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 purchase tickets to our events visit www.sjjcc.org/boxoffice.

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Support the Arts

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!

2017-2018 Cultural Arts Sponsor Letter

2017-2018 Cultural Arts Sponsor Levels

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2017-18 Jewish Film Festival Sponsor Letter

2017-18 Jewish Film Festival Sponsorship

Author
Breakfast

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.

TO BE ADDED TO THE AUTHOR BREAKFAST + BOOK SIGNING WAITING LIST, PLEASE CONTACT ELYSE INGBER, eingber@sjjcc.org

2 Spring programs
$110 / members $90

Single program
$60 / members $50

THE LIGHT WE LOST BY JILL SANTOPOLO
Before Lucy can make a life-altering choice, she must share her story from the very beginning.
Thursday, April 12
10:30am

MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN BY PETER GETHERS
In this memoir, Gethers shares a meal with his mother, the daughter of a restauranter — the legendary Ratner’s — while learning her kitchen secrets.
Thursday, May 3
10:30am

Speakers +
Events

Irene & 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.

Partners with
the Community

Linda & Gerald Marsden Partners with the Community Program

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!

Purchase Tickets

JEWISH COMEDY: A SERIOUS HISTORY BY JEREMY DAUBER
Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and it’s development from biblical times to the age of Twitter.
At Temple Beth Israel
1 Temple Drive, Port Washington
Wednesday, March 7, 7:30pm

A WORLD ERASED BY NOAH LEDERMAN
After college, Noah, a travel writer, roamed the world for 15 months and after missteps in Europe, he landed in his grandparents’ country, Poland. When he arrived home he explored the past with his grandmother creating a vital contribution to Holocaust collections.
At South Huntington Jewish Center
2600 New York Avenue, Melville
Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm
$10

ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID (FOR HIRE) BY JEN GLANTZ
In this hilarious and insightful memoir about Glantz’s journey to find herself, her career and true love while juggling a unique job as the world’s only professional bridesmaid.
At Temple Beth Sholom
401 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
Tuesday, April 10, 7:30pm
$10

THE FOREVER SUMMER BY JAMIE BRENNER
Marin Bishop has it all, a fiancé, prestigious legal career and her father’s admiration. But after a careless mistake at work, she is unemployed and alone.
At Temple Judea
333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset
Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm
$10

THE POWER OF DIFFERENT BY GAIL SALTZ
A powerful and inspiring examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be “disabilities,” revealing how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths.
At Temple Beth Israel
1 Temple Drive, Port Washington
Monday, April 30, 7:30pm

THE PATRIOTS BY SANA KRASIKOV
Based upon a true story, Krasikov explores the entangled relationship of two superpowers as it played out across three generations of one Jewish-American family.
At Temple Sinai
425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
May 17, 7:30pm
$5

Film
Festival

Art
Gallery

 

BESA: A CODE OF HONOR
MUSLIM ALBANIANS WHO RESCUED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST
September 12-December 2

This new exhibit on Muslim Righteous Among the Nations from Albania, was produced by the Museums Division of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, and based on photographs by Norman Gershman.

This exhibit was officially launched at the United Nations in 2008 and is now available on loan by the American Society for Yad Vashem in New York. The exhibit is composed of photographs by American photographer Norman Gershman. BESA has traveled from Yad Vashem to the United Nations to mark International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Holocaust.

Gershman’s portraits of Albanian Righteous Among the Nations people and their families is a commemoration and tribute to their courageous acts during WWII, in defiance of Nazi orders and at risk to their own lives, saved Jews by providing them with shelter and hiding places. The Albanians acted according to their code of honor known as “Besa” which means “to keep the promise.” One who acts according to “Besa” is someone who keeps his word and someone one can trust their own life and the lives of loved ones. It is a matter of national honor. Gershman spent four years photographing the families who saved Jews, making their story known around the world.

This exhibition was produced by Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem. Sid Jacobson JCC’s presentation is made possible by the American Society for Yad Vashem, www.yadvashemusa.org.


AWARD SHOW FOR JURIED EXHIBITION
January 1-April 10, 2018

View the works of Arnold Conklin, Caryn Coville and Susan Friedlieb, the winners of our Biennial Juried Exhibition Somehow, Somewhere, Someone + Something.

Tree, 2017, drawing on paper

ARNOLD CONKLIN
After spending more than 45 years in retail advertising, Conklin is now putting his creative energy into his drawings. His chosen media are fine felt tip pens, color markers and color pencils on drawing paper. For the past two years he has been exploring the technique of cross-hatching in his drawings of trees and flowers as well as some abstracts.

Gone Fishing, colored pencil and water-soluble wax crayons

CARYN COVILLE
Coville is primarily a colored pencil and East Asian brush painting artist whose style is realism.  Caryn enjoys the contrast between the very slow process of creating a colored pencil painting layer upon layer and the spontaneity of brush painting where she tries to convey the essence of a subject by using minimal strokes of ink and watercolor.

Smiles and Stripes, watercolor

SUSAN FRIEDLIEB
The artist’s subjects are mostly realistic, and lately focus on portraits. The viewer’s eye can read the different layers  of watercolors and blend them, much like layers of colored cellophane.


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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