21 | Jan
02:00PM
21 | Jan
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

Warsaw Genealogy Research

Speaker: Hadassah Lipsius

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and at the onset of World War II had the largest population of Jews in all of Europe. Hadassah Lipsius will present a lecture about genealogy research in Warsaw and specifically research of your Warsaw family. Sources will include vital record research, newspaper announcements, business directories, homeowner lists, cemetery records, notarial records, business records and more. She will review the sources, show examples and provide aids and tips in how to perform your search.

In order to assist researchers who will attend the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Warsaw from August 5 to August 10, 2018, Hadassah Lipsius will also present an introductory talk, prepared by the organization committee.

Hadassah Lipsius is long-time board member of JRI-Poland, as well as Archive Coordinator for the Warsaw and Tomaszow Mazowiecki Archives. She is the database manager for JewishGen's Warsaw Research Group, and has helped index Warszawa newspaper life cycle announcements. She serves on the executive council of the Jewish Genealogical Society. Hadassah has traveled many times to Poland to pursue her family reserach.

Ticket Info: JGS members free; guests are welcome, $5 at the door.

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jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

23 | Jan
06:30PM
23 | Jan
06:30PM

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

All Jewish History in Less Than an Hour with David N. Myers

Love history but short on time? Join CJH President and distinguished Jewish History Professor David N. Myers for a fast and fascinating discussion. Author of Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction, Myers covers 5778 years in a very short program. Sound impossible? Set the clock. And see how much you’ll learn.

Meet our new CJH President! Book signing and reception to follow.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

24 | Jan
06:30PM
24 | Jan
06:30PM

first person: jewish stories, jewish lives

The Book of Separation

When she broke away from Orthodox Judaism, Tova Mirvis left her marriage and the way of life she’d always known. The bestselling novelist of The Ladies Auxiliary, The Outside World, and Visible City, Mirvis speaks with columnist Marjorie Ingall (Tablet Magazine) about her moving new memoir, The Book of Separation, and her new life in the secular world.

Book signing and reception to follow.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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first person: jewish stories, jewish lives

28 | Jan
02:00PM
28 | Jan
02:00PM

festival

International Ladino Day: A Celebration of Story and Song

Join us to celebrate Ladino, the remarkable language also known as Judeo-Spanish.

Jane Mushabac (CUNY) performs excerpts from her 2016 Ladino-rich novel, His Hundred Years, A Tale. Also hear singer/accordionist Jane Carver; Sephardic thought leaders Rabbi Marc Angel and Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé; and a musical finale by Trio Sefardi with Howard Bass, Tina Chancey, and Susan Gaeta, who has toured with the legendary Flory Jagoda.

Ticket Info: $10 at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

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festival

29 | Jan
06:30PM
29 | Jan
06:30PM

lecture

Family History Today: From Family History to Present Family – Finding Living Relatives You Have Never Met!

Are you interested in reconnecting with your long-lost cousins? Moriah Amit, the Center for Jewish History’s Senior Genealogy Reference Librarian, will cover major resources and strategies for locating the living descendants of deceased individuals on your family tree.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

30 | Jan
07:00PM
30 | Jan
07:00PM

history matters

Professor Deborah Lipstadt

Prof. Deborah Lipstadt (Emory University) on antisemitism past and present

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Generously sponsored by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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history matters

30 | Jan
07:30PM
30 | Jan
07:30PM

lecture

Jewish Spain in American Tongue: The Sephardic Return of Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus, the 19th-century Sephardic American poet and translator, expressed an identity particularly engaged with the Jewish legacy of medieval Spain. This ASF Young Sephardi Scholars Series Lecture by 2018 Broome & Allen Fellow Dr. Leonard Stein will explore Lazarus’s proto-Zionism, sexuality, and advocacy for a compassionate American society, positions informed by her readings of al-Andalus and the Spanish Inquisition as interpellated by contemporary German Jewish scholars. Comparing her poetry with these historical sources reveals how her famous work against anti-Semitism and nationalist chauvinism stem from a commitment to her ancestral past.

Leonard Stein is a Connaught International Doctoral Scholar for the Centre for Comparative Literature in a collaborative program with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. His research compares medieval Jewish-Iberian identity with modern literature from the Sephardic diaspora. He currently serves as the President pro tem and program chair for the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies and editor for the University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. His newest publications include “Jubanidad and the Literary Transmission of Cuban Crypto-Judaism” for the forthcoming edited volume, Caribbean-Jewish Crossings: Atlantic Literature and Theory (University of Virginia Press), and “The New Literature of Hip Hop Music” for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies.

Ticket Info: $10 general; reservation required online

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lecture

05 | Feb
05:00PM
05 | Feb
05:00PM

book launch

The Essential Fictions of Isaac Babel: New Translations by Val Vinokur

Join us for the launch of a new book of Isaac Babel translations with readings by translator Val Vinokur and discussion with Isaac Babel expert, YIVO’s Executive Director Jonathan Brent.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP required online

Tickets: Available online

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book launch

05 | Feb
07:30PM
05 | Feb
07:30PM

concert

The IV International Shashmaqam Forever Yunus Rajabi Memorial Concert

The American Sephardi Federation invites you to join Muslim and Jewish masters of Shashmaqam from Uzbekistan and the USA for performances of classical Central Asian music as it was experienced in the royal courts of the Emirs of the Bukharan Empire more than 100 years ago.

The IV International Shashmaqam Forever, a two-day Festival in Queens and Manhattan, will bring together Muslims and Jews to celebrate the legacy of the Peoples Artist of Uzbekistan, Yunus Rajabi. The Memorial Concert will feature virtuosi vocalists and instrumentalists performing Shashmaqam, one of the world's most sophisticated and refined classical musical systems developed through centuries of cultural collaboration. Shashmaqam was recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of humanity's intangible cultural heritage. Literally meaning six maqam ("maqam" is roughly equivalent to the concept of mode or scale in Western music), Shashmaqam is a canon of instrumental melodies and poetic texts set to music.

Previously presented at Carnegie Hall, Shashmaqam Forever has been described as a unique cultural event link[ing] the Bukharian Jewish community, Uzbek-Americans, and their historic homeland. Founded by Bukharian Times Editor-in-Chief and composer Rafael Nektalov and philanthropist David Mavashev, who directs the Izkhak Mavashev Foundation - Institute of Bukharian Jewish Heritage in Diaspora, Shashmaqam Forever is an event like none other, a bridge between communities and a celebration of culture, said Nektalov, Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Festival presenters include The Bukharaian Jewish Congress of the USA and Canada, American Sephardi Federation, Bukharian Jewish Community Center, Turkistan-American Association, Uzbek-American Art Foundation, and MiRaf Entertainment with the support of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s Cultural Ministry, Embassy to the United States, Consulate General at New York, and Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

The IV International Shashmaqam Forever Concert is dedicated to Yunus Rajabi (1897-1976), a composer, musician, and scholar who collected, systematized, and transcribed more than a thousand songs and pieces from the Shashmaqam repertoire. His life's work ensured that Shashmaqam survived Soviet suppression.

The day before the Concert, on Sunday, February 4, a scholarly symposium on Central Asian Classical Music: Yunus Rajabi and his Jewish musical environment, will be held at the Bukharian Jewish Community Center (106-16 70th Avenue, Forest Hills, New York). Researchers participating include: Prof. Walter Zev Feldman (New York University in Abu Dhabi), Prof. Steven Blum (CUNY Graduate Center), Rafael Nektalov (President of the Shashmaqam Forever Festival), Prof. Evan Rapport (Eugene Lang College at the New School), and Zoya Tajikova.

We are grateful for the support and assistance of the following individuals and organizations: Nastel Technologies, Inc., CASC (Central Asia Seed Company), Aziz Mamev, Ben Kurbanov, Michael Yusupov, Versailles Palace, and Star Entertainment.

Ticket Info: $35 to $60; reservations required at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3225260 or (800) 838-3006

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concert

06 | Feb
07:00PM
06 | Feb
07:00PM

mini-course

Radical Jewish Politics in Postwar America and Israel

In this course, we will examine a number of leading radical Jewish thinkers in the post-war period, focusing on: Arthur Waskow, Meir Kahane, Yoel teitelbaum, and Zvi Yehuda Kook. Different as they may seem on major social and political questions, these four were united in proposing radical Jewish visions of a post-liberal society.

Continues February 13, 21, 27.

Ticket Info: $250 non-members; $200 CJH members, seniors; $50 students. Enroll at

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mini-course

07 | Feb
07:00PM
07 | Feb
07:00PM

discussion/performance

Jewish Baroque: A Lecture-Performance

Featuring Dr. Michael Beckerman (NYU) and Dr. Simona Frankel (HUC-JIR), this program will study the introduction of art music into European synagogues, and explore mystical atonement rituals of Jews during the Baroque era. The audience will be treated to performances of Jewish Baroque music and learn about its context.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP required at info@jewishmusicforum.org

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discussion/performance

08 | Feb
07:00PM
08 | Feb
07:00PM

book talk

Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art

What does Jewish art look, sound or feel like today? How compatible are contemporary art and Jewish art? Why does the stigma of Jewish visual culture persist? Join art historian Peter R. Kalb (Brandeis University) and artist Ben Schachter (Saint Vincent College) for a wide-ranging and timely conversation around Schachter’s new book, Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art (Penn State University Press, 2017).

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU students & staff
Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art is available for $18 (regular list price $34.95) with advanced ticket purchase by February 5th.

Tickets: Available online

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book talk

15 | Feb
07:00PM
15 | Feb
07:00PM

film screening and discussion

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels cinematically weaves the tale of Marion Kreith who, evading Nazi capture, escaped Europe to Havana as a young girl with her family. Marion’s story mingles with the personal accounts of other refugees placed in an unfamiliar land.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $7 AJHS/LBI members, seniors, students; $12 at the door

Tickets: Available online

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film screening and discussion

18 | Feb
02:00PM
18 | Feb
02:00PM

jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

What You Can Learn from Bubbe's Photos:  Or, Jewish Clothing as Cultural History

For most of Jewish history, clothing represented a tension between dressing Jewish and dressing like everybody else. This was especially true in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when most of our ancestors migrated to the U.S. Professor Eric Silverman, author of A Cultural History of Jewish Dress, will show how we can "read" the clothing in old photographs to illustrate the wider Jewish experience,

Ticket Info: JGS members free; guests are welcome, $5 at the door.

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jewish genealogical society monthly meeting

19 | Feb
19 | Feb

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, February 19th for President's Day.

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holidays and closures

20 | Feb
07:00PM
20 | Feb
07:00PM

history matters

Professor Jan Gross

Prof. Jan Gross (Princeton University) on Europe, the Holocaust, and the rise of the right

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Generously sponsored by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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history matters

21 | Feb
06:30PM
21 | Feb
06:30PM

lecture

Family History Today: Researching your Ancestors’ Immigration Experiences

J.D. Arden, Genealogy and Reference Librarian at the Center for Jewish History, will present research tools and approaches to finding data on, as well as imagining an informed historical context of, your ancestors’ immigration experiences. This lecture is designed for beginner and advanced genealogy researchers. No previous experience or preparation is necessary.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required

Tickets: Available online

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lecture

27 | Feb
06:30PM
27 | Feb
06:30PM

website launch

Projekt 1938: Commemorating 80 Years Since 1938

A new website and exhibition explore the dramatic events of 1938 from the perspectives of ordinary people. This event focuses on the annexation of Austria (March 12), when 190,000 Jews were suddenly subject to restrictions that had developed over 5 years in Nazi Germany.

Ticket Info: Free; RSVP required at www.lbi.org/events

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website launch

21 | Mar
06:30PM
21 | Mar
06:30PM

very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

Fantastic Feats, Fabulous Finds

Did Abraham exist? Did the Exodus happen? What do biblical archeologists discover about our ancient past? Join George Washington University Professor, Eric H. Cline, author of “Biblical Archeology: A Very Short Introduction” as he uncovers secrets hidden in the sands. Book included in price of admission.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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very short introductions: short talks on big subjects

27 | Mar
07:00PM
27 | Mar
07:00PM

history matters

Professor Todd Gitlin

Prof. Todd Gitlin (Columbia University) on the legacies of the 1960s and liberalism

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Generously sponsored by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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history matters

30 | Mar
30 | Mar

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Friday, March 30 for Erev Passover.

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holidays and closures

01 | Apr
01 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, April 01 for Passover.

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holidays and closures

05 | Apr
05 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2pm Thursday, April 05 for Erev Passover.

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holidays and closures

06 | Apr
06 | Apr

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Friday, April 06 for Passover.

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holidays and closures

26 | Apr
07:00PM
26 | Apr
07:00PM

history matters

Professor Ruth Wisse

Prof. Ruth Wisse (Harvard University) on Jews and power

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Generously sponsored by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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history matters

16 | May
07:00PM
16 | May
07:00PM

history matters

Professor Jonathan Sarna

Prof. Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University) on rupture and renewal in American Jewish life

Join us for History Matters, a new lecture series, at the Center for Jewish History, where the past comes alive!

History Matters will bring prominent historians to the Center for Jewish History to reflect on the importance of the study of the past for understanding the present. Each evening of the series will offer rich conversation between a leading historian and a moderator about how that historian’s research illuminates timely issues. In putting historical scholarship into dialogue with present-day concerns, this series will highlight the importance of history — and especially Jewish history — in public discourse.

Generously sponsored by Dina and Jonathan Leader.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors, students

Tickets: Available online

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history matters

20 | May
20 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, May 20 for Shavuot.

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holidays and closures

21 | May
21 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, May 21 for Shavuot.

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holidays and closures

27 | May
27 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

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holidays and closures

28 | May
28 | May

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

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holidays and closures

04 | Jul
04 | Jul

holidays and closures

Happy Independence Day! The Center is closed.

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holidays and closures

24 | Aug
24 | Aug

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, September 24 for Sukkot.

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holidays and closures

02 | Sep
02 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor Day.

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holidays and closures

03 | Sep
03 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor Day.

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holidays and closures

09 | Sep
09 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 9 for Erev Rosh Hashana.

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holidays and closures

10 | Sep
10 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Monday, September 10 for Rosh Hashana.

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holidays and closures

11 | Sep
11 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Tuesday, September 11 for Rosh Hashana.

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holidays and closures

18 | Sep
18 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center will close at 2:00pm on Tuesday, September 18 for Erev Yom Kippur.

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holidays and closures

19 | Sep
19 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Wednesday, September 19 for Yom Kippur.

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holidays and closures

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

25 | Sep
25 | Sep

holidays and closures

The Center is closed Tuesday, September 25 for Sukkot.

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holidays and closures

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

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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holidays and closures

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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holidays and closures