Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs Events

For more information, contact Peggy Kurtz (718) 268-5011 ext 151 or

The Hevesi Speaker Series: Conversations with Authors & Filmmakers

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$6 suggested donation for members / $10 suggested donation for non-members (unless otherwise noted)

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My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror

Stephen Flatow

Monday, October 8, 1:30 p.m.

Stephen Flatow’s life changed forever on April 9, 1995, when he learned that his daughter Alisa, a twenty-year-old college student traveling in Israel, had been the victim of a terrorist bus bombing. In his new book, Flatow tells Alisa’s story and recounts how he brought his daughter's murderers to justice through the American justice system. Flatow says that until Alisa’s tragic death he was "just another New Jersey real estate lawyer." After he discovered the Iranian government had directly sponsored the bomber, Flatow decided to sue the terror state. Working with a superb Washington lawyer and an astute forensic researcher, Stephen Flatow went on to win a dramatic verdict against Iran.

PARENTING WORKSHOP: How to Reduce Your Stress
Julie Morgenstern

Thursday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. 

Bestselling organizational guru Julie Morgenstern takes on time management, including the biggest of all time-management projects: parenting. Morgenstern is author of the bestselling Organizing from the Inside Out. In her new book, Time to Parent, America's organizing queen gives all of us the skills to reduce stress by prioritizing, simplifying, and organizing, in order to enjoy life more.

$5 in advance / $10 at the door. Register online at or call ext. 151

FREE BABYSITTING AVAILABLE. RSVP for babysitting required by 10/8 at (718) 225-6750 ext. 248 or



Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Monday, October 15, 1:30 p.m.

America’s best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart. In two recent books, she shares her story and insights into living life to the fullest, at any age. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as the most famous sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death during the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that she was a sniper during Israel's War of Independence. Through her story, Dr. Ruth sheds light on how she's learned to live a life filled with joie de vivre and she shows others how they too can live with challenges, tragedy, and loss, all while nourishing an intellectual and emotional spark, and, above all, having fun.

****SOLD OUT! - SEATS WILL BE HELD FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY UNTIL 1:20 PM.  We advise ticketholders to arrive much earlier.****

AROUND THE WORLD & AROUND THE CORNER: An Afternoon of Short International Films

Monday, October 22, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of outstanding short films from the Queens World Film Festival, and meet the festival directors. Each of these films tells a very full story, with a hint of how much lies beneath the surface, all within the limits of the art of the short film. The award-winning films are from Kosovo, Macedonia, and the Lower East Side. The New York filmmakers will be present for the post-screening conversation.

This screening is made possible by NY City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.


ISAAC BABEL: The Great Jewish Writer Who Rode with the Cossacks
Val Vinokur
Monday, October 29, 1:30 p.m.

Born in 1894 in multicultural Odessa’s thriving Jewish community, Isaac Babel is considered one of the greatest twentieth-century Jewish (and great Russian) writers. As a journalist, he rode with the Cossack horsemen of the Red Cavalry, a brave but highly unusual choice for a Jewish intellectual. Babel stood between two worlds. He had fled the old world of the Jewish past, and yet he knew that the new world would never accept him. Vinokur describes Babel’s attitude as “horrified hopefulness,” embracing the Bolshevik Revolution, while also clearly seeing the cruelty. Silenced by Stalin in the 1930s, Babel was finally executed in a secret police prison in 1940. Val Vinokur, who will be joining us to discuss his new translation of of Babel, The Essential Fictions, is an Associate Professor of Literary Studies and Director of Jewish Culture at The New School.

Modern Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: With Art Historian Harry Weil
Thursday, November 8, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Met collection includes some of the finest work of the great masters of early modern art, from Van Gogh to Jackson Pollack. This art of the late 19th to mid-20th century helped us reimagine the way we see the world and ourselves. We’ll tour it with art historian Harry Weil as our guide. Harry has taught Art History at Stony Brook University and Patterson College. He also taught one of our all-time most popular classes at the Central Queens Y. Afterward we’ll eat together in one of the Met’s cafes or restaurants.

Transportation will be available, but space in the van and on the tour are both very limited, so do sign up early. Group tours are not free at the Met! $25. Lunch is optional and additional cost.

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(((SEMITISM))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump
Jonathan Weisman

Monday, November 12, 1:30 p.m.

The tragic deaths of eleven Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh shocked the nation. Sadly, however, the massacre of Jews on Saturday came as no surprise to those who have followed the recent resurgence of anti-Semitism, including author Jonathan Weisman. Weisman was one of dozens of Jewish journalists targeted by anti-Semites during the 2016 presidential campaign. In his new book, Weisman asks why American Jews aren’t speaking up.

On November 12, bestselling author Jonathan Weisman will speak at the Central Queens Y about his personal experience of being targeted by virulent anti-Semites — and about the resurgence of anti-Semitism in general. Weisman has written that he was showered with the ugliest, most violent anti-Semitic imagery imaginable. After his initial shock, Weisman delved deeper to understand the re-emergence of anti-Semitism. In fact, anti-Semitic hate crimes are on the rise, up nearly 60% from 2016 to 2017. Weisman believes the Jewish community has not taken this phenomenon seriously enough and that Jewish groups must step up more forcefully to take on hate crimes in general.

Jonathan Weisman is Deputy Washington Editor of the New York Times.


Angela Himsel

Monday, December 3, 1:30 p.m. 

Angela Himsel was raised in a fundamentalist German-American family, one of eleven children, in a ramshackle farmhouse in Indiana. The Himsels followed an evangelical branch of Christianity which espoused a doomsday philosophy. Only strict adherence to the church’s tenets and belief in the church’s leader could save them from the evils of American culture—divorce, television, and even medicine. At nineteen, she decided to study Bible in Jerusalem. It was in Israel that Himsel’s eyes were opened to the danger of the myths with which she had been raised. Even as she struggled with her painful loss of faith, she also began to open to the world around her and ultimately found a new life as a Jewish woman in New York City.



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