Chayela Rosenthal exhibition: Special events

The public is invited to these special events

To book for ‘Celebrating Chayela in song’ on Sunday 25 June (5pm or 7.30pm), please click here.

To book for ‘Celebrating Chayela in song’ on Sunday 25 June (5pm or 7.30pm), please click here.

Please note: Booking essential for the events below: Call 021 462 5553 or email

Film screening: Wednesday 21 June, 6pm
The World is Ours: The Jewish Legacy of Vilna

“An amazing film that really touches one’s soul… an excellent introduction to the history, and especially about what no longer exists in Vilna.”- Arthur S. Berger, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

David E. Fishman

Mervyn Smith Memorial Lecture: Wednesday 28 June, 8pm — on Zoom
David E. Fishman
Professor of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He also serves as director of the Jewish Archival Survey in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. Prof. Fishman is the author of numerous books and articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry.

Sunday 2 July, 6pm Better Don’t Talk: Screening of Naava Piatka’s internationally acclaimed musical performance-piece about the remarkable life and times of her mother, Holocaust survivor and actress, Chayela.

Wednesday 12 July, 6pm Film screening: The Paper Brigade. An award winning documentary telling the moving story of how a small band of Jewish poets and writers saved priceless collections of Jewish books and manuscripts from destruction.

Sunday 16 July, 6pm Yiddish Theatre in South Africa: A panel discussion giving an overview of local Yiddish theatre with Dr Veronica Belling, Joy Wikin, Prof Rudy Nadler-Nir and Aviva Pelham. The panel will be moderated by Philip Todres.

Sunday 30 July, 6pm Leah, Teddy and the Mandolin: A documentary film celebrating 10 years of the annual Leah Todres Yiddish Song Festival 2001 — 2010 in Cape Town.

Monday 14 August, 6pm Book launch – Biography of Samuel Bak by Ute Ben-Yosef

Please note: Booking essential for the events above: Call 021 462 5553 or email

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