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The Ryna Greenbaum JCC Boston Jewish Literary Series is a series of literary events featuring an eclectic lineup of notable authors. Programs include panel discussions, readings and workshops by some of the best voices in Jewish literature—with time for Q&A.

Upcoming Programs

All events held at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street, Newton) unless otherwise noted.

David Kalis - Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser

Discussion and book signing

  • Date

    Wednesday, October 29 ( 10am)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    No charge

Description

“Thrilling, bold, and beautifully written” Robert Kurson, Author of Shadow Divers
 
For David, graduating from college is a matter of course, but figuring out what to do next with his life turns into a paralyzing decision. On a whim, he decides to travel to the Soviet Union. From surviving perilous run-ins with the Russian mafia and the Soviet military, to searching for his lost heritage in a remote village, David’s story is a riveting coming-of-age memoir.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

David Kalis - Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser

Discussion and book signing

  • Date

    Tuesday, November 4 (10:30am)

  • Location

    Ahavath Torah Congregation

    1179 Central Street, Stoughton, MA

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    No charge

Description

 “Thrilling, bold, and beautifully written” Robert Kurson, Author of Shadow Divers
 
For David, graduating from college is a matter of course, but figuring out what to do next with his life turns into a paralyzing decision. On a whim, he decides to travel to the Soviet Union. From surviving perilous run-ins with the Russian mafia and the Soviet military, to searching for his lost heritage in a remote village, David’s story is a riveting coming-of-age memoir.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Modern Parenting

  • Date

    Tuesday, November 4 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult

  • Cost

    $8; JCC member cost: $5

Description

Jennifer Senior - All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Carla Naumburg, PhD - Parenting in the Present Moment

In conversation with Jeanne Lovy, Assistant Vice President, Young Children and Families, JCCs of Greater Boston

A road map for today’s parent. Two notable authors explore the world of parenting from both sides.  Naumburg shares what truly matters in parenting – connecting with children in ways that are meaningful to them, staying grounded and being present.  Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior isolates the many ways children reshape their parents’ lives. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today’s parents, making their mandates more complex and less clear. 

Co-sponsored by the JCC Early Learning Centers. Refreshments after the presentation.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Fostering Resilience

  • Date

    Thursday, November 13 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult

  • Cost

    $8; JCC member cost: $5

Description

Brenda Dater - Parenting without Panic: A Pocket Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Ever wish that parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum came with instant access to a support group? Brenda Dater provides parents with exactly that. In her book, Dater draws on extensive experience as a support group leader and parent of a child on the spectrum to offer trusted advice for parents' top concerns. Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situation, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis to behavior, building independence, making friends, supporting siblings, and how parents can look after their own well-being.  

Co-sponsored by the JCC Inclusion and Support Services department.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

PJ Library Story Soup

  • Date

    Sunday, November 16 (11am)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    0-5|Youth|Adult

  • Cost

    $15/family; JCC member cost: $10/family

Description

Geared for families with young children
A fun, interactive storytelling performance of the popular Jewish folktale, Bone, Button, Borscht. Children can be part of the action in a lively, dramatic presentation of the story of a poor beggar who helps a town learn about the power of sharing. Join in post-show activities such as a ‘soup sing-along,’ apron decorating, and soup making. Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.  

In partnership with PJ Library.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

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