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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.

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.

Co-sponsored by Boston Jewish Music Festival

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

How Judges Judge - 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 became the eighth president of Brandeis University on Jan. 1, 2011. Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes. Prior to Brandeis, Lawrence was dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a law degree from Yale Law School. Upon completing his term as President of Brandeis this spring, he will become a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School.


This discussion will be recorded in partnership with the Forum Network, a joint venture of WGBH and The Lowell Institute. It will be available online at forum-network.org and other affiliated sites.


Spotlight

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Author, singer, humorist Kinky Friedman weaves social and political commentary into his songs and stories. Outrageous and politically incorrect, but always thought-provoking. Don't miss Kinky Friedman at the JCC May 2. Tickets >>

Leventhal-Sidman JCC

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner will discuss her latest novel, All Fall Down, at the JCC. Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 11 fictional novels including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and The Next Best Thing. Tickets >>

Leventhal-Sidman JCC