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April- May, 2005: 'YIVO @ 80' Events Series

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a broad schedule of public programs. The film and lecture series is free, on a space-available basis. For reservations, please contact the Center's Box Office: (917) 606-8200. For press inquiries, contact: Linda Harris (212) 246 6080, ext. 6108.

Unless otherwise stated, all events will be held at the:

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street between 5th and 6th Aves.
New York, NY 10011-6301
Fax: (212) 292-1892

Subway: F, V to 14th St.; L to 6th Ave.

April 2005 Events & Films


Gala Events


April 14, 2005, Thomashefskys' Yiddish Theater: An Evening of Remembrances. Hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas, Carnegie Hall.

Michael Tilson Thomas, internationally acclaimed conductor and composer, will serve as guide through the lives and repertoire of his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, legendary stars and pioneers of Yiddish Theater in America.

Michael Tilson Thomas assumed his post as the San Francisco Symphony's Music Director in September 1995, consolidating a strong relationship with the Orchestra that began with his debut there in 1974. He also serves as Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, a national training orchestra for the most gifted graduates of America's conservatories, which he founded in 1988, and as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Principal Conductor for seven years.

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Exhibits


Opening Thur. April 6, 2005  A Glorious Mosaic: YIVO at 80, Triumphs and Treasures, showcases the Institute's collections of more than 23 million archival pieces and 360,000 books related to Eastern European Jewry. On display are rare rabbinical texts, posters, sheet music, DP camp photos and unique Judaica. Center for Jewish History Batkin Mezzanine/ Constantiner Gallery, 15 W. 16th St. Mon. to Thurs, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. (917) 606-8200.

Triumph of the Human Spirit Film Series


YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, in collaboration with the Hungarian Consulate Tues. April 12,  2005, 7 p.m., Passport to Life: The Rescue of Budapest Jews (2003). Discussion with filmmaker, Agnes Vertes, Dr. Gábor Horváth, Consul General of the Republic of Hungary, and Dr. Randolph Braham, Dir., Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, CUNY Graduate Center. Winner of the 2003 Telly & Aurora Awards (Canada). This 56-minute documentary celebrates the heroic work of six non-Jewish diplomats who, while stationed in Budapest from 1944 to 1945, saved countless Jews from Nazi genocide. Tickets: Reg. , YIVO members .50, Seniors/Students . Box Office (917) 606-8200.

Mon. April 18, 7 p.m.., Partisans of Vilna, Dir. Josh Waletzky. Discussion with producer Aviva Kempner, Waletzky and former partisan, Eta Wrobel. 1_-hour documentary based on interviews with former partisans in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. Explores moral dilemmas faced by Jewish youth who organized underground resistance in the Vilna ghetto and then fought as partisans vs. the Nazis. Tickets: Reg. ; YIVO members .50; Seniors/Students . Box Office (917) 606-8200.

Thurs. May 5, 7 p.m., Watermarks, Dir. Yaron Zilberman (2005). New film about 8 Jewish women who swam for Hakoah Wien (Vienna). Joint presentation by YIVO and Leo Baeck Institute. Discussion with Zilberman and 2 women featured in the film. Tickets: Reg. ; YIVO members .50; Seniors/Students . Box Office (917) 606-8200.

Mon. May 11,  7 p.m., Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, first Israeli feature film produced for foreign distribution (1955). Dir. Thorold Dickinson. In English. Screened to celebrate Israel Independence Day. Through the personal stories of four soldiers assigned to defend strategic Hill 24 outside Jerusalem in 1948 War of Independence, we gain a perspective on the birth of the state. Box Office (917) 606-8200. Tickets: Reg. ; YIVO members .50; Seniors/Students.

Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies lectures


Friday, March 25, 12:00 noon. To be delivered in Yiddish. "Kafka and Yiddish, Kafka in Yiddish." Amy Blau of the University of Illinois, a YIVO Fellow. For further information: 212 294-6138. Free.

Wed. April 6, 12:30 P.M. To be delivered in Yiddish. "Yiddish and Contemporary Ethnographic Research." Rakhmiel Peltz of Drexel University explores the usefulness of the Yiddish language in interviews with elderly children of immigrants and with Holocaust survivors. For further information: 212 294-6138. Free.

Tues. April 19, 7 p.m. "Every day was a battle: Jewish Labor Activists and the Cold War in New York City," Dan Link of New York University. For further information: 212 294-6138. Free.

Wed. May 4, 7 p.m. "All in the Family: The Yiddish Culture of the East European Family As Recalled by Holocaust Survivors," Rakhmiel Peltz of Drexel University. For further information: 212 294-6138. Free.

Fri. May 6, 12:30 P.M. To be delivered in Yiddish. "Emanuel Ringelblum as a Historian and Community Leader," Samuel Kassow of Trinity College. For further information: 212 294-6138. Free.

Mon. May 23, 7 p.m., "Henryk Glicenstein as a 'Jewish artist,'" Tamara Sztyma of Copernicus University, Torun, Poland. For further information: 212 294-6138. Free.

Fri. May 27, 12:30 p.m. To be delivered in Yiddish. "Yiddish in Late Medieval German Responsa Literature" by Shlomo Eidelberg of Yeshiva University. For further information: 212 294-6138. Free.