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The Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at the College Celebrates Jewish Heritage Week:The Joys of Judaism! March 31-April 4


DATE: February 21, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574-4244


The Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at SUNY Rockland Community College Celebrates Jewish Heritage Week: The Joys of Judaism!


March 31-April 4, 2008


Suffern, NY - The Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at SUNY Rockland Community College invites members of the public to its series of free events on campus celebrating Jewish heritage.


Monday, March 31, 7:15 p.m., Student Union, Rm. 3214

"Searching for God in a Magic Shop," by author and magician Arthur Kurzweil.

An enchanting presentation that explores the world of illusions and profound ideas of Jewish thought. This is a totally unique and entertaining magic show that is designed not to fool or trick you, but rather to teach you how to see.

Kurzweil, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, is also considered America’s foremost expert in Jewish genealogy and is author of the classic, “From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History,” as well as “Kabbalah for Dummies” and “On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz.” A leader in the world of Jewish book publishing, he has published over 650 titles of Jewish interest.


Tuesday, April 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Fieldhouse Arena

Talk, basketball clinic and night game with "The Jewish Jordan," Basketball Star, Tamir Goodman.

Dubbed "The Jewish Jordan" in 1999 by Sports Illustrated, basketball star Tamir Goodman will give a motivational talk followed by a hands-on basketball clinic during the day. In the evening, he will deliver another talk at 7:00 p.m., and then get onto the court to lead the Rockland Jewish All Stars in a basketball game vs. the RCC Hawks.

Tamir, a 6’ 3” shomer Shabbos Jew who sports a kippah and tzitzit while he plays, averaged more than 35 points per game at Baltimore’s Talmudical Academy, leading to a university scholarship. He recently returned from a multi-year stint of pro basketball in Israel to play for his hometown, the Baltimore Nighthawks. While living in Israel, Tamir, married and the father of two, established a non-profit organization to help underprivileged children and victims of terrorism. “I’m very fortunate to be able to live my dream and not have to play on Shabbos and to use everything I have to motivate the next generation,” he said in a recent interview.


Wednesday, April 2, 12-1:30 p.m., Student Union, Rm. 3214

"Breaking through Barriers," Laughter Workshop by Esther Rachel Russell, Comedian (jointly presented by Women’s History Month).

Esther Rachel Russell is a screenwriter, actress, producer, laughter therapist and the creator of the Comedy Improvisation Workshop, Breaking Through Barriers. Inspired by mystical Jewish teachings, this workshop of comedy and spirit is designed to break through barriers and spread joy in our lives. Laugh. Laugh. And laugh some more. Through various comedy exercises, workshop participants are infused with a dimension of joy that empowers them to lead lives of possibility, authenticity and redemption.

Esther Rachel's improv comedy career began at the famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, where she wrote and performed in numerous comedy sketches. She recently starred in the acclaimed off-Broadway comedy, A Match Made in Manhattan: the Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience, and the newly released feature film, The Permeable Man.


Thursday, April 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Student Union, Rm. 3114

Traveling Matzah Bakery

In preparation for the upcoming Passover holiday, participate hands-on in the process of making your own handmade matzah, from mixing, kneading and rolling to baking…and eating! Learn the significance of matzah and other holiday traditions.


Friday, April 4, 12:30-1:30 pm, Student Union, Rm. 3114

Create Your Own Judaica: Hands-on Art Workshop

Jewish life is enhanced by beautiful objects that honor Shabbat and holidays. Create your own heirloom traditional piece of Judaica. Materials and instruction provided, just bring your creativity!


Art Exhibit

March 31 – April 16, Library Rotunda (hours: M-Th 8 am-10 pm, Fr 8-8, Sa 9-6, Su 11-6).

"Art & Soul: Joy on Canvas," by noted Jewish artist Michoel Muchnik

Through his artwork, Michoel Muchnik has taken the brush, paint, canvas and clay and implanted within them a spiritual life force. Among the foremost Jewish artists of our day, he revolutionized Chassidic art. His imaginative and joyful depiction of traditional and mystical Jewish themes brought him critical acclaim and international prominence.

Muchnik has staged exhibits of his original paintings, bas-relief mosaics and lithographs throughout the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Goldman Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C., Yeshiva University Museum in New York, Dansforth Museum in Massachusetts, the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Sharei Tzedek Collection in Israel.


For details, visit or call Rabbi Dov Oliver 845-574-4422.



Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate’s degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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