JCC ROCKLAND’S 2018 FESTIVAL OF
ARTS, BOOKS & CULTURE
14TH ANNIVERSARY

November 1 – December 8, 2018


     2018 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE       

Thursday, Nov 1, 7PM

A FATHER’S STORY, MY FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AGAINST IRANIAN TERROR

AUTHOR: STEPHEN FLATOW
Stephen Flatow’s life changed, when he learned his twenty year old daughter had been a victim of a terrorist bus-bombing in Israel. After he discovered the Iranian government had directly sponsored the bomber, this real estate lawyer from NJ decided to sue the terror state. Join us as Stephen recalls the events surrounding this landmark lawsuit which not only sought justice for his daughter, Alisa, but became legendary throughout the international legal community.
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A RIVER COULD BE A TREE Friday, Nov 2, 12:30PM

A RIVER COULD BE A TREE

Author: ANGELA HIMSEL
Angela Himsel was raised in a family, that followed an evangelical branch of Christianity, which espoused a doomsday philosophy. Only faith in Jesus, the Bible,
significant tithing, and the church’s leader could save them from the evils of American culture–divorce, television, makeup, and even medicine.

Himsel believed that the Bible was the guidebook to being saved, and only strict adherence to the church’s tenets could allow her to live forever in the Kingdom of God. With self-preservation in mind, she decided to study in Jerusalem. But instead of strengthening her faith, Himsel was introduced to a whole new world.

Ultimately, the connection to God she so relentlessly pursued was found in the most unexpected place: a mikvah on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This devout Christian Midwesterner found her own form of salvation – as a practicing Jewish woman.

Himsel will share her impossible road from childhood cult to a committed Jewish life is traced in and around the major events of the 1970s and 80s with warmth, humor,
and a multitude of religious and philosophical insights.

Light lunch will be served.
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Thursday, Nov 8

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

THE GOODSPEED THEATER, EAST HADDAM, CT
In this hilarious valentine to show tunes and show people,
a forgotten Jazz Age musical comes to life in the living room of a diehard theatre fan. As he eagerly spins his favorite cast album, a fizzy vintage show suddenly appears, exploding with song, dance and pure entertainment. Our quirky narrator fills the plot holes, with laugh-out-loud results. Packed with show-stopping numbers and larger-than-life characters, here’s a Tony Award-winning spoof that will have everyone falling in love with zany musical comedy! Before the show we will dine at the beautiful Gelston House.

  • Member $125
  • Public $140

Includes transportation, lunch, show and driver tip.
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Saturday, Nov 10, 8:00PM

CHAZEN JAZZ CONCERT

PEARL RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
You will not want to miss this unique multimedia presentation about the unparalleled entertainer and great humanitarian Louis Armstrong. Internationally renowned Armstrong historian Ricky Riccardi teams together with David Ostwald and his highly-acclaimed Louis Armstrong Eternity Band to dazzle you with photos, videos, commentary and live music.


Wednesday, Nov 14, 10:30AM-2:00PM

4th ANNUAL WALTER BLOCK MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND PRESENTATION: A DAY OF MUSIC

“Now We Can Sing” is a moving and inspiring musical event centering on music that was banned to Jewish musicians by the Nazis in 1930’s Germany. It follows these musical artists through that dreadful era as they ultimately migrate to a new land and establish new lives. Flutist Barbara Siesel and singer, songwriter and storyteller Keith Torgan, create the times through the music of Bach, Schumann, Hindemith, Copland, and Gershwin as well as through the cabaret songs of Frederick Hollaender. In this universal work, mastery, passion and self-expression transcend the isolation of hatred, racism and intolerance.

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

$36 Lunch Included

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Thursday, Nov 29

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL HOLIDAY FAIR OR TOUR AND THE MORGAN LIBRARY/MUSEUM

Explore one of the most beautiful architectural settings
in the world featuring New York’s grandest holiday market this holiday season. Choose to see the most famous terminal in the nation up close and personal during a 75 minute docent led tour or spend the morning shopping its magical indoor holiday fair. After, enjoy lunch on your own in Grand Centrals dinning concourse or fine restaurants. The group will then regroup for a tour of the Morgan Library/Museum. JP Morgan’s former mansion, the Morgan is a major exhibition venue for fine art, literature, and music and one of New York’s great historic sites.

  • Member $55
  • Public $70

Includes transportation, tours and driver tip.
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Thursday, Nov 29, 7PM

SELTZERTOPIA

AUTHOR: BARRY JOSEPH
Throughout history and across America today, seltzer’s fizzy flavor has attracted a loyalty and passion that often defies logic. Seltzer is more popular now than at any time in history, reflecting the cultural desires of those who partake of its bubbles. How did such an ordinary drink become so extraordinary? Barry Joseph has spent the last decade learning about the wonder that is seltzer. He will share his insights including the origins of the Jewish affinity for seltzer and how its Jewish origin launched is all into the golden age of seltzer.

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Thursday, Dec 6, 7PM

THE OPPOSITE OF HATE: A FIELD GUIDE TO REPAIRING OUR HUMANITY

AUTHOR: SALLY KOHN
What is the opposite of hate?

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences and learning how to talk respectfully with people whose views she disagrees with passionately. But these days even famously “nice” Kohn finds herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies.

She decided, to look into the epidemic of hate all around us and learn how we can stop it. Kohn talked to leading scientists and researchers and investigates the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She traveled to Rwanda, the Middle East, and across the United States, to meet former terrorists and white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from dramatic and inspiring stories of those who left hate behind.

As Kohn confronts her own shameful moments, whether it was back when she bullied a classmate or today when she harbors deep partisan resentment, she discovers, “The opposite of hate is the beautiful and powerful reality of how we are all fundamentally linked and equal as human beings. The opposite of hate is connection.”

Sally Kohn is engaging, fascinating, and often funny, join us and she will open your eyes and your heart.
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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

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Rosenblum at elizabethr@jccrockland.org or 845-362-4400.