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.

Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2018 Oscars Entries

Watch the trailers of Catalan, French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish-language entries

New York Jewish Film Festival 2018

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

‘Modigliani Unmasked’ explores questions of identity

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave & 92nd St
Upper East Side
September 15, 2017 – February 4, 2018

Passover commemorates freedom from slavery and the Exodus

Friday-Saturday
March 30 – April 7, 2018

The Museum Mile Festival is an open house into the diversity of New York City

Fifth Avenue
82nd Street to 105th Street
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

L’shanah tovah
Wednesday-Friday
September 9 – 11, 2018

UN General Assembly 72

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

Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

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

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

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

MoMA PS1
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

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

Fifth Avenue & 82nd St
Upper East Side
Open Daily

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

40-19 Gleane Street
at Roosevelt Ave
Elmhurst / Jackson Heights, Queens
Nightly

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

Latin artists 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

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

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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