Jewish New York City

New York City’s first Jewish community was Sephardic (Spanish, Portuguese, and Mediterranean) and made New York a city that welcomes all peoples. The Jewish community is part of the foundation of Spanish culture including Flamenco and continues to make important contributions to the culture of Europe and the Americas. In New York we grew up in the same neighborhoods so we are very connected. We are a community that welcomes everyone. We stand together.

‘Call Me by Your Name’ wins 2018 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

4 Oscar Nominations, Winner Best Adapted Screenplay
3 Golden Globe Nominations
1 SAG Awards Nomination
OPENED November 24, 2017
Paris Theatre, Midtown, Manhattan
Regal Union Square 14
Williamsburg Cinemas, Brooklyn

Passover commemorates freedom from slavery and the Exodus

Sundown – Sundown
Friday – Saturday
March 30 – April 7, 2018

Fashion Ideas Get Dressed at Sapar Contemporary

Tribeca, Manhattan
Tuesday – Saturday
March 16 – April 24, 2018

Museum Mile Festival 2018 is an Upper East Side open house street party

Second Tuesday in June
Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jorge Drexler is the Philosopher King of Latin Music

Jewish – Uruguayan Academy Award-winning singer is our favorite Spanish-language songwriter.
Beacon Theatre
Upper West Side, Manhattan
Saturday, February 10, 2018

SCOPE New York 2018 art fair brings 60 international galleries to NYC

Metropolitan Pavilion
Thursday, March 8, 2018
FAIR Friday – Sunday
March 9 – 11, 2018

10th ReelAbilities Film Festival NY 2018

Inspiring Brazilian, Colombian, Italian, & Catalan-Spanish movies about people with different abilities.
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Upper West Side, Manhattan
and other venues in all five boroughs
Thursday – Wednesday
March 8 – 14, 2018

VOLTA NY 2018 Contemporary Art Fair

Brazilian, Colombian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Jewish, Puerto Rican, and Spanish galleries.
Pier 90
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Wednesday – Sunday
March 7 – 11, 2018

Celebrate Purim to remember how Esther spoke up and saved her people

We need the spirit of Esther in our country today.
14th day of Adar
Sundown – Sundown
Wednesday – Thursday
March 20 – 21, 2019

‘The Immigrants’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th St, Suite 1406
at Madison Avenue, Midtown East
December 14, 2017 – January 27, 2018

17th MoMA Doc Fortnight 2018 is 12 days of international documentaries

MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art
Midtown, Manhattan
Daily February 15 – 26, 2018

Rosh Hashanah 2018 starts the Jewish Year 5779 ~ L’shanah tovah

L’shanah tovah
September 9 – 11, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

September 15 – October 15

15th Open House New York 2017 unlocks NYC’s most important buildings

140+ Open Access Sites
100 Advance Reservation Sites
Saturday – Sunday
Reservations, Thu, Oct 5
October 14 – 15, 2017

Veterans Day Weekend

Friday – Sunday
November 10 – 12, 2017

Día de las Velitas is a Colombian Christmas tradition

Immaculate Conception Eve
December 7, 1854
Friday, December 7, 2018

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights

Tuesday night
December 12 – Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Grand Army Plaza
Manhattan & Brooklyn

27th New York Jewish Film Festival (2018)

Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th St
between Amsterdam & Columbus
Lincoln Center
January 10 – 23, 2018

‘Modigliani Unmasked’ explores questions of identity

The Jewish Museum
Upper East Side
Closed Wednesdays
OPENED September 15, 2017
CLOSING February 4, 2018

Grammys 2018 were a huge fail. ‘Despacito’ is Song of the Decade!

‘Despacito’ entered global popular culture. The entire world is singing in Spanish!
~ 2017’s most-streamed song
~ 2017’s most-purchased song
~ 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, tying the all-time record
~ “One of the biggest global hits ever”
I never even heard the winning song.The Recording Academy ignored the Latin community and the entire world. Why RA President Mr. Neil Portnow?

Holocaust Remembrance Day Marks the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 27, 1945
Saturday, January 27, 2019

Women are the big winners of the 75th Golden Globes (2018)

Beverly Hilton
Beverly Hills, California
Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Joyce Theater is New York City’s International Dance Theater

175 Eighth Avenue
at 19th St
Chelsea, Manhattan

Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York City’s Encyclopedia of Art

Fifth Avenue & 82nd St
Upper East Side
Open Daily

UN General Assembly 72

UN Headquarters
Midtown East
General Assembly opens Tuesday, September 12, 2017
General Debate runs through Monday, September 25, 2017

Ballet Hispánico leaps borders at the Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater
253 West 125th St
between Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th Ave) & Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (7th Ave)
Harlem, Manhattan
Friday – Saturday
December 1 – 2, 2017

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

October 1, 2017

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is French comic opera at the Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera House Lincoln Center
September – October 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cornell Tech is New York City’s technology incubator

2 West Loop Rd
Roosevelt Island

Javier Limón is a Spanish Flamenco institution

Paco de Lucía Project
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
Upper West Side
Saturday, October 14, 2017

12th NY Art Book Fair 2017 is for art book lovers

22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens
Preview September 21
September 22 – 24, 2017

New Yorker Festival 2017 gets writers and thinkers talking

Sofia Coppola, Roberta Mancino, Philippe Petit, Anthony Bourdain, and Françoise Mouly
Friday – Sunday
October 6 – 8, 2017

Temple Emanu-El is one of the world’s great Reform congregations

1 East 65th St at Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Guggenheim Museum is one of the great Modern art collections

1071 Fifth Avenue
between 88th & 89th St
Upper East Side
Closed Thursdays

92nd Street Y is a community center for all communities

1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St
Upper East Side

Terraza 7 is the Colombian Queen of NYC’s Latin American Jazz scene

It’s a tropical experience. Lots of great local Latin Jazz artists play.
40-19 Gleane Street
at Roosevelt Ave
Elmhurst / Jackson Heights, Queens

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

May – October
June 21 – September 10, 2017

Jewish Museum preserves Jewish art and culture

Fifth Avenue and 92nd St
Upper East Side
Closed Wednesdays

Shearith Israel is the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue


Sotheby’s Latin American Contemporary Art Auction in May

1334 York Ave
Upper East Side
Viewing Saturday, May 20-25, 2017
Auction Thursday, May 25, 2017

“Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” asks one of the big questions of our time

The Austrian-Jewish writer was one of the great international writers of the 1930s. When Europe self-destructed, he saved himself through exile in Brazil, but never stood up to Fascism. Opened May 12. Now playing at Lincoln Center Cinemas in the Upper West Side, Fri, May 19, 2017.

Santiago Calatrava puts Emotion into Motion at Marlborough (Review)

Spanish artist/architect
Marlborough Gallery
40 West 57th St, 2nd Floor, Midtown
May 10 – June 17, 2017

Viva La Musica de Argentina, two Argentine Masses with over 200 singers at Lincoln Center

World premiere of Martín Palmeri’s Tango Credo conducted by Saul Zaks, paired with the Ariel Ramírez classic Misa Criolla at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, Sun, Apr 30, 2017. SAVE 50%

Conductor Saul Zaks embraces the ends of the world (Interview)

The Argentine conductor talks about conducting, Tango, the immigrant experience, and the ends of the world before conducting the world premiere of Martín Palmieri’s Tango Credo at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

American Rhapsody: Gershwin, Arlen & the Blues

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the classic theater tunes of George Gershwin and Howard Arlen. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8pm.

Take the A Train: Billy Strayhorn at 100

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the music of Duke Ellington’s collaborator Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8pm with Bill Charlap.

Kings of Stride: Eubie, Fats & the Lion

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the Stride Jazz piano style that developed out of Ragtime. Featuring clarinetist Anat Cohen on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 8pm.

Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Songbook

Cole’s brother Freddy Cole sings hits like “Unforgettable” and “Mona Lisa.” The band is led by Jazz in July Artistic Director Bill Charlap. It’s at the 92nd Street Y, Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8pm.

Jazz Goes Hollywood: Dietz & Schwartz

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y goes to Hollywood with the songs of composer Arthur Schwartz and lyricist Howard Dietz. Featuring Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, and Sandy Stewart. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8pm

Bill Charlap Summertime Swing Party

The great Jazz pianist opens Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y with a night of unforgettable Swing-era hits.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8pm

Lyrics and Lyricists: The Songbook Meets Rock and Country

1950s radio played American Songbook standards, Rock and Roll hits, and Country classics. The program directed by two-time Tony Award winner James Naughton features Argentine vocalist Solange Prat.
92nd Street Y
February 27-29, 2016

An American in Paris

Christopher Wheeldon’s 2015 hit Broadway musical inspired by George Gershwin’s 1928 jazzy symphonic poem continues at the Palace Theatre through October 9, 2016.

New York City’s first Jewish community helped make our city a city that is open to all.

In 1654 a group of twenty-three Sephardic (Spanish & Portuguese) Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in Brazil arrived in what was then Dutch New Amsterdam.

Peter Stuyvesant, the town’s Director-General, wrote to his bosses in the Dutch West India Company for permission to expel the Sephardi.

In their wisdom, the directors wrote back,

“The consciences of men ought to be free and unshackled, so long as they continue moderate, peaceable, inoffensive and not hostile to government. Such have been the maxims of … toleration by which … this city has been governed; and the result has been, that the oppressed and persecuted from every country have found among us an asylum from distress. Follow in the same steps and you shall be blessed.”

From “New York” by Ric Burns and James Sanders with Lisa Ades

Ever since all the peoples of the world have been welcomed in New York City as long as they are willing to work and be governed. The directors were correct. We have been blessed.

Like much of humanity, Jewish Spain is rich, but complicated. There is a great shared history, and then the Inquisition and the expulsion of 1492.

In the Jews and the Arts in Medieval Europe section of the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art describes it this way, “Jewish communities of the Iberian Peninsula have a particularly rich artistic and intellectual heritage owing to long periods of religious tolerance by both Muslims and Christians prior to the persecution of 1391 and eventually forced expulsion of the Jews in 1492 from Spain and 1497 from Portugal.”

The key words here are “religious tolerance.” Tolerance benefits all communities and is a characteristic of successful empires.


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