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Book & Arts Fair at a Glance
May 6- June 24, 2019

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Ghosts: French Holocaust Children Opening Night Reception

Ghosts: French Holocaust Children Opening Night Reception

Monday, May 6 | 7:00pm

Location: Bunis Family Art Gallery and Lippman Lounge at the JCC Benderson Family Building

Ghosts: French Holocaust Children photography exhibit by artist, curator, educator and historian Robert Hirsch, former Executive Director and Chief Curator of CEPA Gallery, founder of Southern Light Gallery, and co-founder of North Light Gallery. Hirsch is an author those books include Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography. The exhibit will be on display from Monday May 6 – Friday June 28, 2019.

Enjoy a light reception, tour the gallery and meet the artist. Free event open to the public.

This is a free event, reservations recommended.

Film Screening and Discussion: Sarah's Key

Film Screening and Discussion: Sarah's Key

Tuesday, May 7 | 6:00pm

Location: Board Room, on the 2nd Floor at the JCC Benderson Family Building

Presented with the American Association of Teachers of French of Western New York. Sarah’s Key (2010), takes place in present-day Paris, as an American journalist researches for her article to write about the 60th year anniversary of the “Vel d’Hiv” (huge stadium which was used for indoor cycling) jewish round up in Paris in 1942.

The Screening of Sarah’s Key will be in conjunction with the photography exhibit Ghosts: French Holocaust Children.

This is a free event, reservations recommended.

Photographic Historian Robert Hirsch to Present, Ghosts: An Artistic Meditation on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism.

Photographic Historian Robert Hirsch to Present, Ghosts: An Artistic Meditation on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism.

Wednesday, May 22 | 7:00pm

Location: Lippman Lounge, JCC Benderson Family BuildingRobert Hirsch will examine the artistic, cultural, political, and personal principals that informed his art exhibit, Ghosts: French Holocaust Children. He will discuss how he created the installation, the history that informs the project, and Israel’s place on the world stage. Additionally, Hirsch will review the interconnections involving photography and history. The exhibit Ghosts: French Holocaust Children is on display in the Bunis Family Art Gallery at the JCC Benderson Family Building.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

Chris Vasquez, Moshe Shulman and Ivan Docenko in Concert

Chris Vasquez, Moshe Shulman and Ivan Docenko in Concert

Sunday, June 2 | 7:00-9:30pm

Location: Lobby, Holland Family Building

Enjoy a wonderful night of music as Chris Vasquez (vocals), Moshe Shulman (violin) and Ivan Docenko (piano) present you with tangos, boleros, American and Yiddish songs. Spend this evening surrounded with love, good memories and beautiful music!

Dessert Reception to follow

Tickets: $12/general   $5/student

Sponsored by Mark Goldman

Author Sandra Block, What Happened That Night

Author Sandra Block, What Happened That Night

Tuesday, June 4 | 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Leonard and Ellen Freed Conference Room, Lower Level, Holland Family Building

An unfortunately prescient story of sexual abuse in an elite institution – an issue brought to the forefront in the Kavanaugh hearings. The Supreme Court fight revealed a country divided not only across political lines, but gender lines as well. What does this tell us about #metoo as a movement? How far have we come, and where do we go from here?

Dessert Reception/Book sale and signing to follow.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

 Sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP 

Film: Bashert

Film: Bashert

Wednesday, June 12 | 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the Benderson Family Building

Rick Kollins, a retired educator and journalist from Toronto, will present this 25-minute documentary on the startling discovery of his family roots during a visit to the shtetl of his paternal ancestors in Ukraine. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session about genealogical research and online resources for tracing your ancestry and building your family tree.

Dessert Reception to follow.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

Sponsored by Congregation Havurah

Author Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim

Author Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim

Thursday, June 13 | 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Sanctuary at Congregation Shir Shalom

Barbara Ostfeld is the first ordained woman cantor in Jewish history. She served congregations in New York from 1975 to 2002 and then spent ten years working for the American Conference of Cantors.

Dessert Reception/Book sale and signing to follow.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

Sponsored by Temple Beth Zion and Congregation Shir Shalom

Speaker: Judge Rachel Freier

Speaker: Judge Rachel Freier

Sunday, June 16 | 2:30-4:00pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building

Rachel ‘Ruchie’ Freier, a 53-year-old mother of six and grandmother many times over. Freier made headlines in 2016 when she was elected as a judge for the Kings County 5th Judicial District in New York, making her the first Hasidic woman to be a judge and the first Hasidic woman to be an elected office-holder of any kind in the U.S.

Reception to follow.

Tickets: $18

Sponsored by The TELLL Fund and Cheryl Stein Law Firm

Staged Reading: Are You Jewish?

Staged Reading: Are You Jewish?

Monday, June 17 | 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building

FIVE SHORT PLAYS THAT MAKE AUDIENCES LAUGH AND BELIEVE.
“Well-crafted plays of depth and heart, with irresistible characters that deliver the laughs.” John DriverCo-Artistic Director, Innovative Stages, Westchester County, NY

Dessert Reception to follow.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

 

Of Mad Dogs , Shepherds and Sheep

Of Mad Dogs , Shepherds and Sheep

Wednesday, June 19 | 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building

Originally written to keep a silent promise to a fellow prisoner, Miklos’ manuscript was never published during his lifetime. It became his eldest son’s mission, David Hauer MD, who will be the presenter at this event, to fulfill that vow and share one man?s remarkable story of self-discovery during one of the darkest times in recorded history.

Dessert Reception/Book sale and signing to follow.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

Sponsored by Concierge Dental

Izzy Bleckman: On The Road, Behind the Lens

Izzy Bleckman: On The Road, Behind the Lens

Sunday, June 23 | 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building

A Multimedia event with legendary CBS (“On the Road”) cameraman, Isadore “Izzy” Bleckman. The program features archival news-story footage and the theatrical debut screening of the film Risking Everything: A Story of Niagara’s Freedom Seekers, a compelling documentary on Niagara’s “Freedom Seekers”.

Dessert Reception to follow.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

Sponsored by Congregation Havurah

Author Reyna Gentin, Unreasonable Doubts

Author Reyna Gentin, Unreasonable Doubts

Monday, June 24 | 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building

After graduating from Yale College and Yale Law School, Reyna Gentin practiced as a juvenile rights attorney with the Legal Aid Society, and then as a criminal appellate attorney with a nonprofit public defender’s office for nearly eighteen years. That job, and a number of the clients she represented, inspired the story of Unreasonable Doubts. But the novel is more than a legal thriller. Rather, it’s the story of Liana Cohen, a young woman grappling with what it means to salvage her idealism in an often harsh world, and learning how to find friendship, faith, and love in the right places.

Dessert Reception/Book sale and signing to follow.

Tickets: $10/general   $5/student

Sponsored by Samuel and Sophie Weinstein Book Fair Endowment Fund at the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies

Thank you to our Sponsors!

People of the Book

Please help keep our JCC Book & Arts Fair strong by becoming a People of the Book supporter! People of the Book is a special Jewish Center Endowment Fund, administered by the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies and founded by Rabbi Shay and Lila Mintz. Call Katie Wzontek at 204-2084 for more information.

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