WINTER Virtual Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Speakers & Authors

The Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs Department presents engaging virtual speaker and author events on cultural, Jewish, and other contemporary topics.


Now you can use your lunchtime and evening to learn something new and stay connected to your community. Your registration fees help to fund these programs and Commonpoint Queens’ Services to the community.

Registration is required for each event. Please note that there is a separate form if you would only like to register for our free Environmental Peacebuilding and/or Women March events. 

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Upcoming Winter 2021 Speakers:

David Lehrerahava desert
Monday, January 25, 2021 – 12:00pm

In celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday recognizing ecology and trees, we will hear from David Lehrer, the executive director of Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, about the environmental cooperation between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East.

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This event is FREE, sponsored by the Jewish National Fund.
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Amalgamated Clothing Workers Strike, 1915 Courtesy of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives/B’nai B’rith
Amalgamated Clothing Workers Strike, 1915 Courtesy of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives/B’nai B’rith

Women March
Monday, March 8, 2021 – 3:30pm

Discover 200 years of women’s activism and celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 19th Amendment with exhibition highlights from Women March. Led by a curator from New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History, this interactive virtual presentation uses photographs, campaign posters, and historic footage to uncover the stories of women throughout the centuries who organized and marched to end slavery, win the vote, and protect reproductive rights, among other crucial causes. Held in partnership with the Commonpoint Queens High School & College Success Division.

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Michael Ian BlackMichael-Ian-Black
A BETTER MAN: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son
Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 7:30pm

Comedian, actor, and writer Michael Ian Black has written many award-winning books and in A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son, he offers a thoughtful and personal appraisal of the complicated meaning of masculinity in our times. The book blends memoir and advice, written with both weight and wit, and challenges the outdated assumptions that society continues to impose upon boys about their place in the world. Black tackles these serious questions with characteristic humor and a respectful grace.

$8 member / $10 non-member
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Previous Winter 2020-21 Speakers:

NOTORIOUS RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Monday, December 21, 2020 – 12:00pm

Join us for a virtual visit to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center with curator Arielle Weininger. Arielle will lead us through the exhibition that explores Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous, roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and internet phenomenon. Our program will include a video tour followed by a Q & A session with a docent. Held in partnership with the Commonpoint Queens Central Queens Adult & Senior Center. 

Andrée Aelion Brookssilk road bukhrarian jews cultural arts speaker
Monday, January 11, 2021 – 12:00pm

Jews lived in Central Asia for over 2,500 years, one of the oldest Jewish communities in the Diaspora. Many Bukharians believe they are descended from the Ten Lost Tribes. Today Queens is home to the second largest Bukharian Jewish community in the world. We will explore the history of the Bukharian Jews with Andrée Aelion Brooks, and take a peek into their lives and culture over the centuries. Ms. Brooks is an Associate Fellow, Yale University and a former contributing columnist for The New York Times.

In Conversation with Mark Wilf, Owner of the Minnesota Vikings
Thursday, January 21, 2020 – 7:00pm

As the owner of the Minnesota Vikings for the past 16 years, Mark Wilf has led a transformation of the organization, building a team that consistently competes for championships, providing the best in class fan experience, positively impacting the Minneapolis-St. Paul community, and growing the game of football.

As the son of Holocaust survivors, Mark has drawn upon his parents’ experiences to become an unwavering advocate for the needs of the Jewish people and the community at large, currently serving as chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wilf Family Foundations and the Vikings gave over $5 million in donations and commitments to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations, and Jewish causes in the US and Israel.

Join us for an inspirational evening with Mark Wilf and Ken Berger, award-winning sports journalist, taking questions from YOU. All registered attendees will be entered to win one of two signed jerseys from Harrison Smith and Kirk Cousins.

Books may be purchased online at Amazon, Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, or at your local bookstore.

Registration is required for each event. Click HERE to register. To register only for our free Environmental Peacebuilding and Women March events, please click HERE

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Additional speakers to be announced.


Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, please contact Judy Vladimir at [email protected] or 718-225-6750 ext. 345.

For more information, please contact Karen Strauss at [email protected].


Below are highlights from some of our past series.