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Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of Western Mass. present virtual film event

WESTERN MASS. – Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. will present a virtual film program, “The One and Only Jewish Miss America” on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The documentary tells the story of Bess Myerson, a beauty queen from the Bronx, who overcame anti-Semitism to win the 1945 Miss America pageant.

The 51-minute documentary will be followed by a live discussion with:

• David Arond, director of the film

• Barra Grant, daughter of Bess Myerson

• Professor Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and a professor of criminal justice

• Professor Emerita Catherine Portuges, Founding Director of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

All are welcome to attend this community program.

A boxed kosher dinner prepared by caterer Cheryl Blonder under the supervision of the Massachusetts Kosher Commission, is available for pickup or local delivery. Dinner tickets at the $25 level and any additional donations will help fund future Women’s Philanthropy events.

Thanks to a Rekindle Shabbat grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a subsidized dinner cost of $10 is available. 

There is no charge for those attending the film only. For more information about the event or the dinner menu, email To register, go to 

Co-hosted by Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chairs Lara Curtis and Henny Lewin, and Development Officer Nora Gorenstein. 

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