Jewish NYC

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

Ballet Hispánico Apollo Theater 2019

Fri-Sat, November 22-23, 2019
HARLEM, NYC ~ The leading Latino dance organization in the U.S. explores Latin identity through female choreographers Anabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andrea Miller and Michelle Manzanales at the Apollo Theater

‘La Celestina’ is social criticism inside a story of romantic love

Saturday, December 7, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Cuban playwright Leyma López renews the classic Spanish tragicomedy by Fernando de Rojas (1499) whose critique of the moral rot of medieval Spanish society can also reflect contemporary times

Día de las Velitas, a Colombian holiday tradition

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Colombian Christmas tradition
COLOMBIA ~ Colombians across the country, famously in Medellín, light rows and rows of candles to commemorate the people’s anticipation of the Vatican’s proclamation of the Immaculate Conception in December 8, 1854

West Side Story Broadway 2019 retells a classic American story

PREVIEWS Dec 10, 2019
OPENS Feb 6, 2020
TIMES SQUARE THEATER DISTRICT ~ One of the great love stories, one of the great New York stories, ‘West Side Story’ comes to the Broadway Theatre. “I want to live in America”

Hanukkah

December 22-30, 2019
NEW YORK CITY ~ Miracles await those who fill their time with the light of faith, hope and work. Hanukkah Sameach! (Happy Hanukkah)

‘Porgy and Bess’, Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Ends February 1, 2020
LINCOLN CENTER ~ James Robinson’s new English National Opera production of the George Gershwin classic about African-American life in the old South comes to the Metropolitan Opera

Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of Auschwitz

Monday, January 27, 2020
AUSCHWITZ, Poland ~ When Soviet soldiers opened the gates of Nazi concentration camps on January 27, 1945, it became undeniable how the Holocaust/Shoah violated the human rights of Jewish, Romani and LGBT people

Purim 2020 celebrates the courage of Queen Esther

Mon-Tue, Mar 9-10, 2020
SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn ~ This Jewish holiday feast commemorates how Queen Esther of Persia found the courage to break tradition, speak up, and thereby save her people

Celebrate Passover 2020, the Jewish Spring Festival

Wed-Thu, April 8-16, 2020
The Jewish spring festival commemorates our release from slavery and the Exodus

Museum Mile Festival 2020 NYC’s biggest block party

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Museum street fair
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ Free admission and outdoor art activities for children:
The Africa Center
El Museo del Barrio
Museum of the City of NY
Jewish Museum
Cooper Hewitt
Guggenheim
Neue Galerie
Met Museum

On Rosh Hashanah “Shana Tovah”

Fri-Sun, September 18-20, 2020
This Jewish holiday feast celebrates the New Year 5781. “Shana Tovah” (Have a Good Year)

On Yom Kippur “G’mar Chatima Tovah”

Sun-Mon, September 27-28, 2020
The holiest day in Judaism is a day of atonement and repentance. Public schools are closed October 9. “G’mar Chatima Tovah” (May you be inscribed in the Book of Life).

On Sukkot “Chag Sameach”

October 2-9, 2020
The Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths, Sukkot is a Jewish harvest festival celebrated in simple huts which remind us how we lived and prayed in 40 years wandering the desert

Remember Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, so it doesn’t happen again

Monday November 9, 2020
GERMANY ~ Nazi paramilitary forces and civilians attacked Jewish communities across Germany on November 9-10, 1938

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Daily
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ New York’s encyclopedia of art

Shearith Israel is the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue

UPPER WEST SIDE, September 1654 ~ The first Jewish group arrived in New Amsterdam fleeing the Spanish Inquisition which had followed them to Recife in Dutch Brazil. They formed Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, America’s first Jewish congregation.
# jewish sanctuary fridays

Jewish Museum

Closed Wednesdays
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ A museum of Jewish art and culture is Free on Saturdays

92nd Street Y

UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC | Performing arts theater | America’s leading thought and culture institution is home to talks, classical and jazz concerts, and the Harkness Dance Festival

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is Lincoln Center’s summer festival

Wednesday-Sunday, July 24 – August 11, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER & CONCOURSE, THE BRONX ~ Lincoln Center’s summer festival includes African, Cuban, Dominican, Honduran, Indigenous, Jewish, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, & Spanish music, dance, film and word for FREE

SummerStage 2019

June 1 – August 27, 2019
Summer live music dance theatre festival
NYC PARKS ~ African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at the Jewish Museum

April 12 – September 8, 2019
Closed Wednesdays
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ One of the great poets of the 20th Century also knew exactly where the light enters you

ArtExpo 2019 contemporary art & photography fair at Pier 90

HELL’S KITCHEN; Fri-Sun, Apr 4-7, 2019 ~ One of New York City’s big contemporary art fairs has independent artist [SOLO] and photography [FOTO SOLO] sections

Queens World Film Festival 2019

ASTORIA, QUEENS; Mar 21-31, 2019; Film festival ~ Filipino, Jewish, Mexican, Romanian and many more movies.

Who will write our history at Quad Cinema

GREENWICH VILLAGE through Thu, Jan 31, 2019 ~ This unprecedented screening of the award-winning documentary at 350 venues in 55 countries and Facebook Live marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Not Jewish? It’s even more important to watch. Jewish documentary movie.

New York Jewish Film Festival at Film Society

LINCOLN CENTER, Daily, January 9-22, 2019 ~ Films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience
# jewish film festival argentine french israeli spanish movies

Golden Globes 2019 Winners

NBC BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL, HOLLYWOOD, Sun, January 6, 2019 ~ “Green Book”, “Roma” and “A Star is Born” won film awards. Patricia Arquette and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won TV Golden Globe Awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
#AWARDS #FRENCHCANADIAN #ITALIAN #MEXICAN #MOVIES #TV

DOC NYC 2018 ~ America’s biggest documentary film festival

November 8 – 15, 2018
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IFC Center, SVA Theatre & Cinepolis
West Village & Chelsea, Manhattan
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America’s largest documentary film festival presents over 300 films and events with 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. premieres
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African – American, Brazilian, Honduran, Indigenous, Italian, Jamaican, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish films

Jorge Drexler “Telefonía” Song of the Year, Record of the Year

LAS VEGAS, UNIVISION, Thu, November 15, 2018 ~ “Telefonía” wins Record of the Year and Song of the Year Latin Grammys

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2018 (NYCWFF)

PIER 94, HELL’S KITCHEN & AROUND MANHATTAN, Thu-Sun, October 11 – 14, 2018 ~ A weekend of fine wine and food prepared by over 500 world-renowned French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican & Spanish chefs and TV personalities from the Food Network and Cooking Channel
#WINEFESTIVAL #FOODFESTIVAL

New York Film Festival 56 (2018)

September 28 – October 14, 2018
LINCOLN CENTER ~ Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ leads a crop of new Argentine, Chilean, Cuban, Filipino, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Spanish films at Film Society

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

‘Samson et Dalila’ Saint-Saëns French Opera at the Met

LINCOLN CENTER; Sep 24, 2018 – Mar 28, 2019; French opera live music ~ Starring Anita Rachvelishvili (Georgia) and Aleksandr Antonenko (Latvia)

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.

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

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

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

ROBERT F. WAGNER JR. PARK, BATTERY PARK CITY & SCHIMMEL CENTER, FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Sun-Sat, August 12-18, 2018 ~ 25 companies from eight countries perform with the Statue of Liberty backstage. Includes African, French-Canadian, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Spanish companies. FREE

“BlacKkKlansman” earns 6 Oscar nominations

August 10 – October 11, 2018 ~ The Brooklyn director is at his best in this true story of a Black cop who infiltrated the KKK with the help of a Jewish cop.
OSCAR NOMINATIONS Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing & Original Score
CANNES Grand Prix
# african jewish movie

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

APRIL 18-29, 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.

‘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

CHELSEA; Armory Week, Preview Thu Mar 8, Show Fri-Sun Mar 9-11, 2018; contemporary art fair

10th ReelAbilities Film Festival NY 2018

MARLENE MEYERSON JCC MANHATTAN, UPPER WEST SIDE, Thu-Wed, March 8-14, 2018 ~ Inspiring movies about Brazilian, Colombian, Italian, & Catalan-Spanish people with different abilities
#JEWISH #DISABILITIES #FILMFESTIVAL

VOLTA NY 2018 contemporary art fair at Pier 90

HELL’S KITCHEN; Armory Week Wed-Sun Mar 7-11, 2018; contemporary art fair ~ Brazilian, Colombian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Jewish, Puerto Rican, and Spanish galleries

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, HARLEM, Fri-Sat, December 1-2, 2017 ~ “Con Brazos Abiertos” (With open arms)

‘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 Spanish Flamenco Orígenes at Merkin Hall

LINCOLN SQUARE, Sat, Feb 11, 2017, WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE, Spanish flamenco live music ~ The leading flamenco producer explores the Sephardic, Arabic, and Romani origins of Flamenco

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

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

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

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.