- Note: The 14th Street Y will be closed on Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 24. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Culture & Community
Exhibitions and Events
3WEEKS: A New Opera by Yoav Gal
Written by Yoav Gal and Ruby Namdar, directed by Ronit Muszkatblit, produced by the 14th Street Y/LABA with generous support from the MAP fund.
Composer/creator, Yoav Gal, and librettist Ruby Namdar first met through LABA in 2008. Inspired by Ruby’s readings of classical Jewish texts, Yoav and he set out to create an opera based on the seminal Talmudic chronicle of Rabban Ben Zakkai’s historical bargain. Confined within the walls of a besieged citadel, surrounded by starvation and despair, a Rabbi conceives of a monumental shift in consciousness and an alternative destiny for his people. Through a tapestry of extraordinary episodes, the hybrid opera, 3WEEKS, re-constructs the events of the Roman siege of Jerusalem, and the controversial act of Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakkai, who bargained with the Roman power, giving up on the glories and extravagance of old Jerusalem in return a modest center of learning.
Please join us as we present the concert version of 3WEEKS in the 14th Street Y theater on September 29th and 30th.
To learn more about this project visit : www.yoavgal.com/threeweeks
A few times throughout the year, LABA: House of Study opens up its doors to the public so that they may experience Jewish text study, LABA-style. Our first event is October 3, 2012.
Manna was the edible substance miraculously supplied as food to the Israelites in the wilderness, and has come to mean divine or spiritual nourishment. What would today's manna look like? Taste like? Be made of? What would it feel like to eat it?
"Modern Manna" will be the first public LABA event of our EAT year. It will be held October 3, 2012 at 7pm in the Sukkah on the roof of the 14th Street Y.
During the evening we will study texts about manna while experiencing the modern interpretations of the miracle food. There will also be wine, art and music from this year's fellows and LABA alumni.
Sukkot is an eight-day holiday held in the fall, during which Jews build and dwell in tent-like structures that hearken back to times in ancient Israel when Jews would build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. It is also related to the way the Jewish people lived while wandering in the desert for 40 years.
The bible says that God provided manna for the Israelites - it literally fell from the sky - when they were traveling in the desert, living in temporary housing much like the tent-like structures built in observance of Sukkot today. We will explore the fantasy and mythology of manna and how food can physically and emotionally nourish us in times of uncertainty.