Jewish Cultural Festival 2016

The 4th Annual Jewish Cultural Festival

 Sunday, April 10 through Monday, April 18, 2016


  Series possible through the generosity of GreenStreet Solar Power and First Niagara Bank.


Joan Nathan on Jewish Cooking 
Lyndhurst Castle
Sunday, April 10

Meet Joan Nathan, the authority on Jewish cooking from many perspectives: culinary, cultural, and historic. She is the award-winning author of twelve cookbooks and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Food Arts Magazine, and Tablet Magazine.  She is joining us for two Sunday afternoon events:


  • Passover Cooking: An Intimate Hour in the Kitchen with Joan Nathan
    A lucky few will join Joan for an intimate cooking demonstration and chat focusing on a few recipes from her bestselling book, “Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.”

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $75 per person    Space is limited, so sign up early!  


  •  Don’t Freeze the Shank Bone and More! 
    Joan will delight us with a history of the foods of Passover through the ages in that engaging way that only this doyenne of Jewish cooking can.  How have tastes and traditions changed over time and place?  

 Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Refreshments to follow.
 Fee: $18 in advance or $25 at the door 

These two events will be held at Lyndhurst Castle, in the Carriage House, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown.


Classically Jewish
Monday, April 11

Husband and wife duo, violinist Sergey Nazarov and pianist Marianna Udler perform classical music written by Jewish composers, and Jewish music written by classical composers!  The program will include works by Mendelssohn, Kreisler, and Wenyavsky, as well as by contemporary composers.  Presented in conjunction with the Renard Lectures.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown
Fee: $5


A Bintel Brief
The “Dear Abby” column of The Forward
Tuesday, April 12

Oy, what tzuris!  Before Abby dispensed advice, NY’s Eastern European immigrants turned to the Yiddish paper, The Jewish Daily Forward, for help with their problems in life and love.  Yiddish expert Maddy Simon will share (and help translate) some questions, and we’ll all do our best to guess what advice the Bintel Brief gave before we hear the published replies!

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown
Fee: $10


Thursday, April 14

What can an old Jewish baker do to save his ailing business?  Hire a young refugee from Darfur, who inadvertently adds a little something to the dough that makes the challa
h fly off the shelves!   It’s a fun trip of a movie.  Starring Jonathan Pryce.   Rabbi Jay Stein, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, will host a short discussion after the film.     

7:30-9:30 p.m.
Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Fee: $10



Mini Mitzvah Makers
For Pre-K classes of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium Members’
Early Childhood Programs
Friday, April 15

Four year olds in the early childhood programs of the RJC will celebrate Shabbat together, participate in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry, and enjoy some great entertainment. Through social action and celebration, children become part of a wider Jewish community. By invitation only.



Neil Berg Presents “Broadway Melodies”
Sunday, April 17

Showman Neil Berg and company bring you
a knock-out afternoon filled with the musical gems
of the Great White Way.  Singers and musicians will
bring a taste of Broadway to Tarrytown for your
pleasure and enjoyment. A treat for audiences of all

4:00 p.m.
Temple Beth Abraham, 25 Leroy Ave., Tarrytown
Fee: $18 in advance / $25 at the door
$10 for kids and students



Icons of the Art World:
Jewish Artists Segal, Nevelson, Katz and Chagall
Monday, April 18

Sculptors George Segal and Louise Nevelson, contemporary painter Alex Katz, and pioneer of modernism and a master of color, Marc Chagall, are the subject of this talk.  Artist and educator Terry Kessler Schwartz will discuss their differing styles and spiritual approaches.  Presented in conjunction with the Renard Lectures.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown
Fee: $5


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We are delighted to present this year’s outstanding programs, bringing you world-class entertainment and knowledge in your own backyard.  Thank you to the following:


Festival Sponsor                                                 


Program Sponsor                    




                                        Westchester Program
                                          Services Cabinet


Additional thanks for their generosity and support of the festival to:  
The Edwin S. Soferenko Foundation;  Rita Wexler; Harriet Verter Jewish Education Fund; Lyndhurst- A National Historic Trust Site; The Westchester Jewish Council

Special Thanks to: Howard Zar and Stuart Skolnick.


Festival Committee

Melissa Baer, Donna Fleming, Rita Joselow, Gail Mendell, Denise Rosenberg, Robin Rosenberg, Rita Wexler

Festival Coordinators: Lois Green, Rabbi Lisa Izes