Jewish Cultural Festival 2015

The 3rd Annual
Jewish Cultural Festival

of the Rivertowns


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to Support the JCC

Access to all 10 events.  We will contact you to arrange
tickets for April 19 at Irvington Town Hall Theater.  

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 Festival Opener: Sunday, April 19

“The Yellow Ticket,” a Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment

Alicia Svigals, co-founder of the Klezmatics, performs her original score to the 1918 silent film starring Poli Negri.  Pianist Marilyn Lerner accompanies, and a Q & A follows.  Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533, 914.599.6602

4:00 pm.

 $18 adult/$10 college student; $21/$13 at the door  
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Monday Morning, April 20 

In Words and Music: The Story of the Yiddish Theater

Dr. Diane  Cypkin and pianist Lena Panfilova will present the works of composers and artists who contributed to Yiddish Theater, including Boris Thomashefsky, Jacob Jacobs, Menasha Skulnik and the Barry Sisters. JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 1059, 914.366.7898

10:30 a.m.

$5.00     Register here


Monday Evening, April 20

After Equality: “Queering” Jewish Theology

What does it mean to “queer” Jewish text and theology, as that term is understood (and reclaimed from its negative meaning) today? With Dr. Jay Michaelson.   Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522,  914.366.7898

7:30 p.m.

Free   Register here


Wednesday, April 22

Yom Ha’atzamaut

Israeli buffet dinner, a short and joyful service, and dancing with Israeli folk dance instructor  Danny Pollock,  in celebration of Israel’s Independence Day.Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914.366.7898

7:0 0 p.m. dinner; 7:45 p.m. service and dancing

$10 per individual   Register here

$36 per family  Register here


 Thursday, April 23

From Shtetl to Swing: A Documentary Film

Between 1880 and 1924, 2.5 million Jews emigrated to America, adding their talents to the American songbook, from klezmer to ragtime, jazz to swing, from the Bowery to Hollywood.  JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591,   914.366.7898

1:00 p.m.

$5.00   Register here


 Sunday, April 26

“Dear Mom and Dad:” A Theatrical Reading created and performed by Catherine Ladnier

Adapted from letters Herb Rosencrans sent home during WWII. Lyndhurst Historic Trust Carriage House, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914.366.7898

3:00 p.m.

$15.  Register here


Monday, April 27

Stop  at the Red Apple Rest

Re-live the drive up to the Catskills and your stop at the famous Red Apple Rest with author Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, whose family owned and operated the restaurant. JCC on the Hudson,371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 1059,   914.366.7898

10:30 a.m. 

$5.00  Register here


Tuesday, April 28

Yiddish Class with Maddy Simon

Recall all the phrases and words you haven’t heard spoken in years, and learn new ones too!  JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591,   914.366.7898

12:30 p.m.

Free.  Register here


Wednesday, April 29

Comedian Joel Chasnoff

Author of The 188th Crybaby Brigade:  A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah, Chasnoff has been the warm-up act for Lewis Black and Jon Stewart.  Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591,   914.366.7898

7:30 p.m. 

$10.00   Register here



Friday, May 1

Tot Shabbat

Join Rabbi Lisa Izes to celebrate Shabbat with music, movement, stories, crafts,  and of course, challah and juice.  For Kids up to age 7 and their families or caregivers.   JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591,  914.366.7898

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.  

$15 per family     Register here