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Steven Levenson, Tony Award Winning Playwright of Dear Evan Hansen

Monday, February 11, 7:30 pm

Zinman Hall

Co-chairs: Alicia Spero & Joanna Drowos

The groundbreaking musical that won 6 Tony awards in 2017 is now a novel. This moving and ultimately inspiring story carries its message of hope and belonging beyond theater audiences to readers. For one night only, playwright Steven Levenson offers us a peek into how the story developed, what it’s like to watch his work grow from an idea to a smash Broadway hit, and shares his perspective on the message the show – and now the novel – delivers.

VIP Seating: $50; General Admission: $36; Student: $18

VIP and General Admission include book; VIP includes preferred seating

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.

Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D. – Raoul Wallenberg: Holocaust Hero Who Vanished Without A Trace

Monday, April 1, 7:30 pm

Despite being in constant personal danger, Raoul Wallenberg succeeded in saving the lives of over 100,000 Jews from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists during the later stages of World War II. After the Nazis fled from Budapest, Wallenberg was captured by the advancing Soviets. He disappeared. His ultimate fate remains a mystery.

Professor Nurnberger has appeared at The Smithsonian Institute, on television and radio and has taught at Georgetown University for 38 years.

General Admission: $25; Gold Members: $20; Platinum Members: Free

This program is made possible by a generous gift from Tom Gordon through the Ann Gordon Holocaust Fund established in honor of his mother.


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.

Individual tickets: $18, Gold Members: $12, Platinum Members: Free (except where otherwise noted).

$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

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.

Exhibition Opening: The Origins and History of the Jewish Catskills Featuring Author and Scholar in Residence, Phil Brown, founder of the Catskills Institute

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


Eileen Pollack, author of The Bible of Dirty Jokes

Monday, February 4, 2:30 pm

Born and raised in Liberty, N.Y., the heart of the Jewish Catskills, Eileen’s grandparents owned a small hotel. Eileen 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, from “Marjorie Morningstar” through “Dirty Dancing.” We focus on the classic portrayals of the Mountains in “Sweet Lorraine” and “A Walk on the Moon,” including personal reflections from the screenwriters Shelly Altman and Pamela Gray and director Steve Gomer. This includes clips from the films discussed.

Tales of a Catskills Plumber with Allen Frishman

Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 pm

The Comedy of the Catskills with Ira Epstein

Thursday, February 7, 2:30 pm

Catskills Tchotchkes with Allen Frishman

Monday February 11, 3:00 pm


Catskills Stories

Come and share your stories and fond memories.

Monday, February 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Moderated by Allen Frishman

Thursday, February 28, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Moderated by Caren Neile

Both Sessions Free

Stop at the Red Apple with Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

Tuesday, February 12, 2:30 pm

Hear the entertaining inside story of how Reuben Freed’s roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest, directly from the owner’s daughter, Elaine Freed Lindenblatt.

Elaine Grossinger (daughter of Jennie Grossinger) and Barry Lewis (editor of the Times Herald-Record)

Thursday, February 14, 2:30 pm

Bungalow Life with Cynthia Belis

Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 pm

Kvetching and Shpritzing with Joe Dorinson

Monday, February 25, 7:30 pm

Remembering the Catskills with the Back in Time Players

Tuesday, February 26, 2:30 pm

All tickets $10

What’s with Jews and Comedy with Lenny Dave

Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 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.