Saturday, April 30, 2016

SUSPENSEFUL DRAMA OPENS IN NJ PREMIERE @ NEW JERSEY REP IN LONG BRANCH

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Villainous Company: A Caper for Three Women
written by Victor L. Cahn
directed by SuzAnne Barabas

WHEN: May 5th thru June 5th; Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm
WHERE: New Jersey Repertory Company, Award-Winning Theater, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740
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www.njrep.org
732-229-3166
njrep@njrep.org

When Claire returns home from an afternoon of shopping, she discovers that one of her packages is missing. Coincidentally, just as she is calling the store, a staff member stops by to return the item, then manages to invite herself inside. Before long, larceny and trickery abound as the two women, soon joined by a third, compete in a scintillating and suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse.

HOLOCAUST COUNCIL TO SHOW FILM OF ACCLAIMED NOVEL

Real to Reel, The Book Thief 5.18.16

RSVP to holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org OR 973.929.3194
Directions Available at www.jfedgmw.org/directions

WHERE: Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany
ADMISSION: Free but $5 donation appreciated

Friday, April 29, 2016

FAMILY DRAMA CONTINUES @ DREAMCATCHER REP IN SUMMIT

The Outgoing Tide
WHEN: April 21- May 8, 2016
WHERE:
The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit

Past, present and future come together for the Concannon family in The Outgoing Tide.

In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family's future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding before the tide goes out.

This drama hums with dark humor and powerful emotion. When the play ran Off-Broadway in 2012, The New York Times said, "...this drama brings sensitive observation and minor-key humor to painful situations that many of us will recognize from our own families...its poignant conclusion will have resonance for many in the audience."

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TICKETS: $35 adults, $30 seniors 65+, $30 students 25-. Buy in advance; no fees!

Make sure to use your 10% discount code when purchasing tickets: HIGHTIDE3

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Dreamcatcher adds special guest and access services to
"The Outgoing Tide" performances:

For all performances of the play from April 29 through May 8, assistive listening equipment will be available for patrons with hearing loss.

The FM headsets amplify the onstage dialogue for audience members seated anywhere in the theatre. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

On Saturday, April 30 at 8 pm, Dreamcatcher will offer Audio Description of the performance. Audience members with vision loss will hear the physical action of the performers described throughout the show via FM headsets. Advance notice is requested for this service so that the correct number of devices can be made available.  

Please call 908-514-9654 or email info@dreamcatcherrep.org to indicate interest.

Information about "The Outgoing Tide" performances

REMAINING SHOW TIMES

  • Friday, April 29: 8pm
  • Saturday, April 30: 8pm
  • Sunday, May 1: 2pm
  • Friday, May 6: 8pm
  • Saturday, May 7: 8pm
  • Sunday, May 8: 2pm

REMAINING SPECIAL DATES

  • May 1: Free post-show talkback

One night only!

Improv at Dreamcatcher Rep:  

Multiple Personality Disorder

Multiple Personality Disorder is the improvisational comedy troupe of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. MPD has been performing as a group since 2002. Their unpredictable shows are always packed with laughs from start to finish.

MPD performs improv comedy sketches like those seen on the popular television show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and uses audience input to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage.  Performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange maladies, and unusual circumstances to cook up unconventional mini-plays that appear and disappear before your eyes.   

TICKETS: $20 adults, $15 kids 15 and younger - buy in advance; no fees! Buy your tickets now!

WHEN: May 14,  2015 at 8:00 PM

WHERE: Oakes Center * 120 Morris Avenue * Summit, NJ 07901  

     

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center  *  120 Morris Avenue  *  Summit, NJ 07901
Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654
www.dreamcatcherrep.org

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FREE FAMILY FUN @ HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM THIS SUNDAY

FAMILY FUN DAY

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 1-4PM; This is a sun or rain event. 
WHERE:
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
ADMISSION: free

Where can your family make Egyptian-style jewelry, paint a fish, learn how to spin a plate, listen to great live music, and it won't cost you a penny? At our annual HAM It Up community event, of course!

Come on down to the Museum this Sunday  for all of the above activities and so much more! You can:

  • Paint a wooden fish and add it to a large 3-D fish tank on our terrace.
  • Contribute to our giant chalkboard mural depicting life along the Raritan River.
  • Make a paper-bag hat, a Monet-inspired watercolor or Egyptian-style jewelry.
  • Listen to great live music by Raritan Valley Recovery and Macheis Wind.
  • Learn how to twist balloon animals, juggle, spin a plate or a Chinese yoyo.
  • Dance with the Millstone River Morris Dancers.
  • Greet an alpaca from the Bluebird Alpaca Farm in nearby Peapack.
Flavorganics, lead sponsor of HAM It Up!, will offer samples of its organic syrups to please your palate. Additional sponsors are Unity Bank and Citispot Tea and Coffee.

Beer Here! Get Your Art on Tap Tickets!

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 5 PM

Sample some wonderful micro-brews and enjoy delicious food from many of the Clinton area's best restaurants.

Proceeds from the beer-and-food tasting fundraiser help support our education programs. 

Hunterdon Brewing Company will supply 15 diverse beers at three tasting tables.
To satisfy your appetite we’ll have delicious food to sample from Metropolitan Seafood Co, Milford Oyster House, BEX Kitchen, The Farm House at the Grand Colonial, Glen Gardner Inn, Chéz Alice Catering Co., Cryan’s Tavern, Chelseas 22, Frank’s Restaurant, Sol Mexican Cantina, A La Carte, Lovin' Oven, Clinton Station Diner and Chocodiem.
Register for Art on Tap here.

Try your luck with our raffle featuring lots of terrific prizes from Metropolitan Seafood Co., Milford Oyster House, The Ryland Inn, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill and Jake’s Restaurant & Bar. We'll also have an assortment of one-of-a-kind coasters for sale created by HAM artists.

And you can enjoy live music on our terrace with New Road Band. Inside you can explore the Museum, and check out our latest exhibitions.

This is a 21 and older event that sells out quickly every year. Don't delay—get your tickets today!

Art on Tap sponsors are Unity Bank and Investors Bank. The Hunterdon Art Museum also wishes to thank ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans Food Markets and Costco for donations.


Calendar Corner—Upcoming Events at HAM

  • Exhibition OpeningInterconnections: The Language of Basketry; Diana González-Gandolfi: Navigated Territories, Sunday, May 15, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • HomeFront—HAM has partnered with HomeFront, an organization that works to break the cycle of povery and end homelessness in central NJ. This exhibition showcases art created by HomeFront clients in classes conducted by HAM. Opening Reception, Saturday, June 11.
  • 52 Reasons to Love a Vet—A special exhibition of artists honoring our veterans. Starts Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Summer Camp—Our popular summer camp program kicks off Monday, June 20! Sign up.
  • Wood Block Printing Workshop with Stephen McKenzieDiscover the joys of creating woodcuts on Sunday, July 10. Learn more.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

FREE STAGED READING OF “ROMEO & JULIET” THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN RAHWAY

GUITAR DUO @ GUITARFEST 2016 – WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY

Newman & Oltman Duo at Guitarfest
2016

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Shea Center for the Performing Arts, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
ADMISSION: $20.00; Free to William Paterson students with student ID Card
For information: call 973-720-2315 or visit: www.wpni.edu/guitarfest

Michael Newman and Laura Oltman will perform the music of Dušan Bogdanović, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Paul Moravec, Alfonzo Montes & Irina Kircher and Isaac Albéniz.

Hailed as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s phenomenal musicianship places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo, make them a chamber ensemble of world renown.

Newman and Oltman’s concert tours have taken them to world cultural capitals and premiere venues across five continents, the Caribbean, and South Pacific. In addition to their international engagements, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, Caramoor and the Grand Canyon. The Duo has demonstrated extraordinary stylistic breadth in their collaborations with such diverse artists as composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, fiddler Eileen Ivers, pianist Clarice Assad, violinist Tim Fain, and the ETHEL, Calder, and Turtle Island string quartets.

Highlights of recent performances include the world premiere of “Concierto Buenos Aires” composed for the Duo by Nuevo Tango Master Daniel Binelli with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Reims in France. Following on the success of the Concierto’s French debut, the Duo “charmed the Ferguson audience with phenomenal musicianship” (Gazette Journal) when they performed it with the Virginia Symphony. Last season their international tour included a performance and lecture at the VI Academic Guitar Symposium in Brazil, and several Italian festivals including the Estate Musicale Frentana/Lanciano International Guitar Seminar and the Volterra Guitar Project.

Through their groundbreaking new music-commissioning program, Newman & Oltman have built a unique repertoire of works for two guitars by composers such as Paul Moravec, Augusta Read Thomas, Lowell Liebermann, Dušan Bogdanovic, Arthur Kampela and Roberto Sierra. Next season will see the world premier of a new work written for them by Leo Brouwer. Fanfare Magazine hailed the duo’s latest CD, Music from Raritan River as “top notch” and “a winner all around.” The recording features a collection of world premieres commissioned by the duo over the past decade. Their artistry has also been captured on nearly a dozen other acclaimed recordings and has been recognized by grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and ASCAP.

In addition to founding and serving as artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Michael Newman and Laura Oltman have served as ensemble-in-residence at Mannes College of Music since 1987. They are also founders and artistic directors of the Raritan River Music Festival which will mark its 27th season this year.

HANDS-ON TOUR OF “THE WILLOWS” ON SATURDAYS

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ALLIANCE THEATRE GROUP TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR 2 ACTORS FOR ITS JULY PRODUCTION

AUDITION NOTICE:

Alliance Theatre Group will be holding non-equity auditions for

The Norwegians 
WHEN:  Saturday May 7th, from 3 - 5pm
WHERE:
3rd floor of MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave in Summit.

Looking for a man 25 -50 for the role of Tor, hit man. The brains of the outfit. Scandinavian accent a plus.

And a female 25-50 for the role of Betty, opinionated, sarcastic, bitter. Excellent comedic timing is essential!

PERFORMANCE DATES: July 15 - 30.
Rehearsals begin late May

VISIT THE NJ STATE HISTORY FAIR ON MAY 14 IN MANALAPAN

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NOTE: Carol Simon, Bridgewater Twp. Public Library’s youth services librarian (and fellow blogger) will present her one-woman show, Bridge Builder in Petticoats, about Emily Roebling (wife and assistant to the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge), at this State History Fair.  Emily Roebling has been called “one of the most noted women in the country” and “the most famous woman in New Jersey”…yet today few people even know her name! You won’t want to miss it! www.tellingherstories.com 

The 2016 Fair will feature some familiar faces from the past like Clara Barton, George Washington and Walt Whitman as well as such favorite activities as 19th baseball, horse-drawn plowing demonstrations,  Phydeaux’s flying flea circus and period music.

New to the Fair will be several Civil War-themed programs to coincide with the exhibit of President Lincoln’s casket.  This replica casket, manufactured by the Batesville Casket Company of Indiana, will be on display in the park’s Visitor Center.  A local Civil War reenactment unit, the 14th NJ Volunteers, Co. H, will provide an honor guard for the casket and the Fort Delaware Cornet Band will perform music of the era on period instruments.  Darrel Ford, portraying Walt Whitman, will read his poem, “Oh Captain, My Captain”, a tribute to President Lincoln.  Kenneth Serfass , who will portray General Ulysses S. Grant, will reflect on his relationship and career with the late Commander in Chief.

Another exciting new program will be a fictional U.S. Army radio and live show, “SPAM Time,”  modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Viet Nam War era.  A full day of pre-recorded and live musical entertainment will be presented.

www.njhistoryfair.org

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S NEXTSTAGE REPERTORY PRESENTS STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S “INTO THE WOODS”

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“Stephen Sondheim’s stage classic Into the Woods, a dark and subversive musical take on fairy tales, not only survives but triumphs in the composer’s most unlikely collaboration with Disney.” —New York Post

Centenary Stage Company’s Nextstage Repertory presents

Into the Woods
By Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Carl Wallnau and Lea Antolini-Lid
Choreography by Lea Antolini-Lid
Music Direction by Jarred Lee
Lighting Design by Joyce Laio

WHEN: April 28 through May 8
WHERE:
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $17.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  CSC can also be found on social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Into the Woods was created by Stephen Sondheim and writer James Lapine and it originally premiered in 1987 on Broadway.  The musical is set in an alternate world of four of The Grimm’s fairy tales.  Into the Woods tells the tale of a childless baker and his wife who are desperate to have a baby.  They attempt to lift the curse that has been placed on the Baker’s side of the family by a witch because his father stole magic beans.  Along the way they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.  Each one of the characters have a desperate desire that they will do anything to achieve, but when wishes don’t go the way they thought they would, the characters realize something that had never occurred to them before; that maybe wishes aren’t always what they appear to be.

Into the Woods will be performed by Nextstage Repertory, Centenary College Theater Department’s student-based Performance Company under the auspices of the Centenary Stage Company.  Nextstage Repertory provides students with the opportunity to perform along-side the production standard of a fully operational professional regional theater.  The Centenary College Theater Department has been in existence for 16 years and has continued to grow and expand, now boasting a musical theater concentration.  Students are able to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with concentrations in Costume Design, Dance, Performance Studies, Production Management, Technical Theater and Musical Theater.

The production is directed by CSC Artistic Director / Centenary College Chairman of the Fine Arts Department, Carl Wallnau and Lea Antolini-Lid, Assistant Professor of Theater / Dance and director of CSC’s Young Audience Series, with music direction by Jarred Lee-a vocal coach and pianist whose Broadway credits include American Psycho, On The Twentieth Century, and Something Rotten, and Joyce Laio-an award winning NYC-based lighting designer.

WoodsPub2SmallThe cast and crew features Centenary College Theater Students Dominick Garatino (Byram, NJ), Yentl Oliver (Irvington, NJ), Victoria Pulido (Hackettstown, NJ), Megan Schmeidhauser (Stanhope, NJ), Joseph Anselmo (Dumont, NJ), Sasha Onishchuk (Oakdale, NJ), Jana Byrnes (Hackettstown, NJ), Angelina Taysktra (Washington, NJ), Alex Holbrook (Greensboro Bend, VT), Sarah Farber (High Bridge, NJ), Chris Kolwicz (Mahwah, NJ), Nick Bettens (Stanhope, NJ), Cina Gabel (Vernon, NJ), Greensville, SC), Stephanie Anderson (Mount Arlington, NJ), Lauren Taglienti (Hackettstown, NJ), Tom Farber (High Bridge, NJ), James Williams (Hackettstown, NJ), Conner Goerk (Hackettstown, NJ), Takiyiia Grundy (Irvington, NJ), Sonya Thiel (Bangor, PA), James Thrash (Bethlehem, PA), Quiomarie Munoz (Cherry Hill, NJ), Matt Kenny (Hackettstown, NJ), Amaryllis Cummings (Linden, NJ), Jalyn Lovejoy (Hackettstown, NJ), and CSC Intern Zach Weidner (Easton, PA).

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NEW JERSEY OPENS ITS 54th SEASON WITH NOËL COWARD COMEDY

A SONG AT TWILIGHT

by Noel Coward
Directed by Paul Mullins

WHEN: May 11 through May 29; special Wednesday matinee on May 25 at 2:00 p.m. provides a new opportunity for seniors and other members of the general public to see a performance during daylight hours.
WHERE: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.
TICKETS: Single tickets for A Song at Twilight start at $25 for preview performances and $32 for regular performances. This season, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is initiating their $30 Under 30 Program, which offers tickets for $30 for patrons aged 30 and under, with valid ID, tickets subject to availability.
For tickets, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Take a celebrated writer, his devoted wife, and a glamorous woman from his past—add a sprinkling of piano music and Coward’s delicious quips—and it’s the perfect recipe for this bittersweet comedy from the master of sophisticated wit. Veteran company members Edmond Genest and Laila Robins will appear in the leading roles, directed by Paul Mullins.

First produced in 1966, A Song at Twilight premiered at the Queen’s Theatre, London, and was planned as Coward’s final theatrical production. A Song at Twilight opened to celebratory reviews with Coward playing the part of Felix. Although a success in England, the show was not staged in New York City until 1974, a year after Coward’s death. On Broadway, the show was billed under the title Noël Coward in Two Keys alongside Come Into the Garden Maud where it ran for 140 performances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The Cast:

Long-time company member, Edmond Genest will play the role of Hugo Latymer, Coward’s alter ego. Mr. Genest most recently appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre in last season’s The Royal Family and has been with the company since the early 90’s, playing leading roles in over 20 productions, including The Devil’s Disciple, The Playboy of the Western World, and No Man’s Land. Throughout his career, he has worked with many companies, including Portland Stage Company, The Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Yale Repertory Company.

Last seen at the Theatre in Noises Off, Laila Robins, plays Carlotta Gray. Company credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, King John, Three Sisters, among many others. Laila has appeared on Broadway in Heartbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed, and The Real Thing. Recently, Ms. Robins was a season regular on the hit series Homeland as Martha Boyd. Film and television credits include The Good Shepherd, True Crime, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, all three Law & Orders, and The Sopranos.

Alison Weller, who will be returning for her seventh season with The Shakespeare Theatre, will play the role of Hilda Latymer. Company credits include: Belise in The Learned Ladies, Fernande in Tovarich, Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Corine in Triumph of Love, Clara in Hay Fever, Calphurnia in Julius Caesar, and Lucy in The Country Wife. She is an Associate Artist with the Obie Award-winning investigative theatre The Civilians.

In his Shakespeare Theatre debut, Ben Houghton joins the cast to play Felix, the waiter. He has performed regionally with the Virginia Repertory Theater, Utah Festival Opera, Bucks County Playhouse, and the MCS Studio Theater.

The Director:

Paul Mullins returns for his twenty-fifth season with the Theatre after directing Equivocation last year. His most recent company credits include The Devil’s Disciple, The Playboy of the Western World, The Liar, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Lion in Winter, Noises Off, Private Lives, and The Time of Your Life. Mr. Mullins has worked with The Old Globe, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Studio Theatre, DC, Portland Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

The Artistic Staff:

The show’s visual elements will be brought to life through the work of set designer Brittany Vasta, lighting designer Michael Giannitti, and costume designer Nikki Delhomme. Serving as production stage manager is Alison Cote.

Special Performances:

For the same price as a regular ticket, the Symposium Series performances offer a post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For A Song At Twilight these performances will be Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m.

The Know the Show pre-show talks are offered again in 2016 free-of-cost. Prior to the show, an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre will present a pre-performance talk providing background information and an inside perspective on the production. This program is free with the purchase of a performance ticket and for A Song at Twilight will be held Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m., with the show commencing at 8:00 p.m.

KAPLEN JCC IN TENAFLY COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST WITH FREE FILM, PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

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Holocaust Commemoration at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades features Film Screening of

Besa: The Promise & Fine Arts Photography Exhibit

WHEN: Wed, May 4, 7 – 9 pm
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton St., Tenafly
ADMISSION: Free

Besa: The Promise weaves the first-person accounts of two men: Norman H. Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer who documented the lives of Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, with another, Rexhep Hoxha, who sought to fulfill the promise his father made to a Jewish family by returning a set of Judaic books they left behind.

With Norman’s help, Rexhep embarks on a journey to Bulgaria and Israel, where his promise amounts to more than words. His promise is his besa, an honor code that pledges all Albanians to offer safe harbor to refugees – a pledge that was steadfastly observed during the war as not a single Jew was betrayed by an Albanian citizen when the Nazis occupied their country. This true and heroic story is about a nation of everyday heroes who recognized their common humanity, remained true to their promises, and risked their lives for strangers.

Underscoring the film’s message and impact, the evening will also feature an exhibition of Norman Gershman’s moving black and white portraits of Jews who were rescued in Albania and Kosovo during the war. The show, which will remain on display in the Waltuch Gallery at the JCC for the month of May, is a perfect companion to the film, revealing a hidden period in history and a highly compassionate side of ordinary people saving other people’s lives. Gershman’s photographs are represented in museums throughout the world. They have been featured in exhibits by Yad Vashem in Israel and the United Nations in New York.

The commemoration will conclude with the presentation of the Abe Oster Holocaust Remembrance Award to a high school student who creates a work of fine art that conveys the continuing relevance of the Holocaust in the 21st century and a candle-lighting ceremony, led by five Holocaust survivors and their families.

The program is made possible each year through the Martin Perlman & Jo-Ann Hassan Holocaust Education Institute.

For more information, call Ruth Yung at 201.408.1418 or ryung@jccotp.org.