Film Screening: The Lion of Judah

Join the 3GNY community and the Birthright Alumni/JEC community for a screening of the special documentary, The Lion of Judah.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. – Film, 8:30 p.m. – Q&A Movie begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Please arrive a few minutes early.Cost: $11 per ticket. Purchase tickets HERE. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support future JEC/Birthright Alumni Community trips to Poland.Location: Quad Cinema 34 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011

The documentary film "The Lion of Judah," was inspired by the Jewish Enrichment Center's (JEC) Birthright Alumni Community 2010 trip to Poland and Prague. This award-winning film follows Holocaust survivor Leo Zisman as he travels with JEC participants back to Auschwitz, bravely sharing the horrors he endured during the war. The film not only recounts Leo's experience during humanity's darkest period, but it also shines a light on the next generation of Jews, and what all of us can do to make sure history never repeats itself. Learn more about the film and view the trailer.

There will be a special Q&A tailored for a 3G audience following the film, which will include Director Matt Mindell, Producer Joe Kavitski, and potentially some participants from the trip.

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3GNY Outing to Off Broadway Play "The Soap Myth"

The Soap MythWednesday, April 18, 2012 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre 111 W. 46th Street, NYC Tickets: $40 per person (normally $55, but use code "MYTH3G" for group discount)

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This is a special opportunity to join other 3Gs together to see a new off-Broadway play called "The Soap Myth," about a young investigative journalist who works to unravel a story about the Holocaust and combat deniers. The show is a serious investigation of history, but it is also a very touching and human story about the friendship between the journalist and a Holocaust survivor.

We have a discounted group rate for our group, and after the play we're invited to participate in an exclusive Q&A session with the play's director Jeff Cohen. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

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3GNY Private Film Screening: Sarah's Key

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Soho House 29-35 Ninth Avenue (betw. 13th and 14th Streets) New York City **The screening is SOLD OUT**

**Doors open at 7:15 p.m., the film will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.**

Join us for a special opportunity to view Sarah’s Key at a private screening with the 3GNY community. Following the movie, you are welcome to join the group at a nearby bar for conversation, drinks, and snacks (location TBD).

This award-winning film is about an American journalist who uncovers a secret researching a piece about the roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942.  With flashbacks, the film tells the story of a young girl's experiences during this roundup, including the participation of the French bureaucracy, army and citizens in aiding and abetting the Nazis.  It also tells the story about a farmer, his wife, and others, who hid and protected Jews from Vichy authorities, the Germans, and French collaborators.  For further information, visit:

This event is SOLD OUT!

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To Paint the Earth

September 28, 2008

untitled5We attended a Sunday afternoon performance of "To Paint the Earth," about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Inspired by first-hand accounts of the Jewish Underground in the Warsaw Ghetto, To Paint the Earth explores how a broken community was brought to one of history's most stunning and inexplicable decisions -- to fight a last battle they had no chance of winning.

Following the performance, a group of us went to a nearby cafe to discuss the play, and hang out.

”To Paint the Earth” starred one of our own members, Lauren Lebowitz. Lauren is also the writer and assistant director. The musical won the prestigious 2004 Richard Rodgers Development Award, chosen by a committee chaired by Stephen Sondheim.

Walking In His Footsteps

August 14, 2007  

We attended a performance of fellow member Joan Fishman's one-woman play, "Walking in His Footsteps". This very personal, semi-autobiographical play is based on Joan's childhood experiences with her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, who never spoke of the fate of his family during the war.

After the show, we joined Joan and other group members at a nearby lounge for a post-discussion.

More About the Show: The play was selected to be part of the NYC Fringe Festival that began August 10th. The play's main content is about Joan's looking into the past to find clues about her grandfather's mysterious history: growing up as a Jew in Lithuania, escaping the fate of his family during the Holocaust, meeting her grandmother in a Displaced Persons camp in Munich, and coming to America to start a new life. Yiddish text and song, as well as evocative images projected on a screen are all part of the performance.

NY-based writer Malka Percal recently wrote on her blog "Jewess" about Joan. In the interview, they discussed the play, her other work and 3GNY. Jewess is a blog about Jewish women's issues.


Yiddish Cabaret

April 19, 2007 A group of us met up at Helen’s Restaurant in Chelsea to see a performance unlike anything we’ve seen: Kleynkunst! Warsaw’s brave and brilliant Yiddish Cabaret. As Generation X and Y’ers, we rarely experience Yiddish in forms like cinema, theater or Klezmer, let alone cabaret. The songs, in both Yiddish and English, offered us a glimpse of one of the most unique periods in Jewish history. Spanning the 20s and 30s, Yiddish Cabaret reflected the sophistication, as well as the politics and changing social status of Warsaw’s Jews.

In the Warsaw Ghetto, Jews, imprisoned, starved and faced with death, showed their will to live by clandestinely putting on cabaret shows. This was a form of resistance, alongside the armed resistance that began soon after. In fact, this show was performed in honor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which began on the same date, 64 years ago. Following the performance, we were able to meet and talk with the performers, Rebecca Joy Fletcher and Stephen Mo Hanan.

For two wonderful reviews of Kleynkunst, please read 3GNY’s Rivka Schiller’s reviews in the Yiddish Forward, from February 16, 2007 and March 2, 2007.