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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, go to https://jewishwesternmass.org/womens-philanthropy-upcoming-events/.
Co-hosted by Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chairs Lara Curtis and Henny Lewin, and Development Officer Nora Gorenstein.