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Jewish Community Housing Corporation Celebrates Screening of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker”

Helen Gisser attended the screening of "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" and won one of the raffle prizes from the JCHC, a biography about the star of stage and screen. Credits: JCHC
Estelle Hollaendar shows her raffle prize to Joni Cohen, film festival chair and Harold Colton-Max, CEO of the Jewish Community Housing Corporation, which sponsored the film screening. Credits: JCHC

WEST ORANGE, N.J., April 2, 2015 – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) has many residents among its retirement communities who are big movie fans, and some of them were among the capacity crowd at the March 25 screening of the documentary film, “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.” The JCHC co-sponsored the matinee showing at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange as part of the 15th annual festival.

Attendees from JCHC communities, local synagogues, JCC program participants and area residents enjoyed a fascinating look at the life of Sophie Tucker, whose career spanned 60 years in radio, vaudeville and theatre, television and movies. Moviegoers learned about Tucker’s rags-to-riches story as a groundbreaking show business performer through the film and during a lively discussion led by the biographers afterwards.

Everyone received invitations to enjoy a free lunch at the elegant Lester Senior Housing Community in Whippany, one of four senior living communities owned and managed by the JCHC.

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After the film, the JCHC raffled off two themed prizes. Area resident Estelle Hollaender took home a festively wrapped set of popcorn bowls and popcorn, and Helen Gisser, a resident of the Lester Senior Housing Community, won a biography about Tucker. Hollaender showed off her raffle prize at the event with Joni Cohen, the film festival chair and Harold Colton-Max, CEO of the JCHC.

About the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey Founded in 1982, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) developed and manages more than 470 apartments in four buildings for older adults in Morris and Essex counties in northern New Jersey. The non-profit organization offers seniors a range of options in terms of services, amenities, location, and cost, all within a traditional Jewish environment. The JCHC provides housing, programs, and services for the independent elderly as well as those who need assisted living. For more information, go to

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