January 2021 -- Tevet-Shevat 5781,  Volume 27, Issue 1

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Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Announces Its 2021 Winter Season Highlights

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, which is currently presenting the award-winning exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. through May 2, 2021, announces its 2021 Winter Season highlights. The Museum will offer a dynamic array of virtual programs and events to safely engage audiences unable to visit in person through the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Programs include the Museum’s streaming concert series, Live from Edmond J. Safra Hall, conversations with luminaries like architect Daniel Libeskind, author Isabel Wilkerson, and filmmaker Sal Litvak, as well as Stories Survive, a monthly series of first-person testimonies from Holocaust survivors.


The Museum will also present a special event narrated by Liev Schreiber (photo), 18 Voices: A Liberation Day Reading of Young Writers’ Diaries From the Holocaust, to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.


Additional winter highlights include:


Extremism: What You Need to Know, featuring the Western States Center’s Eric Ward, journalist Talia Lavin, ADL’s Oren Segal, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik on January 14.


The Rise and Fall of the Jewish New York Accent with author EJ White (You Talkin’ To Me?), filmmaker Heather Quinlan (If These Knishes Could Talk and O Brooklyn! My Brooklyn!), and Queens College linguistics professor Michael Newman on February 4.


Legacies: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, who has overseen the development of the world’s first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, will discuss his experience as the son of Holocaust survivors and how his upbringing informed his accomplished career. He will be joined in conversation by Robert Krulwich, science and technology journalist and longtime host of the double Peabody Award-winning show Radiolab on February 18.


Admission to most virtual programs is complimentary with a suggested donation, except where prices are noted. For more details on these and additional Winter 2021 programs and events, visit: https://mjhnyc.org/current-events/ A complete calendar of the season’s events will be available on the Museum’s website in early January.


“The 2020 year was not without hardship and challenges, but it presented our institution, like so many others, an incredible opportunity to expand our reach through the virtual realm,” says Jack Kliger, President & CEO of the Museum. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to Holocaust education and remembrance, and to celebrating the full breadth of Jewish heritage, culture, and scholarship. We were thrilled to reopen our doors to visitors in the fall of 2020 while continuing to present online programming that reached nearly 150,000 additional audience members. We are excited to grow that audience further in 2021.”


Among the Museum’s most successful virtual programs in 2020 were its Annual Gathering of Remembrance, held online for the very first time, and its commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II’s end, “We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance, and Hope.” In total, the Museum presented more than 106 virtual programs and events throughout the pandemic to date, reaching nearly 150,000 people.


The Museum will also continue to provide robust, educational resources that include Virtual Field Trips for school groups (one on “Life During the Holocaust” and one on “Immigration and the U.S. Experience”), an online Holocaust Curriculum with flexible lesson plans, and a downloadable podcast of first-person testimonies, Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust. Learn more at: https://mjhnyc.org/education/


For those able to make an in-person visit, the Museum is currently open to the public. For health and safety measures, it is only open three days per week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, from 10 AM to 5 PM, allowing for the deep cleaning of all public spaces. In addition, the Museum is open at a limited, 25% capacity to ensure social distancing and is offering general admission, timed-entry tickets that grant visitor access to all galleries.


Visitors to the Museum will be able to view its current exhibition, Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., which first opened in New York City on May 8, 2019 after a successful run in Madrid and has since been extended twice. It will now run through May 2, 2021 before it travels on to Kansas City.


The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is located at 36 Battery Place, New York City. For tickets call https://mjhnyc.org/purchase-tickets/or call 646.437.4202.