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Just Back from New York

Menorah Director Kathryn Bernheimer with husband Stan Kreis at "New York, New York"

More than 150 people took a quick – and incredibly inexpensive – trip to New York City on Sunday night, courtesy of Menorah. “New York, New York,” a fundraiser featuring the sights, sounds and tastes of the Big Apple, was designed as a lively celebration showcasing Menorah’s passion for cultural arts and commitment to community building.

As Menorah’s executive director, I was deeply gratified to be in a room with 150 friends and colleagues, enjoying a party created with my creative cohorts. The show of support for Menorah and for our honoree, Professor David Shneer, exemplified the terrific community spirit we are fortunate to enjoy in Boulder.

The event was the result of a lot of hard work coupled with extraordinary good will, and I am grateful to be part of our amazing Boulder Jewish community. In his comments following his tribute by Boulder JCC executive director Jonathan Lev, David Shneer eloquently spoke about the value of gratitude.

I could not agree more. We are all fortunate to be here together in this time and place. It is a time of exciting growth, as the JCC stands poised to build the kind of facility this community deserves, and as the CU Program in Jewish Studies is on the brink of becoming a full-fledged department.

I am so lucky to have the opportunity to help shape the community I am part of. Thank you all for your good cheer, friendship and shared dedication to our future.

And for those who missed the event, here is the trivia contest that accompanied dessert. Send it to your New York friends! Answers will be posted tomorrow.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK TRIVIA CONTEST

1. Q: Which two New York-born baseball players famously refused to play on Yom Kippur?

2. Q: What New York arrival point is named after a half-Jewish politician?

3. Q: What is the fare on the Staten Island Ferry?

4. Q: Who is Dr. Zismor?

5. Q: What comes next in this series: 34, 28, 23, 14, 8 …

6. Q: What do New Yorkers call the Avenue of the Americas?

7. Q: What is the largest group of immigrants that settled in New York?

8. Q: If the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty had his way, where would the Statue be located?

9. Q: What is the world’s largest synagogue?

10. Q: The first bike path in the US was created on what New York thoroughfare?

11. Q: What game was played at the Polo Grounds?

12. Q: What is the origin of Wall Street’s name?

13. Q: What nickname did Brighton Beach acquire in the 1970s?

14. Q: Which of the following is NOT an acronym for a New York City neighborhood: Soho, DUMBO, Nolita, and Redho?

15. Q: What is the largest park in New York City?

16. Q: Which of these novels is NOT set in New York? “Native Son,” “The Age of Innocence,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Washington Square.”

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn Bernheimer
Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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  1. When will you print the answers???? Thanks. sj