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Online Auction Now Live – Visit and Bid!

Online Auction Now Live – Visit and Bid!

Check out the VCJC’s online auction! Now (Oct 29th) through November 11th visit to view and bid on over 60 fantastic and unique items! From exotic getaways to sports memorabilia and tickets to fun things to do and elegant jewelry you’re sure to find something you like. Get a gift for someone special or something nice for yourself at a fraction of its usual cost – and do a mitzvah by supporting the VCJC at the same time.

VCJC Presents a Big Bronx Reunion Benefit!

VCJC Presents a Big Bronx Reunion Benefit!

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for out of town attendees.  Reservations required by Dec. 4 6 (extended!)See this post. 

The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center’s December fundraiser promises to be a blowout event. Two shows – My Big Bronx Bar Mitzvah and A Walk Through the Bronx of Yesteryear.

Here’s the scoop.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at the VCJC in the main ballroom

3880 Sedgwick Ave, Bronx NY 10463

My Big Bronx Bar Mitzvah
with Howie Samtur / Sholomie’s Homies
A fun-filled upbeat Rock ‘N Roll Bar Mitzvah musical comedy revue of the Bronx of yesteryear with inspiration from Carlebach, the Beatles, and the music of the ‘60’s!

A Walk Through the Bronx of Yesteryear
with Steve Samtur, publisher of Back in the Bronx
This fun walk down memory lane includes close to 500 never-before-seen photos of your Bronx, the way it was back in the day!
See a trailer for the presentation here.

Doors open at 10:00 AM for Raffle prize browsing and people schmoozing. Brunch starts at 10:30 AM, followed by the My Big Bronx Bar Mar Mitzvah show at 11 AM. Intermission, dessert and the raffle drawings will be at approximately 12:45 pm, followed by Steve Samtur’s “A Walk Through the Bronx of Yesteryear” presentation.

Buy tickets now!  First Come – First Served 

All tickets include the Brunch, two shows, dessert and 1 raffle ticket for your choice of $1-level prizes. Raffle prize tickets range from $1 to $5 per chance.  Additional raffle tickets can be purchased on site.

You can print the Order Form, fill it in and either mail or bring it to the office with payment. Phone reservations are accepted but not confirmed until payment is received. Prices are $45 for 1 ticket, $85 for a pair.
You can buy tickets online with PayPal.  You do not need a PayPal account – you can use your credit card, (which details we will not see).  See below to order.

PLEASE let us know if you are a VCJC B’nai Mitzvah or an alum of our Hebrew School (along with the dates).

Buy Big Bronx Bar Mitzvah/Back in the Bronx tickets online here.

Buying online gets you a seat right now!  The online costs include a small convenience fee.

Buy 1 ticket at $47.  


Buy a pair of tickets at $88 – or a multiple of pairs!

Please note that “Add to Cart” will cause the page to refresh and put you back at the top.  Just scroll down to see the Shopping Cart. 


The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center gratefully acknowledges these businesses, organizations, and individuals who have generously sponsored the event.






Please consider sponsoring the Big Bronx Bar Mitzvah/”Back in the Bronx” Reunion show and brunch on Sunday, December 10th, 2017.  Sponsorships start at $100, with the benefits listed below for Gold and Platinum Sponsors.


This is a two-for-one show that is sure to appeal to those who grew up in the Bronx as well as the broad membership of our congregation and local community.


This is a fundraiser so we can continue to offer essential services to the community: Senior Center, Early Child Development Center (including Universal Pre-K and Head Start Programs) and, of course, the Van Cortlandt Jewish Center regular congregations.


All Sponsors will receive:

  • Listing and logo on Playbill distributed to all in attendance
  • Listing and logo on the VCJC website
  • Listing and logo on the ‘Bidding for Good ‘website for the auction running from Oct 29th thru Nov 11th, 2017
  • Acknowledgement at our Annual Bazaar & Carnival held on Sunday, November 12, 2017 and on the VCJC website (listing and logo).


In addition, Gold and Platinum Sponsors will receive:

  • Mention in a 1/2 page ad in ‘Back in the Bronx’ newspaper (subject to publication time constraints )
  • Listing and logo in the VCJC Center Light monthly newsletter – Nov & Dec editions
  • Logo on Banner announcing event
  • Logo on the flyer on the thisitheBronX EVENTS CALENDAR and thisistheBronX TODAY email newsletter (as part of the website)
  • Four (4) complimentary tickets to our event.


Gold and Platinum Sponsors will also be listed as a sponsor on flyers:

  • Listing in flyers posted in Amalgamated and Park Reservoir Housing – about 1,800 families
  • Listing in flyers posted in stores in the Kingsbridge/Riverdale/Van Cortlandt area
  • Listing in emailed to comprehensive list of Hebrew School Alumni – over 500 people


Sponsorship levels are:

  • Bronze level: $100 to $249
  • Silver Level: $250 to $499
  • Gold Level: $500 to $999
  • Platinum Level: $1,000 and higher

Great Raffle Prizes! Get your tickets here!

Great Raffle Prizes! Get your tickets here!

There are some great prizes available for the raffle at the VCJC Annual Bazaar & Carnival on Sunday, November 12, 2017!

The drawing will be at approximately 3:00 PM. You need not be present to win.  Be sure we have your phone number on the tickets and we will contact you if you win.

Top Prize: Dyson V-6 Cordless Vacuum ($550 value)

2nd Prize: Samsung 32″ HD Smart TV

3rd Prize: NuWave “as seen on tv” Cooking System

4th Prize: Fire 7 Tablet (8G) with Alexa

                       …more prizes to be added.

Raffle tickets can be mailed to you upon request, just call the VCJC office at 718-884-6105. Tickets can also be picked up at the VCJC office at 3880 Sedgwick Ave., Bronx, NY 10463. And, of course, raffles can be purchased at the VCJC Annual Bazaar and Carnival on Sunday, November 12th! Hours are 11 AM to 3 PM. Prices for in person or direct purchase are $1 per ticket or $5 for a book of 6.
For the first time this year, you can also purchase raffle tickets online using PayPal or a Credit Card (via PayPal).   The minimum online purchase is 2 six-ticket books for $11, which includes a $1 convenience fee. We will fill out and enter the tickets for you, no other action will be needed on your part.  See below to get your tickets now!  As they almost say on TV: Get it and Forget it! 

Buy your raffle tickets online here!

Good luck! (You do not need a PayPal account.  You can use a credit card.  We will not see your financial details.)  After adding to cart, you can select multiple 2 book purchases. Please be sure we have your name and phone number, so we can notify you.  (We will get your name from PayPal.)  After completing your purchase you will be taken to a page that will remind of this and will provide an email link to send us the info.
Buy 2 six-ticket raffle books at $11 per pair
Raffle has taken place and tickets are no longer available.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated.



Sunday, November 12th, 2017

11 am to 3 pm


VCJC's Bazaar and Carnival - Fun for everyone
Vendors, Bric-a-Brac, Hot and Cold Kosher Food,

Magic Shows,

Raffle, Carnival Games, and Prizes,
Information Booths with Giveaways,
Silent Auction
Mark your calendar for a great day
of fun, shopping, good food, and good friends.
Vendors: If you are interested in a table at the Bazaar you can download a Vendors Contract, or contact the office at 718-884-6105

We have some great prizes for the Raffle, including a Dyson vacuum, a Samsung smart TV, a NuWave cooking system, and a Fire tablet.  See this post for more information and to get your raffle tickets. While getting ready for the Bazaar & Carnival on November 12th, view over 60 fantastic items up for bid in our online auction that opens for bidding on October 29! Many of the items on this auction will move to our live auction on November 12th between 11 am and 2 pm. Absentee bidding will be available for these items, so even if you can’t physically attend the event, you can still ensure (hopefully) being the high bidder on that item you so desire. And there are some local items that will ONLY be available at the live event. So check out the auction site and check back often as new items will be added as they are donated.


The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center gratefully acknowledges these businesses, organizations, and individuals who have generously sponsored the event.







The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center gratefully acknowledges these businesses, organizations, and individuals who have generously donated towards the event.

  • Storyland
  • LI Children’s Museum
  • Newseum
  • William Greenberg Desserts
  • Adventureland
  • Hudson River Museum
  • TriBecca MedSpa
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets
  • On Location Tours
  • Elite Island Resorts
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Red Bulls Soccer
  • Digiteyes Photo (Herb Bernstein)
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • NBC/Universal Studios – The Maury Show
  • Foods of NY Tours
  • The Dr. Phil Show
  • The Maury Show
  • The Doctors Show
  • The Steve Wilkos Show
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • The New York Knicks
  • Garden State Discovery Museum
  • The Castle Fun Center
  • City Ice Pavilion
  • Jacki Easlik
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • Bayside Resort
  • State Theatre New Jersey
  • Robert Gillman (Knicks Tickets)
  • Okemo Mountain
  • Watson Adventures
  • Empire City Casino/Yonker’s Raceway
  • Life! The Place to Be
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Kai Fan Restaurant
  • Shoshi’s HaMakolet
  • Comix (at Mohegan Sun)
  •  National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  •  Eastern State Penitentiary
  •  Joyce Theatre
  • Geshmake Fish
  • Dan’s Key Foods
  • Gruenebaums
  • Rolen Bagels
  • Garden Gourmet Market
  • Brown’s Jewelers
Annual Journal Gala a Success, Journal now online

Annual Journal Gala a Success, Journal now online

Our annual Journal has been published and, for the first time, we were able to offer ads in color.  The result was even more impressive than usual and was well received.  You can see a copy of the full Journal as a pdf (in a new window).  If you placed an ad, but did not get your own copy of the Journal and would like one, please let the office know.  Members and other local individuals can pick up a copy at the office.  Businesses that generously took ads will automatically receive their own copy.

We had a successful annual Gala at the Riverdale K Grill House on Sunday, June 25.  Photos of the event are available online and copies can be ordered.

Ten Times Chai Book features VCJC

Ten Times Chai Book features VCJC


Inspired by his own heritage and dedicated to the Holocaust survivors he met on his journeys, Michael Weinstein gives readers a tour of 180 beautiful synagogues throughout the boroughs of New York City. For two years, Michael's desire to learn as much as he could moved him to visit synagogues in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. This coffee table book's 613 photos represent each of the mitzvot, or commandments, of Judaism in the Torah. Michael shares the dates that these stunning synagogues were founded as well as their names, including their English translations. Enjoy the journey this photo book will take you on through some of New York City's most historic and lovely synagogues.


The following Bronx Synagogues are featured in this great coffee table book:


  • Albert Einstein Synagogue Congregation Birkat Shmuel

  • Kingsbridge Center of Israel

  • Van Cortlandt Jewish Center

  • Young Israel Ohab Zedek of North Riverdale

  • Young Israel of Pelham Parkway Jewish Center


The Van Cortlandt Jewish Center is selling this book for $36 (list price $39.95). If we sell 20 books the author will let us keep a % of the money collected.

Annual Journal Gala

Annual Journal Gala

We will be having our Annual Journal Gala (formerly called our Journal Dinner) on June 25, 2017 at noon.

Our honorees this year are Brad Silver, Exec. VP of the Bronx Jewish Community Council (BJCC) and The BJCC, in appreciation for the wonderful work they do for the Bronx community.

The Gala will be held at the Riverdale K Grill, 5693 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10471.  There will be a buffet luncheon and a cash bar.  Cost is $100 per person and reservations are open through June 14.  Please contact the office to make reservations.