Jewish Body Week celebrates The Jewish Body by Melvin Konner, part of Schocken and Nextbook’s Jewish Encounters book series. Partnering with a wide variety of cultural institutions in NYC, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco – Nextbook’s Jewish Body Week offers a diverse slate of events for people of every age. Dance. Art. Food. Conversation. October 18–25, 2009.
You will not want to miss the kickoff event: EveryBody Extravaganza. This free daylong event celebrates the body by enlivening your soul (with dance performances by LeeSaar The Company) and expanding your mind with great talks by Melvin Konner.
Location: JCC in Manhattan: 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St., www.jccmanhattan.org / Time: 11AM-4PM
Also on Sunday:
The Body Symposium: Melvin Konner, Gabriel Sanders, LABALMA faculty, and the LABALMA Body exhibition
A lively conversation between Gabriel Sanders, Deputy Editor of Nextbook’s Tablet Magazine, and Melvin Konner. Konner covers everything from sex and nose jobs to circumcision and menstruation, and even Jewish genes, with a grand historical and philosophical sweep. The Body Symposium also includes a lively round table discussion addressing aspects of the Jewish Body and the Israeli Body as seen by contemporary artists through Jewish text and contemporary art. Panelists include: Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Executive Director of the 14th Street Y and Founder of LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture; Dr. Ruth Calderon, Founder and Chair of Alma Home for Hebrew Culture; Ruby Namdar, Writer, Jewish Text Teacher. Followed by a gallery reception and Jewish Body book and LABALMA Body Catalog signing.
The exhibit is open October 17 – November 17, 2009 from 9AM-6PM.
Location: 14th Street Y: 344 East 14th St. at 1st Ave., www.labalma.org