Film: The Sturgeon Queens


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm


  • Julie Cohen


Bender JCCGW

Program Series: 

  • Cultural Events


Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, chef Mario Batali and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer.

Please join us for a kosher reception after the film. 


Director, Producer & Writer Julie Cohen will speak after the film.

Julie’s love affair with Russ & Daughters’ pickled herring began in 2007, when she selected the store as one of six subjects in her documentary The Jews of New York, produced for New York PBS.

The founder of BetterThanFiction Productions, Julie has directed and produced ten films and won three New York Emmys, including the 2014 award for Best Arts Program.

Before starting BetterThanFiction, she was a longtime staff producer for NBC News. She graduated from Colgate and holds master’s degrees from Yale Law School and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she is an adjunct professor.

Julie lives in Brooklyn with her husband Paul M. Barrett, senior feature writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and author of four nonfiction books, including Law of the Jungle

This event is supported by a grant from  The Jewish Food Experience, a program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and co-sponsored by and held at the Bender JCCGW :  


Bender JCCGW
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, Maryland 20852

Purchase tickets online by Monday, March 20th at noon. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.

Item Price Quantity
The Sturgeon Queens - Friends of the Foundation $10.00
The Sturgeon Queens - Bender JCCGW $10.00
The Sturgeon Queens - General Public $12.00