STATE OF WORLD JEWRY ADDRESS
Yossi Klein Halevi, author of the best-selling “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” discusses the state of world Jewry, Israeli society and the politics of coronavirus in the Middle East. He will appear in conversation with Rabbi Peter Rubenstein. — Thursday, June 25, 2 p.m., 92Y, 92y.org. $20.
‘HOMELAND’: ALEX GANSA, CLAIRE DANES AND MANDY PATINKIN IN CONVERSATION
Alex Gansa, creator, executive producer and showrunner of “Homeland,” and stars Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin join Entertainment Weekly’s Seija Rankin to reflect on the show’s Emmy-winning eight-season run. They will discuss Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson’s inimitable relationship, bringing spycraft to life and what we’re all supposed to do now that it’s all come to an end. — Thursday, June 25, 5 p.m., 92Y and Entertainment Weekly, 92y.org. Free.
ON THE TRAIL OF KAFKA’S LITERARY AFTERLIFE
Join The Folio: A Jewish Week/UJA Cultural Series for a virtual conversation with the winner of the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, Benjamin Balint, author of “Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy,” and Sandee Brawarsky, culture editor of The Jewish Week. A Q&A will follow. — Thursday, June 25, 6-7:30 p.m., UJA Federation of New York and The Jewish Week, ujafedny.org. Free.
‘RESISTANCE’: FILM + LIVE DISCUSSION WITH JESSE EISENBERG
Long before he rose to international fame as a mime, Marcel Marceau put his fledgling career as an artist on hold to spirit Jewish refugee children out of Nazi-occupied France, even as his own father was murdered at Auschwitz. The film “Resistance,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, is about that little-known chapter of his life, and a screening will be followed by a discussion with Eisenberg. — Thursday, June 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Virtual Streicker, emanuelnyc.org. Free.
‘THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME’
“They Ain’t Ready For Me” is a documentary film about Tamar Manasseh, the African-American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against senseless killings on Chicago’s South Side. Her complex identity and magnetic personality combine to make her a force to be reckoned with. — Stream the film through Thursday, June 25, 11:59 p.m. A live Q+A with the director and subject via Zoom is on Thursday, June 25, 8 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org. $6.
‘TAHARA’ VIRTUAL SCREENING AND Q&A
At the funeral for a Hebrew school classmate who took her own life, two best friends find themselves distracted by the teenage complications of lust, social status and wavering faith. — Streaming in the U.S. only Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m., through Tuesday, June 30, 11 p.m. The live Q&A with director Olivia Peace and more on Zoom is Tuesday, June 30, 8:30 p.m., Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org. $6.
VIRTUAL AUTHOR SERIES: SISTERHOOD AND CHALLAH WITH JENNIFER WEINER AND KATIE KEMPNER
New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner and Katie Kempner will discuss everything from books, family, writing, movies and the complexities of the world today to how to make a fabulous Shabbat challah. Purchase of ticket includes one copy of Weiner’s latest novel, “Big Summer,” set in glamorous waterfront Cape Cod, as well as her famous challah recipe. — Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m., Books & Books and The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom (Miami Beach), booksandbooks.com. $31.99.
‘DYING DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WHAT I’M DOING’
Join the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) and filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman for an online screening of her documentary, “Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing.” This 60-minute film explores the extraordinary life and last months of Rabbi Rachel Cowan. In addition to co-founding IJS, she was a civil rights activist, community organizer, the first female Jew by choice ordained as a rabbi, a beloved and influential mindfulness teacher, a grandmother and wise elder. — Sunday, June 28, 2-4 p.m., Institute for Jewish Spirituality, letsreimagine.org. Free.
ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA GLOBAL GALA
Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren will host an online gala to benefit the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as it recovers from the devastating financial toll of Covid-19. The free event will feature short performances by Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Lahav Shani, Evgeny Kissin, IPO musicians, Amanda Forsyth, Yefim Bronfman, András Schiff, Chen Reiss and Martin Fröst and special messages from Zubin Mehta, Gianandrea Noseda and Lahav Shani. — Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m., Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, ipo.co. Free.
Mayim Balik hosts ‘FunOrthodox,’ a star-studded evening of comedy and music to benefit Eshel, the advocacy organization that serves the Orthodox LGBT+ community. Performers include Emmy Award-winning comedians Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold, Leah Gottfried (and the cast of the hit web series “Soon by You”), Cory Kahaney (“Last Comic Standing”) and many more. — Sunday, June 28, 8 p.m., Eshel, facebook.com/EshelJews/. Free but donations are requested.
JILL SOBULE LIVE
The Denver-born singer-songwriter’s work is at once deeply personal, socially conscious and seriously funny (“I Just Kissed a Girl”). She has tackled such topics as her Jewish heritage, the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French Resistance, adolescence and the Christian right. Did we mention love? Join her for an online concert taking place on Instagram and Facebook. — Monday, June 29, 8 p.m., Rockwood Music Hall, rockwoodmusichall.com. Donation requested.
‘THE VOLUNTEER’ BOOK TALK WITH AUTHOR JACK FAIRWEATHER
In “The Volunteer,” award-winning journalist Jack Fairweather reconstructs the little-known story of Witold Pilecki, the Polish cavalry officer who orchestrated his own arrest and nearly three-year incarceration in Auschwitz to clandestinely work to undermine the Germans and inform the Allies of Nazi crimes. The author appears in conversation with Robert Jan van Pelt, chief curator of the current Museum of Jewish Heritage exhibition “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.” Q&A to follow. — Tuesday, June 30, 2 p.m., Museum of Jewish Heritage, mjhnyc.org. Free.
CONTINUING EVOLUTION: YIDDISH FOLKSONG IN CLASSICAL MUSIC
YIVO commissioned five new compositions that engage with Yiddish folksongs. The new works by Martin Bresnick, Marti Epstein, Aaron Kernis, Judith Shatin and Alex Weiser will be presented in an online performance alongside archival recordings of the folksongs that they are reimagining, which range from lullabies to protest songs. Performances by Cantata Profana will feature mezzo soprano Annie Rosen and soprano Emily Donato, violinist Jacob Ashworth and pianist Daniel Schlosberg. — Tuesday, June 30, 4 p.m., YIVO, yivo.org. Free.
‘FRANCI’S WAR’ WITH HELEN EPSTEIN AND CHERYL SUCHER
Cheryl Sucher talks with Helen Epstein, who helped publish her mother’s memoir, “Franci’s War.” Franci Rasbinek was a Prague dress designer who lied to Dr. Mengele at an Auschwitz selection, saying she was an electrician, an occupation that both endangered and saved her life. In this memoir she offers her candid and sometimes funny account of those dark years with the women prisoners in her tight-knit circle of friends. Eventually she established a fashion salon on the Upper West Side. — Tuesday, June 30, 7-8 p.m., McNally Jackson, mcnallyjackson.com. Free.
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY JUDEO-ARABIC SONG AND PERFORMANCE
Writer and performer Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, research associate of Cambridge University and director of KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive, and multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist Samuel Thomas Torjman will present “Modern and Contemporary Judeo-Arabic Song and Performance,” a program about the music of North Africa, live on Zoom. — Wednesday, July 1, 10 a.m., American Sephardi Federation, programs.cjh.org. $5-$10.
LEIGH STEIN: ‘SELF CARE’
Join a livestreamed event to celebrate Leigh Stein’s new novel, “Self Care,” which she’ll be discussing alongside Chelsea Hodson. As the COO of Richual, which brands itself as being “the most inclusive” women’s online community platform, Maren Gelb is on a company-imposed digital detox after tweeting something terrible about the President’s daughter. Kirkus Reviews calls it a “satire of #girlboss culture and the wellness industrial complex … Compulsively readable … Brilliant.” — Monday, July 6, 7-8 p.m., Books Are Magic, booksaremagic.net. Free.
EXPLORING NEW YORK’S JEWISH LGBT HISTORY
Jewish New Yorkers have made a profound impact on the American arts scene, LGBT activism and American religious life. These include composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, poet Allen Ginsberg, archivist and activist Joan Nestle, PFLAG co-founder Jeanne Manford and more. Join Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader and Jay Shockley, co-founders of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, for an exploration of New York’s Jewish LGBT history. — Tuesday, June 7, 2 p.m., Museum of Jewish Heritage and NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, mjhnyc.org. Free.