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Tuesdays at the J

October 17, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am MST

Tuesdays at the J

Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. at the East Valley JCC

Tuesdays at the J is a group for individuals and couples ages 55-plus who meet weekly to enjoy presentations on a variety of topics. The program starts with refreshments and conversation at 10 a.m. and the presentation starts at 10:30 a.m. Free, registration required. 

Oct. 17: Tropical Zion: The Jews of Sosúa, Dominican Republic

Presented by travel journalist Dan Fellner


It is one of the most inspirational – yet often forgotten – stories of Jewish survival during the Holocaust.  In the early 1940s, the Dominican Republic was the only sovereign country to accept large numbers of Jewish refugees.  About 750 German and Austrian Jews found a safe haven on an abandoned banana plantation in a town called Sosúa on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast.  Travel journalist Dan Fellner has visited Sosúa, interviewed original settlers and observed firsthand the fascinating remnants of Jewish life in this unconventional colony that’s become known as “Tropical Zion.”

About the Speaker

Dan Fellner is a freelance travel journalist and photographer based in Scottsdale. He is a faculty associate at Arizona State University and an eight-time Fulbright Fellow who has taught journalism at universities in seven different countries. He specializes in writing about unique Jewish communities in far-flung places.  Dan’s articles have appeared in such publications as the Jerusalem Post, USA Today, the Washington Post and Hadassah Magazine. 


October 17, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am MST
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