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Teaneck Author To Speak At National Council Of Jewish Women

David Rothenberg, author and prison reform advocate, will speak at NCJW’s general meeting on May 17.
David Rothenberg, author and prison reform advocate, will speak at NCJW’s general meeting on May 17. Photo Credit: NCJW

TEANECK, N.J. -- Teaneck native David Rothenberg will discuss his book, "Fortune in My Eyes: a Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice and Political Passion" -- as well as the criminal justice system, human rights and show business -- at the Tuesday, May 17, general meeting of National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section.

Rothenberg's memoir documents his fascinating life, including dating Elizabeth Taylor and producing a controversial play about the experiences of prison inmates, "Fortune and Men's Eyes." In 1967, he launched the Fortune Society, a foundation that helps ex-prisoners re-enter society and put their past behind them.

He was also at Attica as an outside observer during the infamous and deadly uprising at the prison in 1971. In 1985, he ran for the New York City Council as an openly gay candidate. Rothenberg will talk about why he traded in a thriving career in theater -- working with Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Lauren Bacall -- to help the formerly incarcerated and to reform the prison system.

"David Rothenberg's wide-ranging career has taken him from Broadway's brightest lights to prison riots, political campaigns and civil rights sit-ins," said NCJW's general meeting program chair, Marilyn Sirulnick. "Our audience will be fascinated to learn about the many facets of his life."

The meeting is free for members, and $10 for non-members. If you pay for a full membership that day, the $10 will be applied toward that amount. Annual dues are $60. Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Rd., in Teaneck.

NCJW BCS provides educational and stimulating programs and speakers throughout the year, including six general meetings and a myriad of study groups, book groups and trips. For more information on NCJW BCS and its upcoming programs, visit its website.

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