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{{toplink|url=http://gershmany.org/|name=gershmany.org}}[[File:GershmanY.jpg|200px|thumb|right|The Gershman Y.]]The '''Gershman Y''' {{gives}}<blockquote>The Gershman Y is a vibrant arts and culture center located in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts. The Gershman Y’s mission is to be an urban community center informed by Jewish values that presents a broad array of arts, culture, and educational experiences for curious individuals of all ages. Committed to sharing the diversity and breadth of the Jewish experience, the Gershman Y welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations to explore, participate, and contribute to our rich roster of Jewish arts and cultural programs and community initiatives.<br><br>The Gershman Y traces its origins back to the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA), originally formed in 1875 to serve as a cultural, educational, and social meeting place for the Jewish community. In 1924, the YMHA merged with the Young Women’s Hebrew Society and moved to the corner of Broad and Pine Streets, where it remains today. Since then, the Gershman Y has been one of Philadelphia’s mainstays for experiencing a rich array of arts, cultural, and educational programs. In September 2009, the Gershman Y separated from the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia, of which the Gershman Y had been a constituent site, and became an independent organization.<br><br>Since its independence, the Gershman Y has grown and thrived as a home for secular Jewish arts and culture. The Gershman Y has three areas of programming: the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF), changing exhibitions in the Y’s Galleries, and arts and cultural programs and events. The Gershman Y offers over 100 unique programs every year, including book readings, classes, holiday celebrations, film screenings, gallery exhibits, and performing arts events.<br><br>The critically acclaimed Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF) seeks to educate and engage the Philadelphia cultural community, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by focusing on films and programs that explore Jewish issues, history, and values. Currently in its 35th season, the critically acclaimed PJFF is the second-longest running series of its kind in the United States. The PJFF presents an annual Fall Festival and Spring Series.<br><br>The Gershman Y presents several art exhibitions every year, including art shows in all media and those dedicated exclusively to photography. The Gershman Y galleries aim to add new and innovative viewpoints and artwork to the already thriving artistic environment in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.<br><br>The Gershman Y’s popular holiday events, such as the nationally renowned Latkepalooza, welcome the entire Philadelphia community to celebrate multi-sensory Jewish traditions, and arts and culture programs, lectures, and classes offer opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about art, books, music, food, health, and current hot topics.<br><br>The Gershman Y presents the Philadelphia community with high caliber arts programming that reflects and offers insight into the wide array of Jewish culture. By presenting its offerings in a variety of formats and mediums, the Y engages as many individuals as possible and shares this rich cultural history with the community. The Gershman Y’s programs continue to evolve as we examine and rethink Jewish arts and culture for a new generation of Jews who are seeking to define what it means to be Jewish and for everyone interested in learning more about this fascinating culture.</blockquote>
 
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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.  
 
 
 
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The Gershman Y.

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The Gershman Y is a vibrant arts and culture center located in Center City Philadelphia on the Avenue of the Arts. The Gershman Y’s mission is to be an urban community center informed by Jewish values that presents a broad array of arts, culture, and educational experiences for curious individuals of all ages. Committed to sharing the diversity and breadth of the Jewish experience, the Gershman Y welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds and religious affiliations to explore, participate, and contribute to our rich roster of Jewish arts and cultural programs and community initiatives.

The Gershman Y traces its origins back to the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA), originally formed in 1875 to serve as a cultural, educational, and social meeting place for the Jewish community. In 1924, the YMHA merged with the Young Women’s Hebrew Society and moved to the corner of Broad and Pine Streets, where it remains today. Since then, the Gershman Y has been one of Philadelphia’s mainstays for experiencing a rich array of arts, cultural, and educational programs. In September 2009, the Gershman Y separated from the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia, of which the Gershman Y had been a constituent site, and became an independent organization.

Since its independence, the Gershman Y has grown and thrived as a home for secular Jewish arts and culture. The Gershman Y has three areas of programming: the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF), changing exhibitions in the Y’s Galleries, and arts and cultural programs and events. The Gershman Y offers over 100 unique programs every year, including book readings, classes, holiday celebrations, film screenings, gallery exhibits, and performing arts events.

The critically acclaimed Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF) seeks to educate and engage the Philadelphia cultural community, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by focusing on films and programs that explore Jewish issues, history, and values. Currently in its 35th season, the critically acclaimed PJFF is the second-longest running series of its kind in the United States. The PJFF presents an annual Fall Festival and Spring Series.

The Gershman Y presents several art exhibitions every year, including art shows in all media and those dedicated exclusively to photography. The Gershman Y galleries aim to add new and innovative viewpoints and artwork to the already thriving artistic environment in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

The Gershman Y’s popular holiday events, such as the nationally renowned Latkepalooza, welcome the entire Philadelphia community to celebrate multi-sensory Jewish traditions, and arts and culture programs, lectures, and classes offer opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about art, books, music, food, health, and current hot topics.

The Gershman Y presents the Philadelphia community with high caliber arts programming that reflects and offers insight into the wide array of Jewish culture. By presenting its offerings in a variety of formats and mediums, the Y engages as many individuals as possible and shares this rich cultural history with the community. The Gershman Y’s programs continue to evolve as we examine and rethink Jewish arts and culture for a new generation of Jews who are seeking to define what it means to be Jewish and for everyone interested in learning more about this fascinating culture.