“The One and Only Jewish Miss America”

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021

Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts invites you to a virtual film program beginning at 7pm on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. This is a community program and All are welcome to attend. 

“The One and Only Jewish Miss America” documentary tells the story of Bess Myerson, beauty queen from the Bronx, NYC, who overcame antisemitism to win the 1945 Miss America pageant.

We will view the 51-minute documentary film entitled The One and Only Jewish Miss America, 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.

Ticket Options: $0 film only / $10 subsidized dinner / $25 dinner donation

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to the Zoom program.

A delicious boxed kosher dinner prepared by caterer Cheryl Blonder, under the supervision of the Massachusetts Kosher Commission, is available for pickup or local delivery.

If you purchase a dinner ticket, your freshly prepared, ready-to-eat upscale dairy kosher meal will include tuna salad with lemon, carrots and celery; pasta salad with tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and mozzarella, and garlic lemon vinaigrette; green salad with raspberries, goat cheese, pecans, and lemon honey vinaigrette; croissant; and chocolate mousse. Thanks to a Rekindle Shabbat grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a subsidized dinner cost of $10 is available. Dinner tickets at the $25 level and any additional donations will help fund future Women’s Philanthropy events.

Co-hosted by Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chairs Lara Curtis and Henny Lewin, and Development Officer Nora Gorenstein. Questions? Email us any time at ngorenstein@jewishwesternmass.org!