JFREJ is a community within a community. At JFREJ you’ll find every kind of Jew, united by our common belief in justice. And all of us work in partnership with the grassroots social justice mosaic of New York City — fighting for a better future.
THIS SUNDAY! In preparation for the *spectacular* Purim carnival for families, join us a special art build for kids and families--paper mache, painting, crafting & more! Take action through hands-on justice-themed carnival building, sign-making, action-planning and learning together. Children of all ages and their grownups welcome! There will be childcare, but parents will need to stay in contact with their kids. www.facebook.com/events/764651627025119/... See MoreSee Less
Purim Family Build for the Carnival of Jewish Resistance!
February 26, 2017, 1:00pm - February 26, 2017, 4:00pm
Register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/carnival-of-jewish-resistance-purim-family-build-tickets-31326979840
Children of all ages! In preparation for the *spectacular* Purim carnival for families on Sunday, March 5th, join us on Sunday, February 26th for a special art build for kids and families--papier mache, painting, crafting & more! Help make the props for our Purim carnival. We need you to help build, paint, and practice running carnival games for the March 5th Carnival. Take action through hands-on justice-themed carnival building, sign-making, action-planning and learning together. There will be childcare, but parents will need to stay in contact with their kids.
This year's festivities are sponsored by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) with support from The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee (TASC), the Workmen’s Circle, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives! More sponsors pending!
The center is wheelchair accessible.
Restore the balance of society through the ancient Purim rite of dressing up! A night of spectacle, music, dancing, food, drink, masquerade and more.With our Purim band Tsibele + Zhenya Loptanik and special guests, and Featuring LA DAMA, DJ Ripley, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and More. $12-20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of cash and costume. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less
Jews with Thorns: Jfrej Purimshpil
March 4, 2017, 8:00pm - March 5, 2017, 2:00am
The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, in cahoots with Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, excitedly bring you "JEWS WITH THORNS: A Purimshpil & Masqurade Ball"
DOORS at 7:45,
SHOW at 8:30
:::: FEATURING MUSIC FROM:
>>> LA DAMA : www.ladamaproject.org/
>>> DJ RIPLEY : www.ripleydj.com/
...& MORE TBA!
::: IN COLLABORATION WITH ARTIST-ORGANIZERS:
>>> AKYNOS : www.akynos.com/
>>> MADONNA THUNDER HAWK : kfai.org/node/32192
>>> JENDOG LONEWOLF : www.ilovejendog.com/
>>> IRENA KLEPFISZ : www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/klepfisz-irena
EVERYTHING IS KOOKOO BANANAS! The king has stolen Purim… Every day is like night and up is down and facts are fiction. The world is drunk and can’t tell the difference between good and evil. In this moment the Aftselakhis Spectacle committee takes a tiger’s leap into the present with JEWS WITH THORNS, this year's swirlon their annual Purim Shpil and Masquerade ball based on the traditional book of Esther.
From practical matters, Aftselakhis has shaped our carnival imaginings: resistance to fascism and authoritarianism, abolition and community autonomy, and the cultures of performance connected to and between Muslim and Jewish worlds.
We seek inspiration in the writings of current and ancestral Jewish sages like Masha Gessen, Irena Klepfiscz and Walter Benjamin. And harvest beautiful and protective wisdom from the venerable ghazal poet Hafez andjustice leaders of today: Red Power Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk, Crip Hop Nations Leroy Moore, human rights and sex worker organizer Akynos “The Beast of Burlesque,” and Dilar Dirik, a Kurdish activist and scholar who writes about Rojava and other small keys that unlock enormous doors.
Our message is plain, though our shpil is ornate: You are invited to march forth! Restore the balance of society through the ancient Purim rite of dressing up! And spread the word: the things we really love are an alchemical resource for conjuring strength.