"The Last Laugh" Film Screening
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

"The Last Laugh" Film Screening

THE LAST LAUGH dares ask: “Are we allowed to joke about the Holocaust?” This outrageously funny and thought-provoking film puts the question to legends including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, and many others (including survivors), offering fresh insights into the Holocaust and what else—9/11, AIDS, racism—is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. After screening at nearly 100 festivals (Tribeca, HotDocs, Traverse City, BFI London, Rome, IDFA), it was released theatrically in March 2017 and nationally broadcast on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2017 on PBS’s prestigious Independent Lens series where it was runner-up for the Audience Award.

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Thanks - A Jewish/Muslim Storytelling night
Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Thanks - A Jewish/Muslim Storytelling night

Stories and holidays bring people together. Come to CKI a week after Thanksgiving on Saturday evening, December 2nd for an evening of personal stories from Muslims and Jewish performers on the theme of thanks. 
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show 8:00 PM
Tonights performers are:
Adam Gagan (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Burn Notice, The Looming Tower)
@Jay Miah  
Arif Choudhury (solo show artist)

Mark Oppenheimer (New York Times, Tablet Magazine's Unorthodox podcast)
Robin Gelfenbien (Creator & Host of Yum's the Word, RISK!)
Zack Dinerstein (Slate, WNYC)

Tix are available in advance online here ($10) and at the door ($15).

 

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THE GOLEM: 1921 Silent Film with Live Music by Yoshie Fruchter
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

THE GOLEM: 1921 Silent Film with Live Music by Yoshie Fruchter

"The Golem: How He Came into the World" (German: Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam, also referred to as The Golem) is a 1920 silent horror film co-directed by and starring Paul Wegener. The picture was directed by Carl Boese and Wegener, written by Wegener and Henrik Galeen, and stars Wegener as the golem. The New York Times in their 1921 review on the film praised the film's "exceptional acting" and "expressive settings". Film critic Leonard Maltin gave the film 3 1/2 out of a possible 4 stars, calling it "[a] Chilling, visually dazzling story of the supernatural, based on a famous Jewish folktale of the 16th century" and "[A] classic of German Expressionist cinema". (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golem:_How_He_Came_into_the_World)

Accompanying the film with a live score will be Yoshie Fruchter. Yoshie is a guitar, bass, oud player and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records) has received critical acclaim from Jazz Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player Magazine and many more.  The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music.  He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria and others.  He recently released an album on the new Jewish record label Blue Thread Music of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia.

Yoshie is also a sought-after freelance musician in New York City in bands ranging in style from acoustic world music to heavy metal and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and Frank London, among many others.

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GOLEM in Brooklyn
Oct
21
to Oct 22

GOLEM in Brooklyn

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For centuries the legend grew, frightening some, protecting some, inspiring writers, filmmakers and artists. Join the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery in celebrating all things GOLEM.

Shoshanna Brombacher, artist, writer and our curator has assembled over forty original works from twenty artists from around the world. We take pride introducing from Croatia, Melita Kraus in her first showing in America.

Klezmer-rock band GOLEM takes the stage at 9:30, the leading re-innovators of Yiddish and Eastern European Music. Golem is not your grandparents klezmer (NPR).

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Comedy night with Myq Kaplan
Feb
4
8:30 PM20:30

Comedy night with Myq Kaplan

The Comedians magazine calls Myq Kaplan a comedy machine, in the best possible way. the way that some machines vend soda or prevent other machines from killing future revolutionaries  thats how Myq Kaplan does comedy: relentlessly, methodically, unblinkingly.

Myq Kaplan is a comedian named Myq Kaplan (pronounced Mike). He is a 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist and has appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan OBrien, the Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, and all the other places hes been. You can listen to Myqs podcast, Hang Out With Me, on the Keith and The Girl network. His debut CD, Vegan Mind Meld, was one of iTunes top ten best-selling comedy albums in 2010, followed by Meat Robot in 2013 and his one-hour Netflix special Small Dork and Handsome in 2014.

Price includes one refreshment voucher - or if you purchase before January 23rd, get a second refreshment voucher for free!



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Andy Statman Trio
Dec
17
8:00 PM20:00

Andy Statman Trio

The Andy Statman Trio returns to CKI!

"A master of two idioms linked only by their demand for virtuosity and their down-home origins ... " - The New York Times

"The one-of-a-kind Statman fuses the cross-picking of Jesse McReynolds with the atonal jabs of Albert Ayler, embodying like no other mandolinist jazz's 'sound of surprise.' " - Chicago Tribune

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Jewish Comic Con
Nov
12
to Nov 13

Jewish Comic Con

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The first Jewish Comic Con explores how Jewish identity has influenced comics, both on the page and behind the scenes. But it isn't just for the "members of the Tribe". It's for everyone. It's a love letter to the creators of the comic book medium and their heroes!

For more information and tickets, go to www.jewishcomiccon.org.

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Paint and learn night
Jun
2
6:30 PM18:30

Paint and learn night

Learn silkscreening and Torah at this fun event!

This workshop takes recognizable Jewish objects and symbols and presents them in a contemporary style. Participants will make their own Jewish art masterpiece; something they will cherish for a long time to come.

Silkscreen gives participants the opportunity to create their own piece of art in a comfortable non pressured environment.
The process of silkscreen is a printing method done by hand with minimal equipment. The process allows each participant to print a prepared image onto a canvas, creating a recognizable yet unique piece of art.

The workshop will be led by Rabbis Sam Reinstein and Yitzchok Moully. Rabbi Reinstein is the assistant rabbi at Congregation Kol Israel. Rabbi Moully served as a youth Rabbi and Hebrew School teacher for 10+ years in NJ and has years of experience working and engaging with children.

Tickets are $18 for CKI members, $36 for non-members. You can get tickets below.

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Responsa from the Holocaust in honor of Yom Hashoah
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Responsa from the Holocaust in honor of Yom Hashoah

Rabbi Reinstein will give a special class to remember and immortalize those that perished and survived the Shoah. Class is open to all. The class will examine some Responsa from "She'elot Uteshuvot MiMamakim" (Questions and Answers from the Depths) from Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, who answered questions throughout the holocaust, buried his answers and went back to find them.

There will also be a candle lighting ceremony to commemorate the day. 

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Art Gallery Cocktail Party
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Art Gallery Cocktail Party

Join us for an evening of art, discussion and sushi!  Sasha Stern, our in house curator, will be moderating a discussion with the artists of our current event, "Passover and the Consequences of Freedom."

64 original paintings by 32 artists.

Music by Ty Citerman of Bop Kabbala. 

Meet the artists and tour our exhibition space. 

Refreshments served, sponsored by Sushi Spot, Grow and Behold, and Wine by the Case.

http://www.sushispot2.com/

http://www.growandbehold.com/

http://www.winebythecasestore.com

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Purim Seudah 5776
Mar
24
3:30 PM15:30

Purim Seudah 5776

The members of CKI and PHS are hosting a festive Purim Seudah again this year! Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of delicious foods, costumes, balloon animals and more! This is a BYOB event!

Thursday, March 24th
Megillah Reading 3:30pm
Seudah 4:30pm

$18/person
$54/family

You must RSVP here to guarantee your seat!

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Art gallery grand opening: "Passover and the Consequences of Freedom"
Mar
12
8:00 PM20:00

Art gallery grand opening: "Passover and the Consequences of Freedom"

Over 50 artists from around the world will be showing their work at Congregation Kol Israel as part of the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery's inaugural art show.  Join us for the opening reception where you'll have a chance to see the art and meet the artists. CKI is proud to support the Jewish arts as well as (and as part of) spirituality and Torah.

The event is free and all are welcome. If you'd like to support Jewish arts at CKI, please click the button below. Patrons and Sponsors will receive as a gift from us a beautiful full color catalogue of Passover and the Consequences of Freedom, and will also be invited to attend a private wine and cheese event with special guest speakers.

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Sway Machinery at Congregation Kol Israel
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Sway Machinery at Congregation Kol Israel

A powerful, rhythmic take on Jewish cantorial music in a historic synagogue

Sway Machinery's combination of rhythmic power and potent folklore takes no prisoners. On stage the energy of submerged worlds is torn out into the light of day. And indeed, the historical tradition of Cantorial music, which is the focus of the band's work, is very much a lost world. The music of The Sway Machinery invites the listener to become like children wandering in the forest, discovering something mythic and wonderful.



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Rocking Channukah Party
Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

Rocking Channukah Party

Celebrate Chanuka in style by rocking out to the tunes of The Psychedelic Latkes!

Featuring Elie Massias, Bruce Parness, Moshe Weidenfeld and guests.

The concert comes directly after our first shabbaton of the year--if you'd like to visit for all of shabbat, send a message to board@ckibrooklyn.org.

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Community Shabbaton
Dec
11
to Dec 12

Community Shabbaton

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Join us for our next communal Shabbaton, which will begin on Friday December 11th.

Schedule

Friday Night:

  • Kabbalat shabbat
  • After services, if you've signed up beforehand, join us for a lavish dinner with our guests and their hosts.

Shabbat Day:

  • Shacharit and Musaf, followed by a speech given by our own Rabbi Sam Reinstein
  • Communal shabbat lunch following davening

After Shabbat, please join us back at CKI for our annual Chanuka Party Dec 12, with live band The Psychedelic Latkes!

 

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Andy Statman Trio live @ CKI
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Andy Statman Trio live @ CKI

Andy Statman Trio live in concert @ CKI!

Preceded by "Art in Heaven", a short film by Zvi Rosenfeld

The Jewish Music Cafe presents the Andy Statman Trio, live in concert at Congregation Kol Israel, a landmark Brooklyn synagogue. Preceded by "Art in Heaven", a short film by Zvi Rosenfeld, with live musical accompaniment from Elie Massias and Pedro Cortejosa.

Andy Statman, one of his generation's premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as "spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz." He has performed with such artists as Itzchak Perlman, Ricky Skaggs, Béla Fleck, Paul Shaffer, Bruce Molsky, Art Baron, Marty Rifkin, Bob Jones, Lew Soloff, Kristen Muller and John Goodman. He is a Grammy award nominee and in 2012 was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, from the National Endowment of the arts.

"Art In Heaven" is a short film that celebrates and memorializes the creativity of artisans who built, carved and painted an array of unique prayer houses throughout the European landscape. Most of the structures lay in ruin and have been abandoned or left to crumble and disappear. Their scattered remains are one of the last physical, cultural and spiritual testimonies to a world destroyed in the Holocaust. These structures still bear witness to the suffering and slaughter of an entire people.

 

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