JCC ROCKLAND’S 2019 FESTIVAL OF
ARTS, BOOKS & CULTURE
15TH ANNIVERSARY

November 1 – December 3, 2019


     2019 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE       

FRIDAY, NOV 1 | 11am

THE AMUSEMENT PARK: 900 YEARS OF THRILLS AND SPILLS, AND THE DREAMERS AND SCHEMERS WHO BUILT THEM

Stephen Silverman shares the electrifying, never-before-told true story of amusement parks, from the middle ages to present day, and introduces the colorful (and sometimes criminal) characters who are responsible for their enchanting charms.
Tickets:
$15
$18 Day of event
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THURSDAY, APR 30

CONEY ISLAND AND MORE, BROOKLYN, NY

Visit famous Coney Island along with other nearby eclectic Brooklyn neighborhoods. Coney Island was known as ‘America’s Playground’ because of its revolutionary role as a place of summer leisure and amusement. It is the birthplace of the rollercoaster and the frankfurter. 3 legendary amusement parks once provided entertainment to myriads of New Yorkers (sometimes over 2 million people on a single summer weekend!). On this visit, learn more about the fascinating history while getting a feel for Coney Island’s current quirky atmosphere. See the landmark icons that remain today: the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel and Parachute Jump. Then go on to visit nearby neighborhoods.This includes ‘Little Odessa’ Brighton Beach, Orthodox Jewish Midwood, or Victorian
Flatbush (a district of beautiful freestanding wooden mansions).
Kosher lunch is included at the Essen Deli.

Tickets:
$115

Includes transportation, bus tour, lunch and driver tip.
(Discounted rates available for JCC Rockland members)

WEDNESDAY, NOV 6 | 11am

5TH ANNUAL WALTER BLOCK MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND

TAKE A STROLL DOWN BROADWAY, FEATURING JAMIE BERNSTEIN
Our day begins with Jamie Bernstein, the oldest daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein and author of Famous Father Girl. She offers a rare look at her father, illuminating a man, a city, and an era that defined modern culture.

After lunch join Samantha & Justin Duval for melodies from your favorite musicals and more! This international duo has worked in tv and flm and together on a world-wide adventure working aboard some of the most beautiful cruise liners in the world performing their Cabaret shows.
Tickets:
$36 per person, includes lunch

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Jamie Bernstein is an author, broadcaster, filmmaker and concert narrator. In addition to writing her many articles and concert narrations, Jamie travels extensively, speaking about music as well as about her father, Leonard Bernstein. Jamie’s film documentary, “Crescendo: the Power of Music” has won numerous prizes, and is now viewable on iTunes. Jamie’s memoir, Famous Father Girl, was published by HarperCollins in June of 2018, and was released in paperback in June 2019. More about Jamie’s multifaceted life can be found on her website: jamiebernstein.net.
Walter Block was a man of modest means, but of great generosity. His example shows that one need not be a millionaire to make a difference, but one truly can be a “philanthropist on a shoe string”.


TUESDAY, NOV 12
7:30pm Keynote

Presented by JCC Rockland, Rockland Jewish Family Service and Good Samaritan Hospital

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SYMPOSIUM

FEATURING NAOMI RAGEN
Enjoy an evening of vendors, grab and go dinner from Lillian’s Cafe and special guest, Naomi Ragen.

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. Naomi has written for the Jerusalem Post and other publications in Israel and abroad, about Israel and Jewish issues. Her newest novel, available Fall 2019, An Unorthodox Match takes on the whole subject of newly observant Jews and how they are treated by the
religious community. It’s about California girl Lola, who has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces, and which
will ultimately decide her fate.

Tickets:
$25 includes keynote speaker only
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WEDNESDAY, NOV 13

BILLY ELLIOT

THE GOODSPEED THEATER, EAST HADDAM, CT
Young Billy Elliot is pulled between his family’s coal-mining roots and his newly discovered passion to dance. Is his future boxing gloves or ballet shoes? In the hardscrabble world of a changing England, reaching high becomes a leap of faith. Following your dream—and overcoming obstacles—has never been more electric than in the 10-time Tony winning Broadway phenomenon with songs by the legendary Elton John. Celebrate the idea of being yourself in the Goodspeed premiere of this powerful dance-filled story!

Before the show we will dine at the beautiful Gelston House.
Tickets:
$140

Includes transportation, lunch, show and driver tip.
(Discounted rates available for JCC Rockland members)

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FRIDAY, NOV 15 | 11am

THE PLAZA: THE SECRET LIFE OF AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS HOTEL

The Plaza is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy. With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York’s place at the center of the country’s cultural narrative for over a century.
Tickets:
$12 Thru Oct 1, $15 thereafter
$18 Day of event

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TUESDAY, DEC 3

PUTTING ON THE RITZ WALKING TOUR, NEW YORK, NY
Tour from Central Park South and 5th Ave where we will discuss the history of various hotels/stores that catered to high society throughout the 20th Century to the present. Enjoy a nine-block walk with stops at Saks Fifth Ave., Cartier, St. Thomas Church, St. Regis Hotel, Henri Bendel, Van Cleef & Arpels, and of course culminating in the Plaza Hotel. Lunch will be on your own in the Plaza’s expansive food hall.
Tour is rain or shine.
Tickets:
$65

Includes transportation, walking tour and driver tip.
(Discounted rates available for JCC Rockland members)


SUNDAY, NOV 17 | 7:30pm

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE WITH ALAN ZWEIBEL

Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? These baffling questions and many more are answered by the comedic powerhouse trio of Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel. In A Field Guide to the Jewish People the authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have been plaguing the long-suffering Jewish people everywhere for centuries.

Join Emmy award winner Zweibel of Saturday Night Live, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, as he shares his wisdom and comedy with us.
Tickets:
$12 Thru Oct 1, $15 thereafter
$18 Day of event

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Festival of Arts, Book & Culture

Jewish Book Council

Overall Sponsor



THERE’S STILL TIME TO BECOME A SPONSOR!

Gold Sponsor – $1800
  • Named sponsorship for Evening Event
  • Four VIP Passes to sponsored event, 4 Festival Passes for all events except the trip
  • Sponsor Poster at event
  • Reserved Seating
  • Two signed books for the sponsored event
  • Listing on JCC Website
Silver Sponsor – $1000
  • Named sponsorship for Day time Event
  • Two VIP Passes to sponsored event, 2 Festival Passes for all events except the trip
  • Sponsor Poster at event
  • Reserved Seating
  • One signed books for the sponsored event
  • Listing on JCC Website
Festival Lover – $500
  • 2 Festival Passes for all events except the trip
  • 2 signed books
  • Listing on JCC Website
  • Listing on signage
  • Reserved Seating
Arts Lover – $275
  • 1 Festival Pass for all events except the trip
  • One signed book
  • Listing on JCC Website
  • Listing on signage
  • Reserved Seating