Jewish NYC

Jewish NYC is in our SpanishPortuguese, FrenchItalian & Romanian communities. In Latin America we are Argentine, Brazilian & Mexican.

Met Opera’s new “Samson et Dalila” stars Elīna Garanča & Roberto Alagna

October 20, 2018, Saturday
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2018 – 2019 SEASON
September 24, 2018 – March 28, 2019
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Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
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Saint-Saëns grand French opera

Veterans Day Weekend

Friday – Sunday
November 9 – 11, 2018

Jorge Drexler Latin Grammy nominee Record, Album, Song of the Year

The Jewish – Uruguayan Academy Award-winning singer is our favorite Spanish-language songwriter.
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2018 Latin Grammy Nominations
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best Singer-Songwriter Album
Best Engineered Album

Celebrate Día de las Velitas, the Colombian Christmas tradition

December 7, 1854
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Families in Colombia, and especially Medellín, light rows and rows of candles to commemorate anticipation of the Vatican’s proclamation of the Immaculate Conception.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

September 15 – October 15
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Celebrate our communal heritage and the contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Guggenheim Museum is one of the great Modern art collections

Closed Thursdays
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Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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One of the world’s great Modern Art collections of French, Italian, Jewish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish artists

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2018 (NYCWFF)

October 11 – 14, 2018
Thursday – Sunday
Multiple venues
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GRAND TASTING
October 13 -14, 2018
Saturday – Sunday
Pier 94 Rooftop
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
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A weekend of fine wine and food prepared by over 500 world-renowned French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican & Spanish chefs and culinary TV personalities from the Food Network and Cooking Channel

New York Film Festival 56 (2018)

September 28 – October 14, 2018
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OPENING NIGHT
Friday, September 28, 2018
“The Favorite” Yorgos Lanthimos (Greek)
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CENTERPIECE
Friday, October 5, 2018
“ROMA,” Alfonso Cuarón (Mexican)
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CLOSING NIGHT
Friday, October 12, 2018
“At Eternity’s Gate” Julian Schnabel (Jewish)
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Alice Tully Hall
Film Society of Lincoln Center
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One of America’s oldest and most influential film festivals is screening Argentine, Chilean, Cuban, Filipino, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Spanish films

UN General Assembly 73 (2018) UNGA 73

GENERAL DEBATE
September 25 – October 5, 2018
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UN Headquarters
Midtown East, Manhattan
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Heads of state visit so Midtown East is blocked with security and traffic

Celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights

LIGHTING CEREMONIES
Grand Army Plaza, Manhattan
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
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Sundown to Sundown
Sunday, December 2, 2018 to
Monday, December 10, 2018

BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee straight to the heart of racism

August 10 – October 11, 2018
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The Brooklyn director is at his best in this comedy about race based on the true story of a Black cop who infiltrated the KKK

Passover 2019 commemorates our freedom from slavery and the Exodus

Sundown – Sundown
Friday – Saturday
April 19 – 27, 2019

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

Museum Mile Festival 2019 is a Fifth Avenue Museum Street Party

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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Fifth Avenue
(82nd – 105th St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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Entertainment and free admission:
El Museo del Barrio
Museum of the City of NY
Jewish Museum
Cooper Hewitt Museum
Guggenheim Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s mother took him to the museum. He became one of the most valued contemporary artists.

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah 2019, Jewish New Year 5780 ~ L’shanah tovah

Sound the shofar (horn)
Sunday – Tuesday
September 29 – October 1, 2019

Celebrate Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement

Tuesday, October 8 – 9, 2019
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25 hour fast from sundown
“G’mar Hatima Tova”

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

Fifth Avenue (at 82nd St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Open Daily

Jewish Museum preserves Jewish art and culture

Fifth Avenue and 92nd St
Upper East Side
Closed Wednesdays

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

175 Eighth Avenue
at 19th St
Chelsea, Manhattan

92nd Street Y is a community center for all communities

1395 Lexington Ave
(at 92nd St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan

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
Nightly

NY Art Book Fair 2018 ~ the world of books

FAIR (FREE)
Friday – Sunday
September 21 – 23, 2018
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TICKETED PREVIEW
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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MoMA PS1
Long Island City, Queens
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Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, French, Jewish, Mexican, Portuguese and Puerto Rican books.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the big North American film festivalr

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, French, Israeli, Italian, Mexican, Filipino, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Romanian, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan films.
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Toronto, Canada
September 6 – 16, 2018

US Open Tennis 2018 Nadal, Halep, Del Potro, Garcia, Fognini

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish players including the #1 men’s and women’s singles players.
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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
August 27-September 9, 2018
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ROUND OF 16
Sunday – Monday
September 2 – 3, 2018
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QUARTER FINALS
Tuesday – Wednesday
September 4 – 5, 2018
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SEMI FINALS
Thursday – Friday
September 6 – 7, 2018
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FINALS
Saturday – Sunday
September 8 – 9, 2018

White | Black monochrome group show of art stars at Acquavella Galleries

August 13 – September 28, 2018
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Acquavella Galleries
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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Compare the aesthetics of Miquel Barceló (Spanish), Louise Bourgeois (French), Jean Dubuffet (French), Jacob El Hanani (Jewish), Manolo Millares (Spanish), Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguayan) and Americans Keith Haring, Robert Longo & Andy Warhol.

Battery Dance Festival 2018 presents 25 Companies from 8 Countries

African, French-Canadian, Italian, Jewish, Mexican & Spanish dance companies perform on
NYC’s living stage with the harbor and Statue of Liberty in the background.
August 11 – 18, 2018
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FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES
Sunday – Friday
August 12 – 17, 2018
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FREE CLOSING SHOW
TICKETED VIP RECEPTION
Schimmel Center
Financial District, Manhattan
Saturday, August 18, 2018

LAMC 2018 Latin Alternative Music Conference

The Stewart Hotel
Chelsea, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
July 10 – 14, 2018

Tony Awards 2018 honor the best of the 2017-2018 Broadway season

Caribbean, Colombian, Filipino, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican & Spanish nominees.
Live on CBS
Radio City Music Hall
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, June 10, 2018

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn
June 5 – August 11, 2018
FREE

Latin artists and productions win six 2018 Drama Desk Awards

June 3, 2018 ~ Dominican, Ghanan, Jewish, Mexican, Italian, & Spanish winners.
Lindsay Mendez ‘Carousel’
Sean Carvajal ‘Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train’
Juan Castano ‘Oedipus El Rey’
‘Farinelli and the King’
‘Once on This Island’
‘School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play’
The Town Hall
Midtown, Manhattan

Israel Day Parade 2018 celebrates Jewish culture. Sababa!

Fifth Avenue from 57th-74th St
Midtown & Upper East Side, Manhattan
Sunday, June 3, 2018

‘Disobedience’ by Oscar winning Chilean director Sebastián Lelio

The latest by the Academy Award-winning Argentine – Chilean director of ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and ‘Gloria.’
April 27 – July 12, 2018

‘A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection’ at Hauser & Wirth

This Brazilian collection is a like a good museum of modern, post-war and contemporary art.
MUST SEE
Hauser & Wirth
Chelsea, Manhattan
Tuesday – Saturday
April 26 – July 27, 2018

40th Artexpo 2018 with SOLO and FOTO SOLO at Pier 94

African, Argentine, Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Filipino, French, French-Canadian, Haitian, Israeli, Italian, Mexican, Romanian, Spanish, Uruguayan & Venezuelan galleries.
Pier 94
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Thursday – Sunday
April 19 – 22, 2018

17th Tribeca Film Festival 2018

The younger of New York City’s two major film festivals brings red carpet premieres, stars, filmmakers, and film fans to NYC. Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, French, Italian, Jewish, Puerto Rican, Romanian & Spanish films.
April 18 – 29, 2018

‘FANIA All Stars Live in Africa’ captures the excitement that was la Salsa

Museum of the City of New York
East Harlem, Manhattan
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fashion Ideas Get Dressed at Sapar Contemporary

The fashion designer’s creative process.
Tribeca, Manhattan
Tuesday – Saturday
March 16 – April 24, 2018

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

Metropolitan Pavilion
PREVIEWS
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

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

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

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

January 28, 2018 ~ ‘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?

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

Oscar Winner Best Adapted Screenplay
4 Oscar Nominations
3 Golden Globe Nominations
1 SAG Awards Nomination
November 24, 2017 – May 24, 2018

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

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
LAST SHOW THIS SEASON
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cornell Tech is New York City’s technology incubator

2 West Loop Rd
Roosevelt Island

‘Modigliani Unmasked’ explores questions of identity

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

Javier Limón is a Spanish Flamenco institution

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

NY Art Book Fair 2017 is for art book lovers

MoMA PS1
Long Island City, Queens
PREVIEW September 21, 2017
FAIR 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

Holocaust Remembrance Day Marks the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 27, 1945
Saturday, January 27, 2019

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

May – October
LATIN ARTISTS
June 21 – September 10, 2017

Shearith Israel is the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue

Shabbat
Fridays

Sotheby’s Latin American Contemporary Art Auction in May

Sotheby’s
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

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.

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.

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 (Iberian) Jews fleeing the Inquisition in Portugal and then 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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