Community Briefs: American Jewish History and Christmas, More

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NMAJH to Hold Annual Christmas Day Event Online
The National Museum of American Jewish History announced that it will host its annual Being ___ at Christmas event online on Dec. 25.

The public can tune in for free for live music, as well as on-demand programming for adults and kids that includes arts and crafts and virtual museum tours. Activities will be available on the museum’s website and Facebook page.

This year’s event will kick off with a live interactive concert at 10 a.m. featuring Alex Mitnick of the Emmy Award-winning children’s music group Alex & the Kaleidoscope, which has participated in the in-person event at the museum for the past five years. On-demand, prerecorded family-friendly programming that participants can access at their convenience will also be available.


Joining the on-demand lineup this year are: Philadelphia’s Portside Arts Center, whose educators create customized art lessons that families can do at home together with everyday household items; Massachusetts-based Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) artist Sarah Aroeste, with music and insights into Sephardic culture—Jewish traditions from around the Mediterranean; and Baltimore-based Beatbox Dads, who use emceeing and beatboxing to make music to educate and entertain.

In addition, there will be a mindfulness activity for families facilitated by Purposeful Parenting founder Asia IrgangLaden.

Philadelphia Couple to be Honored at ‘Bessies’
AMIT, which is a network of educational programs serving 35,000 Israeli children, will honor Yaela and Neil Baine of Philadelphia on Nov. 22 at The Bessies, the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser.
Yaela Baine’s family has been involved with the organization since its start.

Her great-grandmother, Adela Goldstein, was AMIT’s first national president; her grandmother, Belle Goldstein, was the third national president serving during World War II; her mother, Leona Goldfeld, volunteered as an AMIT teacher in 1947 for children of Youth Aliya in what was then Palestine; and Yaela’s great-aunt was Bessie Gotsfeld, founder of AMIT. Yaela Baine serves as vice president of the AMIT Philadelphia Council Shira Chapter.

Israeli actress and “Shtisel” star Ayelet Zurer will host the event, which starts at 8 p.m. at amitchildren.org/bessies/. Writer and producer Nancy Spielberg will be the guest judge of AMIT student filmmakers work, Idan Raichel will perform and there will be an appearance by “Big Bang Theory” and “Blossom” star Mayim Bialik. l

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