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The Gershman Y

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Upcoming Events

January 2018
Free

Surface Tension – Gallery Opening

January 26 - March 24
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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The Gershman Y is proud to present Surface Tension: Photographs by Terri Warpinksi. Terri Warpinski and her connection to the places, peoples, cultures and histories that contribute to Surface Tension are ideological as well as subjective. Warpinski begins with herself as the subject of a political system that authored and contributed to the dynamics that are addressed in her work and planted in the territory of “between-ness.” Through her photographs in Surface Tension, Warpinski extends an invitation to examine how power is established and rationalized. This exhibition…

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March 2018
$18 - $30

Purim Party at The Gershman Y!

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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The Gershman Y's 80s-themed Purim Party is back and is flipping to the upside down! Taking inspiration from the current hit Stranger Things, DJ Robert Drake returns to MC our “Snow Ball” and turn our party up to an eleven. Come dressed in your Purim best and compete for prizes, sip on some Snow Ball punch and snack on traditional Hamantaschen. Get your tickets individually or purchase them as a pair and save $6!

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$15 - $50

Dancing with a Yiddish Accent – Yiddish Dance 101

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: The Art of Dancing to Klezmer Music The Gershman Y is excited to present a new three part dance series featuring Yiddish Dance master Steven Lee Weintraub! The series will introduce participants to a number of Yiddish dance concepts, stylings, and vocabulary and have you moving in no time! No dance experience required. This introduction class features lessons on how to dance to klezmer music, focusing on basic styling of the improvisational Freylekhs and Khosidl, and other…

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$12 - $30

Lunch and Learn: The Invisible Harry Gold

March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens. In the history of Soviet espionage in the United States, few people figure more crucially than Harry Gold. Gold, born in Switzerland and of Russian-Jewish parentage, spied for the Soviets from 1935 to 1950, and is literally the man who handed the USSR the plans for the atom bomb. Allen M. Hornblum, local author and historian, recounts the life of this…

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April 2018
$15 - $50

Dancing with a Yiddish Accent – Go Figure

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: The Art of Dancing to Klezmer Music The Gershman Y is excited to present a new three part dance series featuring Yiddish Dance master Steven Lee Weintraub! The series will introduce participants to a number of Yiddish dance concepts, stylings, and vocabulary and have you moving in no time! No dance experience required. Go Figure will explore the rich tradition of Jewish figure dances (dances in formations, like square dances). Learn the essential wedding square dance, the…

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A History of Judaism

April 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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                    Presented as part of The Gershman Y’s Bagel Bites series. Join us as local authors serve up a bite of their new works while enjoying a bagel brunch! Bagels served at 11:30 am, with author presentations beginning at 12 pm.  Books will also be available for purchase. Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, and it has preserved its distinctive identity despite the extraordinarily diverse forms and beliefs it…

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$18

Fun With Fermentation!

April 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Join the Jewish Farm School for this hands-on fermentation workshop and learn how to preserve your harvest while unlocking nutrients, adding flavor, and tapping into Jewish cultural food ways. Together we’ll make a basic sauerkraut and some more innovative ferments, and explore the role fermented foods have played in Jewish communities around the globe. Presented in partnership with Feinstein Center for American Jewish History.

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$12 - $30

Lunch and Learn: 2,000 Years of Jewish History Through Synagogue Architecture

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens. Throughout the history of the Jewish people, synagogue architecture has varied over the centuries since the destruction of the Temple and the Jewish diaspora. Ironically, synagogues lacked a defined architectural style until 1959 when famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Beth Sholom Congregation in suburban Philadelphia. Barbara Cohen, ASID, President of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, will trace the history of…

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Free

Jean-Pierre Weill: The Well of Being – Gallery Opening

April 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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The Gershman Y will host a FREE reception for the gallery opening of Jean-Pierre Weill: The Well of Being. The Well of Being is an illustrated narrative that peers into the depths of the human experience and the meaning of our existence. It traces how the stories we tell ourselves to construct our personae obscure the truth of our personhood. It is a lyrical story of a man moving from the origin of the universe to the perplexities of growing up and…

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Free

Rachel Rotenberg: Sanity – Gallery Opening

April 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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The Gershman Y will host a FREE reception for the gallery opening of Rachel Rotenberg: Sanity. Rachel Rotenberg utilizes wood and vines to create dynamic, organic, and heroic sculptures. The artist describes them as metaphors for a plethora of relationships, muscular movements that are both mysterious and provocative. Rotenberg’s sculptures engage the viewer in conversation. Through them, we find our place in the world and connect to forces larger than ourselves. Rachel Rotenberg: Sanity will exhibit in The Gershman Gallery from April 19 –…

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May 2018
$25

Mother’s Day Bookmaking Workshop

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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In this Mother’s Day themed bookmaking workshop, participants will learn to create their own accordion artists’ books. By using a non-adhesive binding technique and fashioning a removable spine, participants will create books that can either be presented as codices or displayed as accordions. We will also discuss ways participants can integrate text and images to shape their narratives to their finished pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs and other items to add personalization to their books. No previous bookmaking…

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$12 - $30

Lunch and Learn: Jews and the 1936 and 1972 Olympics

May 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens. The 1936 and 1972 Olympics held in Germany were rife with social and political struggles. For the Jewish people and athletes, the plague of anti-Semitism, death and destruction created a conflict of emotions — fear, pride, shame, and more. William Rosenberg, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Drexel University, will compare and contrast both German Olympic Games and the lasting impact…

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$15 - $50

Dancing with a Yiddish Accent – The Yiddish Ballroom

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: The Art of Dancing to Klezmer Music The Gershman Y is excited to present a new three part dance series featuring Yiddish Dance master Steven Lee Weintraub! The series will introduce participants to a number of Yiddish dance concepts, stylings, and vocabulary and have you moving in no time! No dance experience required. In this third part of this series, participants will discover how popular European ballroom dances made their way into the klezmer repertoire. Learn some…

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