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Jamie Bernstein, Famous Father Girl

In Honor of the Centennial of the Birth of Leonard Bernstein

Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 pm

Jamie Bernstein, author, filmmaker and daughter of Leonard Bernstein, has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. Jamie’s memoir, Famous Father Girl, details her youth growing up in an atmosphere bursting with music, theater and literature. Her father composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein and her mother, pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre, created an ebullient atmosphere that turned Jamie into a lifelong cultural enthusiast.

The program will include a live performance of music written by Leonard Bernstein.

VIP Reserved Seating: $50, includes book; General Admission: $25, Sandler Center and B’nai Torah members: $20

B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton

This program is co-sponsored with B’nai Torah Congregation

Generously underwritten by Edith Stein

The Iconic Isaac Mizrahi in Person

Wednesday, March 13
VIP Reception: 10:00 am; Program: 11:00 am

Chairs: Bonnie Kaye and Alisa Cohen

Isaac Mizrahi is a pop culture icon unlike any fashion designer of recent memory. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now. In his new memoir I.M., Isaac offers a candid and touching look back on his life so far. He tells the story of growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family. At the famed LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, he found his people (and appeared in his first movie, Fame). As a budding fashion designer, he worked with luminaries such as Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein. After branching out on his own, his label’s instant success anointed him the wunderkind of the international fashion world. In his elegant memoir, brimming with intimate details and inimitable wit, Isaac reveals not just the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. This is pure Isaac, as only he can tell it.

VIP Seating: $100; General Admission: $36

VIP includes preferred seating, meet and greet with Isaac Mizrahi, mimosas and light refreshments and a copy of Isaac’s memoir, I.M.

Steven Levenson, Tony Award Winning Playwright of Dear Evan Hansen

Monday, February 11, 7:30 pm

Co-Chairs: Alicia Spero & Joanna Drowos

From the show’s creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the hit Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen.

VIP Seating: $50; General Admission: $36

Zinman Hall

Both include book; VIP includes preferred seating


February 1 - March 3, 2019

Honorary Grand Chair: Elaine Grossinger Etess; Event Co-Chairs: Robin Kabat & Karen Lazar; Memorabilia Curator: Ann Schwartz

Showcasing entertainers, comedians, artists, musicians, speakers and films, and Catskills Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown, founder of the Catskills Institute and author of Catskill Culture: A Mountain Rat’s Memories of the Great Jewish Resort Area.

$199 for entire month of events. Call 561-558-2520 for details and additional programs included with this pass.

Was time in the Catskills a part of your life? Did you keep mementos and other treasures? The Levis JCC Sandler Center is looking for items large and small to help make a rich and personal art exhibit. If it speaks Catskills, we would love to borrow it and display it. For more details call Sue Harrington at 561-558-2504 or email sueh@levisjcc.org.

Generously underwritten by Gerald Golden (of blessed memory)

A Hotel Kid: The Story of Brown's Hotel with Lonnie Brown Rowley

Friday, February 1, 1:00 pm

Lonnie Brown is the daughter of Lillian and Charles Brown of Brown's Hotel. Hear about the ups and downs of growing up in one of the best known hotel families in the Catskills, and her friendship with Jerry Lewis that spanned for 77 years.

Nathan D. Rosen Gallery Exhibition Opening: The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills

Featuring Catskills Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown

Sunday, February 3, Opening Reception: 5:30 pm; Speaker, Phil Brown, 6:00 pm; Free

Call 561-558-2520 for details

Eileen Pollack, Catskills native and author of The Bible of Dirty Jokes

Monday, February 4, 2:30 pm

Eileen, whose grandparents owned a small hotel, brings to life the hilarious and moving history of Borscht Belt comedy, Catskills resorts, and the notorious Jewish mob Murder Inc.

Hollywood in the Catskills: Portrayals in Feature Films with Catskills Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown

Tuesday, February 5, 2:30 pm

Examine how feature films have dealt with the Catskills, starting with “Marjorie Morningstar” and “Dirty Dancing.” Includes personal reflections from screenwriters Shelly Altman and Pamela Gray and director Steve Gomer.

Tales of a Catskills Plumber with Allen Frishman

Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 pm

Memories of growing up in the “Mountains” and working at the bungalow colonies as the protector of the “throne”.

Comedy of the Catskills with Ira Epstein

Thursday, February 7, 2:30 pm

A funny and fascinating audio-visual presentation.

Rhythm & Jews starring Stewie Stone

Thursday February 7, 7:30 pm

Stop at the Red Apple with Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

Tuesday, February 12, 2:30 pm

The entertaining inside story of how Reuben Freed’s roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest directly from the owner’s daughter. One summer day in 1930, a man who needed a job took a ride in the country along NY Route 17, and millions of people since have been better fed for it.

Sal Richards Live!, singer, comedian, actor

Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 pm

A Conversation with Elaine Grossinger Etess

Thursday, February 14, 2:30 pm

When your home is a world famous hotel, your mother is the first lady of hospitality and Eddie Fisher marries Debbie Reynolds in your living room, you’re bound to have some amazing stories to tell. This is a rare chance to hear about the rise and eventual demise of the Borscht Belt from one of the true iconic figures of its era.

The Second Annual Jam Concert by Marshall Turkin Classic Jazz Ensemble

Honoring the memory of Martin Stein

Sunday, February 17, 2:00 pm

Dirty Dancing (1987) with special guest Steve Sands

Thursday, February 21, 1:00 pm

From 2nd Avenue to the Catskills with the Harry Frank Band

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 pm

The Catskills and The Movies: Screenings of 9 Catskills-Themed Movies

Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 1:00 pm

  • Wednesday, February 6: Sweet Lorraine (1987) with special guest Freddie Roman
  • Friday, February 8: Welcome to Kutshers (2015)
  • Wednesday, February 13: Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
  • Friday, February 15: When Comedy Went to School (2013)
  • Wednesday, February 20: A Walk on the Moon (1999)
  • Thursday, February 21: Dirty Dancing (1987) with special guest Steve Sands
  • Friday, February 22: The Rise and Fall of the Borsht Belt (1986)
  • Wednesday, February 27: Four Seasons Lodge (2008)
  • Friday, March 1: When Jews Were Funny (2013)

Catskills Stories

Come and share your catskills stories with others who share your love of the Catskills.

  • Monday, February 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm


January 9-13

For more than 15 years, the Levis JCC Sandler Center conducted meaningful and rich cultural missions to Cuba, before discontinuing the program last year. The Cuban Jewish Community has made a call for help and we are proud to answer.

Join us and experience our deep connection to the Cuban Jewish Community, help support our friends in Cuba who rely on us for vital and life-changing supplies and assistance for seniors and young families. Led by Susana Flaum and featuring knowledgeable local experts, our tour offers a special opportunity to experience the beauty of this resilient, tenacious community.

Space is limited; tours sell out fast. Call to register now at 561-558-2520.