Jewish LIFE Programs

2016-2017

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Instagram Sensations: Kim Friedman and Kate Siegel

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aka: @CrazyJewishMom

Mother, Can You Not?

  • Wednesday, April 19 • 7:00pm
  • Fee: $5

There is nothing more wonderful than a mother’s love. There is also nothing more annoying. Who else can proudly insist that you’re perfect while making you question every career, fashion, and relationship decision you have ever made?

Kim Friedman is an Emmy-nominated director of primetime television, including Beverly Hills 90210, Star Trek Voyager and more. She is also a distinguished theater director, having received two Obie nominations and two LA Drama Critics Awards. Kate Siegel is a writer and social media guru behind the Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom. She has been featured on Buzzfeed, Elite Daily, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, Nightline and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Club Gelbe Stern, Cabaret at the J! Berlin’s Last Starlit Night gelbe-stern-image

Step back in time to the 1930’s

Conceived by Alexis Fishman Directed by Sharone Halevy.  Written by Alexis Fishman and James Millar

  • Saturday, April 22 • 7:30pm
  • Fee: $25 Show and Dinner

It is 1933 in divinely decadent Berlin. Erika Stern is the queen of the Weimar Cabaret scene. Feisty, sassy and always provocative, her show embodies the excess and daring of her time. But as the Nazi’s rise to power, tonight’s performance will be her last. The lights go down and the audience holds their breath. Club Gelbe Stern tells the story of Erika Stern, a fictional Jewish Chanteuse living and performing in Berlin as the Nazis take power. Erika is provocative, sassy, feisty, and above all determined to give a magnificent performance to her loyal audience. 

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Yom HaShoah Observance (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Memorial Service • Candle Lighting • Recital of the Kaddish remember-candle-image

Guest Speakers Bernard & Henry Schanzer

Bernard and Henry Schanzer, twin brothers, were born in 1935 to Bruno and Bella in Liege, Belgium. They survived the Holocaust as young children due to the efforts of their mother, the magnanimity of two Christian women and remarkable good fortune. When the Germans invaded Belgium in 1940, Bruno and Bella fled with Henry, Bernard and their sister Anna to France. In August of 1942, Bruno and several members of his extended family were arrested by the French police and turned over to the Germans. They were deported to Auschwitz, where they were murdered. Bella escaped and went underground. Prior to his arrest, Bruno arranged for a non-Jewish friend to take care of the children. However, the friend handed the twins over to the police when hiding Jews became dangerous.  Miraculously, Bernard and Henry were rescued.

Hosted by Congregation Knesseth Israel
229 Mountain Ave., Bound Brook

Free to the Community


Josh Aronson, Orchestra of Exiles orchestra-of-exiles-image

The Story behind Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the 1,000 Jews He Saved From Nazi Horrors

  • Thursday, April 27 • 7:00pm
  • Fee: $5

As a teenager, violinist Bronislaw Huberman toured Europe and received invitations to play for royalty. But as an adult, witnessing the rising threat of Nazism, Huberman conceived an ingenious crusade the that would become his greatest legacy: forming the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which would become the lauded Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Huberman arranged the safe passage of hundreds of Jewish musicians and their families out of Nazi controlled territories. His tireless campaigning for the project saved nearly 1,000 Jews from the approaching Holocaust. Huberman’s triumph of art over cruelty was heard around the world.

Josh Aronson is an Academy Award nominated documentary and film writer, producer, and director. He has worked with Showtime, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others and his films have won awards all over the world. He is also a concert pianist who regularly performs chamber music New York.  

Q & A with the director to follow the screening of the film.

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Mache M. Seibel, The Estrogen Window mache-seibel-image

The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced- Through Perimenopuase, Menopause, and Beyond

  • Wednesday, May 10 • 7:00pm
  • Fee: $10

Dr. Mache Seibel, an international health expert on women’s wellness and menopause, presents ground breaking research explaining how every woman has a window of opportunity to begin estrogen replacement. If begun at the right time, estrogen can lower the risk of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease, while minimizing menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and more. The Estrogen Window will eliminate your confusion, calm your fear, and help make you a more informed partner with your healthcare providers.

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Judy Batalion, White Wallswhite-walls-image

A Memoir about Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between

  • Tuesday, May 16 • 7:00pm
  • Fee: $5 (includes bagel “and”)

Judy Batalion grew up in a house filled with piles of junk and layers of dust, suffocated by old magazines, swivel chairs, and VHS tapes obsessively gathered by her hoarder mother. At the first chance, she escaped the clutter to create a new identity - made of order, regimen, and clean white walls - until she found herself enmeshed in life’s biggest chaos: motherhood. Confronted with the daunting task of raising a daughter after her own dysfunctional childhood, Judy reflected on her upbringing and the lives of her mother and grandmother, both Holocaust. What she discovered astonished her. Told with heartbreaking honesty and plenty of humor, Judy’s poignant account of stuff and survival explores navigating the messiness of motherhood, how trauma passes through generations, and the indelible marks that others and daughters make on each other’s lives.

Judy Batalion studied at Harvard and worked as a curator and comedian in London before settling in New York. She was a columnist for the New York Times and has appeared in numerous publications and magazines.

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