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Event: Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT

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Added by Chris Stahl , 16 May 2018

Taking place 19 May 2018 (Single Day Event)

Chris Stahl

Downtown Jewish Life presents


Saturday, May 19, 2018
hosted by The 14th Street Y

NEW YORK - Downtown Jewish Life presents INTO THE NIGHT, a contemporary spin on an ancient tradition of all night study during the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, hosted by The 14th Street Y on Saturday, May 19, 2018 beginning at 6pm.


The In[heir]itance Project will start the night with The Abraham Play from The Genesis Plays at 6pm. The Opening Ritual, hosted by community leaders with live music, liturgy, poetry, and performance, will follow at 7:30pm, and programming will continue throughout the evening until dawn at 344 E. 14th Street, NYC.


More than 30 downtown community partners, including museums, synagogues, and artists, will join in this fifth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual. The Tikkun is a night-long journey through culture in the vein of the "White Nights" of European traditions. The event will feature conversations and rituals led by artists, musicians, shamans, teachers, scholars, and rabbis. Downtown synagogues and community organizations will lead sessions and workshops designed to provoke philosophical discussion with attendees from all levels of observance.


"This year, with the Tikkun being at the height of our Season of Jewish Culture, we wanted to highlight the Jewish Renaissance happening downtown. We invited our partner organizations and other leading culturally Jewish downtown establishments to tell their story of transformation, with the 14Y seeing itself as another catalyst and hub for their infectious energy."


- Ronit Muszkatblit, Director of Arts and Culture at the 14th Street Y and LABA


More highlights of the evening include:

  • Nikki Russ Federman, Fourth Generation Co-Owner of Russ & Daughters, joins The Educational Alliance's CEO, Alan van Capelle to discuss how Russ & Daughters, the torchbearer of Jewish food in America, has grown and changed with the Lower East Side over the past century. A family business since 1914, Russ & Daughters has emerged from a herring pushcart to a small local shop to a world-renowned business that remains a Jewish cultural landmark of our local community.

  • Writing and how רֵאשִׁית תיתרְאָה אֱלֹהִין: chanting the Torah in the Feminine with artist Yael Kanarek as she speaks about her newest art: authoring the Torah, specifically Genesis, in the feminine; Rabbi Marisa EIlana will chant a portion.

  • A sing-along with CBST: Beside the Golden Door, featuring musical selections from Jewish immigrants, led by Cantor Steve Zeidenberg and CBST Musical Director Joyce Rosenzweig.

  • The kick-off event of LABA Fellow Zohar Tirosh-Polk's year-long project Israel at 70 - A Tikkun Cycle, as a group of playwrights and artists share work about Israel and the possibility of healing, followed by a moderated panel discussion.

  • Author Ruby Namdar and Tablet magazine senior editor Liel Leibowitz discuss The Death of American Jewish Literature (?). Once a robust scene that spawned some of America's most revered writers -- Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth -- and delivered a torrent of masterworks, American-Jewish literature seemed to have dried up considerably, with younger talent mainly mimicking the obsessions of its ancestors or seeking inspiration elsewhere far from home. Or is the opposite true?

  • Chanting our Way to Sinai: a participatory chanting, drumming and meditation experience with Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder, among other events.

  • The In[heir]itance Project plays will provide a thoughtful, interactive performances on founding patriarchs and matriarchs - Abraham, Sarah, Rebecca, Jacob, and Rachel/Leah - and weaving their ancient stories with modern social lens. Each play was conceived in a different city and explores a different character and setting, but the series is united by an overarching theme of our shared humanity.

  • Another exciting performance is Beneath the Surface, a site-specific underwater dance experience by Lenora Lee Dance, featuring Yi-Ting Hsu and Peter Cheng.

  • A night-long café / lounge in the gym open for interaction, coffee, delicious food and of course cheese cake.


The evening will feature five programmatic tracks of learning:

  • Downtown Jewish Renaissance: New Jewish culture is thriving in Downtown Manhattan. Explore the past and look at the present with artists, playwrights and cultural leaders.

  • Midrasha Ivrit: A night of artists, stories, texts and Kabbalah all in Hebrew.

  • Soul Food: A series dedicated to the senses from sound to touch and taste. Buzz the vocal chords, enjoy wine tastings and jump in on creative craft projects.

  • Ancestry Reclaimed: Inspired by five unique narratives in the book of Genesis, engage with theater pieces, talk-backs and meditations on ancestry.

  • From Stranger to Sanctuary: "Love your neighbor as yourself." This central teaching of Jewish tradition has never been so essential, nor so challenged. Join CBST in a night-long session of learning with clergy and teachers, exploring this lesson through study, song, and social justice. Come for one session or follow us all night through!


The evening will include many more incredible programs led by Downtown Jewish Life partners and Rabbis. While learning deep INTO THE NIGHT, Jewish texts will be explored and unique insights will be discovered as people from all ages and backgrounds grow and change.


"I spent the past three years making five plays around the country inspired by the book of Genesis. For the first time ever and for one night only all five plays will be performed in order in one theater, back to back. We will begin at the beginning (Abraham) and end at the beginning (Sarah). In between we'll explore a family soap opera that is brutal and raw, honest and over the top. There will be battles and love triangles and sibling rivalry and parental favoritism all in one package, all in one night. As an artist, I am overwhelmed at the idea of seeing these five plays in conversation with each other in such a concentrated period of time. As a morning person, I'm overwhelmed at the amount of caffeine I'm gonna need to get through it!"
-Jon Adam Ross, actor and playwright of the In[heir]itance Project.


Admission is free and there will be programs for all levels of observance. A photo ID is required for entry. Advance RSVP is recommended. For more information and to reserve a spot, please visit http://www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.


A full schedule of participants and program can be found online at www.14streety.org/IntoTheNight.


Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by The 14th Street Y. Downtown Jewish Life experiences welcome people of every background, identity, age, family configuration, and religious affiliation (or none), who are interested in finding meaning, values, and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. Downtown Jewish Life includes: American Jewish Historical Society, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, Base Hillel, Brotherhood Synagogue, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, Center for Jewish History, Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, East End Temple, Educational Alliance Hazon, JCP Downtown, The Jewish Plays Project, Kol Hakfar, Honeymoon Israel, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LAB/Shul, Leo Baeck Institute, Manny Cantor Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, The New Shul, Ohel Ayalah, NYU Bronfman Center, The Center for Creative Judaism, Reboot, The Stanton Street Shul, The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, The Shul of NY, Tamid: The Downtown Synagogue, Town & Village Synagogue, The Village Temple, and Yivo.


INTO THE NIGHT is made possible thanks to the generous support of the UJA-Federation of New York and a grant from the Covenant Foundation.


Speakers, Teachers, Musicians and Artists:
Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino, Rabbi Larry Sebert, Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder, Shira Kline, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Ruby Namdar, Shawn Shafner, Jon Adam Ross, Ariel Warmflash, Temima Goldberg Shulman, Yael Kanarek, Lenora Lee, David Katz, Rabbi Yael Rapport, Rabbi Marisa James, Cantor Steve Zeidenberg, Steven Philp, Joyce Rosenzweig, Ayalon Eliach, Amanda Duarte, Dr. Glen Milstein, Naomi Less, Zohar Tirosh-Polk, Rabbi Kerry Chaplin, Alexandra Ben Abba, Tal Gur, Rabbi Regina Sanders-Phillips, Victoria Abrash, Rev. Dr. Derrick McQueen, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Alan van Capelle and Niki Russ Federman


About The Arts at the 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y is a cultural center focused on innovation and connection. We play host to some of New York City's most cutting-edge theater and dance companies and produce our own original programming through LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The center serves more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501©(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers in Downtown Manhattan.


About the 14th Street Y
We are a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout Downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming.


We are committed to the development of the whole person and bettering people's lives and strengthening individual and family connections by building an inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable communities.


The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance, a Downtown Manhattan nonprofit that serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually. It provides a wide range of services for people of all ages, including preschools, camps, after school programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes, counseling services, and addiction recovery programs.