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JAKE EHRENREICH

is host of award winning The Jake Ehrenreich Show and is founding member and curator of The Catskills Hall of Fame which is featured on the show. 

Jake spent his formative summers in the Catskills with his Holocaust survivor family - first at a “kokhaleyn” - where in 1957 his dad bought him a $50 US Savings bond which he still has today -  and later as a musician and performer which paved the way for his professional career.

Jake has appeared on Broadway in Dancin', Barnum, and They're Playing Our Song, and toured internationally as Ringo in Beatlemania. He wrote and starred in the hit show A Jew Grows in Brooklyn which broke box office records at the Lambs Theater in the heart of Broadway, and is also a bestselling book. NYC declared A Jew Grows in Brooklyn Day in 2012.

Jake is featured in the film The Last Laugh alongside Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, and Making Light in Terezin, and is Executive Producer of the multi award winning short film Welcome to Where You’ve Always Been. His literary writings appear in Summer Haven, The Catskills, The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination.

Jake’s most recent CD’s are Yiddish Unplugged and A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs - which was a Billboard top pick.  He was awarded a Special US Congressional Citation and was inducted into the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame in 2016.

www.jakeehrenreich.com

ALAN DERSHOWITZ

Alan Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz has been called 'the nation's most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer' and one of its 'most distinguished defenders of individual rights.' He is the author of 40 works of fiction and non-fiction, including 7 bestsellers.

RABBI JOSEPH POTASNIK

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is the Executive Vice President of The New York Board of Rabbis. He has served as Chaplain of the New York City Fire Department since 1999, and is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Rabbi Potasnik is co-host of “The Rev and The Rabbi” on WABC Talk Radio, and is the religious commentator for 1010 WINS Radio. He is host of the TV program Faith to Faith on Jewish Broadcasting Service (“JBS”). Rabbi Potasnik received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva College, and his Master of Science from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

TOVAH FELDSHUH

Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. Her numerous TV and film roles include The Walking Dead, Golda’s Balcony the Film and the Catskills movie A Walk on The Moon

 

THANE ROSENBAUM

Thane Rosenbaum isDistinguished University Professor at Touro University, Legal Analyst for CBS News Radio and the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. He writes a twice-monthly essay for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and the Daily Beast, among other publications. He is the founder of the Forum on Life, Culture & Society (“FOLCS”), and hosts The Talk Show at the 92nd Street Y, moderating conversations with governmental leaders, opinion makers, journalists, and award-winning artists for over 25 years.

KENNETH D. GREENBLATT

Kenneth Greenblatt is a Broadway Producer and Founder of GFour Productions. He has won numerous Tony awards including Best Musical Tony awards for Nine, and La Cage Aux Folles.

Other productions include My One and Only, directed by Tommy Tune and Mike Nichols; Zorba, starring Anthony Quinn; The Rink, starring Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, and Jason Alexander; Ring of Fire, music by Johnny Cash; 9 to 5, written by Dolly Parton, directed by Joe Mantello; True West, starring John Malkovich, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, written by Sam Shepard. He made his Broadway directing debut with Catskills On Broadway, starring and conceived by Freddie Roman.

SIMON BERGSON

Simon Bergson is the Founder, President and CEO of Manhattan Beer Distributors, one of the largest beer distributors in the country. Simon was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Austria and was 6 months old when the Bergson family came to the United States.   Both of his parents survived the Holocaust.

Simon serves as Chairman of the Board of Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation in Oswiecim, Poland, is Trustee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and Board Member and past chair of SOBRO (South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation).   Simon was awarded with the “Knights Cross of the Order of the Merit of the Republic of Poland” for his dedication and work toward Polish-Jewish relations.  In addition, he was knighted by the “Belgium Brewers Guild” for his dedication to Belgium Brewing.

PAUL JESER

Paul Jeser served as the Director of the Western Regional of the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem since 2002.Paul directed Jewish Federations in Lewiston, Maine, and in Orlando, Florida, and was the Executive Director of CLAL, founded by Elie Weisel and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg. He was the National Campaign Director for JNF and the Vice President for Regional Development for the American Friends of Hebrew University. He ran a US Army Jewish Chaplaincy program in Augsburg, Germany, and was an officer with a drug rehabilitation center in Vietnam for which he received a Bronze Star.

ELAINE GROSSINGER ETESS

Elaine Grossinger Etesswas a hotel industry leader and ran the iconic Grossingers Hotel after her mother Jennie’s death in 1972. Under her leadership, the resort reached its height of success.
Elaine was the first woman president of the American Hotel and Motel Association and was a member of the advisory council to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Travel and Tourism. She also served as chairman for the International Hotel and Motel Show.  Other honors include the Doris L. Crockett Distinguished Service Award from Russell Sage College, the Sullivan County Business & Professio
nal Woman of the Year Award and the Lawson A. Odde Award from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. She was also the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award at the Quality through Diversity conference for her contribution of promoting diversity and diversity management through the hospitality industry.

JULIE BUDD

Julie Budd began her singing career in the Catskill Mountains at the age of 12. Julie soon became a regular guest on the Merv Griffin ShowThe Ed Sullivan ShowThe Tonight ShowThe Carol Burnett Show and The Jim Nabors Hour.

Appearing at Caesars Palace at the age of 16, Budd became the youngest opening act for Frank Sinatra. She also became a frequent performer on the Las Vegas Strip, supporting Sinatra, LiberaceGeorge Burns, Shecky Greene and Bob Hope. In addition to her many recordings, she performed the title song for the 1972 film Living Free.

MIKE BURSTYN

Born to a famed family of Yiddish theater actors, Mike is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Israeli Union of Performing Artists for his lifelong contribution to the culture of Israeli stage and film. He created the role of Kuni Lemel in the iconic Israeli movie. 

Fluent in 7 languages, he is Director of Dubbing at NETFLIX and wrote and directed his award-

winning Israeli feature film Azimuth. He stars in the hit Israeli TV series Judah on HULU, and as the voice of Amos in the English version of the Netflix hit series Fauda. 

​Recipient of many Drama desk and outer Critics circle nominations, Mike starred on Broadway in Barnum, Ain’t Broadway Grand, The Megilla, The Rothschilds and On 2nd Avenue.

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