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Night at the Museums Tuesday June 21, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm FREE ADMISSION Now in its third year, “Night at the Museums” offers free entry to 15 of Lower Manhattan’s most diverse and culturally significant institutions – including the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Part of this year’s “River to River Festival,” this unique opportunity will take place on June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Many of the sites will offer special programming and tours.
On view from February 4 – April 15, 2016 EXHIBITION – extended through May 31 Letters from my Grandparents: The Art of Ruth Schreiber In partnership with the Jewish Art Salon Opening Reception: Thursday February 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm FREE with admission to the gallery adults $5 and seniors/students $3 Click here to RSVP now Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Student and adult group tours available. For more information, contact (212) 431-7993 or email Ruth Schreiber’s grandparents were among the many Jews in Europe who made the brutal decision to send their children to safety in England during Hitler’s rise. In this powerful mixed media exhibit, Schreiber tells their remarkable story through a series of artworks based on the letters they wrote to their children while abroad. Moving, illuminating, and deeply meaningful, Letters from My Grandparents will forever change how you think about sacrifice, trauma, and the bonds that can never be broken. Sponsored in part by the Puffin Foundation, West    London by Ruth Schreiber
Refugee Kids Film Screening Part of AFC’s Human Rights Film Series Tuesday May 31, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm adults $5 and seniors/students $3 212-431-7993 or email Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate, emotionally gripping account of the students’ stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one formative summer. Refugee Kids humanizes complex geopolitics and depict the challenges and urgency of immigration to America in an increasingly dangerous – and interconnected – world. Followed by a Q&A with the film maker and a student at the Refugee Academy. Click here to RSVP now
Undocumented Immigrant Youth: Listening to Students and Forging a New Path A discussion and film screening with CUNY Professor Tatyana Kleyn and 2014 AFC SAFA winner, Carolina Gonzalez Tuesday May 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email This event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars program. New York is home to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants, many of whom live in mixed-status families. This program will address state and national policies through the lens of some remarkable undocumented youth, to illustrate the realities, challenges and opportunities they face through high school, college and beyond. The program will include a screening of Living Undocumented, a 17 minute documentary co-produced and directed by Tatyana Kleyn, which explores the life of six DREAMers who portray the realities of our nation’s immigration system and its impact on undocumented students. Tatyana Kleyn is a Public Scholar for the New York Council for Humanities and is an associate professor at the City College of New York in the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs. In 2014-15 she was President of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) and a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is co-editor of “Translanguaging with Multilingual Students: Learning from Classroom Moments” with Ofelia García, author of “Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide,” and is the director of the documentaries “Living Undocumented: High School, College and Beyond” and “Una Vida, Dos Países: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico.” Carolina Gonzalez was the 2014 winner of AFC’s Leah and Edward Frankel Scholarship Award for her work founding Deferred Action for Dreamers, whose mission it is to help young, undocumented immigrants in the South Florida community defer deportation and gain employment authorization. To date the organization has helped over 2,000 applicants from the ages of sixteen to thirty-one. As the granddaughter of Cuban immigrants, Ms. Gonzalez grew up in Miami with a keen understanding of the challenges and alienation many new arrivals to America face, especially children. Click here to RSVP now    
Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls Part of the Literary Lunches series Wednesday May 11, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Tickets: $20, which includes lunch and an advance copy of the novel Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. On the eve of a fateful war, New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she sinks deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspect neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. Join author Martha Hall Kelly as she reads from and discusses this remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, happiness, and second chances. Click here to RSVP now
Remember Us Film Screening Part of AFC’s Human Rights Film Series Thursday May 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm adults $5 and seniors/students $3 212-431-7993 or email Join us for a special screening of the new documentary film, Remember Us: The Hungarian Hidden Children to commemorate Yom HaShoah. Directed by Jason Auerbach and Rudy Vegliante, this powerful new film focuses not only on who these children were, but the adults they have become. For this special screening we are thrilled to welcome, Evi Blaikie, Hungarian hidden child and friend of The Anne Frank Center, who will introduce the film, and share some of her own experiences of the war and its aftermath. Click here to RSVP now
Yearning to Breathe Free: The American Jewish Response to the Refugee Crisis A panel discussion at the Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York Thursday April 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Tickets $12 adults, $10 for students and seniors Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email The conflict in Syria has produced the world’s largest refugee crisis. More than four million people have been forced to flee Syria since the war there began; across the globe, 60 million people are displaced. How are we called upon to respond as a nation, Jewish community, and as individuals to this, the worst refugee catastrophe since World War II? How do we fulfill the Jewish moral imperative to deal compassionately with the stranger even as we ensure domestic security? Aour leading voices on this critically important and timely subject— Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, Dr. Georgette F. Bennett, founder and president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Shadi Martini, himself a Syrian refugee and activist, and now senior Syria advisor at the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, and Will Recant, Assistant Executive Vice-President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee —will share their perspectives as part of this important roundtable event. The program is hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street, the magnificent Lower East Side synagogue that provided spiritual renewal and safe haven for the first wave of Jewish immigrants escaping Eastern Europe. Click here to RSVP now    
For the Sake of the Children: The Letters Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr. A Book Event with Joan Adler Tuesday March 29, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm adults $5 and seniors/students $3 Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email In 2007, a file of letters between University of Heidelberg roommates and lifelong friends, Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr., was found in the archives of YIVO: Institute for Jewish Research in New York. The letters revealed for the first time that Otto Frank tried desperately to get his family out of war torn Holland in 1941, fifteen months before they went into hiding in the now famous attic at Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam. The story of the letters has been published in a book for the first time, enriching our understanding of the history of the Frank family, and providing us greater insight into this tragic era. Join us for a reading and conversation with the author Joan Adler, Executive Director of the Straus Historical Society. Click here to RSVP now
No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story Film Screening Part of AFC’s Human Rights Film Series Thursday March 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Screening will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
$12, $10 Members and Students with valid ID Space limited. Reservations recommended. More details to follow. 212-431-7993 or email In 1933 in Germany, when discrimination against the Jews worsened, Otto Frank moved his family to Amsterdam. But as the Nazi noose tightened throughout Europe, Otto’s desperation increased. When the doors to other countries closed, he turned to the US as their last hope for refuge. No Asylum, directed by Paula Fouce, is the dramatic and tragic story of Otto Frank’s desperate attempts to secure American visas before going into hiding with his family in 1942. Based on recently-discovered letters by Otto Frank in YIVO’s archives, No Asylum interviews Anne Frank’s surviving family about his efforts to seek refuge for his family through friends, refugee boards and the U.S. State Department. Otto’s letters and the US State Department responses paint a picture of the world’s failure to respond to the plight of the Jewish refugees. Followed by a Q&A with the film director Paula Fouce. Click here to RSVP now
Scrapbooks and Memory A Family Program on the art of book-making with Miky Ruiz Saturday March 12, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm adults $5 and seniors/students $3 free admission for students 15 and under $15 for a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 4 children) Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email In partnership with the Jewish Art Salon Scrapbooks are a wonderful, lasting way of preserving personal and family memories for future generations. Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl began as scrapbook prior to her using it as a journal. Join AFC and visual artist Miky Ruiz in creating a personalized scrapbook to store your mementos and keepsakes. Using a variety of craft materials, with examples of different scrapbooks available to inspire creativity, participants will complete the design of a book to take home and keep forever. For ages 8 and up. This program is funded in part by the Puffin Foundation, West Click here to RSVP now      Sophie’s Book by Ruth Schreiber
Peter Golden’s Wherever There is Light Part of the Literary Lunches series Wednesday March 2, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Tickets: $20, which includes lunch and an advance copy of the novel Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email This sweeping, panoramic tale of twentieth-century America chronicles the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave. Julian Rose is only fifteen when he leaves his family and Germany for a new life in 1920s America. Kendall Wakefield is a free-spirited college senior who longs to become a painter. Her mother, the daughter of a slave and founder of an African-American college in South Florida, is determined to find a suitable match for her only daughter. One evening in 1938, Mrs. Wakefield hosts a dinner that reunites Julian with his parents—who have been rescued from Hitler’s Germany by the college—and brings him together with Kendall for the first time. From that encounter begins a thirty-year affair that will take the lovers from the beaches of Miami to the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village to postwar life in Paris. Join author Peter Golden as he reads from this epic tale of three generations, two different but intertwined families, and one unforgettable love story. Click here to RSVP now
On Writing and Remembering A Talk with artist Ruth Schreiber   In partnership with the Jewish Art Salon Wednesday February 10 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm adults $5 and seniors/students $3 Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email Artist Ruth Schreiber will discuss her current exhibit, Letters from my Grandparents, on view in our gallery through April 15. Her art work tells the remarkable story of the discovery of a box of letters written by her grandparents between January 1939 and August 1942, to the three of their five children whom they had managed to send to England on the Kindertransport from Germany at the height of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Schreiber will explore her artistic process in bringing four decades and two continents worth of loss, separation, survival and reunion to life. Sponsored in part by the Puffin Foundation, West Click here to RSVP now      Auschwitz by Ruth Schreiber
Letters from Anne and Martin A special program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Thursday January 21 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm adults $5 and seniors/students $3 Space limited. Reservations recommended. 212-431-7993 or email Join The Anne Frank Center USA as we mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a performance of our signature theater piece, Letters from Anne and Martin. Our original production combines the iconic voices of Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. Developed from excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank and Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, the piece evokes the important messages from these legendary figures, as they write of their hopes and plans for a peaceful and unified world. Following the performance, playwright, filmmaker and community activist Spirit Trickey will discuss her mother, Minnijean Brown Trickey’s legacy as one of the “Little Rock Nine” who participated in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957. A Q&A will follow the program. View the Flyer Click here to RSVP now