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Past Biennial Highlights

Allan Finkelstein and Dr. Erica Brown Keynotes – Sunday Plenary

Allan Finkelstein, president of JCC Association introduces the JCC Movement Vision and Statement of Principles for the 21st Century and Dr. Eric Brown speaks at Sunday afternoon’s plenary session at the 2012 JCCs of North America Biennial.

Highlights can be seen at:

  • D’Var Torah: 23:12
  • Mort Mandel Jewish Edu Award: 30:00
  • JCC Maccabi Games 30th Anniversary: 48:24
  • Seizing the Moment! with Alan Finkelstein, president of JCC Association: 1:02:15
  • Introduction & Dr. Erica Brown Keynote: 1:18:49

Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University and Local Leaders – Monday Plenary

2012 JCCs of North America Biennial Monday, May 7 plenary recognizes local leaders and introduces keynote speaker Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University.

Highlights can be seen at:

  • Recognizing ELR Leaders: 06:05
  • Frank L Weil Military Award: 12:40
  • Jewish Military Leadership Award: 26:29
  • Introduction & Keynote by Scott Cowan: 37:25

Alan Solow, Buddy Sapolsky & Jazz Hall Preservation Band – Tuesday Lunch Plenary

2012 JCCs of North America Biennial Tuesday Lunch features performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Awards presented to Chicago’s Alan Solow and Baltimore’s Buddy Sapolsky.

Highlights can be seen at:

  • Frank L Weil Award: 5:37
  • Florence G Heller Award: 28:30
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: 53:00

Introduction to Israeli documentary film Life in Stills – Tuesday Afternoon Plenary

Introduction to Israeli documentary film Life in Stills and Q & A session with filmmaker afterward.

Life in Stills Q & A with Star & Film Maker – Tuesday Afternoon Plenary

After the North American premier of Life in Stills, the star of the film Ben and film maker Tamar sit with Allan Finkelstein, president of JCC Association for a Question and Answer session.

Highlights can be seen at:

  • “Why did you agree to let Tamar and her camera into your life?” 03:19
  • “If there was one lesson your grandmother taught you, what was it?” 05:35
  • Tamar and Ben discuss the robbery: 8:00
  • What should we take away about Israel: 12:56
  • Open questions to the audience: 15:00
Life in Stills Synopsis

At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when “The Photo House” — her late husband Rudi’s life’s work — was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help.

Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments.

Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments — a journey that requires a lot of love, courage, and compassion.

Chris Brogan Keynote – Wednesday Plenary

2012 JCCs of North America Wednesday morning plenary features social media expert Chris Brogan and the 2014 Biennial in San Diego announcement.

Highlights can be seen at:

  • Announcement of Biennial 2014 in San Diego: 4:30
  • Chris Brogan: 11:15