Edward & Bernice Wenger Center for the Arts

Experience a world of culture from spotlight speakers, question and answer sessions with best-selling authors, film screenings, art shows, Israeli and Jewish cultural events and local and international travel.

We are known for bringing quality programs to our community and we partner with local venues to help bring you the best and brightest events.

To register for our events, visit sjjcc.org/boxoffice.

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Promote great programs and support amazing events by becoming a Patron of the Arts. We have many giving levels for both Cultural Arts and Film. See how you and/or your business can support artistic endeavors.

For questions on development within the cultural arts please contact us. It feels good to give back!

2018-2019 Cultural Arts Sponsor Letter

2018-2019 Cultural Arts Sponsor Levels

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Author
Breakfast

2018-19 Author Breakfast + Book Signing Series

Enjoy a continental breakfast, author Q&A and free valet parking. Featured books may be purchased at the Front Desk and can be signed by the author at the event.

Please note seating requests will only be honored if submitted at time of registration or three weeks prior to event! We will do our best to accommodate seating requests, but understand that due to circumstances, all requests cannot be honored.

PRICING:
*Series of 5 $225 / members $175
3 Fall Series $150 / members $120
2 Spring Series $100 / members $80
Single Author Breakfast Program $55 / members $45

*Purchase full series of 5 and receive a half-price ticket on author Karin Tanabe (Tuesday, December 11).

AUTHOR CALENDAR:

Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling
Follows the story of a family whose friendships are called into question when they adopt a four year-old girl from Russia.
Thursday, October 4, 10:30am

Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein
The oldest daughter of revered composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father.
Thursday, November 1, 10:30am

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall
A story of two strong women a generation apart who find themselves up against the same eternal struggle to find balance.
Thursday, December 6, 10:30am

Unreasonable Doubts by Reyna Marder Gentin
Liana, a jaded New York City public defender is forced to decide who she wants to be when an imprisoned felon calls everything she values into question.
Thursday, April 11, 10:30am

Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis
The gripping tale of two women brought together after the end of World War II. Eleanor and Patricia’s friendship grows until one night when a line is crossed and consequential decisions must be made.
Thursday, May 2, 10:30am

Registration for all programs go on sale at 9am Wednesday, September 5 for members AND Wednesday, September 12 for non-members. Please visit sjjcc.org/boxoffice.

 

Speakers +
Events

2018-19 Irene and Ronald Cohen Spotlight Speakers Series

This series includes speakers that take us on moving journeys as they overcome adversity and promote Jewish identity. Join us as we spotlight their lives and discuss their enriching stories.

Promised Land by Martin Fletcher
NBC’s former Tel Aviv bureau chief tells the sweeping saga of two brothers and the woman they love – a devastating love triangle novel set against the tumultuous founding of Israel.
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30pm
$40 / members $30

A Conversation with Karin Tanabe 
A riveting tale of young love set against the backdrop of World War II as Emi is forced to make impossible choices.
Tuesday, December 11, 10:30am
$40 / members $30
*Purchase full Author Breakfast series and receive a half-price ticket to Karin Tanabe
$20 / members $15

Registration for all programs go on sale at 9am Wednesday, September 5 for members AND Wednesday, September 12 for non-members. Please visit sjjcc.org/boxoffice.

Partners with
the Community

Linda and Gerald Marsden Partners with the Community Program, 2018-19 Lineup

Taking our act on the road! Would you like to host a JCC event at your venue? Contact us to be a part of our community!

How Luck Happens by Janice Kaplan
At Temple Beth Sholom
401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
Former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine examines the phenomenon of luck and discovers the exciting ways you can grab opportunities and make luck for yourself every day.
Tuesday, October 9, 8pm | $5

Saving Mona Lisa by Gerri Chanel
At South Huntington Jewish Center
2600 New York Avenue, Melville
The compelling true story of how curators at the Louvre in 1939 nested the world’s most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley to keep it safe and out of German hands.
Thursday, October 25, 7:30pm | $10

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity by Sally Kohn
At Temple Sinai
425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
Kohn, a progressive commentator on Fox News and CNN, tells the stories of her own discoveries that 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.
Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm | $5

Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris
At Temple Sinai
425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
In a remote New Mexico town, young amateur astronomer Miguel Torres finds himself trying to understand the mystery that surrounds him and the town he grew up in.
Thursday, March 28, 7:30pm | $5

The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story by Ellen Friedman
At Temple Judea, 333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset
The Seven was a name given to a set of Polish Jews from Warsaw, most of them related, by their fellow refugees in the Gulags of the USSR. This story provides a glimpse into the repercussions of the Holocaust for one extended family who survived.
Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm | $10

The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar
At Temple Beth Israel
1 Temple Drive, Port Washington
Winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel’s highest literary award, this mesmerizing novel set in Manhattan in the early 2000’s follows Andrew Cohen over the course of a year as his world unravels and he is forced to question all his beliefs.
Monday, April 8, 7:30pm

A Father’s Story by Stephen M. Flatow
At Temple Beth Sholom
401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn
Alisa, a 20 year-old college student traveling to Israel was a victim of a terrorist bus bombing. A Father’s Story recalls the events surrounding his successful
lawsuit against Iran.
Tuesday, April 9, 8:00pm | $5

Button Man by Andrew Gross
At South Huntington Jewish Center
2600 New York Avenue, Melville
Tells the stirring story of a Jewish family in the 1930’s brought together by the womens garment business and torn apart by the birth of organized crime in New York City.
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm | $10

A River Could Be A Tree by Angela Himsel
At Temple Beth Israel
1 Temple Drive, Port Washington
How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York? Her memoir traces her journey of faith, family and friendship.
Monday, May 6, 7:30pm

Film
Festival

Art
Gallery

 

NO CHILD’S PLAY
September 4-December 15, 2018

This exhibition opens a window into the world of children during the Shoah. Unlike other Holocaust exhibitions, it does not focus on history, statistics or descriptions of physical violence. Instead, the toys, games, artwork, diaries, and poems displayed highlight some of the personal stories of the children, providing a glimpse into their lives during the Holocaust.

The exhibition tells the story of survival – the struggle of these children to hold onto life. It describes their attempts to maintain their childhood and youth by creating for themselves a different reality from that which surrounded them. In many cases, it was the children who gave their parents the encouragement and hope to continue their desperate daily fight for survival.


For more information about the art gallery, contact Susan Seelig, susanseelig@gmail.com.



Looking for more information about our programs?

Elyse Ingber, Director of Visual + Performing Arts 516-484-1545 ext.  144, eingber@sjjcc.org

Susan Kalman, Theatre Arts Director, 516-484-1545 ext. 110, skalman@sjjcc.org

Susan Seelig, Fine Art Director, susanseelig@gmail.com

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