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The JCC Performance and Lecture Series brings provacative topics together with distinguished performers, scholars, artists, writers and activists to explore Jewish culture and questions of identity in the 21st century.

Upcoming Programs

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

Journalists in Jeopardy - Risking It All to Get the Story

A Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event

  • Date

    Tuesday, April 7 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    Cost: $18; JCC members, students, seniors: $15

Description


Journalists face extraordinary peril to report on the prevailing issues of the day. Facing a global attack on their livelihoods – and sometimes their very lives – journalists are being forced to recalibrate and reassess. Even in this digital age, there is no lens that can replace human observation – on the ground, in the trenches and on the front lines of the war for information. What challenges do today’s journalists face, and how has their industry changed over the decades? Why are today’s journalists more at risk, and why are they risking it all to bring stories to light? How can investigative reporting survive in this challenging and often dangerous environment?
 
Panelists:

Joe Bergantino (pictured) is the executive director and co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news outlet dedicated to holding the powerful accountable and training a new generation of watchdog journalists. He was an I-Team reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston for 22 years and an ABC News correspondent for five years.
 
Amir Tibon is an award-winning Israeli journalist who filmed the first-ever Israeli TV report from inside Syria’s civil war. He has also reported on the war in Ukraine and the Kurdish struggle for independence. He has won numerous awards for his work.

Tracey Shelton is an Australian multimedia journalist working predominantly for GlobalPost and GroundTruth as a reporter, photojournalist and video documentary producer. She has covered conflict and the legacy of war in eight countries most notably Libya, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. She previously worked as senior foreign correspondent for GlobalPost covering the Middle East and North Africa. She was awarded an Overseas Press Club Honor for her coverage of Gaddafi’s fall in Libya and a George Polk Award for video coverage of the Syrian conflict in addition to numerous other international accolades for reporting throughout South East Asia and the Middle East.

Moderator:

Aaron Schachter (pictured), is an Assignment Editor for Public Radio International’s The World. He previously spent eight years living and working as a correspondent in the Middle East for the program (heard on WGBH), first in Jerusalem and then Beirut. He covered the second Palestinian Intifada as well as the aftermath of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s reported from more than half a dozen other countries in the region, including Syria, Pakistan and Iran. Aaron’s stories with The World have won awards from the duPont-Columbia School of Journalism and the Scripps-Howard Institute.

Opening remarks via Skype live from Afghanistan:

Charles M. Sennott is the Founder and Executive Director of The GroundTruth Project and the Co-founder of GlobalPost. He is an award-winning foreign correspondent, best-selling author and a seasoned editor with 30 years of experience in journalism. Sennott served as the Boston Globe’s Middle East Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem from 1997 to 2001 and as Europe Bureau Chief based in London from 2001 to 2005. Sennott’s deep experience reporting internationally led him to launch The GroundTruth Project and to dedicate himself to training the next generation of international journalists for the digital age.

Israeli Stage presents Never Ever Ever

Written by Sivan Ben Yishai, Starring Jordan Ahnquist

  • Date

    Monday, April 27 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Teen|Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $15; JCC members, students, seniors cost: $12

Description

This touching portrayal of a teenage boy dealing with dyslexia was the winner of four Israeli Assitej Awards in 2013. Yoni runs away from school, from home, from himself. He runs away the moment he’s confronted with the words disabled or dyslexic. In this moving, one-man play, Ben Yishai provides the audience an experience of what it’s like to feel like an outsider, feeling different, being differently-abled, yet, at the same time whole.  Show is performed as a staged reading.
 
Post-performance conversation with actor Jordan Ahnquist , director Guy Ben-Aharon, and Beth Crastnopol and Jen Newman from Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Light refreshments.

Israeli Stage is dedicated to exposing audiences to the works of Israeli playwrights, offering high-quality artistic, apolitical programming to help promote Israeli culture in a meaningful way.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 
 
Co-sponsored by Gateways, Jewish Big Brother Big Sister, JCC Inclusion and Support Services, Jewish Vocational Service, and Yachad.

Kinky Friedman

Singer, Raconteur, Author

  • Date

    Saturday, May 2, 2015 (8pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $28; JCC members, students, seniors cost: $25

Description

Richard “Kinky” Friedman styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. Outrageous and irreverent but always thought-provoking, Kinky Friedman writes and performs satirical songs and has been hailed as the Frank Zappa of country music. The son of a University of Texas professor who raised his children on the family ranch, Rio Duckworth. Kinky was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for Governor of Texas. An evening of song, stories and surprises.

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

Beneath the Robe - The Role of Personal Values in Judicial Decisions

A Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series event

  • Date

    Tuesday, May 19 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    Cost: $18; JCC members, students, seniors: $15

Description

When ruling on landmark cases, do judges bring their personal histories to bear? What, if any, is the role of personal experience and perspective in adjudication? An esteemed panel will grapple with the complexities of making rulings that can change lives, shift policy and alter the course of history while balancing their own  moral compasses and staying true to the rule of law.

Panelists:

Judge Nancy Gertner is a former U.S. federal judge who built her career around standing up for women’s rights, civil liberties and justice for all. Gertner was appointed to the federal bench of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts by President Bill Clinton in 1994. She retired from the bench in 2011 to teach at Harvard Law School. 
 
Justice Salim Joubran is an Israeli Arab judge on the Supreme Court of Israel. He has served as a Supreme Court justice since 2003 and became a permanent member in 2004. Joubran is the first Arab to receive a permanent appointment in the Supreme Court. He is the second Arab judge to hold a supreme court appointment. 
 
Moderator:

Frederick M. Lawrence has served as president of Brandeis University since 2011. He stepped down this past January to return to teaching at Yale Law School. An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes. Lawrence has written, lectured and testified widely on civil rights crimes and is the author of “Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law” (Harvard University Press, 1999). 


Spotlight

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Journalists face extraordinary peril to report on the prevailing issues of the day.  What challenges do today’s journalists face, and how has their industry changed over the decades? Why are today’s journalists more at risk, and why are they
risking it all to bring stories to light? With former WBZ investigative reporter Joe Bergantino, award winning Israeli journalist Amir Tibon, and Australian multimedia journalist Tracey Shelton. Moderated by Aaron Schachter, assignment editor with Public Redio International. Tickets >>

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