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SPECIAL & CURRENT EVENTS 3rd Annual Women’s Event Lunch & Laugh!

Four-time Emmywinner Mike Reiss – who has worked on The Simpsons since episode one in 1989 – shares stories, scandals and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family.

Enjoy a delicious lunch with friends, as author Marilyn Simon Rothstein discusses her heartwarming and hilarious novel about relationships and marriage: Husbands and Other Sharp Objects.

Thursday, January 10 @7:30p.m. $20 adults $10 students In partnership with Hillels of Westchester

(includes lunch)

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World Author Sarah Weinman discusses the true-crime investigation of the 1948 abduction of Sally Horner and how it inspired Vladimir Nabakov’s classic novel, Lolita. Thursday, January 17 @11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. $25

In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School

Spring Literary Salon Join us for this exciting literary panel of local authors. Books will be available for purchase. Unreasonable Doubts Reyna Gentin Equal parts legal thriller and romance, Unreasonable Doubts tells the story of Liana Cohen, a young public defender at a critical crossroads in her personal and professional life. The Wartime Sisters Lynda Cohen Loigman Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. Tuesday, April 16 @10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. $25

Thursday, January 31 @12 noon-1:30 p.m. $54 Books will be available for purchase

Financial Planning Event Join author John Schwartz as he discusses his book This is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order. No matter what your age, situation or status, this great read will help you become your own best financial advisor. Sunday, March 3 @11:00a.m.-2:00p.m. $30 Additional professionals will be on-site to add to the conversation. For more details, please visit: visit

World Politics with Professor Ralph Buultjens: Israel & Its Neighbors

Join us for our highly popular lecture series about the current global political and economic situation. This discussion addresses world affairs, particularly Israel and America’s relative position as an international leader. Friday, May 3 @1:00p.m.-2:30p.m. $36 In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School

(light breakfast included) Program Free for Senior Passport holders


Spring Luncheon with Dr. Ruth Hear from the legend herself!

How did Dr. Ruth come to be Dr. Ruth? It’s quite a journey! Using a trip to an amusement park with her grandchildren as its framework, Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s new young adult graphic novel-style autobiography depicts all the ups and downs of her remarkable life and demonstrates lessons of grit, resilience, and strength that readers can apply to their own lives. Thursday, June 6 @12:30p.m.-2:00p.m. $54 (delicious lunch included) Books will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Ruth.



Women Artists at the Metropolitan Museum This lecture and tour will trace the evolution of the work and reception of female painters since the Renaissance, exploring women artists on view in the Met’s galleries. Presented and led by Page Knox, a popular Met educator and art professor at Columbia University. Lecture at JCCMW - Thursday, February 28 @11:00a.m.-12 noon $25 (includes coffee & light bites) Tour of the Met - Thursday, March 7 @11:00a.m.-12 noon $70 (includes Museum admission & guided tour) In collaboration with UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester NEXTERS, a new Empty Nesters initiative.

Painting & Prosecco: Israel Join us for an exciting and fun Israeli-themed paint night! Tap into your inner artist as you drink some bubbly and laugh with friends. Take home your masterpiece at the end of the evening.

Wednesday March 27 @7:00p.m.-9:00p.m. $50 (includes painting supplies, canvas, refreshments & drinks) In partnership with Jewish National Fund

Understanding the Ballet: Swan Lake Enhance your understanding of the classic romantic ballet Swan Lake which will be performed this summer at the American Ballet Theatre in NYC. Former Principal Dancer and JCC Dance School Director Kristen McGrew will teach you the language of balletic mime and the history of this tale of sorcery and tragic love, while sharing excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s lush score and numerous performances. Tuesday, April 2 @11:00a.m $25 In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School  Program Free for Senior Passport holders

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We are open to all 7 days/week.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CINEMA In honor of National Women’s Health Week in May, join JCCMW for a celebration of women and health.

The Samuel Project Starring Hal Linden and Ryan Ochoa

Exciting programs include Author Talks, Panel Discussions, Krav Maga workshop, Special Yoga and Mindfulness sessions.

92 Minutes | English Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, Eli discovers that his Jewish grandpa, a San Diego dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy.

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AUTHOR TALK: Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything Randi Hutter Epstein Tuesday, May 14 @10:00 a.m. $25


Wednesday, March 13 $18 Doors Open @7:00p.m. Program & Film @7:30p.m. Includes post-film discussion In collaboration with UJA Federation of New York’s Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors (CIHS)

Learn this Israeli self-defense practice with Krav Maga expert Steve Sohn. Sunday, May 19 @3:00p.m. $15

ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL June 2019! Films and dates to be announced


Generously supported by The Kensington of White Plains

Join JCCMW as we take authors on the road... attend book talks hosted by our community partners.

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Temple Israel Center (TIC) RSVP by phone (914) 948-2800

A River Could Be A Tree

Hebrew Institute of White Plains RSVP by phone (914) 948-3095

Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink

Angela Himsel Friday, January 4 @6:00p.m. at TIC

Gateway to the Moon

Barry Joseph

Sunday, March 10 @10:00a.m.

Mary Morris Friday, February 1 @ 7:45p.m. at TIC

Temple Beth-El of Northern Westchester RSVP by phone (914) 238-3928

The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman

My Israel Trail: Finding Peace in the Promised Land

Julian Voloj

Aryeh Green

Sunday, April 7 @ 12:15p.m. at TIC

Sunday, March 31 @10:00a.m. followed by a hike



Jewish Cooking Adventure: A Family Experience

An innovative Jewish cooking series geared towards families. Learn from professional chefs while exploring Jewish cooking traditions, with a modern twist. Each session in the series celebrates a different holiday and is geared toward different age groups from Pre-K through teens. For dates and details, please contact Adar Gurvitch, Generously supported by UJA Federation of New York and PJ LIbrary®


Bam! Crack! Dot! Come learn the basics of this intriguing ancient Chinese tile game of luck and skill. You will learn the “western” style of play as sanctioned by the National Mah Jongg League. Experienced instructor will provide all learning materials as well as the current NMJL card. In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School.

Supervised Play

6 Mondays, starting January 14 (no class January 21 or April 15) @7:00-9:00p.m. $150 (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor)

Beginners Series

6 Mondays, starting March 18 (no class April 15) @7:00-9:00p.m. $150 (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor)

Beginner Canasta

Family Friday Nights: UNPLUGGED

Join us for this wildly popular program where families come together to “unplug” from the hustle and bustle of a busy week and connect with each other. We have fun activities for kids of all ages, while parents can mix and mingle with new adult friends. Then we all come together as a community to enjoy delicious Friday night dinner to mark this special time of the week.

Canasta is back and enjoying renewed interest with people of all ages. Learn the rules, strategies, and scoring with hands on play of this intriguing and challenging card game. Attendance at the first class is required. 6 Mondays, starting January 28 (no class February 18) @1:00p.m.-3:00p.m. $150 (plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor) In partnership with Scarsdale Adult School.

Friday, February 8 @5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. $25 per family pre-registration; $36 at the door Generously supported by UJA Federation of New York

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 Program Free for Senior Passport holders

STEM for Adults (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) All of the kids are learning STEM… now it’s your turn! Join us for this new hands-on program and see what all the rage is about. A great way to stretch and sharpen your mind. Tuesday, March 19 and Tuesday, May 21 @10:30a.m.-12 noon $10 per class

We are open to all 7 days/week.

REMEMBER & CELEBRATE Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration May 5, 2019 3:00p.m.-5:30p.m.

Tuesday, May 7 @7:00p.m.

LOCAL ARTISTS SHOWCASE Art appreciation at JCCMW! Visit our Alexander Art Gallery located by the Bendheim Theatre featuring these local artists:



12/16 - 1/18

A Day at the J (stencil mural)

1/20 - 2/22

Pat Frankel (paintings)

3/31 - 5/3

New Rochelle Art Association

Stay tuned for additional art shows. If you are a local artist and want to learn more about our new pop-up gallery, contact Susan Kaufman at

THEATRE/PERFORMING ARTS The Bendheim Performing Arts Center Discover one of Westchester’s unique venues! Our 200-seat theatre, available for rental, is the perfect spot for any event.

Pail and Shovel Productions The Westchester Sandbox Theatre’s branch of community and family theatre, Pail and Shovel Productions, is proud to call the Bendheim Performing Arts Center at JCCMW its artistic home. If you are looking to exercise your theatrical talent, you can audition for its musicals and plays. For those who want to be part of the viewing audience, ticket discounts are always available for JCCMW patrons! Stay tuned for more details!

VOLUNTEERISM Engage Jewish Service Corps UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps is for baby boomers and beyond who want to affect powerful change within the Jewish community through hands-on volunteering activities. Join this group of like-minded people to make a difference!

Exciting weekly daytime activities for seniors 65+ include sessions with experts on a wide variety of topics. For a calendar of events or to purchase a Senior Passport for deeply discounted tickets, please contact Phyllis Kelly at or at ext. 423. For about the price of a cup of coffee, Senior Passport holders get to make new friends, enjoy each activity and have a nice nosh!


Hi! I am Stephanie Risa Balkin, the Director of Arts&Talks and Adult Programs. I love bringing my passion for arts and culture to JCCMW and our community. JCCMW is quickly becoming a cultural powerhouse in Westchester and your input will make it another incredible season of Arts&Talks. If you enjoy cinema, literature and the performing arts, then I invite you to be part of the process and get involved. Our film and book committees help choose our wonderful line-up of movies, author talks and events. Coffee is on me when you stop by my office and share why YOU are passionate about the arts. I look forward to meeting you and seeing you at our upcoming events! Stephanie Risa Balkin Director of Arts&Talks (914) 472-3300 x707

Join us for our ANNUAL BENEFIT April 30 at 6:30p.m. We Thank Our Arts&Talks Supporters (in formation)

Pacesetter of the Arts Sheila & Robert Friedland Ana & Jim Lasser Paul Levy Rachel & Harry Moseley Dvora & Alfred Fields Pam & Roger Kahn

Patron of the Arts Joyce & Fred Claar Sandra & Dan Costin Humanities New York Diane & Gary Katz Rabbi Emily Korzenik Ellen Reinheimer & Barry Lovell

People of the Book Lynn & William Jacobs Susan & Joseph Rozin Ilissa & Paul Warhit Young Israel of Scarsdale

Page Turner Liat & Daniel Altman Stephanie & Sandy Balkin Beth & Allan Grafman Susan & Dan Groner Cheryl & Lloyd Pine Lisa & Marc Pogostin Rika Levin & Mark Reisman The Stein-Miles Family

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Ellen Reinheimer Co-President

Rachel Moseley Secretary

Steven Abrahams Treasurer


Benefactor of the Arts

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Greg Kaldor Co-President

Steven Berkowitz Roger Kahn Helen Samuels

Visionary of the Arts

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JCCMW Executive Board 2018-2019

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Jack Azagury Betty Berenson Sandra Costin Elise Flagg Donald Fleishaker Stephanie Kirwan Jim Lasser Laura Sheppe Miller

Susan Rozin Stephanie Tessler Stephanie Wechsler Nicky Ziman

Executive Director Karen Kolodny

JCCMW is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enriching the community by providing cultural, social, educational and recreational/ fitness programs, human services and Jewish identity-building opportunities to people of all ages, backgrounds, religions or sexual orientations.

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Books on Tour: A River Could be a Tree

6:00p.m. call venue


Springfield Confidential

7:30p.m. $20

Mah Jongg: Supervised Play*

7:00p.m. $150 (plus $15 card)


The Real Lolita

11:00a.m. $25


Beginner Canasta*

1:00p.m. $150 (plus materials fee)


3rd Annual Women’s Event






Books on Tour: Gateway to the Moon

7:45p.m. call venue

$25 per family pre-reg; 2/8 Family Friday Nights: Unplugged 5:00p.m. $36 at the door 2/28

Women Artists at the Met - Lecture

11:00a.m. $25



Financial Planning Event

11:00a.m $30


Women Artists at the Met - Tour

11:00a.m. $70


Books on Tour: Seltzertopia

10:00a.m. call venue


Film: The Samuel Project

7:00p.m. $18


Mah Jongg Beginner Series*

7:00p.m. $150 (plus $15 card)


STEM for Adults *

10:30a.m. $10 or


Painting & Prosecco: Israel

7:00p.m. $50


Books on Tour: My Israel Trail

10:00a.m. call venue



Understanding the Ballet: Swan Lake

11:00a.m. $25 or


Books on Tour: The Joe Shuster Story

12:15p.m. call venue


Spring Literary Salon

10:00a.m. $25 or


Annual Benefit

6:30p.m. - 9:00p.m.



World Pollitics with Prof. Ralph Buultjens

1:00p.m. $36


Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

3:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.


Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony



5/12-5/19 National Women’s Health Week

programs to be annouced


Aroused: The History of Hormones

10:00a.m. $25


Krav Maga Self-Defense Workshop

3:00p.m. $15



Spring Luncheon with Dr. Ruth

12:30p.m. $54

Israel Film Festival

films and dates to be announced

*Programs with multiple dates. Program Free for Senior Passport holders All ticket sales are final. Programs subject to change at the discretion of JCCMW.

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All programs are held at JCCMW unless otherwise noted.

We are open to all 7 days/week.

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