Don’t Miss: Rivertowns Jewish Cultural Festival, now through April 9


rivertowns jewish cultural festival at lyndhurst mansion tarrytown

From March 30 through April 9, JCC on the Hudson is hosting the second annual Rivertowns Jewish Cultural Festival.

Whether you are a music-lover, film buff, historian, blog aficionado, or fun-loving kid: there is something for you!  Events will take place at Lyndurst, JCC on the Hudson and a number of different congregations in the area.

Visit the JCC’s website for more information and to register,

Schedule of Events

Bloggers Panel: 8 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at Temple Beth Shalom, Hastings. A panel comprised of three smart, funny, and thoughtful women who publish blogs, books, and articles: Jordana Horn, (, Jenny Rosenstrach (Dinner: A Love Story), and Sheri Silver (Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt).  They are mavens on parenting, cooking, and gardening, among other subjects. Event is free.

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Tot Shabbat: 4-4:45 p.m., Friday, April 4 at JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown. Through music, movement, stories, and crafts, kids up to 7 years old and their families can celebrate Shabbat and get ready for Passover in a fun, dynamic way with Rabbi Lisa Izes. Challah and juice, of course. Great for grandparents!  Fee: $10 per family.

 “Pages and Pasta” Family Event: 4-6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6 at Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Dobbs Ferry. Join us for a book reading with award-winning children’s author Roni Schotter, whose titles include “Passover!” and “Passover Magic.”  Kids will also have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on activity and a pasta dinner to “eat up all the chametz before Pesach.”  Your RSVP ensures enough pasta for all and enough surprises for children ages 2-8 to bring home.  Free.

 “Salute to Molly Picon” Lecture: 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 7 at JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown. Dr. Diane Cypkin, Professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University presents: “A Musical Salute to Molly Picon: Star of the Yiddish Theater.”  Dr.Cypkin shares, through narration and song, the life story of this exciting “First Lady” of the Yiddish Stage. The musical presentation contains many of the songs she sang, and often wrote, during her many years on the Yiddish stage. Fee: $5

Interactive Class: A Yiddish Shout Out!  With Maddy Simon: 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown. Nu? So maybe you can understand a bissel Yiddish, but here’s a chance for you to pick up some new phrases and dig a little deeper. Come kibbitz around the table and learn a little more of the mamaloshen.  Fee: $5

 Film: “When Comedy Went to School” 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 9 at JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown. The hotels in the Catskills’ Borscht Belt were the proving grounds for many of the most famous Jewish comedians. Through them, the humor of the country was changed forever. See greats like Jerry Stiller, Milton Berle, Mort Sahl, and Sid Caesar in action, and listen to their stories. Robert Klein narrates.  Fee: $5.

JCC on the Hudson, 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, 914-366-7898.


About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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