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Section 2, part 2

(1) Rod R. in NJ:  Good luck at seminar your presenting! Loved your concrete examples and short to the point stories.

(2) The Asheville Jewish Film Festival (Sponsorship Opportunities)
May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th.
Sponsored by:
The Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville and The Fine Arts Theatre
Sponsorship Opportunities
2 Opening night film and reception tickets ($40)
6 Regular admission Jewish Film Festival tickets* ($48)
4 Fine Arts Theatre passes** ($39)
Name or Business with logo listed on brochure in “sponsored by” section***
Listed individually on pre-show slideshow before each film.
2 Opening night film and reception tickets ($40)
6 Regular admission Jewish Film Festival tickets* ($48)
4 Fine Arts Theatre passes** ($39)
Name or Business listed on brochure in “sponsored by” section ***
Name listed on pre-show slideshow before each film.
1 Opening night film and reception ticket ($20)
3 Regular admission Jewish Film Festival tickets* ($24)
2 Fine Arts Theatre passes** ($19.50)
Name listed on pre-show slideshow before each film.
* Regular admission festival passes are valid for all 2015 screenings excluding opening night.
** Fine Arts Theatre passes are valid throughout the year for regularly scheduled films playing
at the Fine Arts, they are not valid for special events, fundraisers, or festivals.
*** In order to have your name listed in the “sponsored by” section of the brochure your
sponsorship donation must be received no later than March 28th.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Name: _____________________________________________ Donation Amount: _________
Address: ________________________________ City _____________ State ____ Zip:______
Phone: ___________________________ Email:


All sponsorships and donations are tax deductible. Checks are made payable to:
The Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville. Tickets will be mailed to you.
Mail the bottom half of this form with your check to Marty Gillen, Asheville Jewish Film
Festival,151 Robinhood Road, Asheville, NC 28804. For more information please email or call 828-253-2282.

(3) The Far-Reaching Effects of a Fall


Section 12A, NC events



(3) private

(4) Monday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood St, Asheville, North Carolina

Join Meta Commerse as she reads from The Mending Time.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) 350 Bucks County and BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action 

Proudly sponsor a talk by Biologist,
Faith Zerbe of Delaware Riverkeeper Network
March 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Newtown Friends Meeting 219 Court St. Newtown, PA 18940
Faith will speak about the Penn East Pipeline project impacting Bucks County and the Delaware river and how we can take citizen action against fracking in our region. Faith joined the DRN in 1999 where she currently directs the DRN’s Monitoring Program and Water Watch Initiatives. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ursinus College.
Contact BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action at or 215-917-2891



‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Actors’ NET does a delightful job with the Bard’s famous romance
DATE POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:45 PM EDT
By Stuart Duncan


Jerry Smith (left) and Joe Doyle in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Jerry Smith (left) and Joe Doyle in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
MANY directors of Shakespeare’s works find themselves compelled to change the playwright’s locations in apparent efforts to find new insights.
Thus we have had tragedies presented in the New York City subway, countless modern takes on Julius Caesar, and productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dreamset in the rain forest and a Japanese tea garden.That’s not the case with the current staging by Actors’ NET of Bucks County at the Heritage Center in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Director Cheryl Doyle has rather turned to immerse herself in the original famous illustrations of the play by Arthur Rackham.Furthermore, she discovered that Mendelssohn wrote more than just the Wedding March when he composed incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the 19th century.The result is a rather traditional production, enlivened greatly by a large, talented cast (23 speaking roles), some stunningly beautiful period costumes, gorgeous movements, and behold! One of the most satisfying Shakespeare shows in many years.
   The central theme of the play is “a dream of Athens,” not an historical reality, but a commentary on magic and fairy life. As Ms. Doyle puts it: “an imaginary Athens, near an imaginary forest, in an imaginary period, a few centuries ago.”Clearly what the author intended. Moreover, she then adds lovers running away to get married — simple chaps trying simply to put on a play that might please the court — and a ruler trying to enforce a silly rule enacted before he took over, exactly the sort of thing the playwright was writing about.Now add a superb cast — led by the veteran couple George Hartpence and Carol Thompson, as Oberon, the Fairy King and his Queen, Titania. Both actors are so confident and powerful that the work is never in danger of losing focus.Essentially this is a play of several parts: the fairy section, with the King and Queen challenging each other; the lovers, expertly played by Shawn Doremus, Andrew James Gordon, Elizabeth Rzasa and Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski who basically are manipulated throughout; “the rude mechanicals,” led by a stunning performance from C. Jameson Bradley as Bottom, the weaver. And all three groups under the authority of the Athenian Court, with the duke, Scott Karlin and his Queen, Susan Fowler more or less in charge.And if that is not enough, we have in the middle of Act 3, one of Shakespeare’s immortal lines: “Lord what fools these mortals be.”A Midsummer Night’s Dream continues at The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 N.Delmorr Ave., Morrisville, Pennsylvania, through March 22. Performances: Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. For tickets and information, go to or call 215-295-3694.
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