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Live from NY: 92nd Street Y, New York arts, cultural programs come to Naples

Live from NY: 92nd Street Y, New York arts, cultural programs come to Naples

Jewish Federation of Greater Naples to broadcast dozens of lectures, roundtable discussions from renowned NYC arts, cultural center

NAPLES, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2023) – Got a bug for Broadway? Eager to soak up the wisdom of world-class writers, composers, filmmakers and other artists in The City That Never Sleeps — but from the comfort of Southwest Florida?

Starting in October and running through June 2024, the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples will broadcast a series of 36 lectures, interviews and roundtable conversations from the 92nd Street Y, New York, to local audiences at the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center in Naples.

An acclaimed arts and cultural center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the 92nd Street Y, New York is home to an array of performing arts programs, film screenings, educational programs and more.

The Naples programming kicks off  today, Monday, Oct. 2, with a roundtable discussion on Yiddish cinema, followed by an Oct. 5 conversation with homemaker extraordinaire Martha Stewart.

The events are primarily scheduled on Monday and Thursday afternoons with a few major presentations planned in the evening. After each presentation, Naples participants will engage in their own thoughtful conversations.

“The 92nd Street Y, New York deservedly enjoys a worldwide reputation for its distinctive arts and cultural programming,” said Jane Schiff, immediate past chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and the organization’s program committee chair. “We are thrilled to partner with global center for culture, connection and enrichment to bring the best and brightest thinkers, artists and other creatives literally right to our doorsteps here in Southwest Florida.”

While the programming often focuses on issues through a Jewish lens, Schiff notes that the 92nd Street Y’s broader focus is on civic life “within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism.”

In addition to opening week events, October programming includes:

  • Monday, Oct. 9: Unearthing the Mysteries of Lost Civilizations: Rapa Nui, Port Jamaica and Nineveh (roundtable)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12: Stephen Sondheim: Songs that Didn’t Make It to Opening Night (roundtable)
  • Monday, Oct. 16: Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man – Clea Newman in Conversation with David Rosenthal
  • Thursday, Oct. 19: New York in 1874: Jewelry in the Gilded Age, Social Signifier in a Time of Transition (roundtable)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26: Buster Keaton: Existential Slapstick (roundtable)
  • Monday, Oct. 30: New York in 1874: Baseball, New York and the Birth of America’s Pastime (roundtable)

Single tickets are available for $18 or purchase a pass for the entire series for $540 (or $15 per event). Advance registration is required at https://JFGN.regfox.com/92nd-street-y, with upcoming programs announced monthly at https://jewishnaples.org

About Jewish Federation of Greater Naples

The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples is the thread that runs through the fabric of the Jewish community, its organizations and services, connecting the Jewish community. The Federation supports programs for Jewish people and the entire community in need in the greater Naples area, Israel and throughout the world, providing food for the hungry and counseling for the troubled, spearheading rescue and relief efforts for isolated Jews in distressed regions, and funding innovative Jewish educational and unity initiatives. The Federation creates a sense of community for thousands of Jewish residents in Greater Naples and its surrounding areas by creating and supporting programs to further Jewish learning, identity, pride and culture. Federation meets the challenge of providing for the needs of our Jewish brethren, wherever they may be, from young children and families to seniors. For information, visit jewishnaples.org, call 239-263-4205 or email info@jewishnaples.org.

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