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

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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.

Register for 2 Spring Series $100 / members $80
Single Author Breakfast Program $55 / members $45

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
Register

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
Register

Speakers +
Events

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
Register

Purchase full Author Breakfast series and receive a half-price ticket to Karin Tanabe
$20 / members $15
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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!

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
Register

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
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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
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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
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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, 8pm
$5
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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
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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
Register

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.


ALAN SLOYER’S GLOBAL ENTRY:  NO PASSPORT REQUIRED
Travel, Landscape + Street Photography
December 14-April 29

Alan Sloyer was raised to believe that travel is the best education. He has traveled to unique destinations in more than 70 countries, on six continents, over the past four decades.

His photos have appeared in The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, Chronos, Annals of Internal Medicine and Shutterbug magazine.  His photo, A Winter’s Morning, was selected by Nikon for its holiday card for North and South America.

Sloyer will be donating all proceeds made from the sale of his photography to our We’ve Got Your Back program. The program provides individualized services to children with either a parent or sibling undergoing cancer treatment. For more information on We’ve Got Your Back, click here.

OPENING RECEPTION
Join us for the opening of Alan Sloyer’s Global Entry: No Passport Required gallery!
Sunday, December 16
1-3pm


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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