Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Christina Parrella, 12/04/2012
The proposed Statue of Liberty, “Liberty Enlightening the World,” c. 1875 Courtesy, National Park Service/Statue of Liberty National Monument
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Located in Battery Park City, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is a living memorial that honors Holocaust victims and pays tribute to the traditions, achievements and beliefs of the Jewish community. As its title suggests, The Core Exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of modern Jewish history, from the 1900s to the present, through artifacts, film footage and photographs. One winter highlight is the special exhibition Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles (running through February 24, 2013). Lazarus is most famous for having penned "The New Colossus," the sonnet inscribed on the base of Lady Liberty. ("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….") Another important exhibition, Hava Nagila: A Song for the People, examines the popular tune: the Ukrainian origins of the melody and the story behind the lyrics, as well as its movement through Europe, Asia and the United States, where "Hava Nagila" has become a traditional song played at bar and bat mitzvah celebrations and Jewish weddings. The show runs through May 2013.