israel Oct 20 7 PM Baby Talk: Nutrition Now and Later Oct AM Laughing To Life! Oct 22 7 PM Lower East Side Synagogues Day Trip Oct 25 8 AM Reflective Geophilosophy Curator Talk Oct 26 7 PM Yiddish Vinkel Oct 27 12:30 PM Retirement Income Solutions for Women Oct 27 6 PM Baby Talk: Tot Travel Tips Oct AM Laughing To Life! Oct 29 7 PM NOVEMBER Curtis Institute of Music Performance Nov 1 3 PM Retirement Income Solutions for Women Nov 3 6 PM Baby Talk: Wrap-Up and WhatÕs Next? Nov 4 11 AM Healthy Conversations: Jewish Genetic Diseases Nov 4 6 PM Lunch ÔnÕ Learn: Sephardic Journeys Nov 5 12:30 PM Book It! Michael Yudell Nov 5 7 PM Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF) Nov 7-21 Yiddish Vinkel Nov 10 12:30 PM Retirement Income Solutions for Women Nov 10 & 17 6 PM Yiddish Vinkel Nov 24 12:30 PM Brain Caf: Prosperity & Poverty in Israel Nov 24 7 PM DECEMBER Book It! Pam Jenoff Dec 3 7 PM Latkepalooza Dec 6 2 PM Yiddish Vinkel Dec 8 12:30 PM Healthy Conversations: AlzheimerÕs Awareness Dec 9 7 PM Brain Caf: Peace & Security / Isolation & Terrorism Dec 15 7 PM Yiddish Vinkel Dec 22 12:30 PM Moo Shu Jew Show Dec 24 6 PM Refunds will only be given if a program is canceled or in case of documented illness or injury.