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Morningside Lights and Common Ground Festival

Since 2002, Morningside Heights and West Harlem neighbors create collaborative works culminating in a fantastic outdoor procession of lights and lanterns through Morningside Park.  It is a celebration of art and community. Themes have included nature, the City, poets, and arts.



Morningside Lights is an annual outdoor procession featuring dozens of lanterns built by members of the Morningside community during a week of free public workshops.  The event is a co-production of Columbia University’s Arts Initiative, Miller Theatre and partners.  For more information, visit their site at Morningside Lights.

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Harlem Chamber Players Annual Bach Concert

What better way to spend a fall evening other than listening, and learning about the great composer, Johann Sebastian Bach? The Harlem Chamber Players have a concert in November that will allow you to do just that! It’s an invitation for the Harlem community and friends to come together (November) and enjoy great, classical music. Check out the video below to sample the graceful and awesome ways the musicians interpret compositions.

YouTube 2019/2020 video Bach Concerto for Three Violins in D Major: I. Vivace

The Harlem Chamber Players are an ethnically diverse group of professional musicians. According to their site, they are dedicated to bringing high-caliber, accessible live classical music to audiences of the Harlem community and others, affordably. One of their goals is to build […]

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A Day to Celebrate! Blessing of the Animals

For 30 years, on the first Sunday in October, the Blessing of the Animals event is held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The event is held around the world in connection with the Feast day of Francis of Assisi.  St Francis of Assisi was known as the patron saint of animals and ecology. During the celebration at St. John Divine, New Yorkers bring pets to services for blessing and pet-friendly events held throughout the day. It has been a joyous occasion! With services, the fair, and a surprising variety of animals, it is a great time for people to gather during the fall of the year.

Below is a short video where people expressed their affection for their pets and the Blessing of […]

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Jewish Theological Seminary’s Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture

The Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture offers contemporary insight of Conservative Judaism by renowned academics and spiritual leaders.

The 2021 Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture: https://youtu.be/f-KwtY4T4ik

The annual memorial event was established in 1993, by the Honorable Howard M. Holtzmann, who served as honorary chairman of the JTS Board of Trustees.  The event honors Gerson D. Cohen, a historian, rabbi, educator, and leader of Conservative Judaism in the United States. Chancellor Cohen was especially noted for ordaining the first female rabbi in Conservative Judaism in 1985.  He was chancellor of JTS from 1972 to 1986.


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Beyond the Bars Conference

Are you interested in doing something about mass incarceration?  Do you think it’s time for you to get involved?  The Beyond the Bars Conference hosted by Center for Justice at Columbia University, is a great place to emerge yourself in the issue and the people who are sensitive to the cause.

The Beyond the Bars Conference is an annual student-driven interdisciplinary conference on mass incarceration held at Columbia University in March.  An annual event since 2010, the conference brings together students, faculty, activists, advocates, practitioners, those who have experienced and/or been impacted by incarceration, community members and more to connect, galvanize, and deepen the work of building justice and equity and ending mass incarceration. The […]