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Jewish Heritage Activities Set at Rockland Community College

Jewish Heritage Activities Set at Rockland Community College

Jewish Heritage Month 2019

Events include Holocaust Survivor testimony, Cholent Cook-off, Judaic silkscreen art

DATE: March 20, 2019

RAMAPO, N.Y. – Rockland Community College celebrates Jewish Heritage with a varied mix of events ranging from a cholent cook-off and Judaic silkscreen art workshop to a presentation by a Holocaust survivor and a book club discussion of a novel based on the real-life story of “the tattooist of Auschwitz.” The program runs from March 26 to April 30, co-sponsored by RCC and Hillel of Rockland. Events are open to the public and free unless otherwise indicated. Kosher refreshments will be served.

“These events are important for the broader college community as they promote tolerance and understanding of different beliefs and religions,” said Rabbi Dov Oliver, co-chair of the Jewish Heritage Month Committee. “The lineup of events has great cultural and educational significance and relevance, in addition to being a lot of fun and interesting.”

Jewish Heritage events at RCC

Tuesday, March 26
Judaic Silkscreen Art Workshop
12:15-1:30 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Atrium

A hands-on activity led by renowned pop artist Yitzchok Moully, whose work presents familiar Jewish images in a vibrant contemporary style. He will discuss the role of creativity in Judaism and help participants create their own piece of Jewish-themed artwork using the silkscreen printing method.

Thursday, March 28
Cholent Cook-off
12:15-1:30 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Atrium

In the Jewish version of Cupcake Wars, contestants vie for the title of Cholent Champ, with local celebrity judges casting their votes for the best cholent – the delicious stew traditionally cooked overnight for the Jewish Sabbath lunch. Tastings will be available for all. Discover the significance and origin of this tasty traditional dish.

Tuesday, April 2
“What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?”
12:15-1:30 pm, Technology Center, Ellipse

Graphology workshop with Yaakov Rosenthal, certified graphologist, life coach and author of “Unlock the Secret World of Teenagers Through Their Handwriting.” Handwriting is said to reveal a person's inner being. An expert can recognize the essence and character of a person through their handwriting and can share helpful insights.

Thursday, April 4
Open Discussion with Sex Therapist Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus
12:15-1:30 pm, Technology Center, Ellipse

Bat Sheva Marcus, LCSW, MPh, PhD, is clinical director of Maze Women's Sexual Health, one of the largest centers for women's sexual health in the country. She is a frequent guest on television and radio, and lectures nationally and overseas on a wide variety of women's issues.

Thursday, April 11
“Flatbush Girl presents: “Don't Post That! How to Use Social Media Correctly to Make Money and Change the World"
12:15-1:30 pm, Technology Center, Ellipse

Social media can be used to troll, bully, or convey a fake sense of what true beauty and success looks like. Participate in an interactive and intimate conversation with Adina Sash, a.k.a. Flatbush Girl, as she dissects social media as an engine of algorithms that can be hacked and utilized to enhance your career, grow your income, but most importantly, to create positive change within one's community and clientele.

Holocaust Commemoration

Tuesday, April 9
Book Club Discussion: “The Tattooist of Auschwitz”
12:15 - 1:30 pm, Technology Center, Ellipse

Discussion is led by Abigail Miller, educational director for the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, located in the RCC Library. Heather Morris novel is based on the story of real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. Copies of the book will be available for students in the Library and in Hillel on campus.

Tuesday, April 30
Holocaust Survivor Testimony
12:15-1:30 pm, Technology Center, Ellipse

Toby Levy, 86, was born in Chodorow, Poland. During World War II, she hid with her family from the Nazis in a barn for three months and in an attic for two years until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. Her family immigrated to the U.S. and lived in New Orleans. She is an employee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City.

“In the times we find ourselves, with so much pain and brutality throughout the world, it's important to remember how far hatred can go,” said Rabbi Oliver. “In order to protect the future, we must learn from the past. That is why we hold events like this Survivor testimony.”

For further information, contact Rabbi Dov Oliver at 845-574-4422.

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CONTACT: Susan Lyddon, VP of Institutional Advancement
845-574-4595 or 347-840-1247