Virtual Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Events

The Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs Department presents events and classes on Jewish and other cultures, interfaith programs, and tutoring for immigrants


We hope all of you are staying safe and well through this extraordinarily difficult time.  

Due to the health emergency our spring events are moving online and moving to your lunchtime. Each of these programs will be available via Zoom and will be interactive. Speakers will speak first, then answer questions. The two film programs will also include some time for discussion and questions.


$5 per person per session. Please click here to register for any of the events below. We will email you a live link on the day of each event.

For registration and information: Email [email protected] or call
(718) 268-5011 ext. 151.

Click here for Spring 2020 Classes



Holocaust Memorial Day

Jack Hersch
DEATH MARCH ESCAPE: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust
Monday, April 20, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Photo Credit: Robert Ammirati

By April 1945, eighteen-year-old Dave Hersch had already survived nearly a year in the hell of Mauthausen, rated by the Nazis as the most monstrous concentration camp in the entire Reich. Though emaciated and barely alive, he was then ordered onto a 34-mile death march. He never reached his destination. Instead, he escaped. Recaptured a short while later, he was inexplicably not killed but instead was returned to Mauthausen. Put on another death march a week later, Dave did the impossible: he escaped again.

Author Jack Hersch tells his father’s story. To purchase this book, click here.


Earth Day

Prof. Karl Coplan, Director, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic
Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Karl Coplan

Is it possible to live within a truly sustainable carbon footprint, while still living well? How can you make a real difference?

Many of us are trying to live a little more sustainably, but what would it mean to live within a truly low carbon footprint? Karl Coplan will share his personal journey to cut back on carbon without giving up on quality of life. Coplan will talk about the joys and challenges of a year on a truly sustainable carbon budget―eating a Mediterranean-style diet and enjoying travel and vacations while avoiding air travel.  He will explain how to distinguish between actions that make a real difference and others that are less significant. Coplan believes that there does not have to be a trade-off between the ethical obligation to maintain a sustainable carbon footprint and the belief that life should be fulfilling and fun.   

Karl Coplan is professor of law at Pace University, where he directs its Environmental Litigation Clinic. He is also a member of the board of directors of Waterkeeper Alliance. To purchase this book, click here.



Two Afternoons of Israeli Short Films
Wednesday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
$5 each program  

Afternoon of Israeli Films
Still from “Swing”

Our Israel Independence Day celebration will be marked this year by two lunchtime screenings  of Israeli short films, an hour each week for two weeks. These films feature different aspects of everyday life in Israel. Each week we’ll show three short films. In one short film, a young pregnant woman uses an unusual way to face her fears about the next phase of her life. In another, a young man returns from military service but is haunted by traumatic experiences. In a third, an Israeli soldier forms an unlikely connection with a Palestinian boy over social media. Each of our 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. 

Each program will be followed by a brief interactive discussion. 


For registration and information: Email [email protected] or call
(718) 268-5011 ext. 151.

The Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs Department presents a wide variety of cultural events, classes, interfaith programs, and a tutoring program for immigrants. We aim always to bring you programs that open up new ideas and foster a richer appreciation of Jewish and other cultures and current affairs, and offer answers to your questions about the world today. Food for the mind and for the soul.