20 | Sep
07:00PM
20 | Sep
07:00PM

not just funny girl: jewish american women in comedy

Love, Gilda: The Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner

Love Gilda: the Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner (2018, 90 minutes) lets us reconnect with the beloved comedian. The film beautifully weaves together recently discovered audiotapes of Radner, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by comedians.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS/CJH members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3582551 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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23 | Sep
23 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Sunday, September 23 for Erev Sukkot.


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holidays and closures

24 | Sep
24 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, September 24 for Sukkot.


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holidays and closures

25 | Sep
25 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Tuesday, September 25 for Sukkot.


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holidays and closures

26 | Sep
07:00PM
26 | Sep
07:00PM

panel discussion & poetry reading

"Give Me Your Tired...": Poem, 135 Years Old, Makes Waves

Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “The New Colossus,” is perhaps this country’s most famous poem, and recent immigration policies and controversies have thrust both statue and poem into the headlines, from Stephen Miller’s press conference to recent Independence Day protests. Esther Schor, Princeton Professor of English and author of Emma Lazarus, analyzes the recent wave of media attention. To what extent is the Statue of Liberty under fire, and to what extent is she inspiring poetry and actions that uphold her ideals? A panel of respondents include: Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, Christina Greer, political scientist, commentator and author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration and the Pursuit of the American Dream, Amy King, poet and co-curator of the Guardian’s “Huddled Masses…” feature.

AJHS is home to the Emma Lazarus Papers, famously including a handwritten version of Lazarus’ "The New Colossus."

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3582661 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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panel discussion & poetry reading

27 | Sep
07:30PM
27 | Sep
07:30PM

concert

Souvenirs, In Memory of Joseph Safronovich, a Friend and Colleague: Music by Barber, Schnittke and Shostakovich

Phoenix Chamber Ensemble performs Barber's "Souvenirs" Ballet Suite, op.28 (with video installation by Joseph Safranovich); Schnittke’s "Gogol Suite"; Shostakovich's Concertino for Two pianos, op.94; and Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata, op.4.

Made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3569870 or 800-838-3006


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concert

30 | Sep
30 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Sunday, September 30 for Erev Shemini Atzeret.


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holidays and closures

01 | Oct
01 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, October 1 for Shemini Atzeret.


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holidays and closures

02 | Oct
02 | Oct

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Tuesday, October 2 for Simchat Torah.


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holidays and closures

03 | Oct
07:00PM
03 | Oct
07:00PM

not just funny girl: jewish american women in comedy

The Legacy of Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers’ pioneering work as a female comedian left an indelible impression on America’s collective memory. Come watch highlights of her work, and hear from Rivers’ niece, Caroline Waxler, and comedian Judy Gold, on how her work continues to inspire today.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 AJHS/CJH members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3582644 or 800-838-3006; $18 at the door


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03 | Oct
07:00PM
03 | Oct
07:00PM

book launch

In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times

Join us for the release of In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times, a new collection of Yiddish tales edited by David Stromberg. Hosted by Debra Caplan, the event  features readings from the tales and a discussion of the collection's genesis and translation process.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/Yiddish-Tales-for-Modern-Times


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book launch

07 | Oct
10:30AM
07 | Oct
10:30AM

walking tour

Union Square Walking Tour with Annie Polland and Andrew Dolkart

Union Square comprised the intersection of two major roads, and where Jewish and American history intertwined. Come hear about the buildings—Macy’s, Tammany Hall, Planned Parenthood townhouse, about Emma Goldman and Emma Lazarus, and get a behind-the-scenes look at Lazarus’ handwritten poems. Ticket includes admission to Celebrating 20 Years of the Straus Historical Society at 15 W. 16th Street at 1:30 pm.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3582715 or 800-838-3006


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07 | Oct
10:30AM
07 | Oct
10:30AM

celebration

Celebrating 20 Years of the Straus Historical Society

10:30am Walking Tour including Macy’s on 14th St. (separate ticket required)
12:00pm Pop-up Exhibition in the Steinberg Great Hall
1:30pm Panel discussion

The German-Jewish family that built Macy’s into an iconic retailer also left an indelible legacy in American politics and society. After an optional morning walking tour of Union Square and a pop-up exhibition of artifacts from Macy’s, the Titanic, and more, a panel including Hasia Diner (NYU) and Rabbi Joanna Samuels (Educational Alliance) discusses the Straus family’s journey from peddlers to public servants and philanthropists.

Ticket Info: 10 general; $5 AJHS/LBI members at 800-838-3006


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celebration

07 | Oct
04:00PM
07 | Oct
04:00PM

concert

American Sephardi Music Festival

Sophisticated Sephardi sounds will be heard at the second edition of the American Sephardi Music Festival. Featuring world-class artists who reflect the rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities, the ASMF is a proud partner of the renowned Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques in Essaouira, Morocco.

Schedule 4:00 PM - Renan Koen
5:00 PM - Adam Maalouf
8:00 PM - New York Andalus Ensemble

Ticket Info: $20 / $30 (VIP); Festival Pass: $75 / $100 (VIP) at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3583651 or 800-838-3006


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concert

08 | Oct
07:00PM
08 | Oct
07:00PM

concert

American Sephardi Music Festival

Sophisticated Sephardi sounds will be heard at the second edition of the American Sephardi Music Festival. Featuring world-class artists who reflect the rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities, the ASMF is a proud partner of the renowned Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques in Essaouira, Morocco.

Schedule 4:00PM - Lara Bello
6:00PM - Renan Koen
8:00PM - Yemen Blues

Ticket Info: $20 / $30 (VIP); Festival Pass: $75 / $100 (VIP) at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3583651 or 800-838-3006


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09 | Oct
07:30PM
09 | Oct
07:30PM

book launch

Historical Atlas of Hasidism by Marvin Wodziński

Historical Atlas of Hasidism is the first cartographic reference book on one of the modern era's most vibrant and important mystical movements. The event features a presentation by Marcin Wodziński, who will then be joined by David Biale for a conversation.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/Historical-Atlas


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11 | Oct
07:00PM
11 | Oct
07:00PM

exhibit opening

Nosotros 2.0: Connecting the Latino and Jewish Communities

The second edition of “Nosotros,” an exhibition composed of pieces by Latino artists celebrating the shared history and culture of Jewish and Latino communities, and expressing hope for a more positive future. Latin American artistry is rich with Sephardi and Crypto-Jewish allusions and symbols.

Ticket Info: $10 at 800-838-3006


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exhibit opening

15 | Oct
06:30PM
15 | Oct
06:30PM

conversation

First Person: Margalit Fox

"Why isn't the Oscar Slater case better known? It's about racism, antisemitism, xenophobia. Not relevant to today? Think again."

Margalit Fox wrote more than 1,400 obituaries during her career at The New York Times, gaining a legion of fans with her exquisite prose and eye for quirky details. Now she brings her superb storytelling to a long-forgotten 20th-century murder case—and to Oscar Slater, the Jewish immigrant who was framed for the crime. Margalit joins author Ruth Franklin for a wide ranging First Person conversation about her fascinating career, her favorite obits, and her new book, Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at mfox.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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About the Speakers:

A retired senior writer at The New York Times, Margalit Fox is considered one the foremost explanatory writers and literary stylists in American journalism. As a longtime member of the newspaper’s celebrated Obituary News Department, she has written the front-page public sendoffs of some of the leading cultural figures of our age. (Conan Doyle for the Defense is in many ways a fond belated obituary—for the long-overlooked Oscar Slater, an immigrant Everyman treated inexcusably by history.) Fox’s previous book, The Riddle of the Labyrinth, won the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the writer and critic George Robinson.


Ruth Franklin is a book critic, a biographer, and a former editor at The New Republic. Her work appears in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The New YorkerThe New York Review of Books, and Harper’s. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in biography, a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a Leon Levy Fellowship in biography, and the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction (Oxford University Press, 2011), was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Her biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2016) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016, a Time magazine top nonfiction book of 2016, and a “best book of 2016” by The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and others.


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conversation

16 | Oct
06:30PM
16 | Oct
06:30PM

lecture

Stories of a Lifetime

One of the critical steps in genealogical research might not seem so obvious – to capture known relatives’ memories before they are forgotten or gone. Filmmaker Walter Schlomann shares his expertise recording family video biographies, and the rewards of documenting one’s family history. Learn tips and insights on how to research and record your own video histories, and how these stories impact the interviewee, the families, and future generations.  This presentation includes excerpts of evocative biographical videos produced by Walter, which run the gamut of life’s circumstances and emotions and collectively reflect the Jewish-American experience of the last 100 years.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at bpt.me/3569892 or 800-838-3006


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About the Speaker:

Walter Schlomann is an award-winning editor, director, and producer of independent films, television programs, music videos, documentaries, and promotional videos, whose work has aired on PBS, TV Land, History Channel, Biography Channel, and Comedy Central. He is also the founder of Heritage Media Group, a boutique video company whose specialty is producing personal video biographies.  Having interviewed people from all walks of life, Walter’s passion is telling stories that inform and entertain.


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16 | Oct
07:00PM
16 | Oct
07:00PM

ny premiere screening

Restoring Tomorrow

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, an LA treasure built by the original Hollywood moguls, faces demise. But a community determines to achieve the impossible. This is a story that deserves its own film, and fortunately Aaron Wolf, the grandson of Rabbi Alfred Wolf, is a filmmaker.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS/LBI/CJH members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3582576 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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ny premiere screening

17 | Oct
03:00PM
17 | Oct
03:00PM

multimedia lecture

Nudge, Wink in Whitechapel: Secret Histories from the Lyrics of the Cockney-Yiddish Music Hall at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

From the late 1890s, a vibrant Yiddish music hall developed in the East End of London. Immigrant writers wrote heartfelt and humorous songs about their experiences. This talk analyzes songs uncovering previously untold histories.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at yivo.org/Nudge-Wink


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multimedia lecture

18 | Oct
07:00PM
18 | Oct
07:00PM

staged reading

We Are Going to Be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in Letters

What happens when WWII separates a young, idealistic American Jewish couple? Find out when actors Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and David Basche (The Exes) read the couple’s letters from the new book We Are Going to Be Lucky.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 AJHS members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3582678 or 800-838-3006; $18 at the door


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staged reading

21 | Oct
01:00PM
21 | Oct
01:00PM

walking tour

Sanctuary in the Heights: Migration and Memory in Washington Heights

Rob Snyder, author of the book Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City, leads a walking tour and panel discussion in the northern Manhattan neighborhood once known as “Frankfurt on the Hudson” for its large population of German-Jewish refugees. Eight decades later, the neighborhood is still a vibrant home for new immigrant communities. Tickets to the walking tour include admission to a panel discussion at Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation at 3:30 pm. Visit lbi.org/in-the-heights for meeting location.

Ticket Info: $20 general; $15 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at 800-838-3006


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walking tour

21 | Oct
02:00PM
21 | Oct
02:00PM

lecture

Branching Out from Sepharad: Solving a Converso Mystery, with Sarina Roffe

Sarina Roffé, professional genealogist and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project and author of Branching Out from Sepharad, outlines the history and expulsion of Jews in Spain, their history in Syria and immigration to the Americas. She discusses the Kassin rabbinic dynasty from the 12th century to the 50-year leadership of Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin in Brooklyn and solves a Converso mystery. 

Ticket Info: $5 at the door; free for JGS, ASF, NYG&B members


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lecture

22 | Oct
06:30PM
22 | Oct
06:30PM

lecture

Bill Moyers on History, Memory and Democracy

The Inaugural Diamonstein-Spielvogel Forum on History and the Public Good
In Honor of Rabbi Dr. Ronald B. Sobel, President, Leo Baeck Institute-New York | Berlin

While filming a documentary in Israel, Bill Moyers was struck by the words attributed to the Baal Shem Tov and inscribed at the entrance to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum—“Remembrance is the secret to redemption.” As democratic institutions around the world reel from the eroding forces of inequality and intolerance, prize-winning journalist Moyers will reflect on the role of history and memory in preserving democracy and democratic institutions.

The lecture will be the first of a series of distinguished speakers reflecting on history and the public good initiated and sponsored by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 LBI/CJH members at moyers.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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lecture

22 | Oct
07:00PM
22 | Oct
07:00PM

lecture

Synagogues of Iran: Design and Development in Urban Context

Professor Mohammad Gharipour will discuss his research and recently published book, Synagogues of the Islamic World: Architecture, Design, and Identity (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), which explores how the architecture of synagogues in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain responded to contextual issues and traditions, as well as how these contexts influenced the design and evolution of synagogues. The book considers patterns of the development of synagogues in urban contexts in connection with urban elements and monuments, while revealing how synagogues reflect the culture of the Jewish minority at macro and micro scales.

This presentation is being made possible by the generous support of The Cahnman Foundation.

Ticket Info: $15 at bpt.me/3567682 or 800-838-3006


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About the Speaker:

Mohammad Gharipour is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University at Baltimore, Maryland. He obtained his Masters in Architecture from the University of Tehran and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Landscape History from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has received several awards, including the Hamad Bin Khalifa Fellowship in Islamic Art, the Spiro Kostof Fellowship Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, the National Endowment in Humanities Faculty Award, and was recognized as "one of the twelve minority scholars in the US who are making their mark in academia" in 2016 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine. Professor Gharipour's books include Bazaar in the Islamic City (American University of Cairo Press, 2012), Persian Gardens and Pavilions: Reflections in Poetry, Arts, and History (I.B. Tauris, 2013), Calligraphy and Architecture in the Muslim World (co-edited with Irvin Schick, Edinburgh University Press, 2013), The City in the Muslim Word: Depictions by Western Travelers (co-edited with Nilay Ozlu, Routledge, 2014), and Sacred Precincts: The Religious Architecture of Non-Muslim Communities across the Islamic World (Brill, 2014). He is the director and founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture (www.intellectbooks.com/ijia).


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lecture

23 | Oct
07:00PM
23 | Oct
07:00PM

panel discussion

The Man Who Made the Movies

Join us for a panel discussion with author Vanda Kreft and others to celebrate the publication of The Man who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox. A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 AJHS members, seniors, students at bpt.me/3582684 or 800-838-3006; $12 at the door


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23 | Oct
07:00PM
23 | Oct
07:00PM

lecture

Exhibiting Difficult Histories: The 'Anti-Zionist' Campaign in Poland, 1967–1968, and Its Echoes Today

In March 1968, in reaction to a student rebellion, the communist government of Poland launched a noisy propaganda campaign against the alleged Zionists, who were accused of a conspiracy to undermine socialist Poland. The campaign of slander, harassment, and persecution forced half of Poland’s Jews into exile and deeply affected the life of those who remained.

For the fiftieth anniversary of the events this year, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw prepared an exhibition and a rich program of educational and cultural events. This coincided with a stormy debate on the recent “Holocaust defamation law,” bringing mass attention to the program and opening a controversy on the nature of and responsibility for the campaign of 1968. Despite heavy criticism from the media of the right, the museum’s relevant temporary exhibition, lectures, debates and cultural events have already attracted an audience of 100,000 people.

Dariusz Stola, the director of POLIN, will discuss how this history is presented in their current temporary exhibition and the controversies surrounding it.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Exhibiting-Difficult-Histories


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lecture

25 | Oct
07:00PM
25 | Oct
07:00PM

history matters

Jews, Politics, and the 2018 Midterm Elections

As we approach the much anticipated 2018 midterm elections, former New York Times reporter, Clyde Haberman moderates a panel discussion about the shifting political landscape, the Jewish vote, and why history matters. Panelists include Princeton University Professor and CNN Political Analyst Julian Zelizor and Executive Director of T’ruah Rabbi Jill Jacobs.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students at zelizor.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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28 | Oct
02:00PM
28 | Oct
02:00PM

book talk

First Person: Jamie Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein’s eldest daughter, Jamie Bernstein, shares a rare and intimate look at her father on the centennial of his birth in her new memoir, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. Join Jamie and Broadway performer Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof) for conversation and a selection of the Maestro's most famous songs. Book signing follows the program.

Co-presented by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/Partner members, seniors, students at jbernstein.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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About the Speakers:

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and concert narrator. In addition to writing her many articles and concert narrations, Jamie travels extensively, speaking about music as well as about her father, Leonard Bernstein. Jamie’s film documentary, Crescendo: The Power of Music has won numerous prizes and is now available on Netflix. Jamie’s memoir, Famous Father Girl, was published by HarperCollins in June of 2018.


Grammy nominated artist, Alexandra Silber recently completed a run on Broadway as Tzeitel in the Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She made her professional acting debut in London’s West End at age 21, and her Broadway debut in 2011, playing opposite Tony-Award winner Tyne Daly in Terrence McNally’s Master Class. Alexandra has performed in Carnegie Hall, across the country and around the globe and is the author of the novel, After Anatevka, and her memoir, White Hot Grief Parade.


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book talk

21 | Nov
21 | Nov

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Wednesday, November 21. It will remain closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.


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holidays and closures

22 | Nov
22 | Nov

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.


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holidays and closures

23 | Nov
23 | Nov

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.


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holidays and closures

24 | Dec
24 | Dec

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Monday, December 24, and is closed Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas.


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holidays and closures

25 | Dec
25 | Dec

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas.


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31 | Dec
31 | Dec

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm on Monday, December 31 for New Year's Eve.


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