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Dr. Steven Fine and assistant curator Sasha Semach lead students through Threshold to the Sacred #door #museum #yum #yeshivauniversity #undergrads #jews

Dr. Steven Fine and assistant curator Sasha Semach lead students through Threshold to the Sacred #door #museum #yum #yeshivauniversity #undergrads #jews

IF ONLY OUR POLITICIANS COULD DRESS SO WELL
We’re in NYC, so let’s cast our ballots this November 5th in style - top hats and canes for everyone!
In this image we have a stylish Benjamin Disraeli, the first and only Prime Minister of England of Jewish descent. Disraeli helped improve lives of the working class in particular. With laws like the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875 he helped decriminalize the work of trade unions and allowed peaceful picketing. His Public Health Act 1875 improved sanitation and filthy living conditions in urban areas.
Maybe vote for someone today you feel will do some good for your city.  Wouldn’t hurt if that person also looks good in a top hat….
PLAYER’S CIGARETTES BENJAMIN DISRAELI, John Player & SonsClark, C. 1932 (1999.213) 

IF ONLY OUR POLITICIANS COULD DRESS SO WELL

We’re in NYC, so let’s cast our ballots this November 5th in style - top hats and canes for everyone!

In this image we have a stylish Benjamin Disraeli, the first and only Prime Minister of England of Jewish descent. Disraeli helped improve lives of the working class in particular. With laws like the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875 he helped decriminalize the work of trade unions and allowed peaceful picketing. His Public Health Act 1875 improved sanitation and filthy living conditions in urban areas.

Maybe vote for someone today you feel will do some good for your city.  Wouldn’t hurt if that person also looks good in a top hat….

PLAYER’S CIGARETTES BENJAMIN DISRAELI, John Player & Sons
Clark, C. 1932 (1999.213) 

DAILY INSTALLATION  Bondage Mouse spooking us all on this rainy October evening. If we make it back tomorrow prepare yourself for some more daily art. #dailyinstallation #museum #jewish #yeshivauniversity #yum

DAILY INSTALLATION Bondage Mouse spooking us all on this rainy October evening. If we make it back tomorrow prepare yourself for some more daily art. #dailyinstallation #museum #jewish #yeshivauniversity #yum

THE STORIES A DOOR TELLS 
One person’s plank of wood is another people’s history. This incredibly panel from the Torah ark of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo is just that kind of … er, wood plank.
Currently on view, the different details of this panel’s decoration and other elements reveal its incredible history from medieval Cairo to contemporary New York — via a Florida auction house!
You can learn more about this door and the Ben Ezra synagogue where it comes from, in YUM’s new exhibition, Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, on view through February 2014.

THE STORIES A DOOR TELLS 

One person’s plank of wood is another people’s history. This incredibly panel from the Torah ark of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo is just that kind of … er, wood plank.

Currently on view, the different details of this panel’s decoration and other elements reveal its incredible history from medieval Cairo to contemporary New York — via a Florida auction house!

You can learn more about this door and the Ben Ezra synagogue where it comes from, in YUM’s new exhibition, Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, on view through February 2014.

BE ANYONE YOU WANT TO BE…AT LEAST DRESS UP LIKE THEM
Do we have any Abrahams? How about an Isaac? Maybe the alter?
Isn’t that the theme of Halloween? Isaac may have wanted to be someone else at this exact moment. Here is a postcard that might bring some scary in your Halloween (perhaps put the fear of God in you?).
The story goes like this: God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, and when he began to follow God’s instructions, God called out and told him to stop before any harm could come upon Isaac. A ram was placed on the alter as a sacrifice instead of Isaac.  Most religious thinkers argue that the episode was a test of Abraham’s dedication to God. This postcard depicts that  story in a rather graphic and dramatic light.
What does this have to do with Halloween? Well we are giving you some costume ideas. The back  of this postcard is an advertisement for a masquerade ball organized by the Poale Zion of Chicago in March of 1916. Although originally for the festival of Purim, we’ll use it for Halloween, they both have a dress up theme going on. If you do use our costume suggestions try not to reenact the scene!
Hope your evening is as spooky as this post!

Poale Zion Advertisement for a Biblical Masquerade Ball, 1916, Chicago, Illinois, YU Museum Collection 1976.033

BE ANYONE YOU WANT TO BE…AT LEAST DRESS UP LIKE THEM

Do we have any Abrahams? How about an Isaac? Maybe the alter?

Isn’t that the theme of Halloween? Isaac may have wanted to be someone else at this exact moment. Here is a postcard that might bring some scary in your Halloween (perhaps put the fear of God in you?).

The story goes like this: God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, and when he began to follow God’s instructions, God called out and told him to stop before any harm could come upon Isaac. A ram was placed on the alter as a sacrifice instead of Isaac.  Most religious thinkers argue that the episode was a test of Abraham’s dedication to God. This postcard depicts that  story in a rather graphic and dramatic light.

What does this have to do with Halloween? Well we are giving you some costume ideas. The back  of this postcard is an advertisement for a masquerade ball organized by the Poale Zion of Chicago in March of 1916. Although originally for the festival of Purim, we’ll use it for Halloween, they both have a dress up theme going on. If you do use our costume suggestions try not to reenact the scene!

Hope your evening is as spooky as this post!

Poale Zion Advertisement for a Biblical Masquerade Ball, 1916, Chicago, Illinois, YU Museum Collection 1976.033

DAILY INSTALLATION
This is a Bust, by Zig Pig. Paper, Ethafoam, and magnifying glass. 2013
Check back each day to see what we’ve got in the case.

DAILY INSTALLATION

This is a Bust, by Zig Pig. Paper, Ethafoam, and magnifying glass. 2013

Check back each day to see what we’ve got in the case.

THRESHOLD TO THE SACRED
Via YUM’s Instagram.
Check out the exhibition’s page: yumuseum.tumblr.com/ArkDoor 

THRESHOLD TO THE SACRED

Via YUM’s Instagram.

Check out the exhibition’s page: yumuseum.tumblr.com/ArkDoor 

DAILY INSTALLATION 
Every day we install something new in this case next to our curator’s desk.  Check back daily to see what we’ve got.  It might be pliers.  It might be paperclips.  It might be thumb takes.  It might be a rare manuscript. 
… probably won’t ever be a rare manuscript. 

DAILY INSTALLATION 

Every day we install something new in this case next to our curator’s desk.  Check back daily to see what we’ve got.  It might be pliers.  It might be paperclips.  It might be thumb takes.  It might be a rare manuscript. 

… probably won’t ever be a rare manuscript. 

GETTING SCARED YET?
Halloween is just a few days away, and you’re probably thinking about how to get in the mood. Well, if you’re really ambitious, you might visit a morgue for some inspiration… something you might do for figure drawing too!  
This figure study is by Hyman Bloom (1913 - 2009), better known for his paintings on Jewish themes reminiscent of the styles of Caravaggio and Rembrandt.  Bloom began drawing cadavers in 1939 after being called to a morgue to identify the body of a friend who had committed suicide. This particular image from a few decades little later.
Figure Study, Hyman Bloom, Pen and water color on paper, ca. 1959/1960, Collection of Yeshiva University Museum, Gift of Raymond Saroff

GETTING SCARED YET?

Halloween is just a few days away, and you’re probably thinking about how to get in the mood. Well, if you’re really ambitious, you might visit a morgue for some inspiration… something you might do for figure drawing too!  

This figure study is by Hyman Bloom (1913 - 2009), better known for his paintings on Jewish themes reminiscent of the styles of Caravaggio and Rembrandt.  Bloom began drawing cadavers in 1939 after being called to a morgue to identify the body of a friend who had committed suicide. This particular image from a few decades little later.

Figure Study, Hyman Bloom, Pen and water color on paper, ca. 1959/1960, Collection of Yeshiva University Museum, Gift of Raymond Saroff

YIVO, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM and the MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET present:




This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the trial of Mendel Beilis, an innocent factory clerk in tsarist Rus- sia accused of murdering a Christian boy so his blood could be used to bake matzo. During its time, the Beilis Trial provoked international protest from media, politicians, writers and intellectuals, but today it is little known. Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion examining the trial from various perspectives: blood libels and anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia; the widespread artistic and journalistic response to the trial; Beilis’s funeral, which was attended by thousands at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side; and the relevance of the trial today.
Lisa Gutkin and Lorin Sklamberg of the Grammy-winning band, The Klezmatics, will perform Lid Fun Mendl Beylis, or The Song of Mendel Beilis, which was written in response to the Beilis Trial.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Jay Beilis, the grandson of Mendel Beilis, will be in attendance at the event.




Admission: General - $10 | YIVO, YUM and MES members, seniors and students - $7 Box Office: smarttix.com | 212.868.4444 
yivo.org | yumuseum.org | eldridgestreet.org 
FEATURED PARTICIPANTS:





Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Assistant Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College, City University of New York. Her book Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (2013) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for an outstanding work of 20th century his- tory. She is currently working on a social history of the blood libel accusation in the Soviet Union and Poland. 
Edmund Levin is a longtime writer/producer for ABC News. He is the author of the forthcoming book, A Child of Chris- tian Blood – Murder & Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel (Schocken Books, February 2014). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and Slate, among other periodicals. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and Harriman Institute. He lives in New York City. 
Annie Polland is the Vice President for Programs and Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversees exhibits and interpretation. She is the author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration (2012), winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. Prior to her work at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, she served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (2008). She teaches at NYU. 
Robert Weinberg is Professor of History at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses on Russian and Soviet his- tory, Modern European history, and Modern Jewish history. His research focuses on Russian and Soviet antisemitism, pogroms, and tsarist and communist policies toward Jews. His publications include: Ritual Murder in Late Imperial Russia: The Trial of Mendel Beilis (2013); The Russian Revolution: A History in Documents (with Laurie Bernstein, 2010); Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland (1998); and The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps (1993). 
Jonathan Brent (Moderator) is the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute. Brent founded the internationally ac- claimed Annals of Communism series at Yale University Press and significantly expanded Yale’s publications in Jewish studies, acquiring titles such as The New Yiddish Library. Brent is also visiting professor of Russian History and Litera- ture at Bard College and lectures widely on Jewish, Soviet and East European history. His books include Stalin’s Last Crime (2003) and Inside the Stalin Archives (2008). He is currently writing a study of the Russian Jewish writer, Isaac Babel. 
Lisa Gutkin (Musician): Grammy award winning fiddler/composer/singer/songwriter Lisa Gutkin is one of NYC’s busiest musicians. Her varied musical palette has led to collaborations with a wide array of artists in the United States and Europe, the founding of the ‘Downtown Celtic’ group, Whirligig, and to joining world-reknowned superstars of the klezmer world, The Klezmatics. For several years prior to joining the Klezmatics, Lisa focused mostly on traditional Irish and Scottish music, playing and recording with Tommy Sands, John Whelan, Pat Kilbride, Jerry O’Sullivan, Steve Cooney, Cathie Ryan, and Ed Miller, and in the bands Whirligig and An Cré with John Redmond and Brendan Dolan. Lisa currently tours with the Klezmatics and as a soloist, and occasionally plays bluegrass with The Demolition String Band in their Ola Belle Reed project, old-time American music with Steve Arkin and the QuasiModal Stringband, 1920’s jazz with David Zimbalist’s Speakeasy String Quartet, Irish and original tunes and songs with Pamela Wyn Shannon, and acoustic Klezmer music with Pete Rushefsky. 
Lorin Sklamberg (Musician): The legendary music critic Robert Christgau has described Lorin Sklamberg’s voice as “transcendent, ethereal and sensual,” while a writer for Folkworld gushed that the Klezmatics’ frontman “brings tears into my eyes with his fabulous way of singing.” Lorin Sklamberg, a singer, guitarist, accordion player, oud player and scholar of Eastern European Jewish music, is the co-founder the legendary, and Grammy-winning klezmer group, The Klezmatics. For 14 years Lorin was the coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program, and co-founded Living Traditions, the non-profit that sponsored it for seven of those years. Lorin can be heard on some 50 CDs, and also composes and performs for film, dance, stage and circus, produces recordings, and teaches and lectures from London and Paris to Kiev and St. Petersburg. He currently works at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research as the Sound Archivist. 
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

YIVO, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM and the MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET present:

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the trial of Mendel Beilis, an innocent factory clerk in tsarist Rus- sia accused of murdering a Christian boy so his blood could be used to bake matzo. During its time, the Beilis Trial provoked international protest from media, politicians, writers and intellectuals, but today it is little known. Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion examining the trial from various perspectives: blood libels and anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia; the widespread artistic and journalistic response to the trial; Beilis’s funeral, which was attended by thousands at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side; and the relevance of the trial today.

Lisa Gutkin and Lorin Sklamberg of the Grammy-winning band, The Klezmatics, will perform Lid Fun Mendl Beylis, or The Song of Mendel Beilis, which was written in response to the Beilis Trial.

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Jay Beilis, the grandson of Mendel Beilis, will be in attendance at the event.

Admission: General - $10 | YIVO, YUM and MES members, seniors and students - $7 Box Office: smarttix.com | 212.868.4444 

yivo.org | yumuseum.org | eldridgestreet.org 

FEATURED PARTICIPANTS:

Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Assistant Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College, City University of New York. Her book Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (2013) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for an outstanding work of 20th century his- tory. She is currently working on a social history of the blood libel accusation in the Soviet Union and Poland.

Edmund Levin is a longtime writer/producer for ABC News. He is the author of the forthcoming book, A Child of Chris- tian Blood – Murder & Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel (Schocken Books, February 2014). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and Slate, among other periodicals. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and Harriman Institute. He lives in New York City.

Annie Polland is the Vice President for Programs and Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversees exhibits and interpretation. She is the author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration (2012), winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. Prior to her work at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, she served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (2008). She teaches at NYU.

Robert Weinberg is Professor of History at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses on Russian and Soviet his- tory, Modern European history, and Modern Jewish history. His research focuses on Russian and Soviet antisemitism, pogroms, and tsarist and communist policies toward Jews. His publications include: Ritual Murder in Late Imperial Russia: The Trial of Mendel Beilis (2013); The Russian Revolution: A History in Documents (with Laurie Bernstein, 2010); Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland (1998); and The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps (1993).

Jonathan Brent (Moderator) is the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute. Brent founded the internationally ac- claimed Annals of Communism series at Yale University Press and significantly expanded Yale’s publications in Jewish studies, acquiring titles such as The New Yiddish Library. Brent is also visiting professor of Russian History and Litera- ture at Bard College and lectures widely on Jewish, Soviet and East European history. His books include Stalin’s Last Crime (2003) and Inside the Stalin Archives (2008). He is currently writing a study of the Russian Jewish writer, Isaac Babel.

Lisa Gutkin (Musician): Grammy award winning fiddler/composer/singer/songwriter Lisa Gutkin is one of NYC’s busiest musicians. Her varied musical palette has led to collaborations with a wide array of artists in the United States and Europe, the founding of the ‘Downtown Celtic’ group, Whirligig, and to joining world-reknowned superstars of the klezmer world, The Klezmatics. For several years prior to joining the Klezmatics, Lisa focused mostly on traditional Irish and Scottish music, playing and recording with Tommy Sands, John Whelan, Pat Kilbride, Jerry O’Sullivan, Steve Cooney, Cathie Ryan, and Ed Miller, and in the bands Whirligig and An Cré with John Redmond and Brendan Dolan. Lisa currently tours with the Klezmatics and as a soloist, and occasionally plays bluegrass with The Demolition String Band in their Ola Belle Reed project, old-time American music with Steve Arkin and the QuasiModal Stringband, 1920’s jazz with David Zimbalist’s Speakeasy String Quartet, Irish and original tunes and songs with Pamela Wyn Shannon, and acoustic Klezmer music with Pete Rushefsky.

Lorin Sklamberg (Musician): The legendary music critic Robert Christgau has described Lorin Sklamberg’s voice as “transcendent, ethereal and sensual,” while a writer for Folkworld gushed that the Klezmatics’ frontman “brings tears into my eyes with his fabulous way of singing.” Lorin Sklamberg, a singer, guitarist, accordion player, oud player and scholar of Eastern European Jewish music, is the co-founder the legendary, and Grammy-winning klezmer group, The Klezmatics. For 14 years Lorin was the coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program, and co-founded Living Traditions, the non-profit that sponsored it for seven of those years. Lorin can be heard on some 50 CDs, and also composes and performs for film, dance, stage and circus, produces recordings, and teaches and lectures from London and Paris to Kiev and St. Petersburg. He currently works at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research as the Sound Archivist.

This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Dr. Steven Fine and assistant curator Sasha Semach lead students through Threshold to the Sacred #door #museum #yum #yeshivauniversity #undergrads #jews

Dr. Steven Fine and assistant curator Sasha Semach lead students through Threshold to the Sacred #door #museum #yum #yeshivauniversity #undergrads #jews

IF ONLY OUR POLITICIANS COULD DRESS SO WELL
We’re in NYC, so let’s cast our ballots this November 5th in style - top hats and canes for everyone!
In this image we have a stylish Benjamin Disraeli, the first and only Prime Minister of England of Jewish descent. Disraeli helped improve lives of the working class in particular. With laws like the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875 he helped decriminalize the work of trade unions and allowed peaceful picketing. His Public Health Act 1875 improved sanitation and filthy living conditions in urban areas.
Maybe vote for someone today you feel will do some good for your city.  Wouldn’t hurt if that person also looks good in a top hat….
PLAYER’S CIGARETTES BENJAMIN DISRAELI, John Player & SonsClark, C. 1932 (1999.213) 

IF ONLY OUR POLITICIANS COULD DRESS SO WELL

We’re in NYC, so let’s cast our ballots this November 5th in style - top hats and canes for everyone!

In this image we have a stylish Benjamin Disraeli, the first and only Prime Minister of England of Jewish descent. Disraeli helped improve lives of the working class in particular. With laws like the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875 he helped decriminalize the work of trade unions and allowed peaceful picketing. His Public Health Act 1875 improved sanitation and filthy living conditions in urban areas.

Maybe vote for someone today you feel will do some good for your city.  Wouldn’t hurt if that person also looks good in a top hat….

PLAYER’S CIGARETTES BENJAMIN DISRAELI, John Player & Sons
Clark, C. 1932 (1999.213) 

DAILY INSTALLATION  Bondage Mouse spooking us all on this rainy October evening. If we make it back tomorrow prepare yourself for some more daily art. #dailyinstallation #museum #jewish #yeshivauniversity #yum

DAILY INSTALLATION Bondage Mouse spooking us all on this rainy October evening. If we make it back tomorrow prepare yourself for some more daily art. #dailyinstallation #museum #jewish #yeshivauniversity #yum

THE STORIES A DOOR TELLS 
One person’s plank of wood is another people’s history. This incredibly panel from the Torah ark of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo is just that kind of … er, wood plank.
Currently on view, the different details of this panel’s decoration and other elements reveal its incredible history from medieval Cairo to contemporary New York — via a Florida auction house!
You can learn more about this door and the Ben Ezra synagogue where it comes from, in YUM’s new exhibition, Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, on view through February 2014.

THE STORIES A DOOR TELLS 

One person’s plank of wood is another people’s history. This incredibly panel from the Torah ark of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo is just that kind of … er, wood plank.

Currently on view, the different details of this panel’s decoration and other elements reveal its incredible history from medieval Cairo to contemporary New York — via a Florida auction house!

You can learn more about this door and the Ben Ezra synagogue where it comes from, in YUM’s new exhibition, Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, on view through February 2014.

BE ANYONE YOU WANT TO BE…AT LEAST DRESS UP LIKE THEM
Do we have any Abrahams? How about an Isaac? Maybe the alter?
Isn’t that the theme of Halloween? Isaac may have wanted to be someone else at this exact moment. Here is a postcard that might bring some scary in your Halloween (perhaps put the fear of God in you?).
The story goes like this: God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, and when he began to follow God’s instructions, God called out and told him to stop before any harm could come upon Isaac. A ram was placed on the alter as a sacrifice instead of Isaac.  Most religious thinkers argue that the episode was a test of Abraham’s dedication to God. This postcard depicts that  story in a rather graphic and dramatic light.
What does this have to do with Halloween? Well we are giving you some costume ideas. The back  of this postcard is an advertisement for a masquerade ball organized by the Poale Zion of Chicago in March of 1916. Although originally for the festival of Purim, we’ll use it for Halloween, they both have a dress up theme going on. If you do use our costume suggestions try not to reenact the scene!
Hope your evening is as spooky as this post!

Poale Zion Advertisement for a Biblical Masquerade Ball, 1916, Chicago, Illinois, YU Museum Collection 1976.033

BE ANYONE YOU WANT TO BE…AT LEAST DRESS UP LIKE THEM

Do we have any Abrahams? How about an Isaac? Maybe the alter?

Isn’t that the theme of Halloween? Isaac may have wanted to be someone else at this exact moment. Here is a postcard that might bring some scary in your Halloween (perhaps put the fear of God in you?).

The story goes like this: God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, and when he began to follow God’s instructions, God called out and told him to stop before any harm could come upon Isaac. A ram was placed on the alter as a sacrifice instead of Isaac.  Most religious thinkers argue that the episode was a test of Abraham’s dedication to God. This postcard depicts that  story in a rather graphic and dramatic light.

What does this have to do with Halloween? Well we are giving you some costume ideas. The back  of this postcard is an advertisement for a masquerade ball organized by the Poale Zion of Chicago in March of 1916. Although originally for the festival of Purim, we’ll use it for Halloween, they both have a dress up theme going on. If you do use our costume suggestions try not to reenact the scene!

Hope your evening is as spooky as this post!

Poale Zion Advertisement for a Biblical Masquerade Ball, 1916, Chicago, Illinois, YU Museum Collection 1976.033

DAILY INSTALLATION
This is a Bust, by Zig Pig. Paper, Ethafoam, and magnifying glass. 2013
Check back each day to see what we’ve got in the case.

DAILY INSTALLATION

This is a Bust, by Zig Pig. Paper, Ethafoam, and magnifying glass. 2013

Check back each day to see what we’ve got in the case.

THRESHOLD TO THE SACRED
Via YUM’s Instagram.
Check out the exhibition’s page: yumuseum.tumblr.com/ArkDoor 

THRESHOLD TO THE SACRED

Via YUM’s Instagram.

Check out the exhibition’s page: yumuseum.tumblr.com/ArkDoor 

DAILY INSTALLATION 
Every day we install something new in this case next to our curator’s desk.  Check back daily to see what we’ve got.  It might be pliers.  It might be paperclips.  It might be thumb takes.  It might be a rare manuscript. 
… probably won’t ever be a rare manuscript. 

DAILY INSTALLATION 

Every day we install something new in this case next to our curator’s desk.  Check back daily to see what we’ve got.  It might be pliers.  It might be paperclips.  It might be thumb takes.  It might be a rare manuscript. 

… probably won’t ever be a rare manuscript. 

GETTING SCARED YET?
Halloween is just a few days away, and you’re probably thinking about how to get in the mood. Well, if you’re really ambitious, you might visit a morgue for some inspiration… something you might do for figure drawing too!  
This figure study is by Hyman Bloom (1913 - 2009), better known for his paintings on Jewish themes reminiscent of the styles of Caravaggio and Rembrandt.  Bloom began drawing cadavers in 1939 after being called to a morgue to identify the body of a friend who had committed suicide. This particular image from a few decades little later.
Figure Study, Hyman Bloom, Pen and water color on paper, ca. 1959/1960, Collection of Yeshiva University Museum, Gift of Raymond Saroff

GETTING SCARED YET?

Halloween is just a few days away, and you’re probably thinking about how to get in the mood. Well, if you’re really ambitious, you might visit a morgue for some inspiration… something you might do for figure drawing too!  

This figure study is by Hyman Bloom (1913 - 2009), better known for his paintings on Jewish themes reminiscent of the styles of Caravaggio and Rembrandt.  Bloom began drawing cadavers in 1939 after being called to a morgue to identify the body of a friend who had committed suicide. This particular image from a few decades little later.

Figure Study, Hyman Bloom, Pen and water color on paper, ca. 1959/1960, Collection of Yeshiva University Museum, Gift of Raymond Saroff

YIVO, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM and the MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET present:




This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the trial of Mendel Beilis, an innocent factory clerk in tsarist Rus- sia accused of murdering a Christian boy so his blood could be used to bake matzo. During its time, the Beilis Trial provoked international protest from media, politicians, writers and intellectuals, but today it is little known. Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion examining the trial from various perspectives: blood libels and anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia; the widespread artistic and journalistic response to the trial; Beilis’s funeral, which was attended by thousands at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side; and the relevance of the trial today.
Lisa Gutkin and Lorin Sklamberg of the Grammy-winning band, The Klezmatics, will perform Lid Fun Mendl Beylis, or The Song of Mendel Beilis, which was written in response to the Beilis Trial.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Jay Beilis, the grandson of Mendel Beilis, will be in attendance at the event.




Admission: General - $10 | YIVO, YUM and MES members, seniors and students - $7 Box Office: smarttix.com | 212.868.4444 
yivo.org | yumuseum.org | eldridgestreet.org 
FEATURED PARTICIPANTS:





Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Assistant Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College, City University of New York. Her book Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (2013) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for an outstanding work of 20th century his- tory. She is currently working on a social history of the blood libel accusation in the Soviet Union and Poland. 
Edmund Levin is a longtime writer/producer for ABC News. He is the author of the forthcoming book, A Child of Chris- tian Blood – Murder & Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel (Schocken Books, February 2014). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and Slate, among other periodicals. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and Harriman Institute. He lives in New York City. 
Annie Polland is the Vice President for Programs and Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversees exhibits and interpretation. She is the author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration (2012), winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. Prior to her work at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, she served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (2008). She teaches at NYU. 
Robert Weinberg is Professor of History at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses on Russian and Soviet his- tory, Modern European history, and Modern Jewish history. His research focuses on Russian and Soviet antisemitism, pogroms, and tsarist and communist policies toward Jews. His publications include: Ritual Murder in Late Imperial Russia: The Trial of Mendel Beilis (2013); The Russian Revolution: A History in Documents (with Laurie Bernstein, 2010); Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland (1998); and The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps (1993). 
Jonathan Brent (Moderator) is the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute. Brent founded the internationally ac- claimed Annals of Communism series at Yale University Press and significantly expanded Yale’s publications in Jewish studies, acquiring titles such as The New Yiddish Library. Brent is also visiting professor of Russian History and Litera- ture at Bard College and lectures widely on Jewish, Soviet and East European history. His books include Stalin’s Last Crime (2003) and Inside the Stalin Archives (2008). He is currently writing a study of the Russian Jewish writer, Isaac Babel. 
Lisa Gutkin (Musician): Grammy award winning fiddler/composer/singer/songwriter Lisa Gutkin is one of NYC’s busiest musicians. Her varied musical palette has led to collaborations with a wide array of artists in the United States and Europe, the founding of the ‘Downtown Celtic’ group, Whirligig, and to joining world-reknowned superstars of the klezmer world, The Klezmatics. For several years prior to joining the Klezmatics, Lisa focused mostly on traditional Irish and Scottish music, playing and recording with Tommy Sands, John Whelan, Pat Kilbride, Jerry O’Sullivan, Steve Cooney, Cathie Ryan, and Ed Miller, and in the bands Whirligig and An Cré with John Redmond and Brendan Dolan. Lisa currently tours with the Klezmatics and as a soloist, and occasionally plays bluegrass with The Demolition String Band in their Ola Belle Reed project, old-time American music with Steve Arkin and the QuasiModal Stringband, 1920’s jazz with David Zimbalist’s Speakeasy String Quartet, Irish and original tunes and songs with Pamela Wyn Shannon, and acoustic Klezmer music with Pete Rushefsky. 
Lorin Sklamberg (Musician): The legendary music critic Robert Christgau has described Lorin Sklamberg’s voice as “transcendent, ethereal and sensual,” while a writer for Folkworld gushed that the Klezmatics’ frontman “brings tears into my eyes with his fabulous way of singing.” Lorin Sklamberg, a singer, guitarist, accordion player, oud player and scholar of Eastern European Jewish music, is the co-founder the legendary, and Grammy-winning klezmer group, The Klezmatics. For 14 years Lorin was the coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program, and co-founded Living Traditions, the non-profit that sponsored it for seven of those years. Lorin can be heard on some 50 CDs, and also composes and performs for film, dance, stage and circus, produces recordings, and teaches and lectures from London and Paris to Kiev and St. Petersburg. He currently works at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research as the Sound Archivist. 
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

YIVO, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM and the MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET present:

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the trial of Mendel Beilis, an innocent factory clerk in tsarist Rus- sia accused of murdering a Christian boy so his blood could be used to bake matzo. During its time, the Beilis Trial provoked international protest from media, politicians, writers and intellectuals, but today it is little known. Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion examining the trial from various perspectives: blood libels and anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia; the widespread artistic and journalistic response to the trial; Beilis’s funeral, which was attended by thousands at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side; and the relevance of the trial today.

Lisa Gutkin and Lorin Sklamberg of the Grammy-winning band, The Klezmatics, will perform Lid Fun Mendl Beylis, or The Song of Mendel Beilis, which was written in response to the Beilis Trial.

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Jay Beilis, the grandson of Mendel Beilis, will be in attendance at the event.

Admission: General - $10 | YIVO, YUM and MES members, seniors and students - $7 Box Office: smarttix.com | 212.868.4444 

yivo.org | yumuseum.org | eldridgestreet.org 

FEATURED PARTICIPANTS:

Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Assistant Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College, City University of New York. Her book Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (2013) was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for an outstanding work of 20th century his- tory. She is currently working on a social history of the blood libel accusation in the Soviet Union and Poland.

Edmund Levin is a longtime writer/producer for ABC News. He is the author of the forthcoming book, A Child of Chris- tian Blood – Murder & Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel (Schocken Books, February 2014). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and Slate, among other periodicals. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and Harriman Institute. He lives in New York City.

Annie Polland is the Vice President for Programs and Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she oversees exhibits and interpretation. She is the author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration (2012), winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. Prior to her work at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, she served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (2008). She teaches at NYU.

Robert Weinberg is Professor of History at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses on Russian and Soviet his- tory, Modern European history, and Modern Jewish history. His research focuses on Russian and Soviet antisemitism, pogroms, and tsarist and communist policies toward Jews. His publications include: Ritual Murder in Late Imperial Russia: The Trial of Mendel Beilis (2013); The Russian Revolution: A History in Documents (with Laurie Bernstein, 2010); Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland (1998); and The Revolution of 1905 in Odessa: Blood on the Steps (1993).

Jonathan Brent (Moderator) is the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute. Brent founded the internationally ac- claimed Annals of Communism series at Yale University Press and significantly expanded Yale’s publications in Jewish studies, acquiring titles such as The New Yiddish Library. Brent is also visiting professor of Russian History and Litera- ture at Bard College and lectures widely on Jewish, Soviet and East European history. His books include Stalin’s Last Crime (2003) and Inside the Stalin Archives (2008). He is currently writing a study of the Russian Jewish writer, Isaac Babel.

Lisa Gutkin (Musician): Grammy award winning fiddler/composer/singer/songwriter Lisa Gutkin is one of NYC’s busiest musicians. Her varied musical palette has led to collaborations with a wide array of artists in the United States and Europe, the founding of the ‘Downtown Celtic’ group, Whirligig, and to joining world-reknowned superstars of the klezmer world, The Klezmatics. For several years prior to joining the Klezmatics, Lisa focused mostly on traditional Irish and Scottish music, playing and recording with Tommy Sands, John Whelan, Pat Kilbride, Jerry O’Sullivan, Steve Cooney, Cathie Ryan, and Ed Miller, and in the bands Whirligig and An Cré with John Redmond and Brendan Dolan. Lisa currently tours with the Klezmatics and as a soloist, and occasionally plays bluegrass with The Demolition String Band in their Ola Belle Reed project, old-time American music with Steve Arkin and the QuasiModal Stringband, 1920’s jazz with David Zimbalist’s Speakeasy String Quartet, Irish and original tunes and songs with Pamela Wyn Shannon, and acoustic Klezmer music with Pete Rushefsky.

Lorin Sklamberg (Musician): The legendary music critic Robert Christgau has described Lorin Sklamberg’s voice as “transcendent, ethereal and sensual,” while a writer for Folkworld gushed that the Klezmatics’ frontman “brings tears into my eyes with his fabulous way of singing.” Lorin Sklamberg, a singer, guitarist, accordion player, oud player and scholar of Eastern European Jewish music, is the co-founder the legendary, and Grammy-winning klezmer group, The Klezmatics. For 14 years Lorin was the coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program, and co-founded Living Traditions, the non-profit that sponsored it for seven of those years. Lorin can be heard on some 50 CDs, and also composes and performs for film, dance, stage and circus, produces recordings, and teaches and lectures from London and Paris to Kiev and St. Petersburg. He currently works at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research as the Sound Archivist.

This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

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