Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Continues to Host Live Virtual Concerts
(New York)—This winter, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust continues to bring live music to audiences at home through the Live from Edmond J. Safra Hall concert series, presented from its state-of-the-art theatre.
Carolyn Enger will perform her Mischlinge Exposé on January 19 at 2 PM (EST). Drawing on her family roots, Enger will feature stories of Mischlinge—a derogatory term used by the Nazis to describe people with both Jewish and Aryan ancestry—like her father and godmother, interwoven with the works of prominent German Jewish converts and Mischlinge.
A conversation with Enger and Rachel Stern, Founding Director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society, will follow Enger’s concert. The concert is co-presented by the Museum, the German Consulate General in New York, and the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art.
Celebrated klezmer musician Michael Winograd & The Honorable Mentshn will take the stage on March 4 at 8 PM (EST) for the group’s first live performance in New York City since February 2020. The group will play hits from Winograd’s 2019 LP Kosher Style, classics from the golden age of Yiddish theater and Klezmer music, and a handful of 2020 premieres.
Winograd will lead the concert on the clarinet, joined by trombonist Daniel Blacksberg, accordionist Will Holshouser, pianist Carmen Staa, bassist Zoe Guigueno, and drummer David Licht.
“We are excited to partner with these talented artists to explore and celebrate Jewish heritage through live music,” said Jack Kliger, President and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. “Thanks to our recently upgraded performance space, Edmond J. Safra Hall, the Museum can share the work of these stellar musicians beyond our walls with a global audience.”
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Museum launched its Live from Edmond J. Safra Hall series, offering performance live-streamed from the Museum’s website for a suggested donation. The series kicked off this fall with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars and klezmer-rock band Golem. In December, Yiddish New York Festival was presented virtually from Edmond J. Safra Hall.
Thanks to a six-figure grant from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, the Museum in 2020 installed multiple video cameras, new lighting, an upgraded sound system, and a TriCaster for polished audio and video recording and presentations.
The Hall is available to rent for concerts, lectures, book readings, and other presentations. Visit the rental webpage for specifics about the theater’s technology, requirements on attendance and other safety measures, and rental rates.
About the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. The third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan, completing the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The Museum is the home of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
Currently on view is the acclaimed exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. This is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America, bringing together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world.
Also on view are Ordinary Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Jewish Heritage Collection and Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony.
The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.