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!

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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

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