2017 Program Schedule


The Annual Alvin & Mildred Caplow Memorial Scholar Weekend
Sponsored by the Leo Rosner Foundation
Saturday July 15 – 5:00pm at The Fire Island Synagogue
Wine and Cheese reception to follow

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi,  Assistant Professor of Religious Studies  and  Director of Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College will present
Shoah through Muslim Eyes:  Building Bridges and Reconciliation
In Shoah through Muslim Eyes, Dr. Afridi will discuss her journey with Judaism as a Muslim. Her book is based on the struggle of antisemitism within Muslim communities and her interviews with survivors. Rejecting polemical myths about the Holocaust and Jews, Afridi offers a new way of creating understanding of two communities through the acceptance and enormity of the Shoah. She will also discuss how Muslims were implicated in the Holocaust and why? Dr. Afridi will demonstarte how one might build bridges of understanding and mutual acknowledgement between Jews and Muslims.



Michael Winograd plays the Dave Tarras Trio
Clarinetist Michael Winograd, one of the most respected and versatile musicians in klezmer music today is joined by accordionist Christina Crowder and drummer Richie Barshay to play "Tarras Band Plays Again:" Traditional and innovative interpretations of klezmer music originally recorded by Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein, and Sam Musiker alongside fresh original compositions expanding the harmonic and melodic content of Klezmer music. Fall in love with Klezmer again!



Rachael Sage
In Concert at FIS!
Saturday, August 19th at 9pm

A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, & Europe. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals. and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Beth Hart, Howard Jones, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. Her latest full-length album on MPress Records is "Choreographic"; she has also just released an EP of songs inspired by the current sociopolitical landscape called "The Tide", proceeds from which benefit American Refugee Committee. For more information, visit



Book Discussion with the Rabbi
Sunday, August 20 @ 10:00AM

We want to ask you to add "Judas " by Amos Oz to your reading list this summer. 

We are looking forward to having Rabbi Shaul Magid lead a discussion of the book on Sunday, August 20 @ 10:00AM

Hope this gives you time to start reading and we look forward to seeing you.