We enlighten, we educate, we entertain. We are, we must say, well known for it, a cherished Philadelphia institution. After all, we've been doing it for 85 years.
We are The Gershman Y, a dynamic regional center for Jewish arts and culture.
We have a history of bringing the avant-garde to Philadelphia, from Andy Warhol to e.e. cummings and Lawrence Ferlinghetti to the Martha Graham Company.
Today, The Gershman Y is a cultural beacon, offering fine art and film to classes and theater. We bring people together for almost 150 programs each year. (Whew!)
Where should we begin? Perhaps at the Borowsky Gallery, which has earned a reputation as an art space devoted to innovative, thought-provoking shows of interest to Jewish audiences and the wider cultural community. The Open Lens Gallery is one of Philadelphia's few art spaces dedicated to fine-art photography.
You might know us for the critically acclaimed Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. Now embarking on its 30th year, it is the second longest running series of its kind in the United States, exploring the diversity of the Jewish experience as portrayed independent feature films and documentaries from around the globe.
Or perhaps you have taken advantage of one of our many Cultural Arts Programs You can find intellectual stimulation at The Joseph P. Sobo Sunday Brunch Series, popular author talks or lectures. Who else but The Gershman Y offers classes ranging from cooking to opera?
For your entertainment, past shows have included the cabaret, Everything The Traffic Will Allow: The Songs and Sass of Ethel Merman by Klea Blackhurst and By Strouse, a musical revue of the songs of composer Charles Strouse.
We welcome your toddlers for yoga lessons or to learn to love music. And we bring the community together at Community Shabbat dinners, City Style Fashion Show, Latkapalooza.
We enjoy creating unique events for our diverse and engaged community. We are pleased when you meet your friends and neighbors to laugh together, to applaud a great performance, to chat over dinner, to think about something old in a whole new way.
We are The Gershman Y.