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Jewish Heritage Month

Jewish Heritage Month 2018


All events are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Kosher refreshments served. For information, contact Rabbi Dov Oliver at 845-574-4422 or

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March 2018

Opening Celebration: Purim Party!

Thursday, March 1, 2018  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Faculty/Staff Dining Room

Celebrate this joyous and boisterous Jewish holiday with a Megillah reading (yes, the “whole megillah”), costume contest, traditional holiday treats and music.

Silkscreen Workshop

Tuesday, March 6, 2018  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Atrium (outside Cafeteria)

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.

Challah and Dip Cook Off!

Thursday, March 8, 2018  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Atrium (outside Cafeteria)

In the Jewish version of Cupcake Wars, contestants vie for the title of Challah & Dip Maven, with local celebrity judges casting their votes. Tastings for all of challah - the rich, typically braided bread, prepared for the Jewish Sabbath and holidays - along with a variety of creative dips. Find out the significance of the word challah!

Book Talk, If All the Seas Were Ink

Tuesday, March 13, 2018  •  12:30-1:30 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Author Ilana Kurshan studied the entire Talmud in seven and a half years through the worldwide daily page study cycle known as daf yomi, not typically undertaken by women. When she began, Kurshan was a 27-year old, newly divorced American, living alone in Jerusalem. By the time she completed the Talmud, she was remarried and mother of four. The book describes the impact her study had on her personal, professional and spiritual life. Kurshan earned a BA from Harvard University and master’s in English literature from Cambridge University.

Co-sponsored by Women’s History Month. Book available in the RCC Library.

Film: Body & Soul, An American Bridge (2016, 58 min.)

Thursday, March 15, 2018  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

This film looks at the relationship between African Americans and Jews during the height of the Jazz Age. It follows the early jazz classic, “Body and Soul,” written by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929 and popularized by both Jewish and African American performers, including an historic Benny Goodman Trio recording that broke the color barrier by including a black pianist in the ensemble.

Co-sponsored by the African American History Month Committee. Courtesy of the JCC Film Festival.

Book Discussion, Jew You Love Me?

Thursday, March 22, 2018  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Student Union, Room 3214

with Lawrence Hajioff, also author of Jew Got Questions? Rabbi Hajioff, a London native who earned a degree in political science from Manchester University, won a national competition for best Jewish Stand-Up Comedian of the Year. Free copies of his books will be available at the lecture.

April 2018

Israel Fair

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (rain date Thursday, April 19)  •  noon - 2:00 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Atrium

Experience Israel in 90 minutes! Take a whirlwind tour of the food, geography, culture, music, art and spirit of Israel! Featuring camel rides!

Partially funded by RCC Student Activities Fees and Hillel of Rockland,
a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Rockland County.

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