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Trivia Night 2020 Experiences

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Experiences are social get-togethers that we offer at our annual Trivia Night to help raise money to support our programming for children’s and family programming at Kane Street Synagogue. We offer a set number of slots at each experience at a set dollar cost.

Some experiences may be purchased in advance, but most are first available on Trivia Night itself, so buy your tickets now!

Women’s Scotch and Steak Night – SOLD OUT! (waitlist available at Trivia Night)
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 7:00pm
Cost per person: $180
Total Available Spots: 24 (sold out, waitlist available at Trivia Night)
Donated by Riva Bennett and Ira Mayer. Hosted by Riva Bennett.

Hand over that Scotch ‘n’ Steak. Gourmet cook Riva Bennett hosts this lavish evening of grilled steak, single-malt Scotch and mingling at her home in Ditmas Park. You won’t want to miss out on one of the best social and culinary events to take place all year!

Men’s Scotch and Steak Night – Available Now!
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Cost per person: $180
Total Available Spots: 24 (14 remaining as of 1/27)
Donated by Riva Bennett and Ira Mayer. Hosted by Ira Mayer.

Scotch, steak & community. Mix it up with fellow Kane Streeters at this evening of camaraderie fueled by great single malts and choice 24-ounce rib steaks. Chef for the night and butcher’s son Ira Mayer hosts at his home in Ditmas Park. A great night out for the guys—dads and (over 21) sons welcome!
100% of all food, beverage and services are donated in full by Ira Mayer & Riva Bennett
Only open to Kane Street Synagogue Members and their invited guests

Wine Tasting & Dinner – Available Now!
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021, 7:00pm
Cost per person: $180
Donated by Al Romano & Sandy Berman, and Heights Chateau Fine Wines & Spirits

Enjoy some of the best wine varietals selected for the evening by the staff of venerable Heights Chateau, along with delicious gourmet hors d’oeuvres and dinner at the Brooklyn Heights home of Al Romano and Sandy Berman

The following Experiences will only be available for purchase on Trivia Night itself.
If any spaces are available thereafter, they will be made available for purchase online, or from the Synagogue office.

Estate Planning with Leslie Wilsher
Estimated value: $3,500 per family
Date: Any time through December 31, 2020
Cost Per Family: $1,500
Number Available: 2 Families
Donated by Leslie Wilsher

Stop procrastinating and get your financial house in order. Kane Street member Leslie Wilsher will provide expert estate planning and draft a will for an individual or a couple. 

For more information about Leslie,

Your estate is comprised of everything you own—your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, personal possessions. No matter how large or how modest, everyone has an estate and something in common—you can’t take it with you.  You probably want to control how those things are given to the people or organizations you care most about. To ensure your wishes are carried out, you need to provide instructions stating whom you want to receive something of yours, what you want them to receive, and when they are to receive it. You will, of course, want this to happen with the least amount paid in taxes, legal fees, and court costs. 

Broadway on the Roof
Date: Sunday, May 31 at 5:30pm
Cost Per Person:$75 for adults; $36 for children 18 and younger
Available Spots: 30

Enjoy a concert of show tunes and popular standards performed by our wildly talented Melissa Zimmerman & Landon Braverman on the new synagogue roof. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Melissa Zimmerman is not only our fabulous B’nai Mitzvah tutor, teacher and youth service leader. She is an accomplished singer and actor who has performed throughout the New York area as well as around the country. She did a national tour with TheatreworksUSA and her last stint outside of NYC was in Cape May, NJ, in a world premiere musical revue. She has loved developing new musicals through the BMI Workshop and NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Studio 54, the New York International Fringe Festival, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto, among others, and carols across the tri-state area every December. Melissa got her BA in Theatre from Northwestern University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Landon Braverman is not only our wonderful music teacher and youth service leader. He is also an up-and-coming composer in the national theater universe. He is currently workshopping a musical called Zuke. His past musicals include Queen of the West (winner Best Score and Best Musical – Manhattan Theatre Mission) and Choices (award winner at WVMTF, Top 10 Finalist Ken Davenport Short Play Competition). His music has been featured at Lincoln Centre, 54 Below, NYMF, and across North America. He has worked alongside various Broadway and Tony Award-winning composers, including Tom Kitt, William Finn, and Michael Friedman. 

Emma Lazarus: See the World As She Did
Date: TBD
Cost Per Person: $50
Available Spots: 10

Enjoy an insider’s tour of the American Jewish History Society Exhibit about Emma Lazarus, champion of Jewish immigrants’ rights and best remembered as the author of the sonnet “The New Colossus”, America’s most enduring poem.

This exhibit situates the genesis of the New Colossus poem in a brownstone sitting room, where the author, Emma Lazarus, immersed herself in the debates and literature of the day. Read and discuss Emma’s words and immerse yourself in the issues of the time.   Get a rare and exclusive look at Emma Lazarus’ actual poetry notebook with the original handwritten text of the New Colossus. 

Our tour guide is Dr. Annie Polland, President and Executive Director of the AJHS.  She is the 1co-author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. She formerly served as VP of Programs at the Tenement Museum and prior to that she was VP of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street. She teaches at NYU, and received her PhD in history at Columbia University.

Annie is also a parent of a Kane Street Kids graduate now in high school.

Luxury Guilt-Free Mani-Pedi for You and a Friend
Date: TBD (Thursday, May 7 – a Mother’s Day gift to yourself or someone else)
Cost: $200 for you and a friend
Number Available: 3 sets

At Tenoverten Salon in Downtown Manhattan, you will relax and enjoy expert services in a clean, beautiful, comfortable social setting. All the products used are toxin free, the staff are provided fair-pay and benefits. You and a friend will join 2 other pairs for special treatment, a choice of nail colors (all named after the streets of NYC most beloved by founders Nadine Abramcyk (synagogue member and Hebrew School parent), Adair Ilyinsky, and Jaclyn Ferber.

Tenoverten has been female-owned for nearly ten years. On-trend and timeless, without being trendy. Always striving to create better and better products and services.

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