One of the organizations I recommended in my January 13th article is holding a fundraiser this evening:
AJWS Global Circle Fundraiser for Haiti
Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Merc Bar 151 Mercer Street in Soho
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Join AJWS Global Circle for an emergency fundraiser for survivors of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. With its strong grassroots presence in Haiti, AJWS has mobilized during this catastrophe to send immediate relief to marginalized populations that have largely been excluded from large-scale aid efforts so far, such as poor and rural areas outside Port-au-Prince. AJWS’s long-standing partnerships in the region have enabled us to send funding directly to our grantees on the ground, who have the knowledge and capacity to spend the money effectively where it is most immediately needed.
Members of AJWS’s staff will be on hand at the event to give up-to-date information on relief efforts and how you can help. The charge for admission is $20, all of which will go to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. Also visit that link for updates on AJWS‘s Haiti Emergency Relief Fund.
Tomorrow evening January 21st at 8:00 PM percussionist Shoshana Jedwab will lead a drum circle at JCCManhattan:
Nourishing the spirit – JCC Drum Circle with Shoshana Jedwab
Play in the ‘soundbox’ and join in the pure fun! Enjoy sharing rhythm with others and discover the enchantment of percussion with facilitator and educator Shoshana Jedwab. For all ages; no experience necessary!
$10 members/$12 non-members. JCCManhattan is located on Amsterdam Avenue at 76st Street in Manhattan. If you miss this drum circle there will be others at JCCManhattan in February, March, and April.
Earlier on Thursday evening at 6:15 PM deaf art lovers can attend a tour of the Jewish Museum‘s Man Ray exhibit conducted in sign language:
Join us for a Sign Interpreted Tour of the special exhibition, Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention. This 45 minute tour will be led by a Jewish Museum docent who is accompanied by a certified sign language interpreter for the deaf.
All Access tours and programs are free of charge, but require advance registration, Contact the Scheduling and Access Coordinator at 212.423.3225, TTY 212.660.1515 or email email@example.com. Space is limited.
Also on Thursday evening Hebrew University in Jerusalem professor Robert Wistrich will discuss The Return of Genocidal Anti-Semitism at the 92nd Street Y: Explore the existential threat to the Jewish people, Israel and human civilization by the return of genocidal anti-Semitism at the beginning of the 21st century. Expert Robert Wistrich explores the ideological delusions, prejudices and passions and the international political machinations that have brought us to the edge of a dangerous abyss.
Date & Time: Thu, Jan 21, 2010, 7:30pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street Directions
Venue: Warburg Lounge
Friday evening January 22nd Israeli Jazz pianist Daniel Meron will perform at 92YTribeca:
A native of Israel, Daniel Meron succeeds in expressing the diversity of influences from his homeland in his music. Recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, Daniel has moved to NYC and is promoting his debut album Directions. In the album, accompanied by his quintet, Daniel manages to balance between the tradition of jazz improvisation and the creation of extended and dynamic tunes. In this show, performing solo piano, he will play selections from the album as well as some standards, as he features his unique playing style in brilliant compositions that are both sophisticated and lyrical, communicating vivid stories and emotions to the listener. Come hear Daniel Meron and enjoy jazz that is capturing, cutting edge and simply beautiful. Part of our Live at Cafe 92YTribeca series.
Date & Time: Fri, Jan 22, 2010, 8:30pm
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street in Manhattan
Venue: 92YTribeca Cafe This event is free.
On Saturday afternoon January 23rd from 2:00-3:30 PM the 14th Street Y presents Storahtelling — Sing or Swim. The program is appropriate for children ages 2-5 and is free. See my March 27, 2009 article for a fuller description of Storahtelling. 344 East 14th Street at First Avenue in Manhattan.
On Sunday January 24th at 12:00 noon installation artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles will present her participatory performance piece A Day of Transfer and Exchange at the Center for Jewish History:
A Day of Transfer and Exchange with Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Create your own covenant and join the artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles for a participatory exchange and performance within her site-specific installation.
A second performance will take place at 3:00pm.
Admission: Free with Museum admission, reservations suggested. 15 West 16th Street in Manhattan.
On Monday evening January 25th from 8:00-9:00 PM the The Jewish Meditation Center in Brooklyn will hold Sitting Together:
When: Mon, January 25, 8pm – 9pm
Where: Brooklyn Zen Center (398 9th Street, Between 6th & 7th Avenues Take the F train to 7th Avenue) Description: Sitting together in meditation is the basis of our community. We offer an inclusive, inviting, and peaceful space to come together and literally just sit quietly, cultivating our intentions to truly come home to ourselves. We recognize from experience that it’s difficult to maintain a daily practice, especially when practicing alone. Anyone who has attended a meditation retreat knows that once you get home, your practice often doesn’t come home with you. At JMC Brooklyn, weekly sitting meditation in the neighborhood creates a way to integrate Jewish meditation into daily life. Optional prayer services may be held after some sitting practices with niggunim (humming or chanting melodies) and singing.
For other NY Jewish Culture events see my previous articles and the links in the right margin of this page under New York Jewish Culture Events Listings.
For more info: David Cooper