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Read Inheritance by Dani Shapiro and participate in a series of programs.

An Evening with Author Dani Shapiro

Jewish Community Center of Harrison
130 Union Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
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Westchester Klezmer Band: Live Performance

Westchester Klezmer Band: Live Performance

Halperin Building

Bring the entire family to listen to a wonderful compilation of traditional Jewish Klezmer music, performed live by the Westchester Klezmer Band. Promote community through klezmer, a traditonal form of Jewish dance music.

Registration is recommended.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Film: GATTACA

Film: GATTACA

Halperin Building

Considered the "2001 Space Odyssey" of its time, GATTACA revolutionized the Sci-Fi genre when it was released in 1997.  The movie stars well-known actors Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Uma Thurman, and Alan Arkin and was directed by Andrew Niccol. It was a 1997 nominee for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

"One of the smartest and most provocative Science Fiction films, a thriller with ideas. Two thumbs Up!" -- Siskel & Ebert.

Our book for One Book One Community, Inheritance, deals with the topics of DNA testing and genetics, which is the subject of GATTACA. See what could be our not-so-distant future and discuss the themes in the movie afterwards.

Film Synopsis: 

Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior "in-valid." He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered "valid." He assumes Jerome's DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent's plans.

The word "GATTACA" is derived from the letter symbols of four key chemicals in DNA: Guanine, Adenine, Thymine and Cystosine.

 Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

 

The Inherited Plate: Food & Memory Writing Workshop

The Inherited Plate: Food & Memory Writing Workshop

Halperin Building

Join us as Danielle Rehfeld Colen of The Inherited Plate teaches us how to write about memories related to the foods which are part of our heritage. Danielle is a native New Yorker, cook, writer, and lover of food, stories and people.

As she writes on her blog

Cooking for me was and still is about learning and discovery.  When I left the restaurant industry, I began this curious project cooking with everyone I knew, anyone that would share a personal recipe with me.  Some were chefs, most were not.  They were New Yorkers I worked with, volunteered with, danced with, or met through a friend.  What I uncovered during the process was that food is an intimate gateway through which we learn about people, values, culture, memory and family.  It’s a common denominator that unites us. The Inherited Plate was created to preserve these special recipes and traditions.  It’s about connection, discovery, and simply put, food cooked with love.

Refreshments and dessert will be served. Registration is required.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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DNA Art and Talk at Masterpiece Art of Framing in Harrison

DNA Art and Talk at Masterpiece Art of Framing in Harrison

Masterpiece: The Art of Framing

Location: Masterpiece: The Art of Framing at 243 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528

In 1869 Friedrich Miescher noted an acidic substance in the cell’s nuclei that changed our world forever.  Join us as we celebrate 150 years of DNA science in conjunction with our One Book One Community Read of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro. We will be viewing DNA prints based on actual DNA results, and Dr. Inga Peter, Professor at the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will lead the discussion.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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An Evening with Dani Shapiro

An Evening with Dani Shapiro

Jewish Community Center of Harrison

Event Location:  130 Union Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528

The Harrison Public Library is partnering with the Jewish Community Center in Harrison for this special author event featuring the author of our One Book, One Community Read -- Dani Shapiro.

Dani Shapiro will be discussing her latest memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love. The acclaimed author of Hourglass has written a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets as she explores the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.

Shapiro shares more than a detailed account of her personal experience, she also weaves in childhood memories, the history of artificial insemination, flashbacks to the parents who raised her, who are both deceased, and a moving account of her emotional state as she pondered her identity and what her sense of family would be in the future. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required.

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